Why I Love to Read
I love vacations! Who doesn’t?! One of my favorite things during the planning phase of my trip is deciding which books I will take. I have a Kindle so number isn’t an issue. I’m really excited about that. This summer we are heading to Disney World in Orlando. I probably won’t have a lot of reading time but I gotta bring as many as I can.
I checked my Kindle and I have a lot of great books already loaded. I will have a wonderful selection to choose from. Want to know which ones will be going to Orlando? Well, here they are:
Murder as a Fine Art by David Morrell
Charlotte by Karen Aminadra
Matt Archer: Legend by Kendra Highley
The Crown by Nancy Bilyeau
The Painted Girls by Cathy Marie Buchanan
The Promise by Kate Worth
What do you think? When I do have some downtime I will have plenty of wonderful books to keep occupied and to help me relax.
This is going to be my first trip to Disney World. What are your favorite rides, shows, or places?
Why I Love to Read
Have you ever read a graphic novel? You really should try one. I read my first one during last year’s Banned Book Week. I wanted to read some completely different so I chose The Color of Earth and it was amazing. In my uneducated mind, I thought graphic novels were more like comic books. Man, was I wrong! I loved every page and I couldn’t put it down.
The Color of Earth completely opened me up to a whole new book world. Another great discovery is First Second Books, a graphic novels publisher located in New York. First Second published Color of Earth plus so many others. Graphic novels come in so many different genres, from memoirs to historical fiction to kids lit. I love looking through their catalog to find a new treasure.
The reason I love graphic novels so much is that it gives so much texture and richness to a story. In my mind, this is what is going on in the author’s mind. It’s his/her vision of the characters and story. It helps me visualize the appearance of a character and the tone of the story. There are many times while I’m reading that I get overcome and feel totally immersed in the book. It’s a great feeling. Sometimes I can get bogged down in an overly wordy book. However, when I pick up a graphic novel, I can very easily get lost in the illustrations.
My eight year old has also found the pleasure of reading a graphic novel. Before she read one, she had a hard time finding anything she really wanted to read. I think she would get overwhelmed with chapter books. She needed something that stimulated her mind visually. Finally, she discovered Bad Kitty, Bone, Baby Mouse and Lunch Lady. She loves them and plows right through them.
I’m not saying that all I’m going to read now are graphic novels. For me, it is a nice change from the more traditional novel. Most graphic novels are a pretty quick read and sometimes I really need that. I think the other side of my brain needs that visual stimulation.
Here is a list of graphic novels that I love:
- The Color of Earth by Kim Dong Hwa
- The Color of Water by Kim Dong Hwa
- The Color of Heaven by Kim Dong Hwa
- Relish by Lucy Knisley
- French Milk by Lucy Knisley
- Templar by Jordan Mechner, LeUyen Pham & Alex Puvilland
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World Book Night
On April 23, 2013, I participated in my first World Book Night. I had never even heard of it until I started blogging. You sign up, select a book, and then pick up your 20 books to hand out for free. I love this entire concept. I absolutely love to share my loving for reading and World Book Night let me do just that.
There were so many books to choose from; however, I selected The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh. I read this book last year for my book club and I loved it. I thought this book would be perfect to hand out. When it was time to pick up my books, I was so excited. I had my two daughters with me and my excitement spread to them as well. They kept asking me what I was going to do with all of those books. I told them I was going to give them to people. “Why?”, they asked. “Why do you think?” I replied. “Because you love to read!” They know their mommy so well. Makes me proud.
On World Book Night, my youngest had to go to dance class. I thought to myself that would be a great place to hand out books. Usually, I’m the only one reading a book while waiting for class to end. Everyone else is glued to their smartphones or chit chatting. I bring my big bag of books into the studio and start handing out books. At first I got some weird looks, not sure what to make of me. But I explain what that night was and I wanted them to have a free book. After that I got lots of smiles and “thank yous”. My girls helped pass out each book. They were so proud to be giving out books to people. Mind you I don’t know any these of people. I’m not what you call overly social and usually I have my nose in a book. So walking up to strange people is not my cup of tea. But I found it so rewarding especially when I saw someone open the book immediately and start reading. It was great!
I love World Book Night and I can’t wait to do it again and again. I wonder what book I will give out next year. It can’t come too soon.
Why I love to Read
In case you’re curious, here are some of my favorite book blogs: · Passages to the Past
· The Relentless Reader
· Oklahoma Women Bloggers
· Indie Jane
· Workaday Reads
· Book Journey
· (un)Conventional Bookviews
· Peace Love Books
· Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer
· Booklover Book Reviews
· I Am a Reader, Not a Writer
· Historical Tapestry
· Austenesque Reviews
· English Historical Fiction Authors
· Austen Authors
· My Jane Austen Book Club
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