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Let’s Read

I am a huge proponent of reading. Whether is trashy romance, young adult (even if you are an old adult), comic books, textbooks, or gossip magazines. Reading stimulates the brain and keeps it active and working — even if the content isn’t top tier. One of the great things about my Kindle (other than being

I am a huge proponent of reading. Whether is trashy romance, young adult (even if you are an old adult), comic books, textbooks, or gossip magazines. Reading stimulates the brain and keeps it active and working — even if the content isn’t top tier.

One of the great things about my Kindle (other than being able to carry thousands of books in my purse while having access to millions more) is that no one ever knows what I’m reading. Is it War and Peace? The Complete Guide to Astrophysics? Or the latest Lani Lynn Vale novel? (Hint: I don’t know anything about astrophysics).

Regardless of the subject matter, there is never anything bad about reading.

Currently I am reading the first Game of Thrones book. I’m only a few chapters in but so far it’s unsurprisingly good. I’ve haven’t seen much of the “Game of Thrones” TV show. Maybe a handful of episodes from a variety of seasons. I figured with the show coming to an end soon, this seems like the perfect time to start the books.

I figure I’ll be deep in this series for a while, but in the meantime I have some other suggestions for you start reading this spring.

So grab a glass of wine, and pick a comfy place to curl up (outside if you can) and get reading! I have four suggestions for you. Two for adults and two for the younger set. Hope you enjoy!
Steven King, The Outsider:

An eleven-year-old boy’s violated corpse is found in a town park. Eyewitnesses and fingerprints point unmistakably to one of Flint City’s most popular citizens. He is Terry Maitland, Little League coach, English teacher, husband, and father of two girls. Detective Ralph Anderson, whose son Maitland once coached, orders a quick and very public arrest. Maitland has an alibi, but Anderson and the district attorney soon add DNA evidence to go with the fingerprints and witnesses. Their case seems ironclad.

As the investigation expands and horrifying answers begin to emerge, King’s propulsive story kicks into high gear, generating strong tension and almost unbearable suspense. Terry Maitland seems like a nice guy, but is he wearing another face? When the answer comes, it will shock you as only Stephen King can.
Lemony Snicket, The Bad Beginning: Or, Orphans! (A Series of Unfortunate Events, Book 1):

Are you made fainthearted by death? Does fire unnerve you? Is a villain something that might crop up in future nightmares of yours? Are you thrilled by nefarious plots? Is cold porridge upsetting to you? Vicious threats? Hooks? Uncomfortable clothing?

It is likely that your answers will reveal A Series of Unfortunate Events to be ill-suited for your personal use. A librarian, bookseller, or acquaintance should be able to suggest books more appropriate for your fragile temperament. But to the rarest of readers we say, “Proceed, but cautiously.”
Jack Kerouac, On the Road:

Inspired by Jack Kerouac’s adventures with Neal Cassady, On the Road tells the story of two friends whose cross-country road trips are a quest for meaning and true experience. Written with a mixture of sad-eyed naiveté and wild ambition and imbued with Kerouac’s love of America, his compassion for humanity, and his sense of language as jazz, On the Road is the quintessential American vision of freedom and hope, a book that changed American literature and changed anyone who has ever picked it up.
Norton Juster, The Phantom Tollbooth:

For Milo, everything’s a bore. When a tollbooth mysteriously appears in his room, he drives through only because he’s got nothing better to do. But on the other side, things seem different. Milo visits the Island of Conclusions (you get there by jumping), learns about time from a ticking watchdog named Tock, and even embarks on a quest to rescue Rhyme and Reason. Somewhere along the way, Milo realizes something astonishing. Life is far from dull. In fact, it’s exciting beyond his wildest dreams!
Bonus Author, Lani Lynn Vale

I mention Lani earlier in my article, but I’m going to bring her up again. She’s one of my favorite authors and I can’t recommend her books enough. She’s definitely an adult romance author, but her stories are on point.

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