READING BOOKS

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ALL MY LIFE, I HAVE DEVOURED BOOK AFTER BOOK AFTER …………

 

 

………………………. BOOK AFTER BOOK. (I READ A LOT) ūüôā¬†¬†

I’m in my seventies and have been a voracious reader since the age of four or five years old. Over the past few years, I have often paused to reflect how wonderful it is, that I have never yet run out of fresh books to read.

From time to time, I come to the end of the writings of a favorite writer, but when has happened, at least so far, I have always found another writer, whose work speaks to me. Sometimes a writer, who I have earlier skipped over, because they didn’t draw me to them, turns out to be a new favorite writer of mine, when I finally give their writings a try.¬†¬†

Since the advent of Amazon and especially Amazon Kindle, buying books is a lot easier, than when I was young. When I was a kid or during my military years stationed in remote locations, getting a chance to buy a few books was a special and celebratory occasion. In the military, we readers would find one another and trade books among ourselves to increase our access to new reading. And, for years after the military, buying books required time and travel to visit book stores, which also was an impediment for those of us readers, who also had families and jobs.

But, Amazon Kindle has changed the whole game for us readers. Today, if I run short of reading material, or think of a new topic that interests me, I can lie in bed at 3:00 AM and with a few mouse clicks add a half dozen or more new books, that will be downloaded into my Kindle and ready for me to read in under five minutes. Just like magic! And, I love it.

When I browse on Amazon for Kindle books, the volume of books available makes me dizzy. It seems to be endless, and not all books published are offered on Amazon, and not all books written are even ever published. It is amazing that so many people write, And, that some do it so well. Being a writer, even a great writer is not a guarantee of financial reward. For instance, Moby Dick was a flop until after the death of it’s author Herman Melville, who never saw a thin dime out of all his work on that great American novel.

And all of this hard work by Melville and tens of thousands of other writers, is to the endless benefit of my entertainment and education.  I am truly and humbly grateful to writers for creating such a book rich world. 

And, here is a plug, for one of my all time favorite writers, W. Somerset Maughm  

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Ron Nesler posting from New Harmony Indiana  

 

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