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Dear friends,

I love to read, and I read a lot.  I usually complete a book a week, sometimes more, and I don’t have any more spare time than anyone else.  I listen to audiobooks in the car, and I keep a book on my nightstand, one in the bathroom, and one in the living room next to my recliner.  My tablet lives in my purse, and I have books downloaded and ready.  I read every chance I get, and I also create those “chances.”  Many evenings, I’ll turn off the television and just read for an hour.

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I was initially excited to discover that there are Youtube channels dedicated to reading, and to publishing book reviews (a subset of Youtube that users call “Booktube”) – but as I watched more and more of these, I discovered that most of them were dedicated to “YA” (Young Adult) books, and the videos were hosted by high school and college-aged women.  The channels that weren’t “YA” featured mostly specific genres like romance, or thrillers, or mass-market bestsellers.

My taste in books is a bit more eclectic.

I like the bestsellers, sure, but I also love re-reading old classics, and occasionally discovering something new.  Sometimes a friend will pass a book along to me, or perhaps I find an undiscovered title by a favorite author.  The book might not be “current,” but I don’t care, as long as it’s good.

I also like to read nonfiction, which seems to be unusual, at least among the reading community that posts on social media.  I love memoirs too.  I love learning about people’s lives, real lives.  I often prefer these books to fiction.

So where can I find others who share my passion?

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I’m counting on finding some of you here.  In the coming days (weeks? months?) I’d like to write more about reading, and share some books that I’ve come to love.  In the spirit of honesty, I may also warn you off about some bestsellers that are over hyped and not worth your time.

Will you read with me?

Blessings,

Annette

P.S. – If you have a favorite “Booktube” channel that’s not “YA,” please share! x

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