Book Worm

7 Sep

My Take

DiVoran Lites


My husband (of 63 years today) and I went to Europe about twenty years ago. I knew I’d need something good to read on the plane, so on the way to the airport, I rushed into a grocery store here in Titusville and bought a fat paperback for $15.00. What an outrageous amount of money for a paperback book! I thought it was a romance, and in a way, it was. The romance, however, seemed to be more about raising and processing opium in plantation days in a far-away country than smooching. I discovered I didn’t want to read it, but I did because it’s a long way across the pond, and I couldn’t sleep. 

It’s too bad I didn’t have a Kindle or any audiobooks on a digital phone as I do now. You can have a gazillion books on your phone or pad or whatever, and you can take them everywhere you go.  Many of my friends major in reading that way, and I think they are smart to do it. But for some reason, I can’t shake the desire to have a book in my hands. I even paint handmade bookmarks as a hobby. I paint them and lose them. The library called me once to tell me I had left one in a book and did I want them to hold it for me. I said yes, but to my embarrassment, I forgot to ask for it when I went there again.  I do have one friend that hasn’t gone digital, and we have a delightful time together exchanging books. 

Now, I don’t keep a whole lot of books, even though I do have a big bookcase and a couple of small ones. But I have a working plan that utilizes the public library where I have been going for 55 years. When we first came to town, it was in a small building, but since then, we have newer ones.  I thank the U. S. Government for free libraries.

I’ve always liked family stories and romances, as well as non-fiction. It bothers me, though, when people say, “Pretty soon, we aren’t going to use paper anymore because everything will be digital.” I don’t think that is panning out the way people thought it would, and there’s probably more use of paper than ever in history because it’s so easy to print things out and spread them around.  

The Bible and I are old friends, and I like to read it every day. Sometimes I go to Bible Gateway on my computer or phone to look something up or read a passage. Gateway has audio bibles, too.  They seem to have all the translations ever produced. I like the variety and understanding that comes from that. 

I’m appalled at the COVID pandemic, but in one way, I have benefitted by having all the time in the world to read. Also, slowing way down has had a a healing effect on me. 

Maybe I’ll talk about this subject some more. I think I like to write about reading as much as I like to read. 

DiVoran has been writing for most of her life. Her first attempt at a story was when she was seven years old and her mother got a new typewriter. DiVoran got to use it and when her dad saw her writing he asked what she was writing about. DiVoran answered that she was writing the story of her life. Her dad’s only comment was, “Well, it’s going to be a very short story.” After most of a lifetime of writing and helping other writers, DiVoran finally launched her own dream which was to write a novel of her own. She now has her Florida Springs trilogy and her novel, a Christian Western Romance, Go West available on Amazon. When speaking about her road to publication, she gives thanks to the Lord for all the people who helped her grow and learn.  She says, “I could never have done it by myself, but when I got going everything fell beautifully into place, and I was glad I had started on my dream.”

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