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Sunday, October 20, 2013 12:00 AM

I don’t know how many of you are familiar with compulsive reader Brick Heck of the TV sitcom “The Middle” but the first time I laid eyes on the little introvert, I felt a kindred spirit.

I love to read! Sometimes I’m just as obsessed with it as Brick. I just want to be left alone to immerse myself in the pages. Why is that so hard to understand?

Reading has been a favorite pastime of mine since I could read. Some of my favorite children’s books were the Miss Pickerell series by Ellen MacGregor. She penned the first four herself and after her death in 1954, Dora Pantel completed another 13 from MacGegor’s notes.

Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys were read cover to cover at least once.

As I grew older, so did my taste in reading. I love a good mystery but I find them even better when you throw in a little romance. Who doesn’t love to read about a knight in shining armor saving the damsel in distress?

On the flip side, I have several heroines I follow as well — strong, vibrant women who take charge and get things done. One of my favorite authors is JD Robb, otherwise known as Nora Roberts. I like her no matter which name she uses. Her Eve Dallas series as Robb is set in the future with cool gadgets, vehicles and trips “off planet.”

Like most avid readers, it’s the characters I bond with. Eve is a take-no-prisoners, hard-nosed New York City police detective married to Rourke, a former conman, with their chubby orange cat Gallahad and sour-faced butler Summerset, who has been by her husband’s side since he was a young man.

Anyway, I’m waiting on book 28 from my sister. She has it tucked away for my mum to read when she arrives for her holiday stay in Atlanta. (I could have read it and sent it back by now but no, I have to wait.)

Some of my other favorite female characters are Grim Reaper Charley Davidson by Darynda Jones and Rizzoli and Isles by Tess Gerritsen.

This month, The Herald is celebrating Read One, a program that promotes literacy in children and adults. If you read a book this month, write it down with the author and turn it in at the library, The Herald or email it to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . We’ll publish the list in the paper and online. Maybe it will encourage someone to pick up a book and read, too.

My October list so far includes Inferno by Dan Brown. I was hooked from the first page and couldn’t put it down until it was finished.

So, watcha readin’?


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