Friday, August 24, 2007

Reading and Breathing are the same to me

When I am taking classes at the local community college (because one day, I will have a degree), I spend most of my free time doing homework or studying. I only allow myself to pick up a non-school book on the rare occassion that I have no homework and no tests scheduled in the very near future. By the time a long weekend, or spring break, or the end of the semester arrives I feel like a drowning man straining back to the surface for one more breath of air. Or maybe I feel like a heroin addict willing to steal, kill and lie for my next fix. All I know is that I can not comprehend going an entire year without reading a book. If I am not in school, I can not imagine going an entire WEEK without reading a book (or 2 or 3).

Right now I am reading Sandra Brown's "Play Dirty". I read her "Ricochet" last week and I have read at least one other in between the two. Some weeks I will read a book a day so I do not understand people who do not read. According to a recent study most people would rather watch TV or play video games or go to the movies, some don't read at all, ever!

I do not leave my house without a book. It does not matter where I am going or what I am going to do there. Many times I can go all day without opening the book I am carrying, but many times I get stuck waiting for someone and I am prepared. I just pull my book out and I am quite happy! Without a book? I tend to get a little pissy over tardiness.

I do not have a favorite genre, not really. I don't read a lot of science fiction or fantasy*, but that does not limit me. Yes, I will read an occassional romance novel, my first "grown" books were Harlequin Romances and Danielle Steel** (I will probably 10 or 11). But I love James Patterson, Stephen King and John Grisham. I read biographies and autobriographies and history. Hell, I read technical manuals and road signs if there is nothing else available.

I dreamed of being a writer when I was younger. I didn't plan on writing the Great American Novel, I just wanted to write to entertain. But I do not have the patience, the imagination or the skill to write actual books and I haven't written short stories or poetry in years. So I will continue to read everything I get my hands on... and pity those who don't.

*Harry Potter being the obvious exception

** Every book at least once, including her biographical "His Bright Light"


Ulysses said...

Have you ever gotten the chance to read anything by David McCullough? His biographies (Adams, Truman, etc.) are excellent!

LeftLeaningLady said...

I will check him out. I haven't read a good biography in a while.

Thank you!

Pete Bogs said...

I've got a stack of still-unread books at home... not sure what I'll start next... I don't read often, but enjoy it when I do...

btw, new post at my place... stop by!

LeftLeaningLady said...

A stack of unread books? I can not even comprehend it. I may have a stack for a couple of days, but it has dwindled in less than a week.

And I am glad you had a new post. I have already been to your site today!