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Cat-reading-a-bookWhat could be better than curling up on the couch on a cold, dreary day with a good book?  The only thing better would be to have Steve Perry there reading with me.  That’s another story.  Back to reading a book I am an avid reader and love to read a great romance novel.  I also love to read mysteries and biographies.  I get a kick out of finding out why people do the things they do.  I am currently reading about my (and millions and millions of others) idol in the 70’s – David Cassidy.

Being a lover of a great romance novel, it becomes obvious that Danielle Steel is one of my favorite authors.  She has written countless number of novels.  Each one has its own unique qualities and her attention to detail keeps the mind trying to figure out what will happen next and with whom.  The most memorable book of hers, for me, is The Long Road Home.  It deals with a very dark and despicable subject – child abuse.  The gory details of the abuse made me cringe when reading.  If this poor child did not suffer enough as a child, adulthood was not much better.  The strength of character of this child and young adult is truly inspiring.  It made all of my problems seem small.

However, my favorite book of all time is The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton. The struggle of three brothers to stay together and do the right thing in a world that makes it nearly impossible.  Hinton also wrote That Was Then, This Is Now and Rumble Fish.  Both of them were also memorable books.

No matter what type of book you enjoy reading, books are a chance to escape to a world you might not otherwise have known.  You can escape into an era before our time such as medieval or even the wild west.  Life on the prairie, jet-setting around the world, or just the trials and tribulations of everyday life can be experienced if only in our imagination.

Books can also teach us about anything we have a desire to learn. Have you ever wondered how many calories are in a Big Mac?  How to build a bookshelf?  What kind of dog is best suited to your life style?  There are books that have the answers.  We have been surrounded by books all of our lives.  Parents read us books when we are too young to read.  We spend 12+ years with textbooks learning everything we need to lead productive lives.  Most people spend another 4+ years with bigger and more expensive textbooks to become expert in their chosen field of study.  As life becomes more hectic and our stress levels reach a point never before seen, we have more books to either help us deal with that stress or escape from it. 

bookshelvesBooks are an integral part of everybody’s life in some shape or form.  I have two six-foot high bookshelves that are stuffed – and I really mean stuffed – full of books.  Whatever you want to learn, you can assured that there is a book out there that will give you the exact answer you are looking for.  And it does not matter where and when you want to escape to, there is a book out there that will take you there.

So I urge everyone to grab a book and escape.