This week I am re-reading Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. It was my pick for book club and I am attempting to get every one on my bandwagon! While I am reading I will be trying to come up with discussion question for the story. I am kind of excited to be doing this since I normally just use whatever is released by the publisher or questions I find online. If you have any tips or if you have read the book and have a question I can also ponder please let me know!
In other news to catch up with reviews for books I have read this summer. This week I will continue with reviews for:
Mr Mercedes by Stephen King
Golden Son (book 2 of the Red Rising Series) by Pierce Brown
Growing up my family was fortunate enough to have a lake house that we would go to during the summer to enjoy all things lake life. Recently my family made the decision to sell the lake home and I am glad I was able to bring my son to visit at least once. This picture popped up on my time hop today and had me thinking. This is where I grew up, where I learned new words and all about love. Where I accomplished things from fighting dragon and saving princesses, to walking on the moon. This is where I spent nights afraid of clowns and vampires. A place where I cast spells and survived the apocalypse. I look back at the days of growing up and I remember this place. A place I was able to escape and read. A place where I was wasn’t bothered by everyday life but was able to wonder around unencumbered. I was able to explore the wood and swim in the lake; to lay in the sand and build a castle. I believe having only books as a form of entertainment as the night drew near helped grow my imagination beyond the normal. I need to find my new perfect place to read. Where, may I ask, is yours?
So yesterday my lovely book club got together and the topic of why do you read came up. One person mentioned having an outlet for your experiences. So say you are going though something in life and don’t quite know how to handle it, or you feel inappropriate in your feelings during the situation. Reading a book where you can relate to a character and what they are going though can help you process you feelings better and possibly help you not feel bad for crying. Another person mentioned escape, getting out of your current situation and away from where you are. I want to say my answer is about the same. I experience wunderlust and reading is my outlet. It helps me go to places I can’t at the moment. I can read a story about someone in Ohio and though the story isn’t about Ohio, I can feel like I am there and living out this story there. My favorite kind of story transports me to the future where something has happened to change the world. I like to read and learn, to know and be scared by certain possibilities. Think about it, what is the reason you read?
I love myself a good old fashion book. One I can hold in my hands and smell and feel. One where I get the satisfaction of turning the pages. The feeling of weight shifting from my right hand, to my left. My problem with them though is how I read. When I am fully engrossed in a book little beside my son or a fire will make me put the book down. I have been known to read while cooking, cleaning, eating, and yes even while I shower. The last one is particularly hard. When I discovered E-books I was a little swept away, man this thing is light and with the Nook (1st ed) I have I can still read outdoors. I could throw it in my purse and be on my way. I was no longer a purist so to speak about holding a real book. Lately I have discovered audiobooks, I know, I know they have been around forever. Again I was still coming down off my high horse and expanding my mind. Let me tell you audiobooks are great because now I can even read at the gym and while driving. My life is now a never-ending literary adventure so to speak. Now there is many ways to enjoying reading, I know not everyone is as obsessive as I am. I give no judgement to how people like to read. Any reading is good reading, and to those who don’t like e-books or audiobooks, good for you stick to it. We need to keep print alive! So how do you like to read? My husband for instants put on a sports game or music and sits down in his spot on the couch to crack open a book. My son enjoys them read to him, mostly when he is already supposed to be in bed. So take a break from reading and let me know! I promise you can go right back to it!