Monday I shared that I have five addictions – some healthy, some not. I’m not ashamed of any of them, and, in fact, I’d like to share them with you!
Join me this week as I reveal the five big addicting categories and the top five loves within those categories. I’ll call it my ‘My Five 5’s’.
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Here’s my fifth addiction –
I have always been a book worm for as long as I can remember. One of the things I treasured most when I was a kid was my book collection. I had all the Babysitter’s Club books (which I have for my girls), Mad magazines, and lots of National Geographic magazines.
For as much reading as I do, one would think I have a great vocabulary. Alas, I do not; however, I still like to read and learn new words.
Unlike when I was younger and kept every book I got my hands on, as an adult I have a very small library. I am very selective when it comes to adding a book to my collection. It has to have more than the standard ‘value of worth’ to me.
Every book written has a value of worth. Rather it be great or not, it still has some meaning to someone out there. The higher value of worth to me, the more likely I’ll keep it. This is not to say I limit myself to my collection. No, no – I read everything I get my hands on!
The reason I like to read is because I can:
- learn about new places besides the area in which I live.
- learn history.
- draw inspiration from someone else’s story of courage, failure and success, etc.
- let my imagination run free in an author’s world they created.
- broaden my perspectives and be more open minded and less ignorant.
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My top five favorite books and their author (in no particular order):
- The Well Of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall– This is a 1920s fiction about Stefan, daughter to a wealthy, but very down to earth couple and how she discovers her true identity. Released in the late 1920’s, the novel was banned in England and nearly banned in the United States because it’s basis of homosexuality. I’m glad it was not. It is NOT a sexually charged book as some assume that it is. It is about a woman looking for herself, the love of her life, and her happiness and sorrow. This book is a piece of literary art. I have read it four times in the last eight years I have owned it, and recommend for everyone to read it.
- The Quiet Game by Greg Iles– This is the first novel I read by Greg Iles. I immediately fell in love with the main character, Penn Cage, and the story he unfolds in this novel. In this story, Penn, a writer, has recently lost his wife and has traveled to Natchez, Mississippi to raise his daughter closer to his family. Upon arriving he stumbles on some interesting stories and secrets in the town. No one is talking, but together with another reporter, Penn uncovers some startling facts and solves a long ago mystery. Penn’s character is not limited to this novel. There are numerous novels in which Penn appears. I own and have read all of Mr. Iles’ novels and I have not been disappointed with any of the books. Update (February 2015): His second book in his current trilogy, The Bone Tree, is listed below in the Amazon box.
- Love, Ellen by Betty DeGeneres– This is a book written by Ellen DeGeneres’ mother, Betty. It tells the story of Ellen and her ‘coming out’ story through the eyes of a mother. It is a fantastic read with some great photos! It is refreshing to read about a mother accepting her child with unconditional love. Betty is Ellen’s number fan and the book radiates that love and support.
- The Story of ‘Hernan der Norweger’ Auschwitz Prisoner #79235: As told by Herman Sachnowitz to Arnold Jacoby
– A nonfiction story that follows Herman Sachnowitz through his life in the infamous concentration camp during the Jewish Holocaust. The book is filled with history and unknown truths, but also with pain and heartache. The book is only 288 pages, but it took many months for me to read it due to the graphic experiences of Herman. I cried through many parts and could only read a few pages at a time; however, I suggest everyone to read this book if a copy can be obtained. It will shed some light on unknown truths of Auschwitz.
- The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald– Everyone knows of the story of Gatsby because of the recent movie release, but I recommend everyone to take the time to read it and truly grasp the essence of this novel. The novel almost didn’t become a classic, but after being distributed to the soldiers at war, gained popularity and is now a world renowned classic. It is littered with symbolism (which I love), truth, and self-realization as told by the narrator, Nick. It is a book that I read many times over and cannot put down once I start reading it. The movie did it no justice, but I still enjoyed the music and ‘flashiness’ of it all.