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Reading Is Such a Joy

I've just returned home from the library with an armful of books. I'm as excited as any kid in a candy store could be. Four unique reading adventures await me inside the the covers of those books. Which do I read first, which should be allowed to be the last of the four read, perhaps savored a bit more for being last?

It's said that the only thing certain is change. I believe this to be true, but I am thankful that I have never lost my fondness for reading, not since I was first able to do so. The discoveries I've made about the world and about myself in the hundreds of thousands of pages I've read through the years are invaluable to me.

Most of my grandchildren are avid readers, too, a fact for which I am grateful. You're never really alone as long as you have an unread book nearby. You can escape whatever drama may be going on in life, or in the other room, just by picking up something to read.

Ask anyone who knows me well: When I am reading I am oblivious to all that goes on around me. Call my name, I'll not hear you. Once, as a young teen, as I was walking home from the library, I had begun reading one of the books I'd borrowed. I crossed a busy highway, unaware that I was doing so. Thankfully no harm came to me nor did anyone have to even put on their brakes to miss hitting me.

I've long thought I would consider myself a wealthy woman if I had a home with one room filled with books.

Not everyone enjoys reading to the same extent that I do, but I am hopeful that if reading isn't what brings you joy, that there is something else that does.

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BrenndaMarie wrote on October 30, 2015, 4:35 PM

I love to read myself, Ido not read as much as I would like to. I seem to be very busy these days. I read more article online than anything else.

Kasman wrote on October 30, 2015, 4:57 PM

As a young teenager I was an avid reader. Like you I would come home from the library loaded down with books on all sorts of subjects. I also used to regularly visit the second-hand book shops in our area looking for bargains. i was never without a book in my hand but nowadays other things get in the way and I don't read to the same extent and when I do it's usually factual books about science or nature.

Feisty56 wrote on October 30, 2015, 5:34 PM

Life can be very busy, that's for certain. I don't watch television or movies, so reading provides my entertainment. Since my fiance died unexpectedly some months back, I have more time for solitary pursuits. (Would rather be doing couple activities, but we deal with what life hands us)

Feisty56 wrote on October 30, 2015, 5:36 PM

I do a fair bit of online reading, too, but curling up with a good book is my favorite pursuit of all. I can see why with a busy life you don't have time to read longer things such as books, but audio books might be something you'd enjoy to listen to while in the car or doing housework,

LeaPea2417 wrote on October 30, 2015, 5:51 PM

I am just like you in that I love to read. I like going to the library and buying books. It would be nice to have a room full of books,

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JeanC wrote on October 30, 2015, 6:30 PM

I so love to read. Heaven for me is a day when I can simply curl up in my chair and do nothing but immerse myself in my latest book. Alas that doesn't happen very often, so I will read when I can. Usually while walking to lunch or break and back. Of course while on break and lunch. And anyplace else I can squeeze in a page or two LOL!

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alexdg1 wrote on October 30, 2015, 6:44 PM

I've been a reader since I was a toddler; I usually read from a book or news magazine at least for 15-30 minutes every day.

Feisty56 wrote on October 30, 2015, 7:21 PM

A fellow book lover! I've picture a library in my home for decades now -- not sure if it will ever happen, but it's nice to dream.

Feisty56 wrote on October 30, 2015, 7:23 PM

I hear you! If I'm some place without a book, I'll read whatever is nearby. I've learned some interesting stuff that way. : )

Feisty56 wrote on October 30, 2015, 7:27 PM

There aren't many days that I haven't spent some time reading -- it's almost like breathing.

wolfgirl569 wrote on October 30, 2015, 7:56 PM

I love reading too but have never crossed a road without knowing it lol Glad you made it safely

VinceSummers wrote on October 30, 2015, 8:14 PM

What to read is the thing. Read fiction, and you're reading what another person has imagined or experienced. Read history, science, etc., and your reading things that have occurred or that may well be true. I am slow to read fiction these days.

markgraham wrote on October 30, 2015, 9:58 PM

I am most of all a total bookworm. I love to read any book let it be textbooks, fiction, children's or whatever kind of book. I love to read.

Feisty56 wrote on October 30, 2015, 9:58 PM

Thanks -- in retrospect, it scared me. I didn't open any more books while I was walking.

Feisty56 wrote on October 30, 2015, 10:01 PM

And that's why there are so many different books from which to choose! I read a fair amount on non-fiction, but noir fiction has held my interest for decades now.

Feisty56 wrote on October 30, 2015, 10:03 PM

I'm with you -- my natural curiosity takes over and 9 times out of 10, I read the entire book, unless I find it a real snoozer.

CalmGemini wrote on October 31, 2015, 12:07 AM

I too am a book lover.I love reading books than reading online.But of course, in these days I am not getting much reading done.

Paulie wrote on October 31, 2015, 1:23 AM

Please share with us the four reading adventures that you got from the library. I don't have a library available for me where I live. I'll just have to wait until I go to Bangkok three weeks from now to buy some more paperbacks.

allen0187 wrote on October 31, 2015, 1:39 AM

I love reading but now, I find myself, trying to make time for it. Hopefully, I can make more tiem for reading. All these unread books are piling up in my bedroom.

TwinkleV wrote on October 31, 2015, 2:27 AM

Excellent! I love reading, I can't get enough of everything. Time doesn't always permit us, but even in chapters, if we can, so much adventure, imagination or learning is gained. I hope you enjoy each to the fullest. Wishing you the very best always.

UmiNoor wrote on October 31, 2015, 2:33 AM

I love to read. When I was young and still in school, the library was like my second home. But now that I'm in a different country from where I was raised, the library is not as good. So now, I find ebooks to read.

crowntower wrote on November 1, 2015, 3:40 AM

Careful! i love reading too why walking and I almost bump to a wall... gladly I was able to sensed it quickly and imagine the harm... plus the harm of being ashamed in front of my officemates which I doubt that they will come running to know if I am okay... but I am sure they will first laugh out loud to the might be scenario before they help me. Lol! But anyway don't cross the street while reading.

I love reading too, but I hate it when it uses all my day and did not earned a bit... i wish I am so rich so I can go read a lot without worrying about daily expenses at home. Heheheh. My family can provide but I am the eldest and i hate being so useless inside our home. I wish I can be somebody whom my family can depend to. anyway I know Christ is always there to protect me and my whole family. And I know Christ has a better plan compare to what I am thinking.

BarbRad wrote on November 1, 2015, 5:11 AM

Reading has gotten me through this half week of convalescence after my cataract surgery Wednesday. The computer screen hurt my eyes and I couldn't dim it, but I'd checked out six large print books before surgery, and I've read five of them so far. Hope I'll be able to start writing again tomorrow.

6snowroses.6doves4peace wrote on November 2, 2015, 10:45 AM

I agree, Feisty! Reading is such a joy! I adore reading. I can't do it for long stretches at a time because it's difficult to hold a book for long periods. Still, love the power of words to transport us to other places and times. I'm just about to start reading Nicholas Evans' fourth novel, THE DIVIDE. Sadly, his fifth novel, was likely his last. A couple of years ago, he and his wife were hospitalized with severe kidney damage after eating poisonous mushrooms. His wife had to undergo a kidney transplant as a result, and he says that he has felt enormous guilt ever since. I pray for them every day. May I ask which books you've borrowed? It can be a tough decision if you have more than one to choose from! Enjoy them all!

Colibry21 wrote on November 2, 2015, 1:26 PM

Like you, I've always been an avid reader. I finish one book, and I have a need to start another. I can't help it. I love to read books.

Mommyjen wrote on November 6, 2015, 4:02 PM

Feisty56 I am a voracious reader myself, that is why I cannot agree more that one is never alone with a unread book. Would you believe that I dont have TV at home but only good books to read and ponder on. My neighbor find it weird lol

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MaggieD wrote on November 20, 2015, 8:25 AM

Reading and writing bring me joy.