The best thing about reading for me, is quite simply, getting lost in a book.
Getting lost in a world that isn’t real, yet, to the reader, becomes a real world.
Traveling to a far away place, or revisiting your backyard.
Characters, to fall in love with, or to despise and hate.
Books that you have a very difficult time putting down.
You read until the late hours of the night and keep nodding off to sleep, yet you try to keep reading.
When you are at work and all you want to do is to bury your face back into the pages of the story.
During your waking hours, you can think of nothing but the book’s story and characters, and during your sleeping hours, they are what you dream of.
Reading….is the best!
So, I have been wanting to read more of the classics and books that aren’t in the normal genres I love to read. And lately, I just started reading books that my Dad recommended me to read (we started chatting about books couple weeks ago), and the majority of them were ones that I remember being on our reading lists for school, but I never chose them to read.
The first book I decided to read was The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho – this one wasn’t one of my Dad’s recs, but was a favorite book of one of my friends, so I decided to check it out. Loved it. And if I ever get caught up on my stack, I plan on reading the rest of his books.
The first book on my Dad’s rec list I read was The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (a Minnesotan!!). I bought the most recent version of the film last Black Friday, but just recently watched the movie several months ago at my Aunt & Uncle’s house. I enjoyed the movie and already wanted to read the book, and with the rec, I decided to get it. I really enjoyed the book, and thought the film followed it well. My Dad said that the original first version of the film followed it the best, so I will have to check it out. He said the 70s version wasn’t that good.
Next up, I just started Babbitt by Sinclair Lewis (another Minnesotan!!!) I am just a few chapters in, but am enjoying it. He uses big words (I really should read the dictionary once, but it is too boring – I have started to read it in the past several times). Will let you know when I finish it. It has been praised as his best novel.
Planning for the future will be Catcher In The Rye (I always remember this one on the list at school) and Lord of the Flies (I’ve seen one version of the movie, the one with River Phoenix, but never read the book).
Any classics or books that you consider a must read???
I’m not sure if anyone else goes through these stages, but sometimes, a lot of the times, reading a book is like riding a roller coaster, with lots of ups and downs.
Beginning: Starting a new book is very exciting! I am pumped. Let’s do this!
Beginning to Half Way: Up until I get to the half way through point, I feel very unaccomplished. It seems like it takes me forever to get to that point. I’m getting a feel for the characters and thinking about what lies ahead for them.
Half Way: The excitement returns!
3/4: When I get about 3/4s of the way through, the adrenaline starts kicking in. The questions start twirling in my head. “I’m almost done!” “What’s going to happen?” “How is it going to be tied up?” It’s like I am in a race and can see the finish line.
The last 10-20 pages: The dreaded last 10-20 pages. It’s almost done! NO! I don’t want it to end! I want more!
The End: I am sad. I have probably enjoyed the story and have fallen in love with a character or two. If the book is part of a series, then it isn’t as much sad because the story continue and so does the lives of the characters.
It’s so funny how when I start a book, I can’t wait to get to the end, even though, when I get to the end, I wish I was just starting it. It’s a vicious little cycle.
I love when you are reading a book and it fills you with inspiration.
I am currently (and almost finished) reading my friend Kara Stefanowich’s Hostage. Hostage is a Paranormal Romance that intertwines Vampires, Witches and Hell Hounds with Demons and Angels in a war that’s ‘out of this world’.
Even though it doesn’t involve zombies, it is pushing me to work on my own project. I haven’t been working on it in few weeks, but reading Hostage has just been pushing me to work on it. It is making it feel exciting again (like when I first came up with the idea). Working on projects for weeks and weeks, it kind of gets a little stale to me. I needed this little shove to bring it back to the fresh status.
Just another benefit of reading :o)
So, I have to decided to create a tab on top: https://stacyreller.wordpress.com/book-lists/ to keep track of all the books I read within a year.
I am challenging myself, first: to read 50 books a year; and second: to read 100 books a year.
I would also like to read books that I may normally not read (more history, nonfiction, maybe some learning type books, etc).
They always say, to be a better writer, is to read read read.