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December 6, 2012

You can always find time to read

The holiday season is a busy time of year, but there’s always time to do some reading. 

Many years ago, a retired woman complained to me that she didn’t have any time to read. I said to her, “sure you do. All you need is 10 minutes a day.” I went on to explain that if she just set aside 10 minutes every day and spent that time reading, she’d be able to read a book before she knew it. After our conversation, I didn’t really think about it again. A couple of years later, she wrote me a letter saying that she had taken my advice to heart. She enclosed a list of all the books she had been able to read using just those 10 minutes per day. It was an amazing list and she concluded her letter by saying those 10 minutes per day were the best investment she had ever made. Her letter gave me goose bumps. You just never know what will happen when you tell someone there’s plenty of time to read.

So for this holiday season, try 10 minutes a day and my suggestions to you this week are to try some short stories. We have more than 100 books and books on DE at the library which are collections of short stories. You’ll certainly find one to keep you occupied. Here are just a few recommendations.

Daphne du Maurier wrote many classic novels that have been enjoyed through the years. But did you know that before she started writing novels, she actually wrote short stories? “The Doll” is a collection of her short stories that were originally published in magazines in the 1930s. You’ll experience all kinds of emotions in this unique collection.

Stephen King is a master storyteller and one of his collections of short stories can be found in “Full Dark, No Stars.” Each tale has a twist and a turn, most of the time unseen to the reader. If you like your tales on the macabre side, this book is for you. You may spend well more than 10 minutes reading and your heart will be racing.

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