Monday, January 16, 2012

Reading is Fun

I have always enjoyed reading, whether I am reading strictly for pleasure or for studying something.  When I was a kid, I would borrow books from the library, read them all in two weeks, and then return the books back to the library and borrow more books.  I would do that more during the summer when I had more time to do so.  I don't quite read that much now, but I certainly do read something everyday.  I start each day by drinking coffee and reading the newspaper.  That time is my favorite part of the day.

I am currently reading the book 11/22/63 by Stephen King.   Mr. King is known for his horror books, but this book is a science fiction book.  The main character is able to travel back in time, and his mission is to stop the assassination of President Kennedy.  One day last week I was reading one passage where I found that I could not read the passage fast enough.  I could not turn to the next page fast enough.  However, I did pause enough in my reading to realize that I was having fun, a lot of fun.  I was really enjoying myself.  It was like I was on a roller coaster, and I wanted the vehicle to go faster and faster on the tracks.  The faster I went, the more I liked it.  It was quite a feeling.  It reminded me how I much I like to read.  You almost can say reading is a passion of mine.  I just don't read at home.  I like to go to Starbucks or Barnes & Noble, get a Vanilla Latte, and read a book or magazine.  If I go with someone to a shopping mall, while that person is looking around in a store or actually shopping, I will find a place to sit and read with another Vanilla Latte.  Now that I have a Nook Simple Touch, I am reading even more.  At least for me, reading is fun.


Katherine Mercurio Gotthardt said...

The King book sounds great, Brad! I read something else by King that didn't qualify as horror. Of course, I can't recall the name of it--something about little men who ruled fate and such. It's complicated. I'm into Sci Fi and speculative fiction lately, a switch from my Agatha Christie affair, and have been binging on Margaret Atwood, and more recently, Sheri Tepper.

I love to read, too, though I feel like I am a slow reader, probably because I get distracted and have to read sentences over and over. My mind wanders. I've been like this as long as I can remember (really had to compensate as an English major), so I tend to read in short bursts, which means it takes me a long time to finish a book or a long article. If I read a novel of 300 words in a week, I feel like I have flown through it.

Katherine Mercurio Gotthardt said...

Wait--the little man novel might have been by Dean Koonz. Now I'm not sure. If I Google "little men and horror writers" I wonder what I will get. Ha!

Dan Verner said...

Thanks, Brad. I couldn't agree more!