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Becca Benz Good Reads with Becca

I have always been an avid reader since I was a young child, which I got from my mom who always had a book with her and encouraged my love of reading. I had a subscription to National Geographic at an early age which opened up a whole new world to me. I still have some of those original issues from the Apollo moon landings and various other significant events. In grade school we used to order little paperback books from the Scholastic Book Club, and it was always so exciting when the books arrived and the new order form came out, trying to convince my mom to let me get a bunch more books. Most of the books I ordered were about sports, but my reading interests grew more diverse as I got older. A few of my favorite books from when I was young were Curious George, Where the Red Fern Grows, Flowers for Algernon, The Odessa Files, and the Encyclopedia Brown series. For some reason I was never interested in the Hardy Boys or Nancy Drew series. I went through a phase where I was really into geology and plate tectonics, which led to nature books and I discovered Edward Abbey and loved everything he wrote, especially The Monkey Wrench Gang, which is a classic. As I got older I became more interested in history and read everything I could find about the Vietnam War, and later World War II, and amassed a large collection of military history books. I was also very interested in military aviation and loved to build plastic models, like B-17s and Huey helicopters, but I digress. Sadly, books eventually got to be very expensive, and having to move a few times forced me to give up my book collection. So now I rely on local libraries, and I have quite a collection of library cards from along the west coast to make sure I always have access to books. I read for enjoyment, but also because reading is one of the few things which allows me to focus and block out the depression and the difficult things going on in my life, and having that distraction is so important for self-care. I visit the library regularly to browse through the stacks and pick out books that sound interesting, and once I find an author I like I work my way through all their books. Some of my favorite authors are Charles Martin, Barbara Delinsky, Jonathon Tropper, Jodi Picoult, Abbi Waxman, and Emily Griffin.

I’ve thought about doing book reviews on and off for a while, because it makes sense given that I read so much and enjoy writing, and I finally decided the time was right to start! I’m really excited about this and look forward to having the opportunity to share some of the books that I enjoy!

My first book review later this week will be The Garden of Small Beginnings by Abbi Waxman.

 

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