Tuesday, August 9, 2016

It's National Book Lovers Day

I'm a somewhat avid book reader and one of my favorite ways to relax is by curling up on the couch and reading a good book. The supply of books to be read is endless and books take me to a new world and experience each time I read one. 

I still prefer paperback and hardback to e-books.  I can't bring myself, and don't have the desire, to read them in any other format.

Take some time out for yourself and celebrate National Book Lovers Day.  Find your favorite reading place and get lost in the world of a good story.

Several books have grasped my attention and have been worth reading, but a few have raised the bar. Here are my all-time favorite books:

Cottonwood Whispers

This is the only book of the series I've read. Although this book is a sequel, it stands alone on its own. The dialogue was easy to follow and the characters were relatable.

The main character, Jessilyn, is in the throes of finding out what it is to be a woman and yet she still exhibits childlike behavior. It was interesting to read how her demeanor and behavior started one way in the book and gradually changed in the end.

I like to read and can get lost in a good book, but few move me to tears. I actually shed a few during one particular moment in this book. Mr. Poe is who I mourned for, and admired for his faith and courage.

Today I Feel Like A Warm Fuzzy

My mother gifted me this book when I was a pre-teen. As a kid who had a bookshelf lined with books, this is the one I'd always go back to. It's a book on expressions of feelings and how you should behave, with accompanying Bible verses that tell how you should respond to certain feelings and behaviors.

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

This book follows two Laotong who are paired together by a matchmaker. They are meant to be "old sames" based on identical traits and sets of circumstances. It follows the two as they grow through the years and write a secret language to each other on a fan. This book is terrifically written in such a way that it makes me feel like I could personally know each character. Even more interesting than the bond between the two Laotong was what I learned about Chinese Hunan culture. Foot binding, matchmaking, wedding rituals and other traditions were explained in such detail. The movie based on the book stayed pretty consistent with detail; however, I felt the book was more interesting and more in depth with character development and Chinese Hunan culture.

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

This may be considered a banned book but I consider it a classic. Mark Twain was a writer's genius and this book is wrote in such a way that I was immersed in the storyline. This book portrays the inner workings of an uneducated boy as he goes on an adventure along the Mississippi River. It also illustrates the bond between an unlikely pair and the flaws of society. If you look beyond the language, you will find depth inside this story.

The Girl Next Door

Based on a true story, The Girl Next Door tells of two girls who are sent to their aunt's house to live. The aunt, for whatever reason, loathes these two girls and puts them through inhumane abuse and torture. What's worse, other children are enlisted to abuse these two girls. Reading what they go through is horrific and graphic, and you don't have a heart if you aren't in shock. I was haunted for several days after reading this book and I shed several tears. I think what gripped me so much about this story is that its based on true events and it's hard for me to fathom that anyone would have to go through this kind of abuse. Unfortunately, it can and does happen. Reading this will make you want to keep your eyes and ears open, and be an advocate for those who can't help themselves.

Sookie Stackhouse/True Blood Series

I'd never heard of True Blood or Sookie Stackhouse until my sister introduced me. From then on, I was hooked. My husband and I watched the first season of HBO's True Blood one Christmas Eve while the children were away. Each and every episode! We got up long enough to go potty and that was it. I knew as soon as I watched the first season I had to get my hands on the books that the series was based on.

Charlaine Harris has written several Sookie Stackhouse books. Each one is filled with a mixture of humor and suspense. All other vampire books pale in comparison.

Sookie Stackhouse is the main character with an unusual ability to read people's minds. This doesn't work well for her, until she meets the perfect man who just so happens to be a vampire. Sookie soon learns that her "disability" isn't the only problem she'll face in life.

I must say I'm an equal when it comes to the HBO series and the book series. They're both phenomenally written. Unfortunately, after seven seasons, the TV series has ended.  I was truly bummed when that happened.

Now that I've given you insight on my favorite books, what are some of yours? Do you still like to read books in print or do you prefer an e-reader?


An Apel a Day said...

My mom had that Warm Fuzzy book. She loved it.

Theresa Mahoney said...

I actually prefer an e-reader because I can read at night in bed without disturbing my husband by keeping the bright light on and noisy page turning. I never thought I would like them, but I do.

mail4rosey said...

I like hard copies and e-readers. It's awesome to curl up and just read a good book. I haven't done so for awhile.

Sue Hull said...

Im an avid reader.I love actual books.I dont like ebooks.I have so many books I have to read. Ive never heard of Warm Fuzzies.What a cute book.

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

I have read the Lisa See book and the Mark Twain. I loved both. I read the first in the Charlaine Harris series but her main character frustrated me so I never continued.

Barb said...

I think reading to children is one of the most important things you can do as a parent. They will always remember that you did that for them.