From the time I could read, books have always been an integral part of my life. Over the years, I’ve read thousands of them, fiction and non-fiction. One of my greatest memories from elementary school was when the Scholastic Book Fair came around. Although we were very poor, my mother always managed to hand me a dollar or two so I could buy myself new ones. During that time, the prices usually started at $0.25 and topped out at $1.50. I stretched my money as far as I could and read to my heart’s content.
No matter what store I go in, the first section I go to is books. Don’t take me into a book store or you’ll never get me out! On my bucket list is the desire to find an antique book store with out of print editions and/or copies of books that are otherwise unavailable. I could spend an eternity in a store like that, doing nothing but getting lost in the feel and smell of the paper and bindings.
Of all the books I’ve read, some of them really grabbed me and hung on because they were such unforgettable reads. One in particular is titled A Land Remembered by Patrick Smith. If you haven’t read it, you should. You won’t be disappointed.
Another one that stuck with me is The Stand by Stephen King, mainly because of the theme, but mostly because it was an unforgettable read with wonderful characters. Of course I might be a little biased since Mr. King is my all-time favorite author, but I found this book enticing enough to read three times. I was first introduced to Mr. King when I was in the 9th grade and read Salem’s Lot. From that point forward, I was hooked. At one time, I had almost every single book he’s written. But thanks to a flood in my basement that produced water deep enough to reach the bottom shelf of my bookcase, I lost several of them. I was angry and heartbroken. Among the ones I lost were Insomnia, It, and Skeleton Crew.
Dean Koontz is another favorite of mine. The first book I read by him was Watchers, and my reading history with him thus began. While Mr. Koontz is an excellent story teller and has created many memorable characters, my favorite will always and forever be Odd Thomas. I’ve read every single book in the series.
James Patterson reeled me in with Alex Cross. Patricia Cornwell captured me with Kay Scarpetta. I could go on and on, but you get the picture.
The oldest book I own (I believe) is It Can’t Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis. My newest addition is Billy Summers by Stephen King. The last novel I read was The Noise by James Patterson, and boy, was I ticked off at the end. I just KNEW I had it all figured out, but I didn’t and couldn’t have been more wrong with my assumption.
Who’s your favorite author? What’s your favorite genre to read? Are you reading a good book now? Tell me about it. Introduce me to an author that I might not know or perhaps haven’t heard of but should read their works. I’m always looking for good reads.