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Book Lovers Day

Sunday, August 12, 2018

This week for the Aspire and Inspire teamAugust 9 was Book Lovers Day - Book Lovers Day encourages you to find a place in the shade to relax with a good book. Book reading is a great hobby. It's an important one, too. Employers look for it on resumes. Reading is educational, informative, and relaxing. It makes us both smarter, and happier people. Do you like to read? Do you have a favorite author? What book or books have you read lately?

I just finished reading a great book, The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt, that FLORIDASUN recommended to me. I didn't realize that it had won a Pulitzer Prize for fiction until after I had read the book. Looking at the reviews on GoodReads it seems as though it's one of those novels that you either hate or love. I really enjoyed the book and thought Donna Tartt did a great job developing the characters, describing the surroundings and she had me wanting to read more all the way until the end. I've never read any of her previous works but I have a feeling that I will be reading them at some point in time. I will say, though, that I've never heard of another author endorsing or praising someone else's work. I was intrigued, I suppose you could say, that Stephen King really praised this novel.

Another book I recently read is Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. It's a very unusual book and you can't necessarily lump it into one category or put it into one genre. It's actually a mix of several genres, the Outlander series has elements of historical fiction, romance, adventure and science fiction/fantasy. I had heard a lot about this book and the other books that are in this series but I wasn't sure if I'd enjoy it. I did enjoy it and started reading the 2nd book but before I could finish the book my loan from the library ended and there are many other people who are wanting to read it too so I couldn't check it back out again. I know they've made a television series from it on Showtime but I don't have Showtime and to be honest I'm not sure if I'd want to see it. I read The Game of Thrones books that George R R Martin wrote (but didn't finish) and saw how HBO took a lot of liberties with producing the shows so I'm not anxious to see the television shows of the Outlander novels. Still, what I've read of the books I've really enjoyed. I think Diana Gabaldon is going to be one of my favorite authors.

A book I read not long ago that Amazon recommended to me is Tuckers Way by David Johnson. It's a series of books and right now I'm reading the 2nd book An Unexpected Frost. The funny thing about this series of books is that I can see Kathy Bates as Tucker and Laura Dern as her neighbor. After living in a very poor part of rural Missouri for 12 years I can understand the characters better now than I probably could have before.

As soon as the 2nd book in the Outlander series, Dragonfly in Amber, is available I will finish reading it. emoticon
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    You're quite the reader! If I like a book, it's impossible for me to put it down until I've read the entire book. As much as I hate summer ending, I am looking forward to reading a good book again. Most of my reading is done in the colder months.
    119 days ago
    Great list! I really love the writing of Donna Tartt and am enjoying Dragonfly in Amber very much. Will have to check out David Johnson. Thanks!
    119 days ago
    Those sound like interesting books! emoticon
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  • MNEME2
    I really liked reading The Goldfinch too. Good book.
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  • no profile photo CHAYOR73
    I wish I could read............... if I read or sew I fall asleep within minutes!! emoticon
    121 days ago
    I read constantly! I've read 38 books this year! I haven't read the Goldfinch but it's on my list to read!

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  • JUSTME29
    I read constantly, usually 2-3 books at a time. I read all kinds of books, I particularly enjoy Stephen King, Jim Butcher, Faith Hunter and Patricia Briggs. I like urban fantasy, detective stories, and enjoy a lot of young adult books because the stories are good and they are quick to read. I read the first Outlander book, and the first two GoT books and enjoyed them, but never found the time to read the rest of the series. I'll have to look for Donna Tarrt at the library.
    121 days ago
    I'm afraid I'm not as good a reader as I used to be. I have a book on my tablet (In Farleigh Field by Rhys Bowen) that I read a chapter before I go to sleep, but it's a bit too early for me to say that I'm really enjoying it. I like mysteries and detective novels, but I do try to mix up the genres for variety. Thanks for a great post! (P.S. I love Game of Thrones on HBO.)
    121 days ago
    Thanks for the reviews. Love to read also.
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    121 days ago
    Though I love reading, I'm a super slow reader emoticon I admire how easy you can read books. Keep it up! I'm currently reading Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch series. And following the Outlander TV series.
    121 days ago
    I love reading!! Am reading "Deadly Stillwater" by Roger Stelljes a crime thriller.
    121 days ago
    I am currently into the Gabaldon books, finishing up the 5th. I was lucky the first three were put out on the swap table in my building so cost me nothing and I could have them as long as I wanted, a good thing as I read slowly. Netflix has the series and at first followed the books very closely in the first 2 seasons, than starting really condensing and mixing it up. My sister read the whole series in a month, taking a week or less per book, had no idea she could read that fast, amazing!
    I also took a break and read James Rollins, interesting to me as they are about tech or medical things gone wrong, does real life research to get ideas for his books so scientifically accurate.
    121 days ago
    There are so many wonderful books to read, it’s hard to know what to read next! After you told me you were reading The Goldfinch, I downloaded the audiobook from my library’s app, but I didn’t get a chance to listen to it due to our vacation, and it expired. I’ll eventually get it again or the book to read. I have never read the Outlander series, so I may have to check that out, too! Thanks for the recommendations!
    121 days ago
    Thanks for all the good reviews. Might have to add a couple to my list of books to read.
    121 days ago
  • 2DAWN4
    I will have to put this books on my reading list. Right now I am reading The Deadenders by Erin Saldin. It is a YA book.
    121 days ago
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