Thursday, November 6, 2014

Sprint For The Car

Reading is something I really enjoy, I also enjoy researching my family tree and writing on my blog, but what I have a hard time with is time management, because if I do one everything else suffers, but a little of each is a lot better than a lot of one I suppose.

When it comes to choosing a book I love most any genre, right now I have been reading a lot of the Southern fiction authors, Ron Rash is an excellent writer, I fell into reading his books mostly because the first two novels he wrote were based on the area I grew up in, I even recognized some of the family names he used as people I am actually related to.

Talking Southern authors you have to fall back to Harper Lee and To Kill a Mockingbird, I know a lot of us had to read this in school but I sure enjoyed it a lot more after I grew up and got out of school, there are a lot more of the classics that everyone should read, but I think this one is a must read.

I am in the process of collecting this genre of book, although looking at my bookshelf I see a random collection of many different books that fall into many different categories, and my Kindle holds more titles than I could ever hope to read but yet I continue adding to it.

I ordered three hardbacks from Amazon, then went to our local Goodwill and found three more, Pat Conroy, Dorothea Benton Frank, and Fannie Flagg, then came home and ordered three of Rick Braggs novels.

And this is on top of me entering into a drawing for an autographed copy of John Grishams latest book, with a chance to win an autographed copy of all of his novels, I have quite a few of his books already but I think he is an excellent writer too, and if I happen to win it would just make my day.

Right now I am reading The Whole Bible Story: Everything That Happens in the Bible in Plain English, it is well worth the read, and I am about halfway through it now, not to sound sacrilegious or anything but the fighting in the area is almost the same as today, and not to get my soapbox out on a whole different issue, but why are we sticking our nose into a war that has basically been going on since the Bible was written.

Getting back to the subject, I’m starting to get the look from Cindy quite a bit, I suppose it didn’t help when at the checkout at The Goodwill they rang up the three books I found after telling Cindy that I couldn’t find anything I wanted, in my defense she should have never answered her cell phone and walked outside to take the call, leaving me looking over the hardbacks right after making that statement.

Yes Conroy, Frank, and Flagg just fell into my hand and when I got the total, I made the mistake of asking her, “Are you paying for this or am I”, I should have just paid for the books and sprinted for the car rather than have drawn attention to myself.

What book are you reading and why did you choose it?

24 comments:

  1. No books, just blogs. I can enlarge the type to accommodate my old lady eyes!

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    1. Hey Ms. A, This is why I prefer hardback books the print is easier for me to see, and better yet with a Kindle or any e reader you can adjust the size of the print.

      Reading blogs is a lot more personal and look at the friendships win/win in my opinion.

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  2. I too enjoy reading. Right now I'm not really reading anything. Can't get into any of the books I have recently downloaded for free through BookHub so I'm just sort of winging it. There are so many good books out there it doesn't seem like we'll ever get them all read!

    betty

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    1. Same here Betty, I have so many I know that a lot will never be read, but still there is always another good title out there calling my name :)

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  3. I also love to read, but it seems I have less and less time to do so. We also frequent thrift stores. My wife looks for things to plant succulents in, while I'm pouring through all the books.

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    1. Sounds like Cindy and I Pat, I am always going over the books in the thrift stores, I have no problem buying a used book, a lot are like new but yet the price is right.

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  4. "but a little of each is a lot better than a lot of one I suppose."

    I'm the same way, Jimmy, I dabble a bit in everything. However, I'm ashamed to say that I haven't read many books lately. Over the summer, though, I did read a book that one of my blogging friends wrote and mailed to me and I really enjoyed it.

    "Talking Southern authors you have to fall back to Harper Lee and To Kill a Mockingbird, I know a lot of us had to read this in school but I sure enjoyed it a lot more after I grew up and got out of school, there are a lot more of the classics that everyone should read, but I think this one is a must read."

    I agree. It's a classic! In fact, back in the mid-90's, I did a stage production of the play "To Kill a Mockingbird." It's such a well-written play adaptation of the book.

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    1. Hey Ron, isn't it amazing how many books have been made into plays, TV shows, and movies, a lot of good material out there.

      I bet working on the play of To Kill a Mockingbird was a blast, I know you enjoyed that.

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  5. Ahhh, a fellow reading addict, I see. I've been in love with the written word as far back as I can remember. Most evenings, my hubby watches TV, and I sit beside him with my nose stuck in a book. Have you read any Stuart Woods' books? I especially enjoyed his earlier works, like "Grass Roots." The past couple years, his publisher has been pushing him to produce three(!) books a year, and I personally think the quality of his books has suffered. Still... I read everything he puts out.

    Are you a member of Goodreads? It's a website for readers and writers, and a lot of writers offer their books on giveaway contests. I win a LOT of them. Matter of fact, I won SIX in a single day last week. (Which means I'm laying low on the contests until I catch up.) The trick is to write reviews... both on Goodreads and Amazons. Authors, even well-established writers, crave those reviews, and are very grateful to receive them. One writer even sent me a box of fine chocolates out of gratitude over a review I'd posted about her book, in which I pointed out some editing mistakes in it. (Which she subsequently fixed.) The drawings are supposed to be random, but even Goodreads admitted that people who write reviews are more likely to win.

    Currently, I'm reading a book called "Bestest Ramadan Ever." I'm only about fifty years past its intended target audience, but I agreed to read it and write a review. (Surprise!) It's good to see what teenagers are reading these days, anyway.

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    1. Hey Susan, I haven't read any of Stuart Woods books yet, but will give them a look, your recommendation for me to read The Kite Runner back in 2012 was a good one, I did enjoy that one.

      I haven't won anything on Goodreads, it appears I should invest some time into writing reviews if I expect to, I have written several but apparently not enough to be noticed ha ha

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  6. I love to read but I rarely read a classic. My reading time is limited so I fall back on what they call airport books. I DO like a good mystery that I can try and solve (and rarely do) before the end.

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    1. Valerie, Mysteries and Thrillers have a lot of good reading material, you can't go wrong with the majority of them.

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  7. I've been a book-a-holic for years, but I just use the library, so never buy any. Right now, I'm reading The Lantern. It's a gothic novel. A few days ago, I finished Belzhar by one of my fave authors, Meg Wolitzer.

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    1. Hi Bijoux, borrowing from the library is definitely the way to go, there is no cost involved and no need for storage, I forgot to mention the library in my post even though I am a member of libraries in two different counties ;)

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  8. It's been a while, but I did enjoy "Unbroken," the Louis Zamperini story.

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    1. Unbroken," the Louis Zamperini story" looks like would be a really good read.

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  9. I love to read and lately it's all eBooks. I just got Hemingway's Islands in the Stream. Never read him before. I was never aware that Harper Lee was best friends with Truman Capote. That just blew my mind when I found out. My two personal favorite authors are John Grisham and James Patterson. Great post. How can the Mrs. get upset at you??!! LOL

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    1. It's not really all that hard to get "the look" from her if I just try hard enough ha ha

      I have enjoyed every John Grisham book that I have read so far, haven't read Patterson yet. Funny the friendships we were never aware of.

      More and more books are going digital which makes it easy to carry your library with you.

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  10. i've not read fiction in a long, long time. the only time i pick up a book the past 10-15 yrs, it seems to be a new-age, self-help, spiritual kinda thing. most of my time goes to blog reading these days! :)

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    1. The variety of reading material available for everyone is impressive, whether fiction, new age, self help, or spiritual the important thing is that we read and enjoy what we read.

      Blog reading can in fact take up a lot of time and in my opinion very enjoyable ;)

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  11. Unfortunately, I'm a slow reader (I savor my books, like fine chocolate - ha!) and I have limited free time, so I don't get to read nearly as much as I'd like. I'm currently reading a book by an unknown Australian author who is just starting out (she's an internet "friend"). Next on my list is "Orphan Train" because my former English teacher highly recommended it.

    I've read several books by Dorothea Benton Frank - who can resist anything from the Lowcountry of South Carolina!

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    1. Orphan Train I have been considering just havent picked it up yet, like you I don't set any speed records when I read but I do enjoy most everything I read.

      Any South Carolina author gets my attention, being from there gives me that right ha ha, I read Linthead by Wilt Browning it is written about one of the mill villages in my hometown, that one hit home because I recognized most everything he mentioned.

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  12. I'm reading the Witch With no Name by Kim Harrison. It's the 13th (and last) book in her "The Hollows" series. It's listed as an Urban Fantasy which I guess I've gravitated over to in the last few years. Those and apocalyptic thrillers. The Hollows is my favorite series of all time, it's the only books that really pay for anymore, most of what I read are free digital books, because I'm broke and they are cheap.

    I did go back and read George Orwell's 1984 last year. I'm remember thinking it was one of the few books that I had to read in school that I liked. I still liked it, but with all the imagination I read now, I didn't enjoy it as much but mainly because it was outdated some.

    I love to read, but am not a big fan of carrying books anymore. Digital is just easier and I always have them with me. I have a Kindle that I read on but it syncs with my Kindle app on my phone, so anytime I get stuck somewhere, I can go to my phone and read where I left off. I always have my phone on me and therefore, always have a book.

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    1. Hey Jeff, Yes I agree that the Kindle is the way to go especially when traveling, and if you keep on top of it you can accumulate a lot of free and inexpensive books, I like the sync feature if you have more than one device too.

      I still like going back and reading some of the classics, you pretty much know going in that they may be outdated but like you I enjoy them a lot more now.

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