There are no pictures. There are no buttons that make noise when you push them. There are no tabs, pulls or pop ups. I reacquainted myself with this marvelous thing weekend.
What was I missing?! I had forgotten how calming it was to dive into the plot of a good fiction novel. To forget your surroundings, stresses and chaos around you. I used to read stacks of books as a child, staying up way past my bedtime hidden under the covers just so I could finish the next chapter. In college I read because I was forced to endure painful text books and was turned off to reading all together. Next came self help books about marriage and love and babies. Then I soon graduated from not reading at all to reading picture books about trains, bunnies and baby faces. I couldn't fathom picking up a reading material that did not contain bright pictures, glossy pages, recipes and perfume samples.
But I did.
This past week I checked out a book from the library (honestly, because the title sounded cool and the picture on the cover was intriguing...who says you can't judge a book by it's cover?!) with high hopes of kick starting a reading habit. I slowly read the first chapter and then I was hooked. My mind was taken to another place and time as I dove head first into the plot of the story. I read the entire book in one day and even in the car (I usually end up sticking my head out the window with car sickness) I have the bug. I even went to the bookstore and purchased another book to read on the way home. Apologies to my family which I completely ignored on the car ride to and from. So now that my newly restored love for reading has returned, I have a big stack of books by my bed, ready to be devoured. It won't happen during the day, but it will be my little escape at night.
What do I like to read? Strange as it may seem, I love a good eerie ghost story, especially if it's historical. I love mysteries and of course the classics and pretty much anything without a cheesy story line. I know many of you are also avid readers so I'm going to ask for some suggestions on new reading material. So have at it. Suggest away. I'm looking forward to hearing what you've been reading!