By David F. Rooney
It’s time for the third annual Revelstoke Reads — our local celebration of books and reading. And, just as in previous years, the Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy is asking everyone to tell them what they are reading right now.
“We want to know what Revelstoke is reading,” CBAL says on its website. “What are your favourite books? What books do your children ask you to read over and over and over again? Which book did you love so much you couldn’t put it down? We want to know!”
Last year 191 people filed nominations; let’s see if can can beat that number this year.
People are asked to nominate their favourite books in these categories:
Send the category, title and author of your favourite books to RevelstokeReads@gmail.com or call 250-805-2305 by Jan. 27, 2013. There is also a form at the bottom of this story that you can download, print and fill out. Filing your nomination will put you in the running for prizes.
“There is a Games Night gift basket draw for Revelstoke Reads nominations submitted at the library and Grizzly Books gift certificates to be drawn from all submissions,” Community Literacy Coordinator Tracy Spannier told The Current.
Reading is not only one of the keys to success in life it remains for many people of all ages one of their primary forms of entertainment. Sure, video games, movies and sports can crank up your adrenaline but nothing exercises your imagination the way reading does.
Personally, I read between two and eight books a week. Okay. Personally I enjoy crime, espionage, hard science fiction and a few fantasy novels. Some of my favourite fiction authors (in no particular order) are Michael Connelly, John Connolly, John Sandford, Nelson DeMille, Lawrence Block, CJ Box, Ridley Pearson, John LeCarre, Peter F. Hamilton, Greg Bear, David Brin, Larry Niven, Tad Williams, Terry Brooks and JRR Tolkien. In non-fiction I especially like books about science by Jared Diamond, Simon Winchester and the late Carl Sagan. I love our local library, never have fewer than 10 books on hold and drop in at least twice a week. I’m a speed reader and that can be a problem if I’ve read everything on hand and am facing a weekend without a fresh book. Then I go a little snaky. I suspect that I’m not alone in that regard. Fortunately if I have nothing to read I know I can always drop in to Castle Joe’s or Grizzly Books and find a book I’ll enjoy.
Books! I can’t live without them… how about you?