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About meLive on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Grew up in Shreveport, Louisiana where my Dad's family owned the morning newspaper, as well as other media properties in Louisiana and Arkansas.
Avid reader for some 40 years now. Can't believe! So many books, such little time!
Still unable, so far, to instill any love of reading at all in my two youngest sons, ages 14 and 12. Do I take the XBOX away?! (Still love 'em anyway)!
About my libraryFirst fell in love with reading as a 12 or 13-year-old staying up all night mesmorized by a Hardy Boys' book. It was either The House on the Cliff or The Secret of the Old
Mill. Don't remember which, but I've never forgotten how entralled I was by the story.
Soonafter, my best friend and I were both reading constantly. On sleepovers we would spend chunks of time with our comic book collections or paperback reprints of old pulp magazine hero novels such as Doc Savage and The Shadow. I suppose it was our version then of kids today staying up all night to play video games!
I know I inherited my interest in books from my Dad. However, my Dad was never a reader as much as he was a skimmer. He amassed quite a collection of books that filled our home, but he did not read them cover to cover.
As the years have unfolded, I too have developed a nice library of books which "surround" me, yet the object for me is, well, to READ them! And while there are many other things in life I enjoy, no doubt that reading and "the world of books" fascinates me as much as ever.
Naturally, my bookish interests have become more sophisticated over time. Generally I enjoy fiction a bit more than non. Terrific thrillers, chilling mysteries are particular favorites. Like my Dad, though, I also enjoy military histories and the occasional biography. Always am reading several books at once. Just can't help that!
Favorite books? Perhaps my all-time is Richard Adams' Watership Down, which I first read in college. Shelby Foote's The Civil War: A Narrative History, and Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird (only recently read) are especial standouts.
My favorite author, however, is the "prince of plotters" Robert Goddard. I have been enamored and thorougly entertained by a number of his novels through the years. All intricate tales of secrets within secrets where things never seem to be the way one might suspect. Ginormous fun!
Like many, I purchased an e-reader (Nook) that I also read with regularity. While I cherish my library room at home, I also like knowing that I can carry a significant virtual trove with me wherever I go.
And, believe it or not, I still occasionally read an old pulp magazine from my small collection of originals from the 1930's and '40's or reprints of such. Maybe it's even time to thrill to a Hardy Boys adventure once more!
In sum, this librarything seems like fun. I'm not much of a social media maven -- at all -- but I am interested in the idea of cataloging my books over time, and meeting and talking with similarly minded people about our common love. Of books, I mean!
Favorite bookstoresBarnes & Noble Booksellers - Gulfport, Bay Books, Books-A-Million #176, LifeWay Christian Store - Gulfport, The Book Bag
Favorite librariesLong Beach Public Library, Pass Christian Branch (Harrison County Library System)
Real nameJimmy Brown
LocationLong Beach, Mississippi
Favorite authorsNot set
Account typepublic, free
Member sinceOct 24, 2012
Currently readingThe Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling
Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Eric Metaxas
The Civil War: A Narrative: Volume 2: Fredericksburg to Meridian by Shelby Foote