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    A Taste for Books and Movies

    The colder temperatures have brought my love of reading back. There’s nothing like a good book to get you through cold, dark days. I’ve recently been on a Nicholas Sparks kick. He’s best known for Message in a Bottle and The Notebook. I’ve exhausted all his titles thus far.

    When I was in the market for a new book, Herman and I went to the library in Johnstown and he ran in as they were about to close. He got approximately 15 books for me that time, which I really appreciated, but the problem was the books didn’t interest me. I tried to read the blurbs on the book jackets and the first couple of pages, but they just weren’t for me.

    But there was one I liked out of the bunch. That was Wild Orchids by Jude Devereaux. The next time I went to the library with Terry, I went in and picked out titles for myself. Terry gave a very dramatic reading of the book jackets and first pages of several books, and I settled on two books by Barbara Delinsky.

    The books I picked out were all in large print, which is easier for me to read. But Herman got two books in the mail for me by a couple of more favorite authors, Anne Tyler and Maeve Binchy. These are both in small print, but aren’t available in large print yet, and I don’t want to wait.

    It’s hard when you’ve read all of a particular author’s works and have to go on to a new one or wait until they publish a new book. And I hate waiting, which we all know.

    Herman and I have very different tastes in reading. He’s a mystery lover and I have to admit I enjoy reading a good love story. We also have different tastes in movies. He is an action and mystery fan and, guess what, I like a good love story or a comedy. So basically, romantic comedy fills the bill for me. It’s hard to find a movie we both want to see, but occasionally we do find one. I think the last one we both really liked was Something’s Gotta Give, with Jack Nicholson and Diane Keaton.

    That last recommendation came from my Mom, which in and of itself was amazing that I like the same thing she did. Her former recommendation was Under the Tuscan Sun, which Herman liked, oddly enough, and I found a bit boring. Also amazing.

    Tastes in reading and movies are like that. It’s hard to know what someone else will like based on your own likes. So, when I recommend a book or movie to you readers, I understand if you go your own way.

    Kathryn Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an acting career in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues free lance writing from Caroga Lake in Fulton County. Previous columns may be accessed at her web site www.kathrynskorner.com”