I've been reading a lot lately, especially Nicholas Sparks most recently. Some of my other favorite authors include Jodi Picoult, Anne Lamott, Jon Katz and Elizabeth Berg.
All this reading takes place at the kitchen table with my book set up on a wooden book holder, since I can't hold the book myself. I have to have an aide nearby to turn pages for me every couple of minutes.
All this reading has spurred Herman, once again, to try and get me interested in e-books, which would automatically turn pages and and allow me to download a whole library of books on a small tablet like a Kindle or Nook. I have no interest in doing that.
I'm enjoying dictating this column to my aide Shannon as I'm staring at the living room wall with my two wooden bookcases filled with hard copy books. It's my own personal library that I share with Herman. Each wooden bookcase has about six shelves stuffed with books.
My favorites are hard-bound books (they stay open the best on my book stand).
Additionally, I have a bookcase on my back porch that is wall-to-wall. Each book has a size, color and character to it that can never be duplicated by an e-book. The bookcases also are stuffed with books about three shelves high.
With all these books and even more on the second floor of my house, I have about 600 titles to pick from. But even with all these books, I sent Herman to the library to get me more of Sparks' books.
As you may remember from a previous column, I read "The Last Song" by Sparks, so now I'm on a Sparks kick. At this point I'm reading one of his books called the "The Choice," after which I have lined up "Message In A Bottle," followed by "A Walk To Remember."
Herman was nice enough to get me large print books, though with my reading glasses I can read regular print just as well. My very neat wooden reading stand has a hand-painted rooster on it with a barn in the background. The shelf rises up and has storage for all my pens, while the rooster theme continues on the base going around the square stand. It all adds to the pleasure and ambience of reading, which e-books just can't duplicate.
Reading is how I spend much of my day when I'm not lying down to relieve pressure on my butt and watching TV. Of course, I'm also up having my meals, writing this column, or, when I have time, enjoying the sunshine outside.
So I recommend reading a good book (especially one by Sparks) and I will keep recommending books as I read them. I find it very mind-expanding to read, so I encourage you guys to do the same. It's a great mind exercise while we look forward to warmer weather.
Kathryn Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an acting career in New York City and Los Angeles, now pursues freelance writing from Caroga Lake in Fulton County. Previous columns and contact information may be accessed at her website, www.kathrynskorner.com.