Life Between Pages

| 6/30/2008 3:45:24 PM

Bookcase1“I cannot live without books.” —Thomas Jefferson

My world revolves around words. Writing is enjoyable, and it’s a major source of job satisfaction. I find something magical about a great movie script or the dialog on a television show, when well written. However, writing’s second in my book.

I live to read.

The old adage could be paraphrased to fit my life perfectly: I live to read and I read to live. If I don’t read something – anything – for enjoyment for a few days, I get a mite cranky. Somewhere in my bag you can always find a book, usually fiction, and often there are two. It depends on how close I am to finishing one.

I remember my younger sisters’ exasperation when one of them would be forced to stand directly in front of me or shake me or shout in my ear, all because I didn’t respond to a call for dinner or chores. My concentration is amazing when I’m reading. Too bad the rest of my life doesn’t enjoy that level of focus.

My youngest sister tells me I’m the only person she knows who finishes a book, puts it down and immediately picks up another to start.

Jean Teller
9/9/2008 8:31:49 AM

Hi, Mary K - nice to hear from another bookworm! I adore the Tempe Brennan books, and have all the paperbacks, which, of course, I have to read as soon as they find their way into my hands. I understand about the panicky feeling, in fact, I'm in it at the moment! Life's been hectic and reading is at the bottom of the list at the moment. Wish I could get myself to utilize used book stores and the library!

Mary K.
9/5/2008 12:35:07 PM

I've obviously never met your youngest sister, since I, too, pick up another book immediately upon finishing one. Reading for me is much like breathing -- automatic, and I get pannicky if I can't do it! Fortunately, I don't become attached to the books I read -- I trade them at the local used book store for MORE books! I guess that's where my frugality and passion for reading intersect. Since we seem to have very similar taste in authors, I highly recommend Kathy Reich's Tempe Brennan series.

Jean Teller
7/2/2008 1:21:58 PM

Kris, I've heard of T.A.Barron, now I'll have to read T.A. Barron! Thanks for the hint. Oh, and a spreadsheet sounds like a wonderful idea! Bill, so good to hear from you! Regional authors would be a good addition to my library, particularly those from Big Sky Country! Thanks!

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