Thursday, March 26, 2015

Books & Reading

I live in two worlds.  One is a world of books. I’ve been a resident of Faulkner’s Yoknapatawpha County, hunted the white whale aboard the Pequod, fought alongside Napoleon, sailed a raft with Huck and Jim, committed absurdities with Ignatius J. Reilly, rode a sad train with Anna Karenina and strolled down Swann’s Way. - Rory Gilmore, Gilmore Girls 

That is one of my favorite quotes from what is obviously the best show ever! Any other true Gilmore Girl fans? If you're not I don't think we can be friends anymore. KIDDING! But seriously, I love that show!

I also love books, I love the escape they bring to my life and all the wonderful things I can vicariously experience. I never understand people that don't read, how they can't manage to get into a book. I can literally get into any book about anything and could tell you every little detail, what the characters house looks like even if it's never been described, because in my head I just know. It's hard to explain but I love or hate the characters I'm reading about, or sometimes it's something in between. I relate and sympathize, criticize and am confused, when I'm reading that book to me they are real. Often I can't wait to see what happens so I fly through a book and then instantly regret that it's over because I miss the characters.

I definitely have books I have read many many times (Danielle Steel: Lone EagleWally lamb: She's Come Undone and Louisa May Alcott: Little Women) and there are a lot of books I'm glad I read but will never pick up or think about again but I believe that each book is worth my time even if it taught me nothing.

I go through phases where I will fly through 8 fluff reads in a month, or I'm into a certain genre, classics, war and that's all I want to read. Generally I can't put a book down once I've started it, some books are worse then others where I find myself laying in bed with my book light at 3am absolutely exhausted but I just.cant.stop. Books are an amazing gift, can't afford to travel? Grab a book, they will take you anywhere you want to go.

I don't generally have a preference about reading a book or seeing the movie first, because I know the book will always be better. However I will say if I see the movie first when I read the book it's just not the same because it's not just whatever I choose to picture in my head it's the scenes from the movie.. I hate that! Its not like I spend time trying to decipher a characters attributes and overall appearance, that's the funny thing they just appear in my mind that way.

I guess I've always read, pretty much any book I could get my hands on  and I encourage Jason to read all the time, and anyone really. I'm always looking to share or trade books with anyone and everyone and ereaders also make that a lot easier! I love that you and I could read the same book and take two completely different things away from them. I love reading the same book as someone and talking about how we felt about it together. The last book that I remember that sparked great conversation amongst everyone I encourage to read it was Kathleen Grissoms: The Kitchen House, if you can get your hands on that one I highly recommend it!

I have mentioned before that I have a nook and I won't lie I love it, it's so great for travel, but nothing compares to a real book for some reason. But traveling and small apartments make it really hard to lug books! If you are looking to buy books I recommend looking on Amazon, buying from Target of BJ's believe it or not! No time reading is time wasted, you're never too young or old to learn!

Have a great day! Read a book! :)

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  1. Hi Nicole, thanks for talking about the importance of reading. Personally I could not survive without my kindle. I too love the feel and smell of a hardcover book but E readers make it possible for me to read a book every few days. If just one person takes up your challenge then you have done a very good thing.

    1. Hi Steve!! I'm with you, I could not survive without books that's for sure. I think reading is so important, sadly too many people choose to fill their time with TV instead. I understand that reading isn't for everyone but I have to say I do believe there is a book for everyone out there. Thanks for stopping by Steve! :)