Tuesday’s Talk About Books

I love words. Writing them and reading them. I’ve been reading for as long as I can remember. I thank my momma for my love of books. I simply cannot remember a time in my life when she did not have a book. Books were in every room. Books were in our car. If any of us kids ever mentioned that we wanted to read a certain book, it appeared like magic. She has always encouraged us to read. She even owns her own online bookstore (PatCatbooks.com, check it out!). She also reviews books for Fresh Fiction. You can find them at http://www.freshfiction.com. So, now that you know where my love of books comes from, I want to tell you about how I feel about books. I’m what my hubby calls a word hog. When I start a book, I cannot put it down until I have finished it. I tend to gobble, not savor when it comes to words. Some books stay with me for a long time. Sometimes I even dream about a book I have recently read. Oh how I envy writers who can make people feel like that! I have fallen in love with the characters in a book way too many times to count. I will laugh out loud when reading or I will cry like my heart is broken. My favorite books can make me do both during the course of the story. Sometimes I want to meet, hug or just BE the character of a book. I read a book last week that I just can’t get out of my mind. It’s by Lisa Genona and its called Still Alice. It might sound familiar to you because you have read it or you’ve seen the movie. Julianne Moore plays the titular character in the movie and she is up for an Oscar this year. I’m not a theater goer. If I do watch a movie, it’s usually via DVD at home. But I don’t like to watch a movie after I’ve read the book. I form my own movie in my head and I rarely enjoy someone else’s vision. If you have seen the movie, tell me what you thought of it. Right now I want to talk about the book. I instantly felt a connection with Alice. Maybe it’s because she is barely older than I am. Or because she loves words too. Whatever the reason, her character just really resonated with me. But this is one character that I definitely don’t want to BE. Yes, she’s smart, successful and she is a college professor. This story is told from her own perspective. She has early onset Alzheimer’s Disease. This book broke my heart. And it scared the crap out of me. Yet I truly think everyone should read this story. It amazes me that in 2015, we do not have a cure for this horrible disease. Could there possibly be anything worse than forgetting the people you love most???? If you only like happily ever after stories, you won’t like this book. But if you like gripping, emotional and real characters in your books, you will definitely want to pick this one up as soon as possible!

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