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A good read

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Books are a gateway into another world and the reader can choose which door to walk through and what world to enter. Whether you prefer science fiction or a steamy romance, there are plenty of stories to read and nowadays, many ways to read them.

I prefer the old fashioned way of reading - holding an actual book, smelling the ink and paper and turning the pages as you progress through the story. Don’t get me wrong. Electronic readers do have their uses. Considering the slim designs of the various readers, one can carry multiple books on trips without having to carry multiple books.

Still, I prefer the “real thing” as it were. Give me a cup of hot cocoa, a soft blanket and a good book and you could lose me for however long it takes to finish the story. I may be physically present, but my mind is in another dimension.

Though I have always loved to read, I do have one confession. In high school there were assigned reading lists. I figured if they were assigned, they simply could not be that good. Not to mention, I preferred to choose my own reading material. My choices, however, are rather eclectic because I am one of those readers who could enjoy reading through an encyclopedia.

I have enjoyed “Jane Eyre” by Charlotte Bronte and “Frankenstein” by Mary Shelley. I liked both “A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court” and “The Prince and the Pauper” by Mark Twain. “The Hound of the Baskervilles” by A. Conan Doyle was my favorite Sherlock Holmes story.

“House” by Frank Peretti and Ted Dekker has been made into a movie, but the book is so much better. Then again, I usually prefer the narrative to its screen adaptation.

“A Day of Infamy” by Walter Lord, recounting the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, was informative without being tedious. “The Five Love Languages” by Gary Chapman helped me to better understand how family members express affection. Lee Strobel’s “The Case for Christ” has reaffirmed my own faith.

These are just a few of the books I have enjoyed and there are many more on my personal “bucket list” to read. If you have favorite books or authors, visit Tri County Leader on Facebook and share them. I would be interested in your good read.

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