Anyone addicted to reading…please stand up

I confess…I am a book addict.  I love to read.  It actually seems that I have developed more of an addiction more recently.  I now am reading 2-3 books at a time.  You may be wondering how are you reading so many at once.  Well, when you have acquired a new taste for audio books and also reading a bo a person  can accumulate books very quickly.

Of all the books I am reading I would say only a portion really leave a memorable print in my psyche.  Some leave with a character you wish you personally knew or feel you already know.  Other stories are so soul searing you can’t get them out of your head.  And yet another sort of story is that of the palate cleansing.  I would say a majority tend to be the palate cleansing variety.  It’s almost like you go through many books to find those who you really attach yourself to.

First of all, off the top of my head I can think of multiple characters who I have grown to love.  JM, Qhuinn and Blay, in the BDB series.  Matthew and Diana in the Discovery of Witches.  Strider and Kaia in the LOTU series.  Theron, Orpheus and Titus in the Eternal Guardians series. Scout in To Kill a Mockingbird.  Katniss and Peeta in Hunger Games trilogy.  Enzo in The Art of Racing in the Rain.  This is to only name a few.  Yes, this is just a few for me.  But, each of these characters in all of these books have made lasting impressions and I re-read these books just for interaction with these characters.

Some of the characters I mentioned are in the very stories who will stay with me forever.  To Kill A Mockingbird, The Art of Racing in the Rain, The Discovery of Witches, The Enemy’s Cradle, Lover Mine, Hunger Games, Cold Mountain and The Guardian.  To name only a few.  These very stories have caused pain, love, wantonness, intrigue and any other cornucopia of emotions.  You will notice that most of these are not ever going to be known as The Great American Novel with the exception of a couple.  That doesn’t mean they don’t have the same impact.

Finally…my in-between/palate reads.  This could be anything from the chic lit books or good beach books.  This could also be books that look good on the cover but you just trudge through so you can move on to the next book.  This can also be the book you start to take you through a tough part in another book you are also reading.  This can also be a book your reading quickly while you wait for the next in the series you are reading to come out.  I know I am not the only one out there who does this, but I am owning up to it.

I am standing up proudly (not really standing but sitting up straighter) and saying Yes, I am a book addict and I wouldn’t want to have it any other way.  So I ask…are you an addict too?  Tell me about your book loves, likes and so-so reads.

Reading…Does it really matter what?

I have noticed through a lot of the media that they are really coming down hard on certain types of books and the stereotypical people who read them.  These books tend to be on the romantic side and some have sexual undertones.  My question is does it really matter what your reading as long as your reading?

I don’t think anyone has the right to criticize and make people feel bad that they are not reading a certain kind of “acceptable” genre of book.  I like anything fiction.  But, I am currently in a trend of reading a lot of paranormal romance.  These books have some explicit language and sexual situation.  WHO CARES?  That doesn’t make me or anyone else who reads these books desperate, uninformed or sad.

The promotion of literacy is what really matters.  Whether you read Romance, Non-fiction, Comic Books or Magazine.  The younger generations will develop there love of reading by seeing it done in the environment they are brought up in.

As for the ridiculous criticism of “desperate, sex depraved” wives reading these sex riddled books.  Again, I ask WHO CARES?  I’m sure the ideas these wives get out of some of these books only encourage the bedroom acrobatics instead of deterring them.  And, if the husband/boyfriend/significant other is complaining then he needs to take up reading the books his wife, girlfriend or significant other is reading.  It may only improve your understanding of the person you care about.

To re-read or not to re-read…

March 27th is a big day in my book world.  I have two series’s that I currently read that have new books coming out.  Kerrelyn Sparks’s Love at Stake has Wanted: Undead or Alive coming out and J.R Ward’s Black Daggar Brotherhood has Lover Reborn coming out.  I have read all books in both of these series’ so I had a serious choice to make.  Which series do I re-read in time for the new book to come out?

I chose to read J.R Ward’s BDB.  I am currently on the most recent book and will be completed the re-read of the series in time for Lover Reborn.  This is not to say that I prefer one over the other.  They are two different series’ but both are about vampires.  I think I chose to re-read BDB because it has a lot more information that you need to be reminded of.  Love at Stake is a little more simplistic and easier to skip a re-read.

I do however suggest that if you are going to start a series start from the beginning.  It is really difficult to jump onto a bandwagon when the story lines have been so thoroughly established.  I would also suggest to not make any misinformed (stupid) assumptions or questions when you haven’t read or re-read the books.  No matter the series.  You just make yourself look bad. 

So, I say re-read whenever you can…and if you can’t well then just skip to the good parts you remember…hahahaha.  🙂

Currently Reading: RE-Reading Lover Unleased by J.R Ward

Currently Listening: The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

Coming Up: Lost December by Richard Paul Evans, Lover Reborn by J.R Ward, Wanted: Undead or Alive by Kerrelyn Sparks

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