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About meBefore television was available 24-hrs a day, my parents read to me and taught me to read at a young age. I have two grown children, one almost-grown child and two grandsons – all readers. The only drawback I ever found in reading to them is that I got sleepy before they did. My grandsons look forward to trips to the library with “Gramma”.

I enjoy a wide range of topics and themes - mystery, general fiction, historical fiction, non-fiction history, biography, gardening, cooking. This makes it easy it easy to find something new to read. But I seem to quickly ditch books that rely on sex and violence to keep a reader. If I were to need that for entertainment, I would just go in to work (I’m in law enforcement).

Having a book handy passes time when waiting: in line, at a doctor’s office, for a child to come out of school, take your pick. There is always a book-in-progress in the car, in my purse, even in my work bag. I have been blessed for many years with avid readers among my friends, with many books getting dog-eared from being passed around, and sometimes even wending their way back. I have the same challenge I’m sure many of you do - keeping my bookshelves manageable. One solution I’ve found are the jails, free clinics and soup kitchens, having come across many avid readers in these places through the years.

About my libraryWhile electronic devices are advancing into print media, I find comfort and relaxation in holding an actual book in my hands and turning the pages. Okay, I admit it - I am technologically challenged (and I still have some LPs and I think VHS tapes rock). Through the years I have been lucky enough to come across some "old" books that I actually enjoying dusting. I also inherited some books that my father purchased as antiques during World War II while passing through London. Whether they are old or new, I love books.

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Thank you so very much for the beautiful review. It meant so muc to me. I hope one day the only battles we every fight are for the advancement of humanity and that we find a way to always lift each other up. Have a great day. Michelle Cohen Corasanti
Haha it gets us all in the end - was just discussing the pro and cons of an E-Reader with friends at dinner tonight - I know I will eventually give in, but that doesn't mean the end of the real thing!!
Hi Betty

Sounds so familiar - I too used to almost nod off when reading to my own children, and now my grandchildren.
I am thinking about buying an E-Reader at some stage but you are so right, there is just something about books, I just love them, old, new whatever!
I mostly borrow books from the library, but can't pass a bookshop (new or second hand) without just having a quick look.
I take my book pretty much everywhere, I used to take my book and/or stitching to watch my kids play sport (not a lot of watching going on then!) but still take my book wherever I go, you never know if you will get a chance to read.

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Hello Betty,

Congratulations on winning a copy of Death of a Serpent and thank you for entering.

I'll be sending a signed copy of the book to you tomorrow.

Susan Russo Anderson
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