A lot of older folk read for enjoyment and entertainment. I have written and published 6 books now, and being honest, I was near 60 before I sat down and read a book through. That is, one that did not relate to work. I cheated in school and wrote book reports on books I checked out and scanned, then wrote a report. I was caught only once.
I checked out a small book titled, ‘Rockefeller’, it had a picture of a steam shovel on the cover. I did not look at the book. (That was in the third grade.) I wrote a report of a steam shovel named Rockefeller. Okay, it was stupid, it was a biography . How in the world could Mrs. Fleming know that? There were thousands of book in the Library. Well she knew, to her credit she did not embarrass me, but on the report she wrote, a good story Jackie, but the book was about one of the most famous men in early America’s industrial revolution, John D. Rockefeller. I am giving you a ‘C’, only because you did write a good yarn.
At Sam’s Club one day I bought a BIG THICK book, by Clancy, ‘Executive Orders’. It was a big book and I figured it would take me a year to read it. To my surprise I read it in less than a week. That started me. As of today I have read over 900 books.
I love to read. My favorite authors are: Jack Higgins, Archer, Baldacci, Brady, Brand, Clancy, Compton, Cook,Creighton, Cussler, Deighton, Fast, Flynn, Follett, Forsyth, ahh… Grisham, Hoag, Isles, Johansson, Kellerman, Then there is the BEST for me, LOUIS L’AMOUR, Ludlum, O’Shaughnessy, Robert Parker (may he RIP), James Patterson!!!, Sanders, John Sanford!, Sidney Shelton, Scott Turow and Woods. Of course that is not all. I met Jack Darnell who lives a life style still in the 1800’s and early 1900’s. A prince of a man. His publisher, ‘Y’ comments on this Blog.
Jack Higgins, (Harry Paterson)
I learned late, reading is one of the most rewarding practices. I took great pride in seeing some of my books listed as used, on Amazon. I buy used books myself, Something about a book, it makes no difference if the pages are loose, as long as they are there, the book does not know it is old or used, just that it contains someone’s heart and soul poured into the writing of it.
I will not finish a book that does not hold my interest. Sherry is a little different, when she starts one, she is there ‘til the finish. NOT ME! I’m gone to another book.
Now I like mystery. I like spy type or police investigators. I love westerns. I am a fiction type guy. I know enough about true life. I like L’amour because the bad guy ALWAYS LOSES! The good guy is gonna win. I like that, because that is how I like to see life. I feel I have won.I have striven to live a life of honesty, I am not afraid to face any customer I ever had. I have had houses where I replaced stuff 8 yrs after the warranty ran out. I never wanted anyone to bad mouth me.
This is too long I just looked at the word count. OUCH. anyway I hope you like to read, it is a great past time.
Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
(That on takes some thinking!)
—Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
This is a1954 Hudson Italian (You are fortunate if you have seen one of these.)