October 22, 2012
I don't really have a favorite genre. Over the past year I have stopped investing in paper books, partially because I am running out of room to shelve them, but mainly because I enjoy having a dictionary a fingertouch away and highlighting has never been easier. I love the library, but I am actually a very poor patron because I have a hard time abiding by the timeframe of two weeks, not because of reading speed, but because my life is very full and I can't always start and finish a book within that time. I have an ever growing list of books that I want to read, and a fear that I won't live long enough to finish that list.
Away, The Corrections, The Posionwood Bible, A Fine Balance, and Rubyfruit Jungle. What I enjoy when reading a book is being challenged-if I don't have to reference a dictionary the entire time that I am reading a book to look up a word that I am unfamiliar with, then the book isn't worth my trouble. And I am moved by character growth-The book's characters experiencing personal growth is very important to me. I find that many popular, mass-produced novels have flat, one dimensional characters who go from one experience to another without toiling through emotional issues that help them evolve to become healthier and self-actualized individuals. The books that I have listed all have these two features-to challenge me and to portray character growth. The Corrections and The Poisonwood Bible stand out above the others for the writers ability to successfully paint a varied character's perspective, especially that of a man with Alzheimer's (The Corrections).
My name is Kimberly Washington.I am a 40 something avid reader who is a bisexual RN living in Pasadena. I am very particular about the types of books I read, as I know life is too short to waste it reading books that neither challenge or inspire me.