Caught Up in a Book

Have you ever been caught up in a book? So caught up that it is playing in your subconscious when you can’t read it? So caught up that you plan times to re-read it?  I have had several books live with me like that.  I am fascinated with the book I am currently reading, but it doesn’t quite have me caught up like that.  I am not letting myself read ahead, and I am just letting each detail unfold. I have not guessed any of what is to come.  So, I am enjoying reading it.

I have been a reader since I was about 8 or 9 and there was a Nancy Drew book in my ‘Easter basket’.  I started ‘The Hidden Staircase’ and 54 years later, I have never stopped.  I love to read books.  I read them in book form, but love my Kindle.  It is back lit, and I can adjust to font to a comfortable size.  I can read it and knit at the same time.  It is easy to find where I left off.  I have a collection of ‘real’ books to read, also.

One of my all time favorites is the Harry Potter Series.  I bought it on Audible last year.  If I am not reading, I am listening to books.  I have them on CD in my car, and Audible on my iPod.  I started Harry Potter book 1 last summer and listened to them in order and without interruption.  It was amazing.  I was on book 5-‘The Order of the Phoenix’ when we had our election. I finished up with’The Deathly Hallows’ around the Inauguration.  The timing was amazing.  I have read or listened to those books multiple times.  Each time I get something new out of them.

Lately, I have been reconnecting with some of the books I read years ago, and lost track of.  My fascination with World War II began with ‘The Winds of War’ and ‘War and Remembrance’ by Herman Wouk.  I had read ‘Anne Frank’ when I was in grade school.  I also loved ‘The Last Convertible’ by Anton Myrer.  I have ‘The Nightingale’ by Kristin Higgins.  I am getting ready to listen to it on Audible.

My fascination with history is influenced by my reading.  My fascination centers around the 1920’s forward.  I have read many stories, and biographies of people from this era.

I am not real interested in lists of dates, lists of events. To me, history is people, history is how lives were lived.  Lived are more than a series of dates.  What music was popular? What were they wearing? What was going on in the world?  Well written historical fiction creates fictional characters and sets them in an historic time.  You can get a feel for what life was like then.  I like my history to be rounded out by good historical fiction of the time.  I like the factual part of history to come from biographies of people that were influencing history.  I also enjoy memoirs written by people about a time they were living.

I learn from what I read, I escape into what I read, I expand my thinking.  I love reading.  I have loved it for most of my life.  I have no idea the number of books I have read.  I couldn’t count them all.

Sometimes a remembered book or story floats up into my mind.  I then have to let it simmer until I can remember what it is. Then I have to find out where I can find it. Reading can be a search, and adventure.

A friend of mine has just such a book teasing at her brain. I have tried to come up with ideas, but so far, not much help.

I did find a fascinating book about Assisi during the Nazi occupation.  I first read that book in the early 80’s. I found it on Amazon, and it is in my ‘to read’ pile.

Books have been an important part of my life for as long as I can remember.  I am forever grateful that my mother introduced me to the joys of reading.

A few of the books mentioned.



8 thoughts on “Caught Up in a Book

    1. And when the book ends, you stay in that world for a while. I love Madeline L’Engle. Her comments about writing and entering the world of that book fascinate me. I remember her comments about one book, The Arm of the Starfish. She had an outline, her chapters planned, but when she got to a certain point in the story, there was a character there that was not in her outline, her cast of characters. She let him in, and ended up having a huge impact on the story. I loved books like that, where you know the author lived in the world with her/his characters. Those are the books that stay with me.

  1. “I learn from what I read, I escape into what I read, I expand my thinking. I love reading.” Possibly the most endearing thing I’ve read in a while. Your reasons for reading couldn’t have been more honest if you tried. It’s blog entries like this which do well to encourage reading in itself, and why it should never be understated.

  2. I was hooked on Nancy Drew as a kid too. I’ve read a few good books lately, but I’m struggling to find one that I want to tear through and am in love with. I’ll keep searching. The Assisi book sounds interesting.

  3. I so agree with you on everything, but especially on history. In fact, I think I did write something about it for a university essay. By the way, thanks for following my blog. I would love for you to follow me on my own self-hosted website, too. It’s

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