KATHIE’S KORNER — Read any book in 2024 but there is 1 perfect pick

Published 12:06 am Thursday, January 4, 2024

I wanted to share one of the activities I enjoy everyday and encourage you readers to read more.

In my normal circumstances (when I take a break or at the end of my day), I enjoy studying, researching and reading.

If you don’t have a library card or access to a school library, all the stores and markets have books for sale, and some pocket books are very affordable. When I go to pick up a prescription at Walmart, the books for sale are on a wall near the pharmacy, so I pick up a couple.

Also, a large, online selection is fun to discover authors and affordability for whatever subject you research or like to read.

I understand, if some of you will continue to get new information on TV. We like the History Channel, TBN,  Food Network and National Geographic shows, but I also like the “rustle” of the pages in a book, especially the Bible (tissue material).

If the electricity goes off, I always have my books and hurricane lamps, flashlight, penlight or candles.

If you’re not reading or listening to an audio book, here’s what you’re missing: expanding your vocabulary; experiencing, vicariously, new places; stimulating

your mind; widening your horizons (learning new things); and meeting new colorful characters who make  you laugh, cry or both.

There’s only been a few books made into movies with excellent type-casting, (that I’ve experienced): “To Kill A Mockingbird”  and “Moby Dick “with Gregory Peck, “Mutiny on the Bounty” and ” The African Queen” with Humphrey Bogart, “Blood Alley” with John  Wayne and “Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner” with Katherine Hepburn, Spencer Tracy and Sidney Poitier.

I understand if you weren’t raised with books or adults who were readers, or are just movie watchers, but you can find books now that you’re interested in, even teaching books.

I used one for refreshing myself studying a language. I have a cook book collection and gardening magazines.

My personal favorite and will always be a lifetime of enjoyment and study is the Bible.

I have various versions, and it’s always my FIRST read of the day. I just started a reading program for 2024 with an APP  “Bible Getaway” after looking at a few different plans and times.

The other reading material for me during my break times are considered recreation and diversion.

So, join me in maybe a new journey for you, or a pastime already for you, now, or during any time you have. You will want to continue this journey, for sure!

Whenever I go in my car on errands with my husband or waiting for an appointment, I always take the book I’m currently reading.

Kathie Deasy writes about religion for Orange Newsmedia. She can be reached at kathiedeasy@hotmail.com.