One of the joys of retiring is the fact that you can read anytime you want. No boss is hovering over you waiting for work to be done. You can wake up reading and continue all-day right up to your bedtime if you choose. There are many ways to read nowadays.
You can read from a hardcover book. A lot of people like the very idea of having a book in their hands. I confess to being one of those. Having a cup of tea or coffee, my feet up on a hassock, good lighting, and a great book. It doesn’t get much better than that.
Books can be quite expensive and I must confess to either using the public library, a clubhouse donation library, or friends and family’s books.
When I want nonfiction books I used to rely on a book store or Amazon. The only problem with buying these is that they can be out of date so quickly. Frequently Mr. Google works wonders for information.
Numerous people now read online. There are many kinds of e-readers and although the sales of these e-readers are in sharp decline, those using them love them. This is perfect when on the bus. They are light and can enlarge the printing as you need it. The lighting isn’t so good, just adjust it. Forgot the cheaters, no problem. No more carrying heavy books or bringing the wrong pocketbook you’ve already read. This is a great alternative to your traditional books.
I like to keep up with current authors and one way to do this is to join a book club. You can frequently get good reviews of a book with several different points of view. Sometimes you can find that you have missed something completely and can go back and reread parts.
This will also force you to read the types of books you may not have thought about before. Everybody in the group gets a chance to pick the book you all will read for a month.
Book clubs can be such a great social time for people. I have only been involved in single-sex clubs as I find that some women are intimidated to give their point of view when men are in the club. There is a time and a place for having clubs with both men and women in them, but book clubs are not the place.
What do you like to read?
I like to read both cozy mysteries and serious crime novels. I can’t wait for my favorite authors to get their next book in the series completed. My favorite Canadian crime author is Louise Penny. Favorite crime authors that are a couple is Jonathon Kellerman and Faye Kellerman. They both write detective novels and very occasionally they will refer to the detective in their spouse’s book. So much fun. I like Janet Evanovich’s for her laugh out loud crime stories. Perhaps an oxymoron but it works.
One mantra I use for myself is You do you and I’ll do me. I love crime novels and am currently trying to finish editing my first cozy mystery. This is not everybody’s cup of tea. My friend reviews my novel and I review hers. She loves science fiction/ fantasy stories and I review her writing. I think I would rather stick a fork in my eye than read science fiction/fantasy. If, however, she edits my work then I do the same for her.
Bottom line is that we all get to read what we like for entertainment. It doesn’t matter what anyone else likes or doesn’t like, you read your favorites and they can read theirs.
This time of our lives we need to spend enjoying ourselves. Put ourselves in another time or place. Where are you going and what do you read to get there?