Saturday, 25 October 2014

I Love Reading - Things I Love #25


The greatest thing about Reading is the fact that it is
one of the easiest hobbies to have.

I was enticed to read at a young age because my mother was an avid reader using the library as if it were her own personal set of book shelves.

Everyone who worked in the library knew my mum.

When the library started to really confine each person to only 4 books at a time it wasn't good enough for my mum so she got a library card in my gran's name and one in my dad's name and took out the extra books for herself using them.  Of course the librarians knew and just let her do it - all books were always returned and quickly as she needed to come for her next fix of reading material.

We also had several books at home because she used to go to house auctions and buy box loads of books.

So I was intrigued by the books of Enid Blyton such as the The Faraway Tree and of course the Famous Five and the Secret Seven to start with and then on to The Chalet Girls by Elinor Brent-Dyer and Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild.

Eventually I got caught up with Agatha Christie mysteries and fell in love with Miss Marple and Poirot.   I believe that my enjoyment of her novels are one of the reasons why I mostly still tend to pick out Mysteries and crime novels to read.

But that was all years ago so what about my love of reading today.



Why do I read?

Because even though many years have passed it still gives me
great pleasure to sit down and read.

I get so engrossed in a good book that time slips by so quickly and what do they say?

"Time flies when you are enjoying yourself"

So I am obviously enjoying myself.




Where do I read?

Anywhere at all provided I have something to read.

In the summer months I like to sit in the back garden and read.

I know that some people have a particular place in the house to sit and read but I will sit anywhere although I quite like to be in one of our recliner chairs or have my feet curled up under me on the couch.
I like my comfort!



What do I read?

I'm not a newspaper person at all.

I'm not really a magazine person either.

It used to be books but then it became ebooks as well.


When we travelled we used to have to think about space and weight in our suitcase because of the books we wanted to take on the trip.

When I was going out for the day I wanted to make sure I had a handbag that would hold my current book.

Now with ebooks things have changed and I just have to make sure my handbag is not too small that I can't have my kindle in it


or my iPad because of course I have the Kindle app as well.

But now I am also into reading blogs.

As I mentioned previously I tend to read a lot of crime or murder or mystery stories but with reading more blogs now I get a lot more of a mixture of topics with much more non fiction and how-to tutorials.

Of course the main book I come back to all the time is the Bible because I believe it is God's Word so therefore is the most important book to read.



When do I read?

When I am in bed - I am rather a night owl so propping up the pillows and a cold drink beside me is ideal.  My lighted cover for my kindle is good for this so that I don't disturb Fred he falls asleep.


When I am relaxing by the pool or on the beach on holiday - in fact that is almost all we do on some of our holidays.



When I am waiting for something to cook - unfortunately I am known for burning the sausages!

When I am waiting to meet someone in a coffee shop

When I have to spend time waiting in the car.

When I am in front of the computer supposedly writing my blog - I can be easily distracted.

Anytime I have some time.



Who do I read?

Well I don't think I can remember the last time I read Enid Blyton.

But I do still read Agatha Christie as you can see in my blog post  I Love Poirot  from just two days ago.

I am also fond of books by:      

Randall Arthur
Lynwood Barclay
Terri Blackstock
Sigmund Brouwer
Davis Bunn
Brandilyn Collins
Nelson DeMille
John Grisham
Dee Henderson
Karen Kingsbury
Frank Peretti
Penelope Stokes

I have had the pleasure to meet Randall Arthur (although that is his pen name) when he accepted my request for him to come and speak at a Ladies Brunch I helped to lead in Belgium once a month.
Just like his books he is a lovely, gracious man.

I was also pleased to be involved in the launch of one of Davis Bunn's books last year.


Most of the authors listed above are Christian authors and I do prefer to read Christian fictions because of the bad language that I find in most other books and the terrible unhealthy descriptions of despicable acts that people seem to think must be included these days.

Because of that type of thing I stopped reading a book, after a few chapters, one day as I rode the tram home in Belgium and threw the book into the rubbish bin.

I do not believe in putting things into my mind that are disgusting or brutal.



So What Would I Recommend?



Often when another woman would ask me to suggest a novel my first thought will be the first one I read by Penelope Stokes called The Blue Bottle Club     
I loved that book and have gone back and read it twice since.






          Another book I would tell others about is the first one 
          I read by Davis Bunn called   The Presence  
          and when you read it you will understand the title.





A non Christian book that my daughter and I both loved and talk about with great affection is 
The Time Traveller's Wife  and some day I will read it again and review it on the blog.


I have reviewed various books on my blog so if you are looking for a book to read do have a look at the Book Reviews Page  and then enjoy a good read.



I can not finish this blog post without recommending the most important book of all, the book that can change your life forever and I truly mean forever 
- that book is the Bible.

That book can be found in most of the bookshops and libraries.
That book can be found freely on the internet.
That book can be read on a kindle
That book can be read via an app on an ipad or any other tablet.

There is no excuse for not being able to get a copy of the Bible now but if you would like some advice or help in starting to read it then just leave me a message in the comments and I will link you up with some simple Bible reading notes or Bible study.

You can also have a look at the very short 321 video at the top of my side bar.




Thanks for joining me for another one in this challenge & please drop by again later for the others in this Challenge.  If you would like to see a list & links to all of the 31 days just click here on Things I Love 

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11 comments:

  1. I enjoy reading too Sandra, although I don't make as much time for it now as I'd like to. I laughed when you mentioned Enid Blyton... I used to LOVE reading those series!!

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  2. Hi Sandra, thanks for this lovely post. I found you at the Read with Me party from Chantelle's blog. I love reading too. Happy Reading.
    Julie @ Julie's Lifestyle

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  3. And I love this post. I too love reading, it allows me to escape into a world where I myself need not worry, my imagination can run wild and I can relax just for a little while :) thanks for linking up with #readwithme x

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  4. great stuff - love the idea of the 31 days challenge :-)
    #readwithme

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  5. I found you on Chantelle's blog #readwithme. I love reading too and your post has reminded me of how I must find the time to do it more often. Polly x

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  6. I love reading! I like books, feeling them and holding them comforts me. I am not a kindle person. I like or rather LOVE books! I am always looking for something good to read.

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  7. when my kids were little, I read books their level, I read Nancy Drew, Hardy books I didn’t know when I was young. Now I write books myself, I read before my sleep.

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  8. I too love reading and read a couple of books a month with the kids :)

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  9. We had the same idea this week! I love getting suggestions for books. I'll add these to my list...

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  10. Reading seems to be be a theme for letter R....I read for pleasure and I find myself reading at odd spots...only bad thing is if it is an emotional plot it's not so great to have teary eyes at say, the auto dealers while getting an oil change! I do recommend joining a book club to read and discuss one book; it has opened new doors for me♪ http://lauriekazmierczak.com/recharging/

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  11. Reading is wonderful! I really miss having the time to read. I can't seem to hardly make it to all the blogs I love reading.

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