I should infinitely prefer a book

A Reader’s Bill of Rights.

I love to read. I really do read all the time – now that my hair is long again, I love to set a book open on the counter and read while I’m drying it. I find it makes the time spent go much faster. I read while cooking, while eating, and while exercising (if at all possible). I completely agree that you should read where you want, that you shouldn’t apologize for what you read, and that if you don’t like it you should stop. And I have been known to read the last chapter first myself. I do tend to finish a book if I start it, but that’s just me. Sometimes I wish I had enough willpower to stop reading a crummy book. I can only read one book at a time or I get confused and forgetful (but I read very quickly, so it’s not a big issue for me), and I hate reading a series out of order.

I think people get intimidated by books and reading (and librarians) – I see that a lot at work. People feel the need to apologize when they’re asking for a romance novel or something on the best-seller list. Here’s a “secret” – we like to read fluffy stuff sometimes, too.

My friends read, but we don’t read the same books. A lot of my friends like Christian fiction or Christian living (which is generally non-fiction, sometimes self-help) books, and I don’t read that genre as much. I do like books with religious themes, books that cause me to think about whether I agree with what the author is saying about God or religion. I read mysteries, popular fiction, young adult/children’s literature, and classics. I’ll read non-fiction if it’s biographical, like Traveling Mercies or Girl Meets God or Madeleine L’Engle’s Crosswicks journals, but I don’t read much non-fiction at all. So, in a sense, reading makes me lonely. I love to talk about what I have read – to discuss the themes and what stood out to me, and what I didn’t like about a book. But none of my friends are interested in the majority of the books that I read, even when I’m reading something at the top of the best-seller list. I don’t think I’m a reading snob (except maybe regarding the Left Behind books), so why don’t my friends and I enjoy the same books? Why haven’t my friends even heard of the books I’m reading? One of my friends suggested that it’s because I read more than the average person. I have no idea if that’s true or not. I always give books as presents, because it’s easy for me to think of the perfect book for someone. But no one ever gives me books.

I think the connectivity is why I enjoy the concept of an all-city read. I love the idea of people coming together to talk about literature. I wish I had more people to talk to about books. I think I need a book club.

I am currently in between books, but not for long – today I should receive the first in a series that has been recommended to me several times, and I’m looking forward to one next month in a series that I already love. And Brian thinks I would enjoy Dracula, so I plan to try that soon, as well.

Reading is as essential to me as eating and breathing. Is that so odd?

“She is too fond of books, and it has turned her brain.” ~ Louisa May Alcott

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