Saturday, February 16, 2013
Reading my life away
I discovered a new (to me) author yesterday: Robert B. Parker. When I mentioned him on Facebook, several friends and relatives seemed amazed that I wasn't familiar with him; one guy pointed out that the TV series "Spenser For Hire" was based on his "Spencer" series. I asked Cliff if he was familiar with it, and he was. I don't recall ever watching it.
Here's how I discovered the guy: I have put a hold on a couple of ebooks at the library that I want to read, but meanwhile, I figured I'd find something available that I could read until it becomes my turn to read the ones I'm waiting on. I found "Night and Day" and was hooked before I was finished with the first chapter.
What people don't realize is that I had had no access to books for years, unless I bought them. The library is eight miles away and I don't drive. Thanks to the invention of e-readers, I've experienced a renaissance of reading. I can't get enough!
Spenser, Jesse Stone, or one of the others) and read the books in order. Well, I can't do that because the library doesn't have all of them. I'm not going to pay ten bucks each to buy the ones that aren't in the library. I could go to half.com and buy actual books pretty cheaply, but I haven't finished reading the Waylon Jennings autobiography yet because holding a real book wears me out. I never realized how tedious it can be to read an actual book! You can't lay it down or you'll lose your place. You have to use both hands to hold it. I'll admit it, I'm lazy and spoiled!
So, I'll probably read whatever of the Robert Parker books I can get, in whatever order they present themselves. That's how I've done with John Sandford's Prey series; sometimes it's interesting to go back in a character's history and be surprised to find clues to why the main character behaves as he does in the later books.
I do occasionally purchase a book for my Nook, but when I do, I try to make it one that is so good I'll want to read it more than once; and with all the books to which I have access these days, I hate to waste time re-reading anything!
Books are the icing on the cake of my retirement.