This page is for readers of all stripes – individuals, groups, and book clubs. The info graphic may be something you’d like to download and use. Feel free to do so, and then take a picture of you using it! I’ll feature it here in the Reader Photo section!
Reading is a passion, next to writing that is. The older I get, the more I love being read to. Listening, I can move into the world of the author and fantasize along with the story while hearing it unfold.
While in fifth grade, right after lunch, Ms. Griffith would take about ten or twenty minutes of each day and read to us. I longed for those times. That year I fell in love with so many books. The one that touched my heart strings – C. S. Lewis, The Chronicles of Narnia, along with many other greats – The Wizard of Oz, Nancy Drew Mysteries, & Anne of Green Gables, went on to influence me.
Besides reading, I enjoy listening to old time radio stories. Hearing an authors words drove me to falling in love with reading.
For fun, I decided to create an info graphic of the five reasons I love reading. Read over them and let me know why you like to read! And then, please share about a favorite book of yours?
NOTE: Right click on the info graphic to see a better resolution. You can download the image to your computer or mobile for later use by clicking directly on the image or scroll down to Resources to find a PDF version of the info graphic.
Goodreads are a Good use of Your Time!
While working as a technical writer, I tried to read a new book each year. Recently, I’ve made an effort to up my game. I don’t read fast, but I enjoy the escape. It is fun to ponder the word choices, the sentences, the images. Besides, taking my time to delve into the world the author created is magical.
My Goodread’s page is filled with books I want to read and a not so up-to-date listing of the books I have read. My plans are to do better at keeping my reading list up-to-date. Visit my page to see what I’m reading and what I plan to read next. If you know of a book I’d enjoy, drop me a note.
Here are a few questions I’ve been asked during book signings, when speaking at public gatherings, or when someone learns I’m an author:
What do you like to read?
I’m an eclectic reading fan — a wide grouping of genres. My favorite is suspense/thriller, mystery, and fantasy. But, I love young adult, romance, and classic sci-fi.
This past year I delved into some classics I hadn’t gotten around to reading before the advent of Project Gutenberg, which has opened up a large swath of books for me to enjoy that are long out of print or hard to find.
One that has become an all time favorite is the complete works of Frank L. Baum. (I’m one of those readers that can easily go back and reread a book, much like watching a movie over and over). Excuse my ignorance, but I had no idea that there was such a large collection in the Wizard of Oz series.
And, I was recently turned onto Terry Pratchett’s “Discworld” series. I’m savoring The Color of Magic, which I’m currently reading slowly to absorb his great writing. I came across his work in two ways – I found him while doing some research for my new book, DarkShadow, I’m writing, and as a result of watching a Prime video series, “Hogfather.”
What was your favorite stories growing up?
I mentioned C. S. Lewis’ The Chronicles of Narnia earlier. I also loved J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings. And, of course, any young girl had to read Anne of Green Gables, Nancy Drew Mysteries, and Little Women, Jane Eyre, and Pride & Prejudice. The strong, young and creative girl drew me in.
During high school, besides required reading assignments, my heart and mind was drawn to finding stories that were thought to be “different,” such as Love Story, Logan’s Run, and Fahrenheit 451. They were great reads. Other must reads were George Orwell’s 1984 and Catch-22, and even Gone With The Wind.
And then, as I’ve aged, I’ve continued to explore and add to my list, which I’ll never remember or think of them all. There are the love stories – The Notebook (actually anything by Nicolas Sparks) and I was hooked on all books by Joan Collins. The mysteries and crime stories of Agatha Christie, Patricia Cornwell, J. A. Konrath, and Sue Grafton (I’m up to letter “G” — I know I’m way behind). Not to forget, the works of Urusla K. Le Guinn, Jan Koran, Jean Auel, Sarah Addison Allen, and Christopher Paolini with even a little Stephen King thrown in.
In addition, I’ve grown to love children’s and young adult books too! The Spiderwick Chronicles, Herbie’s War, and the books of Ransom Riggs, J. K. Rowling, and the list goes on and on.
Then, there are the local and regional authors I have come to follow. I may have to do a posting on that listing as it is vast and I’m sure I’ll forget someone if I try to list them without a little more thought!
If you have one of my books, take a photo and send it to me! I’ll feature you here.
For Book Clubs
Is your book club reading one of my books? Take a photo and send it to me! I’ll feature your photos here on this page. I’m also available for meeting with local book clubs. Please email me via my Contact Page, if you would like to schedule a meeting.
Resources for Readers & Book Clubs to Use
As I continue to write my series, I’ll also create resources that may prove helpful to books clubs to using during discussions. Please offer suggestions of the kinds of materials you and your book club would find useful.
PDF Documents to download
5 Reasons I Love Reading PDF of info graphic by Pam shown above
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Next to writing and reading, I love taking pictures and browsing online for that perfect picture. I can spend hours looking for that perfect shot. It is a blast finding images that inspire me. Pictures speak to me – they are a 1,000 words to my eyes.
Besides having boards devoted to my books, my Pinterest boards are an eclectic mix of my varied interests and a fun way to showcase those great finds.
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