My passion for reading started when I was just a kid. Both my brother and I were avid readers, devouring all the books we could. I loved losing myself in a story and finding a new adventure on every page. Over time, I developed the skill of speed reading too (not on purpose, it just happened). So, I go through books really quickly, especially now that my kids are a little older and I have more free time to read. You’d think that reading would be a hobby that is harmless; however, I’ve found that reading is a bit hazardous to my health. I get engrossed in a book at night and can’t put it down, so I end up getting to sleep super late. The results are not pretty when I have to get up the next morning to get ready for work.
I enjoy reading books of various types, but generally avoid ultra romance novels (a little romance is fine, but I won’t read it if there’s a Fabio-look-alike on the cover!) & thrillers (i.e. scary books!). My favorite books are women’s fiction and courtroom/life dramas.
This is my latest pile of books. I typically go through this many books in about 1 to 1-1/2 weeks. I rarely read a book twice, at least on purpose (there have been times when I’ll get part-way through a book and it will dawn on me that I’ve read it before!). The only exception is the Twilight series. I’ve read all of the books twice and feel like I’m due for a 3rd reading. These are really the only books I’ll keep long-term. The rest of my books are passed on to others so that they can enjoy them as well.
Because I read so much, I refuse to pay store-price for a book. I get most of my books from garage-sales, book sales, Salvation Army, etc. as well as from friends and family. I tried PaperBackSwaps.com for a short time, but found that I was paying more for books than I like (the books are free, but shipping costs are not cheap even using Media Mail rates). But then last Friday, I finally got around to getting my library card here so now I can read for free. I’d been wanting to get a card for awhile; but held off mainly because my library locations are not that convenient and I wasn’t sure how often I could get there. My schedule is a bit looser now, so hopefully this won’t be an issue.
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