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Oh, please read.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

One of my greatest pleasures is reading. I read every day, I read a lot of books, and do it while exercising, and especially read for the sheer joy of it.

My interests in books are varied, and I will read about anything (but romance novels), and love books where I can immerse myself in the characters, and go to the fabulous and varied places a good author leads me.

The above quote is from George RR Martin, who wrote Game of Thrones. I have read the books, have not seen the TV show, and feel like I know those characters much better than the people who are only watching TV. I have never read a book, then seen the movie and thought it was a better experience. Books are better, because you can use your imagination throughout them. They transport you anywhere you want. As good as the Harry Potter movies were, the books were better.

Turn off the tube. Unplug the cable. Read books. You will be smarter, your brain will be engaged, and you can go anywhere you want, with the lift of a page.

I am reading "Hamilton" by Ron Chernow (EXCEPTIONALLY GOOD!!), and finishing "Ready Player One", a great romp of a futuristic read by Ernest Kline.

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    I love to read, but do it rarely except for what I have to read for work. I've been going to my library's online selections to find something to put on my tablet, which I find is the best way for me to squeeze a book into my day. Unfortunately, I am overwhelmed by the selection, and without a good way to choose something, I have yet to download anything. ARGHH!

    Amazon has a great lending library for Kindle owners, but you have to have a real Kindle to use it. Having the Kindle app on your tablet doesn't count. That was a disappointment to me too, but again, I have a feeling that I'd be overwhelmed by the choices. That is something my brain doesn't enjoy that much. Haha.

    I've read book 1 of GoT, and need to read the rest. I'm a big fan of the series, because I love filmmaking and acting and great writing, not because I prefer films over books. I loved the Harry Potter books and the movies equally, but differently. I can be transported by both.

    Thanks for the inspiration! I will get a book for a summer read, promise! XOXOXOX
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    Tell it!
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  • L*I*T*A*
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    I love to read.
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    Huge reader, here... read during my recess walks, even! Been walking and reading since second grade. Read on! emoticon
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    I love to read! When I was a child, my mother would take us to the library once a week. I would check out several books and was content to sit and read in the afternoon. The hard part was making the books last all week! My mother used to force me to go outside to play during summer vacation; especially during the hours when it was cool enough to enjoy being outside. To me, reading was a way to take a mental vacation. How much fun is that? emoticon
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  • JONNA64
    I love to read, but I have the hardest time getting through books very often. I swear that I have undiagnosed ADD! I have many many books that I have gotten about 1/3 of the way through and then put it down and never picked it up again. In fact I read the first book in the Game of Thrones series, and LOVED it! I started on book 2, and less than halfway through I couldn't read anymore-not from lack of interest, but from lack of focus! I keep wondering if I should ask my doctor about it. I would sure like to be able to start a book knowing I can finish it !
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  • no profile photo JEANNETTE59
    I totally agree, I'll take a book over a movie any day! emoticon




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    What kind of exercise can you do and still read? I find once I'm over 3mph on the treadmill I can't read and my exercise is virtually all over that speed. I do like reading, but I find I'm not following the plots as well as I used to; especially I forget some of the characters and have to go back and find them. I am now 67 and worried about cognitive decline. So maybe I need to read more and try harder. My mom's doctor told her to read and then summarize and write it down for brain stimulation. I often exercise to TV, usually aerobics. Another good thing about the TV is that when it is over at a predictable time I'll go to bed, while with the book I may stay up for hours! Got to learn more control with the books. Need my sleep. In the past 9 years most of the reading I have done is reading to my grandkids. I'm ready to read more just for me!!

    Appreciate your book recommendations. Do you use GoodReads or some other list? -Marsha
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    I love reading...and it did not happen to me until way into my adulthood! Now I cherish it and look forward to it! It is like nothing else! I think giving your child the gift of loving to read is essential...I wasn't into reading as a kid...not sure that I understand why, my sister loved it!
    Thanks for your pro reading blog...I hope those who don't read will see this and give it a try...if you can get the right book to get you hooked you will be on your way...
    Stay calm and read!
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    I am very happily working my way through my thousand lives! I love to read stories about different countries, different eras, different viewpoints, different types of people. Why live the same life over and over?!
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  • PHOENIX1949
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    I also love to read--historical fiction are my favorite with a eclectic mixture of non fiction related to history, philosophy, business and psychology/self improvement. I read at home and at the gym and listen to audiobooks will running, walking and driving.
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    I enjoy reading a lot. I can not resist a book that is offered to me, at a yard sale see an ad for one. I have to have it. My husband reads newspapers and magazines. Thats his thing. All of my children are avid readers. Spark on!
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    Ohhhhhh, I love to read too. Between my hubby and I, we could probably supply a library! But that's a good thing.

    DD will read, but only on Kindle. What a sad thing, to me, as part of the thrill is READING THE WORDS ON THE PAGE, TURNING THE PAGES, FEELING the book in your hands.

    I couldn't agree w/you more. I have never, ever found a movie to be better than a book. Always
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    Reading really DOES open up new worlds. I actually made a resolution one year to read 52 books. That was a reduction by HALF of what I'd read the previous year. I discovered I spent so much time reading I wasn't getting OTHER important things done. That year I practically had to stop reading in September in order to pace myself to meet the goal!
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    I don't read as much as I once did. Now most of my recreational reading is done when I'm on vacation or if I'm traveling for work.

    I love Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series (but NOT the 'between the numbers' books - those are usually too silly/quirky for my taste).

    I read everything that Carl Hiaasen writes. His novels are kind of political/comedy/mystery based in FL (where he lives). He's written a few books for young readers, and they are very good too.

    Dave Barry's novels are GREAT. I have read Tricky Business so many times. Laugh out loud funny!

    I still love Stephen King. I started reading his books when I was about 11 or 12. The Stand is probably my all time favorite book.

    When I was driving for more than an hour to work (each way), I listened to books. DH and I still do that sometimes when we are traveling.
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    I read every day too, usually when I go outside with Daisy and Sheba in the afternoons. I love books and I agree with you about reading the book vs. watching it in a movie or television. I've read Debbie Macomber's Cedar Cove series and I enjoy the books because they tell the story about people's lives, each book adding new characters yet including most of the old, and they are very easy reading. I watched the Cedar Cove Hallmark tv series and was very disappointed - they left so much out, the fullness of the characters.

    I wish I could read while I'm exercising - used to be able to but it just makes me dizzy now.
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    Enjoy! Reading can be a great escape.
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  • KIMBER71824
    I love to read too! It's the reason that I became an English teacher! I love that quote. I have instilled the love of reading in my children just as my mother did. I am curious, though. How do you read while exercising?
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  • -POOKIE-
    I love reading and have passed that to my daughter. Her first word, before Mummy or anything else was "book".
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