This is What a Bookworm Looks Like

Posted: September 7, 2014 in Human Connections, Self Realization
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When you Google the word “bookworm,” it is my picture that should appear. . . For as long as I can remember, I have loved to bury my nose in a book & lose myself in it. As a child, my mother would kick me outside to play on a nice day & I would find a spot under a tree to read a book & let the rest of the world slip away for as long as I could. . . Back then, I remember reading anything by R.L. Stine (largely all things Goosebumps — which I have discovered my nine-year-old enjoys reading now!) & pretty much every book in The Baby-Sitter’s Club series by Ann M. Martin — in fact I was literally part of the club, receiving a regular package in the mail with Babysitter’s Club memorabilia, along with the latest book. I had boxes upon boxes of it at one point. . . Then, one day, I just outgrew it. I don’t even remember which one of the neighbor kids I gave it all away to — but I do remember passing it all along to someone.

With all of this in mind, it is no wonder that I am finding the Blog-tember Challenge‘s writing prompt of the day to be free-flowing:

“What’s on your current reading list? Or what have you read that you recommend?”

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As an adult, usually, when the topic of my favorite reads comes up, I am extremely quick to mention my favorite author, Dean Koontz. I got hooked on his writing when I picked up a paperback of “Watchers” several years back. I enjoyed it so much, I binge-read a number of his books & even started collecting the paperbacks. I’ve lost a lot of them over the years, as I have had to move around quite a bit, but I still have a few sitting on my bookshelf, even though I haven’t read them in quite some time. His writing contains a good mixture of mystery & science fiction with theological tones. I love that pretty much all of his books leave me thinking long after I’ve read the last page. . .

Then, I am also over 60% of the way through “Innocence” by Dean Koontz. Although I love me some him,I got so enamored by the idea of some other books that it took a back-seat, along with “The City” & “The Neighbor” (a short story) both also by Dean Koontz.

It was Diana Gabaldon that I got turned onto — after reading a blog post, believe it or not! I had also seen a few previews for the new Starz series, “Outlander” & thought it looked interesting. However, since I don’t subscribe to the Starz channel, I thought nothing of it. I didn’t realize that it was based on a book-series until I ran into that post on Cellulite Looks Better Tan. LOL.

I started reading the first book & was hooked instantly. I am currently about half-way through the second book in the series, “Dragonfly in Amber” & my interest has not waned. I am looking forward to making my way through them all. I love that it is such a mix of historical references, along with action & romance. The time-travel aspect just adds to the intrigue, rather than sending it over the top. It’s beautifully written & I am thoroughly enjoying reading it.20140906_145134

Also on my list to read, although I haven’t started them yet is “Fight Club” by Chuck Palahniuk & “Good in Bed” by Jennifer Weiner. Both of these titles were selected by a group of gals that I am starting to get to know locally. We read “The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green & then got together to discuss the book (& plenty of other things!) as a means to get to know each other. Eventually, we will set a date & time to get together to discuss these two selections as well. Once that happens, I will have to temporarily pause my Outlander readings to move on to these. 😉

Now, there are a few things I must mention while on the subject of reading. The first of which is that the handsome husband surprised me with a Kindle Fire HD last Christmas, along with a small Amazon gift card to get me started. I always thought I loved my paperbacks, but I have to admit that I love my kindle even more! I used the gift card to buy a decent case & screen protector & now I carry it with me nearly everywhere! It is so nice to have all of my books literally at my finger-tips. Technology! I love it!

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The second thing that must be mentioned is the fact that I also have plenty of other types of reading going on right now too. I am enjoying participating in various blog hops (see the section on my sidebar to the left to see the buttons for all of the link-ups I currently participate in — or intend to participate in soon!) so that I am exposed to other blogs & their authors. It is so interesting to me to be able to read other people’s interpretations of real-life occurrences & to get to know them a bit through their writing!

Then, of course, in starting back to college a couple of weeks ago, I also have quite a bit of academic reading; right now, the majority of that stems around the writing process (English 101), women’s history in America (History 201), technology (Computer Information Systems 105), & algebra (Math 121). As I am sure you can imagine, some of that is quite dry & some is quite interesting & applicable! LOL.

At any rate, I obviously love reading — at least as much as I enjoy writing! What have YOU been reading? What’s on your list to read? What have you read that you just LOVE? Comment below, email me at mochamama@calculatedchaos.net, or find me on Facebook. 😉

This post was written in participation of the Blog-tember Challenge hosted by Bailey Jean of the Brave Love blog. Please click here to check out some of the other entries from today. 😉

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Comments
  1. Mandi says:

    I used to love Dean Koontz. My mom is still a mega fan. I loved Fault in our Stars, and of course…Outlander. I see you’ve met my fictional husband. So what are your thoughts? I really need to be called “sassenach” and taken down in the heather by a hottie ginger Scot…ahem…I mean, it’s a really good book, and not just because of Jamie.

    I loved all of them. I spent most of the weekend reading her newest: Written in My Own Heart’s Blood, which is AWESOME. I am a book addict and read like a fiend. One to put on your to be read list is: God Shaped Hole by Tiffanie DeBartolow. Brilliant. And left me with a god shaped book hangover.

    In a few months – or maybe one day…you can read my book. (shameless plug)

    P.S. I read this yesterday but never came back to comment…until now.

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    • Reta Jayne says:

      I am LOVING the Outlander books so far! I am reserving too much discussion about them (other than that) until I get through a few more of them. But, I am finding myself making excuses to be able to read for a bit so I can get a little further into the story. . . I can definitely see the appeal of Jamie.

      I will make a note of “God Shaped Hole”. I am always looking for something else to add to my reading list! It’s good to have options, you know??

      I will keep an eye out for your book & pop in over at your blog from time to time. . . (& I get the reading, then popping back to comment bit. . . Kinda the same thing happened with replying to this! LOL)

      I appreciate you taking the time to read & share your thoughts, Mandi. 😉

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  2. Lulu says:

    Dean Koontz is a brilliant man! The first book I read by him was Velocity, and I think one of my favorites by him is Intensity. He is such a wordsmith.

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  3. msgiddens says:

    Dean Koontz used to be one of my go-to’s! I first encountered him with the Odd Thomas series and I fell in love when I read The Bad Place! If you haven’t read it, it’s definitely worth a trip to your local bookstore!

    I popped over from the Blog-tember challenge, thanks so much for sharing!

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    • Reta Jayne says:

      OMG. The funny thing about Dean Koontz, for me is that I haven’t read a single book from his Odd Thomas series! Other than the books I’ve mentioned here that I have yet to read, I do believe they are the only ones. . . I am not sure why I am holding out on them, but if I had to venture a guess, it’d be one of two things: 1). I want to make sure I always have something of his to go to since I am not fond of re-reading books. or 2). because everyone else seems to love him because of that series & I am stubbornly trying to be “different.” LOL. I suppose it’s really a blend of the two! 😉

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  4. iwillbloom says:

    Fight Club is brilliant! And I’m ashamed to say that I’ve only watched the films of the books from the author of ‘The Fault in Our Stars’, so I’m going to put his books on my ‘must read’ list: if the films were that good, the books must be amazing! What a great idea, that you’re meeting up with local ladies and discussing the books to be able to get to know each other! Great idea!

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    • Reta Jayne says:

      LOL. “Fight Club” is one where I’ve watched the movie, but haven’t read the book. Then, in the case of “TFiOS,” I have read the book, but haven’t seen the movie! LOL. I haven’t read anything else by John Green, but perhaps I should look into that too. . . 😉

      As for getting together with the local ladies to discuss books, it actually came up because a good number of them are school teachers. They enjoy reading, but have a hard time making the time to read for the fun of it, so this gave them an extra excuse! LOL. 😉

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