Why I love to read

I read for numerous reasons…I think the main reason is that I LOVE a good story. I also love to see things from other people’s perspective. I like to escape from life sometimes and slip into someone else’s realm. I feel this way about movies as well, but with books you get so much more.

I also find that as I age, I lose touch with my writing skills. Whether this is attributed to killed brain cells over the ages 😉 or the advent of texting, I feel like I forget how to speak and write properly. All those grammar rules have flown out of my brain. It’s embarrassing sometimes as my job has me speaking with many professionals, program directors, legal staff etc. I was even compelled to buy the English Grammar For Dummies book as I was afraid I would pass on incorrect information to my children when it came for them to learn how to read and write. Granted, it’s still sitting up on a shelf in a closet somewhere…maybe I should have purchased the Kindle Fire edition!! Did I mention how grateful I am for my Kindle dictionary? So another reason I continue to read is to keep the brain cells firing.

My main passion is for Historical fiction, which is funny because History was my worst subject in high school and college! Maybe if the information was in the context of a story, I would have done better. I love reading the stories that are based in true settings, pulling from geographical locations, historical events etc. The stories set around Kings and Queens and other historical figures especially pique my interest. I loved reading The Memoirs of Cleopatra and the series  about Anne Boleyn and her family by Philippa Gregory. Currently I am reading The Dark Monk: A Hangman’s Daughter Tale  which reaches into the deep and dark history of the Knights of the Templar…LOVE IT!

When I need a break from historical fiction, I love a good drama or suspense. I have read a few books lately that deal with the world of drug addiction. I work with the foster care system and see how drugs affect children every single day. It’s so easy to place blame on those parents and wonder how they could possibly fail the children that they brought into this world. While it doesn’t completely quell those thoughts, it does help to read the story from their side, or at least how the author portrays their side. I read a book about serial murders, a convict and a child affected by molestation. Yes, it’s been a dark summer of reading but I truly enjoyed each book.

I think I’ll need to get back to books like The Hunger Games Trilogy and The Twilight Saga Collection for a while. Even though they are “young adult” novels, most of my adult friends have read them. They are truly entertaining and great if you like action, adventure and young love.

And then there is the mommy porn…Yes, I read all of the Fifty Shades Trilogy . Now, I must admit it wasn’t for the story line…however, it did have enough of a story to keep me moving onto the next book. I was getting a little tired of reading “my sex” or “my inner goddess” and the scenes were getting a little repetitive and overdone…but it didn’t stop me from reading…nor did it for others it appears ;-).

So, even though I read a wide variety of books, the story is what pulls me in. Once I start a good book, I have a really hard time putting it down. Whereas my husband may not be able to understand that, I try to liken it to having the power go out while he is watching a really good movie or a tennis match…very frustrating and you can’t wait to get back to the story and see what transpires.

Well, enough about me…Why do you like to read? Do you have a favorite genre of books? How often do you read?