Niagara Gazette

Opinion

October 9, 2013

BRADBERRY: Great weather for good books

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Niagara Gazette — With shorter days and cooler, longer nights ahead, now’s a good time to get ready for some good reading; there are few things better than a good book about almost anything to complement a refreshing evening walk or any invigorating after dinner exercise.

Add a cup of hot tea or a glass of your favorite beverage, a fireplace, if you can, a comfortable chair, or get yourself propped up against a stack of pillows somewhere and prepare to be entertained and informed in a way that no television or computer can possibly match.

Sure, eBooks, Kindles, Nooks, IPads & laptops are ok, but I prefer the tactile feedback; experiencing the smell, the sound of the pages turning, the feel of the actual book is part of the comfort and joy of reading.

Reading to, or with someone can enhance the experience turning a good book into a more exciting, and rewarding venture.

When we were young, my mother would sometimes read to us, especially during storms to distract my sisters if they were frightened by the thunder and wind, but like I said, I enjoyed the weather; the louder, the better.

Lately, unable to spend as much time outdoors as I might otherwise, and as a result of the extended onslaught of inclement weather, and the imminent arrival of fall in earnest with the change of the season upon us, a small collection of a few good books might go a long way toward preventing cabin fever.

So, have a look at these from the New York Times “Best Sellers”:

Fiction

1. “Doctor Sleep” by Stephen King

2. “The Longest Ride” by Nicholas Sparks

3. “The Lowland” by Jhumpa Lahiri

4. “The Quest” by Nelson DeMille

5. “Never Go Back” by Lee Child

Nonfiction

1. “Killing Jesus” by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard

2. “Si-Cology 1” by Si Robertson with Mark Schlabach

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