Love affair with Books

@lazeebee (5468)
Malaysia
June 11, 2008 3:01am CST
Wonder anyone is as crazy as me - fancy my first love is a book (by Endi Blyton)? Since then, the books and authors have changed, but I'm still having my love affair with books. Nothing like getting yourself comfortable on a sofa or plushy cushions on the floor, fortified with potato chips and peanuts, and losing yourself in an interesting book! I'd go to endless book sales - hunt out secondhand bookshops in search of more books. My main interests are crime, detective, forensic science and horror. Terribly morbid, isn't it? However I learnt about a police investigation, a crime scene, the works in a forensic lab, the working of a criminal mind! I enjoy books from Ed McBain, Lawrence Sanders, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (the famous Sherlock Holmes series), Jonathan & Faye Kellerman, Ruth Rendell, Elizabeth George, and I recently discovered Martha Grimes. Even if I go on vacation, I pack a book or two. Nothing beats reading a book at the beach or poolside in the shade of a lounge umbrella or a palm tree!
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@horsesrule (1884)
• United States
11 Jun 08
I feel the same way, I have had a love affair with books my entire life. I've even gone so far as to plan trips out of town just to look for books! And I was not even a bookseller or anything, they were all for me! I was very detailed when I planned my book trips. First I would find out if there were lots of thrift stores or used bookstores for me to visit and then I would get a map of that city and then I would call each bookstore or thrift store that I wanted to visit and get their nearest cross streets. This was all before the Internet made map questing so easy. On one trip, my friend, daughter and I visited approximately 40 thrift stores and used bookstores in four days!
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@lazeebee (5468)
• Malaysia
12 Jun 08
Wow, 40 bookstores in 4 days - that sounds like my dream vacation. Too bad my spouse doesn't share my love of books. Here we have monthly sales by Payless (a chain of secondhand book stores)and in the vicinity of where I stay. I'd go and mop there, just going through the titles, seeking more books and titles.
@naseeha (1388)
• India
12 Jun 08
I too feel the same way about books and it was an Enid blyton book which hooked me to reading. I still remember the title of that first book,"Mr Galianos circus" We dont get good books here and even if we do it is very costly to buy. I try to get hold of good books and it is becoming more and more difficult to get them.
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@lazeebee (5468)
• Malaysia
12 Jun 08
Hi Naseeha, maybe we are luckier here. Payless (a chain of second-hand bookstores) has their warehouse sales monthly, and we get to buy to our heart's delight at considerably low prices.
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@naseeha (1388)
• India
12 Jun 08
I dint expect a best response for that.... Anyways thank you You people are so lucky i feel jealous of you.... We dont even have good libraries in our place. Anyways happy mylotting
@Savvynlady (3686)
• United States
12 Jun 08
I have a similar love. I will get books by folks I enjoy(I had cousins in the West Indies who loved Enid Blyton)and just sit and read them. Next to surfing online and taking a bubble bath, I am happy reading a good book and listening to some music.
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@lazeebee (5468)
• Malaysia
12 Jun 08
Have you tried reading a book while taking a bubble bath? Sounds comfy.
• United States
12 Jun 08
Yes I have, but for some reason, I don't stay that long unless it's really good.
@PearlGrace (3172)
• United States
12 Jun 08
Hello lazeebee. I, too, love reading and books. There's nothing like a good book sale to get the ole juices flowing, is there? I must admit that I like some of the same kind of books that you do: Ed McBain is great. I love true crime books and books about serial killers and murderers. But, I also like many other kinds of books, too: mysteries, comedies, stories of families and relationships, and nonfiction ones, also. Reading on a vacation is a wonderful way to relax. I even read out by our pool after swimming my 100 pool lengths! Even so, I've sort of gotten away from reading as I spend so much time on the internet now. You've reminded me I need to try to find more time to read. Take care. PearlGrace
@lazeebee (5468)
• Malaysia
12 Jun 08
Hi, if only everyone is so understanding - no one seems to understand the luxury of reading a book by the pool or beach side. To them, I'm wasting money, just to travel on vacation, and then plomp down with a book! I wonder if the book-lovers arrange a vacation together, what would happen?
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• United States
12 Jun 08
Well, lazeebee, if the book-lovers took a vacation, probably one of two things would happen: either they'd all be in their rooms reading or they would be together gabbing about books. I must say that I do try to mingle with the locals and explore when I take a trip. Then, I read late in the evening. It's great. And, I even try to find a book that is set in the city or a similar place like where I am visiting. That makes it really fun! PearlGrace
• United States
11 Jun 08
I love my books and cant survive without them. I always have a book with me where ever i go. People keep telling me i need to get rid of some of them and i just can't seem to do it. I love to read about the fantasy worlds that others create. I also reread them if i really enjoyed them. My preferences range from romance novels to horror to any book that mentions vampires. I have read a few self help and autobios as well. I just love to read and can never get enough of it.
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@lazeebee (5468)
• Malaysia
12 Jun 08
Right - I don't want to be separated from my collection, and many unread. Sometimes I wonder if I were to die suddenly, what's going to happen to my books? Crazy, right?
• United States
12 Jun 08
I was thinking the other day that if the house caught on fire, how many of my books could i save. Why the thought came to me i'll never know but it was there none the less.
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@kenzie45230 (3563)
• United States
12 Jun 08
I'm with you. Reading is my passion. I could do without my cell phone and even my computer, as long as I had lots and lots of books to read. :-) I like mystery and crime novels as well. But I'll read anything - even cereal boxes :-) - except romance novels. Yuck.
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@lazeebee (5468)
• Malaysia
12 Jun 08
Dear Kenzie, no romance novels? I've tried them during my teenage years (Mills & Boons, Barbara Cartland)...oh my...I'll stick to horror, crime, just like you.
• China
12 Jun 08
I like reading books,but i dont have time everyday.usully i read it on weekends.i like the novels such as investigation,horror fiction.in total,i read books as my entainment times.
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@lazeebee (5468)
• Malaysia
12 Jun 08
Zhiqi, I'd read books before sleeping and on weekends - there's hardly enough time for reading, I agree with you.
@paid2write (5204)
11 Jun 08
I'm book crazy too. The first book I ever read all on my own was by Enid Blyton. I can remember it clearly. I sat down and read it to myself. It was a Noddy story so it was not very long but I read every word from beginning to end and I felt so pleased. I have been a book lover ever since. I recently started to read Elizabeth George novels as I enjoy reading crime and murder mysteries. I've read two of hers so far - all 800 pages - and I have another waiting to be read when I finish my latest Robert Goddard book. I buy all mine secondhand too.
@lazeebee (5468)
• Malaysia
12 Jun 08
My books are second-hand too; I've bought a number of Elizabeth George - some still not read yet. I love her style of writing - the mystery in a pot of unfulfilled emotions (you know, St James, Deborah, Lynley and Lady Helen). Have just discovered Martha Grimes - her books center round this character, Supt Jury, from Scotland Yard. Don't know why, but I love stories set in the British environment.
• United States
12 Jun 08
I love books, Neil Gaiman and Alan Moore are my favorite authors. Neil Gaiman is an amazing author. I highly recommend "American Gods". Ladies, if you are sick of romance novels, and you have been to Hell and back in your life like I have, read "American Gods".
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• India
12 Jun 08
my affair with books is a fluctuating one. actually i am not much of a reader. but whenever i get the opportunity or come across a popular book, i do try to read it. but my favorite one is doctors by erich seagal.it is a fantastic piece of work. well written, well judged and and does make you feel nostalgic after you read it.
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@budz08 (55)
• Philippines
12 Jun 08
Me too, I really love reading books...I love the works of Judith McNaught, Jude Deveraux, Sidney, Paolo Coelho and others...
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