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What should I read next?

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Imagine yourself finishing a wonderful book and now you’re searching for your next read. I often have a difficultly finding the right book after reading a great book. I may have ended with a high and want to continue that feeling or the book left me feeling low and I need a boost. I have ‘to-read’ book lists, but I then need to find the book that ‘fits’ from the many on my list.  We’ve all asked others ‘What’s a good book you’ve read? Do you have any recommendations?’ hoping the book will spark our interest. Pick up a book and look at the back cover. Most likely there’s a few book reviews that tell you, in their opinion, why it’s a great book. It’s a plus if there are authors who I’ve previously read, so a chance that I’ll enjoy this new book in my hands. I also search for my next book on  Amazon.com and type the title then check out the ‘customers who bought this item also bought’, however my problem is I’ve often read many of those recommendations. I think most readers have this similar problem to find the next great book.

So is it okay to compare our last book read to the next great read? I tell myself that it’s a new book, so I should mentally have a fresh start. Perhaps I should read a different genre to get a completely new perspective from my last book. I could follow the advice of C.S. Lewis to read an old book before reading a new book. The reader then knows exactly what they’re ‘getting into’ and when the old book is finished a new perspective can begin. So, how do you decide your next great read? How do you mentally start fresh each time you open that first page of a new book? Do you take the recommendations from others or search the shelves alone? I’m always looking for new books to read, so leave any suggestions.

It is a good rule after reading a new book, never to allow yourself another new one till you have read an old one in between.
– C.S. Lewis

The worst thing about new books is that they keep us from reading the old ones.
– Joseph Joubert

Quote: A book is somebody’s friend

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In the shop we buy and sell them, but in truth books have no owner. Every book you see here has been somebody’s best friend.

– Carlos Ruiz Zafon (The Shadow of the Wind)

Whenever I’m stuck on something to write I look to my quotations for inspiration. I absolutely loved The Shadow of the Wind that I read earlier this year. (There’s a reason it’s the top of my book recommendations.) It’s a book lover’s book with the mysteries inside each book. It almost seems like a crazy idea for a book to be somebody’s best friend, but ponder it for a moment. Walk into any used bookstore, library, or even a garage sale and you’ll find books that they have been loved at sometime in their life. I’m not including books from brand new stores, since they haven’t had time to live. I get excited about those books with the wrinkled edges and slightly worn pages. Where has this book been? Who has been its friend? Perhaps the book’s friend curled up reading in bed, another friend may have had a tissue box nearby, another friend wore out the book stroking its spine, another friend constantly carried it to read at a moment’s notice, or another friend read aloud for all to hear its message. The book changed hands and had a different significance and meaning to others. This is true for all books, since we have various preferences and each book means something new. A well-loved book gains endless friends whenever it is passed onto others.  I know when I finish a good book it feels as though I’ve lost a friend, however perhaps I’ll now examine that for a small moment my life was part of the book’s life. What books have been your good friend?

Weekly Photo Challenge: Flowers

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I look forward to the weekly photo challenge. This week I had a difficult time deciding which beautiful flowers to post.I tried picking unique flowers. Unfortunately, I don’t know the names of these flowers.

Stephen King Quotation: Forget all your tasks and read

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A successful novel should interrupt the reader’s life, make him or her miss appointments, skip meals, forget to walk the dog.

– Stephen King

I like this quote, because a good book really should cause you to forget any tasks and focus fully on the book that has grabbed your attention. I’ve read late into the night as I tell myself one more chapter which quickly turns into finishing the book at two in the morning. What book held your attention so greatly that you forgot any tasks or appointments?

J.D. Salinger Quotation on reading a book

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What really knocks me out is a book that, when you’re all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn’t happen much, though.

– J. D. Salinger

I like this quote because so often when I finish a book I wish I could discuss it in depth with the author. Sometimes I wonder why an author ended the book a certain way or left me wanting more.