I’ve been an avid reader as far back as I can remember.  My parents started reading to me as a very young child, and I surprised them by reading on my own long before it was taught in school (at first, they thaught I was faking it and only repeating the words from memory).  Through all the changes I’ve gone through in my life, good and not so good, books have always been there to provide entertainment, counsel, escape, advice and so much more.  Reading is as essential as breathing to me.

It should come as no surprise that I particulary enjoy books about animals, and I offer a wide selection of recent favorites on the Reading List on my website.  In the animal book category, some recent favorites are “Merle’s Door” by Ted Kerasote and “The Daily Coyote” by Shreve Stockton.  Longterm favorites are “The Cat Who Came for Christmas” by Cleveland Armory and “A Snowflake in My Hand” by Samantha Mooney.

For pure entertainment, I enjoy authors like Luanne Rice, Dorothea Benton Frank and Sue Monk Kidd to name just a few.  A particular enjoyable genre in the entertainment category for me are animal-themed murder mysteries, favorite authors in that category are Rita Mae Brown, Clea Simon and Blaize Clement.

When it comes to inspirational reading, the book that has influenced me the most over the last few years is “Ask and It Is Given” by Esther Hicks.  Others in that category are Wayne Dyer’s “Power of Intention” and Christine Kloser’s “The Freedom Formula“.

Why do you read?  What are some of your favorite books and authors and why?  Share your stories!

3 Comments on The joy of reading

  1. Nice to know there is another “early reader” out there. I also read before Kindergarten. My son did, too, but now that he’s in his early 30’s, he doesn’t. My husband and I read to him, his Grandma and Grandpa read to him, but this generation is more visual, and he just doesn’t use his imagination reading books.


    Oh, well.

    Maybe the next generation will be good readers!

  2. Thank you for recommending “The Art of Racing in the Rain”, Jennifer! I checked it out on amazon, and put it on my wish list for the next time I order – it sounds wonderful.

    Amber has an open mind and allows me to read dog books 🙂

  3. Last summer I read “The Art of Racing in the Rain” by Garth Stein. He is a phenomenal writer and if you like dogs (sorry Amber) and value the human animal bond this book is a MUST read! I keep hoping he’ll write another soon!

    I also enjoy Rita Mae Brown, She has an amazing imagination and captures animals’ personalities with exquisite talent. GREAT entertaining novels!

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