First, I am totally addicted to my iPad (for inside) and my Kindle (for outside). I’m over the ‘I need to hold a book’ issue. And, I suffer from book anxiety. If I don’t have several books waiting in the wings, I get really nervous. So the ability to buy a new book anywhere and at any time is comforting to me.
Second, I’m not much of a non-fiction reader. Having said that, I’m reading a lot of Bill Bryson this summer. I’ve never read more compelling non-fiction — Bryson could make the phone book interesting (and I’m not kidding!). So far I’ve read At Home: A Short History of Private Life and A Walk in the Woods. Waiting in my elibrary are Shakespeare: The World as Stage and I’m a Stranger Here Myself. I highly recommend anything Bryson has written.
Third, I’m a fiction junkie. I’ve read a ton of books so far this summer — I go through at least one per week. My favorite was The Art of Racing in the Rain. I’m a dog person, so the dog’s perspective made the book very special to me. But it is the well-written, compelling story with a message that puts this book on my list of top ten favorites of all time.
I’d be interested on others’ top ten favorites. Mine change all the time, but currently they include A Prayer for Owen Meany (John Irving), To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee), The Power of One (Bryce Courtenay), The Passion (Jeanette Winterson), East of Eden (John Steinbeck), Time and Again (Jack Finney), Life of Pi (Yann Martel) and anything by M.F.K. Fisher — to name a few.
Finally, I’m currently reading Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon. It’s part of her Outlander series — a series of seven historical novels with an interesting time-travel twist. (I’ll also mention that they include several ‘bodice ripper’ scenes that all will enjoy.) Drums… is the fourth in the series and I’m comforted by the fact there are three more to go.
Somehow I find the time to get in most of the reading I’d like to do (and sometimes stay up way too late to do it). I actually don’t know what I’d do without reading — perhaps I’d have to watch more Real Housewives on TV!