Characters, Authors, Friends
Reading isn’t passive–I enter the story with the characters, breathe their air, feel their frustrations,
scream at them to stop when they’re
about to do something stupid, cry with
them, laugh with them.
Reading for me, is spending time with a friend.
A book is a friend.
You can never have too many.
― Gary Paulsen
As I was reading yet another book by Victoria Huston, it struck me how much I enjoy her characters, her plots, and her writing. And, how comfortable it is to read a book where you already know the characters and you can depend on a good story written in a style that resonates with your sense of good writing. It’s like being friends with someone you don’t see on a regular basis, but when you do reconnect, you simply pick up where you left off.
I love when I discover a new author and take off on a path to locate every book he or she has written. What’s better than finishing one book and picking up the same characters in the next book! I just downloaded John Sanford’s latest book with Lucas Davenport, a character I have known for a long time. Who is waiting for “W” (Sue Grafton) and finding out what Kinsey Millhone is doing? Jack Reacher is still one of my favorite characters, so reading Lee Child is just a good time.
Then there are those books that are part of a series: Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, Lois Lowry’s series, culminating with Son, Girl with a Dragon Tattoo, Lord of the Rings, etc. While I have never been one to reread books (I always feel like there are too many new books to read), I have two sons, now grown men, who would read and reread and reread their favorite series. Now I have an eleven year old granddaughter who loves to reread her favorite books.
My theory is that we read books by the same authors, and sometimes reread those books because there is a feeling of comfort that emerges when we are among those characters, plots, and authors who become part of our reading life. Simply, they are best friends and always available. Who are your favorite authors and characters?
Many of the book we have featured in our Teachers Pay Teachers store are books that have become part of our reading world–whether it is the inspiration found in Wonder and Mockingbird or the adventure in The Hunger Games and Son, these are the type of books that leave an impression on both students and adults.