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Monday, July 27, 2009

The World Between the Pages

I used to read a lot. I mean, a lot. I was that teenager who had her nose in the book up until the moment when her mom snapped to put the book down for prayer. I was the one walking back to my college apartment, one eye on the street, the other one in the book.

When I start a book, I can't stop. Unless the book is absolutely horrible. Any other kind of book sucks me in. I might roll my eyes a bit, laugh, or even dislike it, but I can't put it down. Not until I'm done.

That explains why I don't read anymore. Or why I didn't. I got caught off my guard when I started blogging and meeting other authors. All of the sudden I'm reading book reviews, talking to authors about their books, and it starts. One snippet of a novel, and I'm crazy, wanting to read the whole thing. I can't stop.

I read a book over the weekend by Tristi Pinkston, called Nothing to Regret. It wasn't the best book I've ever read, and the religion came across a bit corny to me. But it was a fascinating read. It takes place during World War II (well, part 1 does), and is told from the POV of a Japanese-American. We all know what happened to them and their families during WWII.

I couldn't put it down. I read late into the night. I kept thinking, "Just one chapter. Just one chapter." There were many parts I disagreed with, parts I thought were slow. But Tristi managed to hook me, and I wished there were more when I finished.

I have another book of hers, Strength to Endure, sitting on my bed, tempting me, begging me.

This is not good.

And now I have a list of books I want to read. Books I'm going to buy, because if I can get it from a bookstore, I refuse to buy it from Amazon. Inconvenient, yes. But I want to support my local bookstores.

I read a first chapter last night from the book Offworld, and now I'm desperate for the book. Gotta have it. I've also developed quite an interest in the book Liar. I'm going to have to limit my book reading to the weekend. Because I will seriously get nothing else done.


Karen Gowen said...

I just finished Tristi's Strength to Endure. She really is a very very talented writer, and I thoroughly enjoyed this one. The good thing, is that even though you can't put it down, it's not 400 pages! So it makes a good Sunday read.

Mary Gray said...

I need to check out Tristi's books.

But I feel your pain, Tamara! I feel your pain! All the reading, all the writing, the networking, the movie watching (I will admit I love a good flick), and this is BESIDES our families, our callings, or anything else we have going on! But life is rich. I am very happy with the mulititude of good things to do. Needless to say, I am NEVER bored.

Tamara Hart Heiner said...

oh Mary. I love movies. The good (or bad) thing is that I don't like to watch them alone. So while my husband is gone, I haven't watched hardly any! Except Disney ones with the boys.

But I'm going to see him in two weeks, and he's making me bring movies!

Kate said...

I'm the same way. I can't put a book down once I start. I have a very long list of "to read" books now because summer is too hectic! There's almost nothing better than escaping into a book.

David J. West said...

Hey Karen, come on-- lay off the 400 plus page books.


Finding the balance between writing and reading is getting harder, I keep having to snatch bits of the books I am on whenever an opportunity arrises. I think have about 3 or 4 books laying open around the house.

Tamara Hart Heiner said...

yeah...I finished both of those now and I'm not allowing myself to buy anymore books...for at least a week.

Jay said...

Tamara - this is why it takes me forever to read a book when I'm actually in a writing mood. I get in about 15 minutes in bed before I fall asleep! But there are certain books I cannot put down, although my wife is far worse than I. I think she got through the entire Twilight series in a couple of days.

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