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Re-reading old favorites…

on January 17, 2015

I’ve always considered myself a reader. I can remember, at a young age, grabbing a book to read at lunch because that is what my mom was doing. Around 6th grade, I discovered The Hobbit and a love for fantasy novels was born.

When I was in college, a friend introduced me to the world of Valdemar, Heralds, and Mercedes Lackey. I would eagerly gobble up each book as it came out, then lament how long it would take until the next one came out.  Reading the books in chronological order became a pastime as well.

Somewhere in my early 30’s, I stopped following Lackey’s series.  I was on to other series, like Outlander by Diana Gabaldon, Harry Potter, the Stephanie Plum mysteries by Janet Evanovich, and the Pink Carnation books by Lauren Willig. Novels about various Jane Austen characters took up lots of my reading time.

Then I discovered how much fun it was to play with yarn.  The more time I spent crocheting meant I had less and less time for books. I hadn’t really noticed one replaced the other, mostly because I discovered Audible.com and I was listening to books as I did various things.

The only time I was really spending reading was when I went out to eat by myself.  And it turns out, that just wasn’t enough reading time in the long run.

Back in October of 2014, I decided to start reading again. Well, to be honest, it started with Audible. I was browsing fantasy titles and there it was – Arrows of the Queen by Mercedes Lackey.  It was the book that meant so much to me 20+ years ago, so I decided to see if it still held my interest when I was in my mid-40’s. I was pleasantly surprised to find that it did. I had long ago given the various books away, so I did what any 21st Century reader would do – I bought the other two books from the series for my Nook. Soon, those books were done, and it was on to the Magic series about Vanyel, followed by the Winds series about Elspeth. Once again I was caught up in the world of Valdemar, and it felt good to spend time reading once more.

My sister had given me a $40 gift card to Barnes & Noble for Christmas, and I quite happily used it all up, buying 5 more books in the overall Valdemar series for my Nook.

I’ve rediscovered the simple pleasure that reading can bring. How you can connect with characters to celebrate their joys and weep for their sorrows. I hadn’t realized how much I missed it until I started reading heavily once again.

Thanks for taking the time to read this post. I look forward to seeing your comments about book series that touched your life as well.

As for me, I’m going to get back to chapter eight of my current book…

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