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Rekindling My Love of Reading Fiction Novels

Lately, I've been rekindling my love of reading fiction novels.  I used to read them all the time, but then I got so obsessed with reading self-help, business, and spiritual books that I got out of touch with fiction, which is my fun, relaxing escape from the rest of the world!

A couple of birthdays ago my mom bought me a Kindle Paperwhite and I started reading all the fiction novels that I had always wanted to.  To name a few: White Oleander by Janet Fitch,The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides, and The Life Before Her Eyes by Laura Kasischke.  I've got to say, I'm a huge Laura Kasischke fan!

Since I've gotten the Kindle Paperwhite, I've been reading constantly.  So, for me at least, my probably was never really reading.  It was just getting myself to relax and read a book for pleasure.

What are some guilty pleasure genres that you like to read?  For me, it's magical realism, hands down!  I also love reading romance novels and some coming of age stories.

What happened to make me stop reading guilty pleasure books?  Honestly, life happened.  I used to live on the second floor of an apartment building for single mothers and like Rapunzel up in her tower, I had more books then most libraries have.  When we moved, I gave almost all my books away.  That one really hurt.

I figure one day I'll rebuild my book collection.  In many ways, I've already started to on my Kindle.  I also spend a lot of time browsing the bookshelves at used book stores and thrift shops.  You'd be surprised at the little treasures I have found!

Nowadays, I am reading multiple books at once, thanks to both Kindle Unlimited and my new habit.  I am usually reading a fiction novel, a self-help book, a business-minded book, and a spiritual book all at the same time!  I'm also kinda obsessed with writing books too, like layering novel structure and how to write a novel in 30-days.  That type of thing.

What kind of books are you into lately?  Tell me all about it!  I love hearing what people are reading.

How to Rekindle Your Love of Reading

Here are some of my tips to help you rekindle Your love of reading.  Period.  For me, it was fiction novels.  I needed my books for escape because I was watching too many shows on Netflix.  For you, it might just be picking up the habit of reading again and falling back in love with it.  Let's make that happen, shall we?
  • Buy a Kindle.  I might be biased, but man, electronic reading is a lot of fun.  They often come with a built-in light that adjusts so you can read in the dark or even on your porch in the sunshine.  It's amazing!
  • Subscribe to Kindle Unlimited.  I love it because it's like having the library at your fingertips.  Many new authors, that are really quite good might I add, put some of their first books out on Kindle Unlimited to get recognition.  It's about ten bucks a month and totally worth it!
  • Turn off Netflix.  Turn off the television in all its forms and start reading a book instead.  It might feel a little weird at first because it's so quiet, but after a while, you'll long for the silence and a good book.
  • Get a Barnes & Noble Membership.  It saves a lot of money!  Depending on where you live, it goes towards the Starbucks inside too, so you'll be saving money on your pumpkin-spiced latte!
  • Read on your phone.  Add the Kindle app to your phone in case you forget to bring your Kindle with you.  This way, when you get stuck waiting in a doctor's office or somewhere boring, you'll have instant entertainment.  
  • Browse Used Bookstores.  You can either go to an actual used bookstore or hit up thrift shops like the Salvation Army.  I've found a ton of books for myself and my daughter this way!
  • Just start!  I'm going to give you a list of books to help you get started.  The books all fall under the fiction genre and are great for entertainment purposes.

Fiction Book Recommendations

These recommendations are based on what you're in the mood for.  Most fiction novels have a little romance, suspense, etc. Some more than others.  Sometimes we're in a rush and need a good ghost story.  I've got that too!
  • The Last Time I Saw You by Eleanor Moran - A great book about best friends and how it can end so badly.  (Suspense!)  You'll be wondering the whole time: What broke Sally and Olivia's friendship up so long ago?
  • In a Perfect World by Laura Kasischke - I told you I was a huge Laura Kasischke fan.  This is one of the greatest books I've read on dystopia because it combines modern-day events and celebrities with a fictional world of a widespread epidemic.  (Survival!)
  • The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides - I love the movie by Francis Ford Coppola and Kirsten Dunst, but as per usual, the book is even better. (Romance, Tragedy)
  • Boy Heaven by Laura Kasischke - A group of teenage girls go to summer camp and flirt with some boys.  They spend summer camp trying to lose them only to find out they've been lost all along.  (Suspense!) A short, fun read.
  • The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood - I decided to include this one because the show is very popular right now.  Honestly, I read this book more than a decade ago and my response to it was, wtf!  (Political!)
  • A Gift of Ghosts by Sarah Wynde - To keep it real simple.  This is a book that has secrets and ghosts in it and what could be better than that? (Suspense!)
  • Like Water For Chocolate by Laura Esquivel - So, my first thought when reading this set of book installments: Juicy!  Based in Mexico, Like Water For Chocolate, has great recipes, romance, and magical realism combined.  I loved it and I equate it to eating an ice cream cone slowly.  (Magical, Food, Family!)
Hopefully, this will help kick-start your love of reading again!  I'll be putting out more book recommendations in the nearby future but for now, lay back, relax, and unwind with a good book!

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