I absolutely love to read. My office is a testament to this fact. I have four bookshelves that are covered in books and magazines, not to mention the one(s) I carry with me and the one(s) by my bed. I truly believe I owe the passion and enjoyment I have for reading to my parents. When I was growing up one of them would read to me every night. Eventually I started reading to them and then reading on my own. While I don’t generally read before bed anymore, I do read quite often. Years ago when I entered the corporate world I had to stop reading before bed because I found that I would get sucked into a story and find it was suddenly somehow 3am and I had to be at work in a few hours. When I’m reading a good book, I literally can’t put it down. I’ll even read a sentence or two at a red light… I’m that addicted.
I have a deeply rooted love of vampire books (although not Anne Rice, I have to say I’m not a fan) that I think started in middle school with a book called The Silver Kiss by Annette Curtis Klause. If I remember correctly I found this book on one of my many trips to the school library and took it home and have been a vampire book reader ever since. About a year ago I went back and read the book and I honestly can’t tell you what it was that turned me into such a fan, it must have been something special to my pre-teen mind. On top of that, however, I love a good murder mystery. I think this started with my dad reading James Patterson books and passing them on to me. When I was a teenager and we couldn’t talk about much else, we could talk about the latest James Patterson novel.
As I’ve grown older my tastes have strayed outside of vampire and murder genres. Now, I’ll read anything I can get my hands on. About two years ago I was garage sale-ing when I came across a large pile of books for sale. The gentleman didn’t want to sell them individually and instead wanted to sell the entire collection. There were probably forty to fifty books in the boxes and the asking price was $5. I jumped at it. Instead of going through and sorting through them at home and taking the ones I didn’t want to Half Price, I put them all up on my shelves. In the weeks following I would go by, pick a book without even reading the title, and start reading. I’ve found some great books, some strange books, and some darn-right weird books. There have been a few crummy ones but fortunately enough, not many. I am glad that once I start reading a book I find myself compelled to finish it because there are several books that I never would have read to the end otherwise and I would have definitely missed out. So, that’s become my way to read books. I buy them at garage sales usually without even reading the titles, or I buy them in bulk from places like Half Price. I get a great assortment of books, read things I never would pick up myself if I were choosing them book by book, and get them all at a ridiculously low price.
Today I finished a book called Passion by Marilyn Pappano. Yes, it’s a chick-lit book (i.e. romance novel) but remember, I’m not picking these things up off the shelves people. Actually it was pretty good. It’s a romance meets mystery book and I love me a good mystery. In fact, I actually got the ending wrong (which is odd for me). Usually I know the end and see everything coming but this time I was surprised at least in part. The “bad guy” wasn’t who I thought he was even though his accomplice was. So, tonight I’ll go up to my office and grab another random book off the shelves. It could be another romance novel, a biography of Babe Ruth (I know there’s one on my shelves somewhere), a self-help book or the latest best seller from James Patterson… there’s really no telling. Like I said, I love me a good mystery.