Seriously. I have a problem.
I can not stop reading. Stu calls me a Nerd - a title I proudly wear. And it's one I've been super proud to pass on to SmallStu too. =) She's my mini-nerd.
I have this dream that I get to just lounge around all day reading. Reading and eating.
No kidding, Stu actually thinks that's what I do. I have no idea where he gets that idea from, but I'd give just about anything for it to be true.
Doesn't it sound amazing? Get up in the morning. Make lunches & breakfasts. Get kids off to school. Come home, curl up on a chaise with a new book and a steaming cup of Joe. *sigh* Heaven.
But alas, I live in the real world. Of bills and dirty butts.
Although I have a job and kids to take care of, I still read. I stay up real late and read. This summer I can't even guess how many books I've gone through. If I had to venture a guess, I'd say 8 conservatively. That's this summer.
My favorite authors of late have been Sandra Brown and Nora Roberts. Although I have sprinkled in a few less known this year as well. For a few years now, I have been on a complete romance kick. Back in my early to mid 20s, I was obsessed with mystery murder thrillers (anything James Patterson).
Just last night I finished The Alibi by Sandra Brown. I realize this book is not new; it was published in 1999. It was fantastic. I highly recommend it... I love the way she creates her characters and story lines. Honestly, I had it narrowed down to two characters just after halfway through the book, but I kept teetering on my choices and second guessing myself. I could never definitively say who the killer was. And for that reason, I will happily continue to devour Sandra Brown's novels.
When I was teaching, students sometimes asked how to pick books out. Thanks to iBooks and eReaders and the like, the selection process for me has changed... I read the blurbs, search authors I like and consider price. When I'm looking to expand my author circles, I search the "free books" on my iBooks app. That way if the new author turns out to be a dud, I don't feel bad. But that's rarely the case. I am so obsessed with reading, that I can usually find something to enjoy about any story.
If I'm in the bookstore (Barnes and Noble is my crack), I walk very slowly up and down each aisle of the Fiction section, look at every title, pick up some that spark my curiosity, read the blurb. Then I literally judge a book by the cover and hope for the best. Truthfully, if I am in B&N, I will usually only gravitate to the authors with which I am familiar and comfortable, or go with on the suggestion of a friend. Physical books are sometimes a bit pricey - considerably more than their eBook counterparts. And at the end of the day, I am cheap. And broke.
I've always wanted to make a list the books I've read and/or want to read. Perhaps now that I've typed it and shared that with you, maybe I will.
Do you have any suggestions? I'd love to know what other bibliophiles are exploring and enjoying these days.