I love to read. Always have. When I was growing up, my father was addicted to pocket book westerns. I can remember seeing him sit in his rocker and read one a day. Sometimes, I would sit in his lap and he would read to me and I was enthralled by what Zane Grey and Louis L’Amour had to say. That is when I fell in love with the written word. By the time I entered high school I knew that one day, I would be a writer.
I read a book a long time ago that really made an impression on me. It was written by Louis L’Amour and called Last of the Breed. There are basically only two characters in the book, a Native American Air Force major named Joe Mack and his nemesis a Siberian tracker. Joe crashes in Russia and he gets captured. He escapes prison only to realize he has to get across Siberia to the Bering Strait and has to rely on his wits and ancestral skills to survive. The story is so well written you don’t realize there is almost no dialogue. I loved it. Still do. A prime example of what a really gifted writer can do. In my humble opinion anyway.
While romance novels of all sub genre are my favorites, I will read anything that catches my eye. As long as the author can hold my interest, I will read about super heroes and super spy’s, dragons and vampires, dukes and earls or cowboys and Indians. If the story is tight, the action fast and the plot intriguing, I’ll keep reading.
What keeps you reading? What will make you put a book down and not finish it?