A to Z: Reading

Today’s post for the A to Z Challenge is: reading.

I’ve always loved to read. When I was a kid, I used to read everything I could get my hands on. I read the entire children’s section of the local library (and plenty of the adults). I read the encyclopedia of animals I got for a present. I read my fathers magazines. I would even read the labels at the table if I had nothing else. 😉

My brother is the complete opposite. I don’t think he’s picked up a book in years. Last I heard he checked out a couple of comic books, but that’s about it. I can hardly believe how little he reads and how different we are in that respect. Our parents were both voracious readers. I don’t know how my brother feels, but I’m sure glad I followed in their footsteps. At least in that respect.

It constantly amazes me how few people like to actually read these days (not to mention real books). People love their electronic gadgets. They’re on the phone, iPod, computer, electronic games, etc, I see it all the time. I rarely see someone peacefully sitting and enjoying a good book anymore.

I always bring something to read with me anywhere I go. It helps a lot when standing in line, or put on hold, or waiting in the Drs office. Thank god for e-readers! I can bring more with me when I ship out to work now- maybe even enough to last the whole hitch without overloading my luggage allowance!

I’m so glad I can relax with a good book once I get off watch. I can go to my tiny little cabin and escape to some insanely wonderful adventure. I can travel back in time to the world of the dinosaurs. Or forward to live on Mars. I can become a spacefarer, or a zombie hunter, a vampire or an elf, a beautiful heiress, a swashbuckling pirate, an arctic explorer, or anything I can imagine.

I can escape reality for a while and let my mind play.

I wish more people were able to enjoy reading as much as I do. I almost feel sorry for people who don’t read, they’re missing out on so much. The books are out there, just waiting for readers. You can even get them for free! 🙂

Have you read any good books lately?

Do you prefer real books, or e-readers?

I’ve been rather distracted the last couple of weeks with all the time I’ve spent trying to deal with my computer issues (it’s still not fixed), but here’s what I’ve been reading in April…

Magazines: National Geographic, National Geographic Traveler, Lonely Planet, AFAR, Professional Mariner, Workboat, Seaways, Sea History, First, Woman’s Day, Fantasy & Science Fiction, Money, International Living, Fund Your Life Overseas and Reason.

Books: Adrift, Know Your Boat, Born Evil, Oil Painting Techniques, Sand In My Bra, Paint It, Promise of Paradise, Bluewater Handbook, NOS4A2, and still working on Years Best Science Fiction, Horror (the best of the year 2006) and Off the Tourist Trail. 🙂

I really do have a never-ending list!


3 thoughts on “A to Z: Reading

  1. Me and my brother sound like you and your brother. I love to read and … well, I don’t know when he last picked up a book. (Aside from studying for classes, that is.)

    I really, really like old books from antique stores. I love the way they smell. 🙂 And if I have a choice, I buy hardback books from my local bookseller. Love spending hours looking through books there! And don’t even get me started about picking books at the library! But e-readers actually make reading easier. I love that even if I forget a “real” book at home, I can access books on my phone or tablet to keep me entertained while waiting on whatever…

    I’ve currently got a goal of reading two books per month for the rest of the year. I succeeded last year, but I always manage to find something to keep me busy and away from reading. That’s why goals like that are useful for me.

    Do you have a reading goal? Or are you better than me at just reading for fun whenever you feel like it?

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    • I know what you mean about bookstores. I love them too, especially old ones. There’s one in Portland, OR. Powells, have you ever been there? It’s fantastic. There was another good one downtown St Pete, near where I grew up. It was great too but I can’t remember the name of it.

      I need to stop buying books and just go to the library!! I’m so happy for my Kindle, at least I don’t have to worry about what to do with the book after I finish it. Keep it to read again, try to sell back at Half Price Books, or donate to library?

      I’ve been trying to pack up and move, but I have SO many books! I hate to give them up when I saved them all because they were so good I wanted to read them all again at some point. I’m slooooowly working my way through them. 😉

      I never really had a reading ‘goal’ unless it was for school or something. I am on goodreads and just signed up for their reading challenge. I put down for 50 books this year. So far I’m on track. 😉 Are you on there too?


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