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reading is good for the soul

July 25, 2011

Are you a reader? I am. A big reader. In fact, on Saturday, I started and finished a book. For those of you who are curious it was James Patterson’s 7th Heaven. It is also no surprise to any regular readers of my blog that I am also hooked on the Lee Child Jack Reacher novels. So hooked in fact I have read 16 of his 17 books since April. Truth: Jack Reacher has become my fictional crush; kind of like Peyton Manning is my real life crush. Keith is beside himself. I’m kidding.

I have also joined a book club…shocker…and our first book is going to be The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin. I have it on hold at the library. I am excited to start it.

My Dad and I were talking about reading the other night. He is also an avid reader and he is constantly passing books to me that he enjoyed. That is how I ended up reading 7th Heaven. I called him immediately to discuss (a custom in my reading relationship with my Dad) and he laughed that I had started and finished it in one day. I couldn’t put it down. He, on the other hand, likes to savior the book. When it gets to a really climatic part he stops, puts the book down and walks away so he has something to look forward to later. What?!?! That is so weird to me. When I get to a really good part I read faster and faster until I am so wrapped in the book that a bomb could go off without my noticing.  Different strokes.

Are you a reader?

Do you like to savior the book or are you the type that once you start you can’t stop?

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21 Comments leave one →
  1. July 25, 2011 6:59 am

    I really, really enjoyed that book. The only chapter that I didn’t like as much is the one about not nagging your husband. Lol.

    I definitely can’t stop when I get into a book. When we were in Mexico a few weeks ago, I read the book Room in one day because I needed to see what happened.

  2. greensandjeans permalink
    July 25, 2011 7:17 am

    I LOVE to read, and I definitely can’t savor them! I power through books like crazy, but I’m also a big fan of re-reading, so even if I finish a book in a day, I know I’ll be back to revisit it!

  3. July 25, 2011 7:25 am

    I’m a huuuge reader. And I definitely have trouble putting a book down until I finish it!

  4. July 25, 2011 8:28 am

    I get really into books and then have a problem putting it down. I liked the Happiness Project alot and I believe the author now has a column in Good Housekeeping or one of those family/home/womens magazines. I just got the Girl Who Kicked The Hornets Nest In yesterday and cannot wait to crack it open-as soon as I finish the other book I’m on!

  5. July 25, 2011 9:00 am

    I’m a big reader as well! I recently started The Happiness Project. It’s ironic that you are reading it in a book club, because one of her suggestions is to join a book club!

  6. July 25, 2011 9:19 am

    I’m a big reader. I like to read slowly (a chapter or two at a time). There are some books I can’t put down, but that’s rare for me.

  7. July 25, 2011 9:27 am

    I’m just like you, I devour books and once I get going I can’t put them down!!

  8. July 25, 2011 11:10 am

    I’ve started reading a lot more over the last few years. Mostly during lunches when I dont’ have to run errands. This last book I’ve gotten into has been pretty slow because I’m constantly using lunch for other things, but I’m getting through it! Next up is the new Chelsea Handler book my friend got me for my birthday!!!

  9. July 25, 2011 12:42 pm

    I’m a power reader.. There have been many times were I can’t put a book down and I’ll carry it around with me everywhere. Since I got the Kindle I can sync with my phone and sometimes I sneak a few pages while I’m slow at work.

    • July 25, 2011 2:51 pm

      Do you like your Kindle? I am so reluctant to get one because I love turning the pages of a book…was it hard to get used to?

      • Stephanie permalink
        July 25, 2011 5:59 pm

        I love the kindle. I thought it would be an adjustment but it wasn’t. And being able to get a book in 30 seconds is the best!! No need to leave the house 🙂

  10. July 25, 2011 1:14 pm

    Don’t think I really have to comment – you know I’m an avid reader. It’s so hard when I am wrapped up in a book and Trent wakes up from a nap or something – ha. The worst was less than 50 pages in the last of The Hunger Games left when he woke up – AUGH!!!

  11. July 25, 2011 1:26 pm

    If I’m reading a good book I usually can’t put it down! I love when I want to stay up for hours reading a book — there is no way I’d put it down during the exciting parts!

  12. Casey permalink
    July 25, 2011 1:45 pm

    I love, love love to read! I have a handful of fave authors (Nora Roberts and Suzanne Brockmann are the best)–and if I get started on their books, I only want to read books by that author. I will read a whole series over and get just as caught up in the book the fourth time I read it! I’m a nerd. 🙂

  13. Stephanie permalink
    July 25, 2011 2:47 pm

    I LOVE to read & like you, I find it so hard to put a book down once I’ve started. I’m reading “The Help” now & I’m totally hooked. I have to sneak in readings while my son naps or goes to bed (he’s 3 months).

    I recently found your blog & I absolutely love reading it! We are very similar. I wish I lived closer. I’m from Philly. Otherwise I’m sure we’d be friends 🙂

    • July 25, 2011 2:52 pm

      Oh thanks Stephanie!! That is so sweet! Very nice to “meet” you. 🙂

  14. July 25, 2011 3:43 pm

    I always want to savor a good book, but I don’t have that kind of willpower! I just can’t stop if I’m that into it. I’ll try to set it down, but then be back in 5 minutes to see what happens. 🙂

  15. July 25, 2011 8:33 pm

    ooohhhh I’ve been wanting to read The Happiness Project! We need to start an Austin Book Club 🙂

  16. July 25, 2011 9:10 pm

    I absolutely cannot savor a book on the first read. I have to read it as quickly as possible and then I go back the second time and re-read the good parts.

  17. September 16, 2011 1:24 pm

    Superior tihnnikg demonstrated above. Thanks!

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