Reading is good for your soul

Have you ever started reading a book only to later realize that you just can’t put it down.

“I’ll finish this chapter and then turn off the lights and go to bed!” you say with conviction.

Two hours later and you’re still going…There have been some books that have seriously done this to me.  I’ve stayed later after work just to finish the chapter that I was on.  I’ve stayed up way too late to get a little further into a book.  I’ve fallen completely in love with the characters in a story, and the story itself, causing me to hunt down the other books in the series.  You KNOW what I’m talking about.

Reading really is a passion just as much as writing can be.  That can in fact be said about any sort of artistic talent.  It’s a release of everything in your mind and heart.  A good author can bring out emotions in you that you’ve always tried to suppress and keep hidden from the world.  They touch your soul.

Some books have lessons built within their stories, and that can happen on so many levels.  Some really make you stop and think and then go back and read again what you have just read because it touched your heart or mind.  You might highlight that particular passage because it means something to you.

What books have done that for you?  What books have you not been able to put down because there was just something about the story that kept you going?  What books have actually changed your life?

I’ve thought about doing reviews for different things along the years.  The problem is that I can get entirely too biased about the authors who create these worlds that I absolutely adore.  That’s not exactly an effective review.  I may still think about doing that since I’ve tried to think of other things to write about here.

For now, though, I’ll share a list of some of my absolute favorite books and authors.  Enjoy!

Authors

  • Stephen King
  • Dean Koontz
  • Edgar Allen Poe
  • William Shakespeare
  • Jim Butcher
  • Margaret Weis & Tracy Hickman
  • George R. R. Martin
  • Piers Anthony
  • Ernest Hemingway

Oh hell, that list could go on forever.  I’ll admit that much of reading revolves around Fantasy, Science Fiction, Horror, Mystery, and Suspense.  Reading is an escape from our every day activities!

Books

  • The Legend of Huma (Margaret Weis & Tracy Hickman)
  • A Farewell to Arms (Ernest Hemingway)
  • The Old Man and the Sea (Ernest Hemingway)
  • The Body (Stephen King – Also a movie called Stand by Me)
  • The Green Mile (Stephen King)
  • Shade of the Tree (Piers Anthony)
  • The Hobbit (J. R. R. Tolkien)
  • The Lord of the Rings (J. R. R. Tolkien)
  • Where the Red Fern Grows (Wilson Rawls)

I could really go on and on with this list. I won’t say that I’ve read too much.  I believe that I haven’t read enough.  Reading really is good for your soul.  There’s nothing like that escape from reality.

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