Actually it was one of my free books for signing up for The Book-Of-The-Month Club. A poor country boy tends to build up a library primarily of freebies and used books. I got the whole LOTR trilogy for a dime apiece.
I rarely finish a book. I have a habit of getting about half way through and abandoning one for another. There are about a handful - maybe a handful and a half - of books I've actually read cover to cover. And only two I've read twice and would consider reading a third time.
Time. If I had more time I would read more. Perhaps starting with the books I've abandoned.
I always had to make sure they spelled my surname correctly (or as it's been spelled for four generations now - had ancestors who "Americanized" their names when they immigrated, then couldn't settle on how to spell the new ones...)
In my dad's family, growing up on a farm in the Midwest, they always looked forward to the phonebook - and the Sears catalog. To keep on hooks in their outhouse.
Haven't been able to stop since I learned how!
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I love reading and would do book reports for extra credit all through elementary school. It has ebbed and flowed over the years as school and work were busy, definitely picked back up when I joined a book club and also when I figured out how to get library books on my Kindle. I tend to split my reading time between ones new to me and old favorites.
even though I've been reading more fan fics (nothing Tolkien related I'm afraid, it's mostly Jurassic World fanfiction, including one where the Indominus gets away from the Mosasaurus and climbs her way out of the lagoon. Yikes! This story is set after the events of the movie) than actual novels. I don't read as much as I used to, since I used to be able to finish a book the size of Lord of the Rings or Under the Dome in about a month. Now I only read when I'm doing the laundry (which is every two weeks or so). Like some of you probably know by now, I prefer a real book to an e-book, since you don't need batteries to read a real book, so this is something I will remain old school with.
we'd have more than one and we'd vie to find the weirdest names.
Now I look at the credits after a movie for the same thing. Passes the time until the after-credits scene. If you're looking for a diverse culture the folks working "post" on a movie surely represent one.
I suppose I'm dating myself with that line but I believe it. One of the greatest joys of the modern era is that I can carry an entire library with me when traveling -- gone are the days when I'd pack 6-12 paperback books and finish them before finishing my holiday.