I consider myself a reader! I read for pleasure and for learning. I enjoy discovering how other people think and I am continually fascinated by what I read.
I read books every day usually 2-3 books a week. I have done this since I was a child as it started with my mother and grandmother reading to my brother and me every evening before going to bed. In elementary school one of my greatest pleasures was selecting books at a nearby library and bringing them home each week to devour. I loved series of almost any kind. Reading became a habit I still have.
I select my books by using Bookmarks Magazine reviews and friends’ recommendations as well as book reviews and lists in our newspaper and others. Also, I belong to an active book club where I read books I would never have selected. Over the past few years I have kept a reading diary so I can remember what I have read. I keep it alphabetically by author and then rate the book with an arrow: up really good, down, forget it and the in-between. This system has helped me reflect on and appreciate my reading habits.
At the present time I am reading Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng as well as Inner Compass– An Invitation to Ignatian Sprituality by Margaret Silf.
Several books really appealed to me these past few months. I thoroughly enjoyed The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah and All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr (both historical fiction depicting places where I have been). I also enjoyed Sweet Salt Air and Family Ties by Barbara Delinsky as they told of families grappling with significant issues in today’s society. The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown completely captivated me, and I learned so much.
I do not have one favorite author but depending on my mood I select books by certain people. I like reading on my ipad (both Nook & Kindle apps) and have downloaded so many books that I choose according to my mood. A book I start and stop today may be a favorite next month. My favorite genre is historical fiction. I really appreciated Ken Follett books and another favorite was Jennifer Donnelly’s The Tea Rose Series.
I enjoy mysteries, especially psychological ones, stories depending on character more than plot. Examples are those by Tana French (Dublin Murder mysteries), P. D. James and Val McDermid.
Two of my favorite non-fiction authors are Erik Larson and Laura Hillenbrand. I read many history books as well as some biographies. For me to endure those books the prose has to flow. I do not care for boring history or preachy biography.
However, I thoroughly enjoy reading best-selling authors. Some authors I go to for relaxation are James Patterson, Elin Hilderbrand, Nelson DeMille, Nora Roberts, Jodi Piccoult .
My waiting-to-read stack contains Genius of Place: The Life of Frederick Law Olmstead by Justin Martin, The Swan Thieves by Eliabeth Kostova, Under the Starry Sky by Nancy Horan and Hour of the Hunter by J.A. Jance
On my shelves you might be surprised to find books on spirituality and prayer. Most of those books I keep for reflection and reference.
Reading is important to me because it takes me away from my every-day life into other places where I meet other people. I learn so much and then the reading I do gives me incentive to learn more about various people, places and things. I particularly enjoy historical fiction as I love history and traveling.
Note from the blogger: Bonne makes me want to run to my book stack and read the rest of the day away. Oh, and tomorrow, too. Thanks so much to Bonne for participating in the readeatlive/blog Reader Interview Series. I always find it a treat to listen to Bonne. In this piece one can hear her voice and feel her passion. Thank you, Bonne! Everyone’s book list is longer because of you.