I'm actually typing this at 2 a.m. because I've been up late reading. This is one of the reasons I don't read as much as I would like to... because I get so into a book that I can't put it down. It's a problem I've had ever since I can remember. I'm especially fond of reading mysteries. I always have been. It used to be The Three Investigators and Nancy Drew when I was young. I would stay up late with a flashlight under my covers and read into the wee hours of the night. Now I read while my poor hubby tries to sleep. He says it doesn't bother him but he stirs a lot and I feel guilty and sneak out to the living room so as not to disturb him.
Tonight I finished Mary Higgins Clark's latest book (a loaner from my Mom). Her books are simple but fun to read. Nothing that would make my college English professors proud of me, but a great escape from everyday life. That is what I love about reading fiction. Most of my reading is for educational and learning purposes, but sometimes I just enjoy curling up with a good book so I can leave the real world behind.
Recently, I decided to re-read some of my favorite mysteries from my pre-teen years. I loved these books by John Bellairs and I remembered them as being quite scary and I have to admit that they still are a bit on the scary side. It was so much fun to read them again as I couldn't remember what they were even about. I got the idea to re-visit some of my childhood favorites when I read the Book Whisperer (totally recommend this book). The author of the Book Whisperer is a teacher who has a unique approach to getting kids excited to read. She simply surrounds them with books and expects them to read. She takes great care in helping them find books that they love. I have to say that my Mom was a good "book whisperer" for me. She fed my passion for reading and was a great example to me by being a reader herself. I hope my kids will say the same thing about me.
I have to admit that I don't like really violent mysteries. It is difficult to find adult mystery fiction that isn't graphic. I guess I'm more a Scooby-Doo type of mystery fan. LOL! I like my stories to have a good ending and nothing too terrible in them.
What did you like to read when you were younger? Have you ever considered re-reading them? Have you ever recommended these books to someone else? Is there a certain genre that you are particularly fond of?
Any of these topics would make a great journal entry, blog post, and/or scrapbook page!
Hope you have a nice Monday. Now I'm off to bed!