Why, oh why…

I love to read.  There are two problems with reading:  1) the book ends and 2) my favorite writers can’t write fast enough.  As is the case with most avid readers, I keep track of when my favorite writers have books coming out.  It’s a thrill for me to “open” a new book from a familiar author.  I put the word ‘open’ in quotes because a great deal of my reading is electronic these days.  It’s too easy, though I vastly prefer thumbing pages.

Reading has always been one of the activities that truly relaxes me.  I’ve been escaping into the world of words since I learned to read.  Libraries have long been places of comfort for me.  Book stores beckon.  Not much is more enjoyable for me than to sit down with a book that grabs my attention…unless I’m plunking down on the beach, by a lake, by a pool, with a good book.

What makes a good read for me?  Obviously a good storyline is imperative.  Settings are integral and must be well described.  But for me, characters draw me in.  I need to be able to identify with characters.  I need to want to spend time with the characters.  I need to despise some characters.  Long story short, when any of my emotions is invoked I’m hooked.

Unfortunately there is a downside to most anything.  Books are finite; they end.  I tear through them because I don’t want to put them down and then…game over.  It’s on to the next writer and another book.  However, due to my fast reading speed, I often find myself in the doldrums…that period of time when my preferred writers don’t have anything out there that I haven’t read.  From time to time I find a “new to me” author and then exhaust that person’s collection of work.  Then I’m back in the doldrums.  The good thing is there is always a glimmer on the horizon, that small margin of knowing the next work is in progress.

What prompted this?  Well, I just finished a really good book.  Find something you like and lose yourself in it.

About thequarryschild

A self-described forensic junkie, Beth Anderson spends her days shaping young minds to ask critical questions and wonder “whodunit.” Beth resides in the Capital District of New York and spends her free time reading and solving the great mysteries. Her love of swimming, tennis and sports provides the basis for one of the lead characters in her new book The Quarry’s Child. Beth is one of the founding members of the Upper Hudson Valley Chapter of Sisters in Crime (aka Mavens of Mayhem), a graduate of the FBI Citizens Academy, a survivor of a visit to an active aircraft carrier while it was at sea, and a published poet in Soundings, a literary journal. Beth continues to instill a love for mystery fiction in her students as she has for over twenty years. Photo credit: Quinn Mulvey
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