Join us all summer long for Last Read posts from a long list of talented writers, librarians and readers.
Guest Author Amy is a two-time Golden Heart finalist (2013 and 2014) who writes Young Adult fiction as Amy DeLuca and New Adult romance as Amy Patrick. She lives in Rhode Island with her husband and two sons and actually craves the heat and humidity of Mississippi, where she grew up. She’s been a professional singer and news anchor and currently narrates audio books as well as working as a station host for a Boston TV station.
If I knew my time was almost up, what would be my last read?
I am a notorious re-reader. It may have started in the fifth grade when I read and re-read WHERE THE RED FERN GROWS twenty-one times. Or in the seventh grade when I read through the LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy seventeen times. Back to back. And then had my portrait made with the books at Olan Mills.
Try not to be jealous of my 1980’s middle-school fashion sense.
I didn’t outgrow this penchant for attempting to make my favorite books part of my DNA. When I finally discovered romance novels and thus re-discovered my love for reading as an adult, I fixated on Lisa Kleypas novels, reading all her historicals first, then moving on to her contemporary Travis series. And then re-reading them. Again and again and again. And again. I’m not sure what posseses me to do this, except that when I fall in love with a world and its characters, I want to keep living with them, to feel the feels all over again.
I do read lots of new books, but I still find myself gravitating back to my old favorites after a while, missing them, longing to spend time with them once again. Now I write books of my own, and I like to think that, subconsciously, I was studying good storytelling with all that full-brain immersion, preparing for a writing career. Maybe it DID seep into my DNA where hopefully it will enable me to bring fresh new stories to life.
So for my last read, I’m going to do something crazy—it’s the end of my life after all. In the same way you might finally have the courage to go sky-diving when you’ve been diagnosed with a terminal disease, I’m going to choose something for my last read that I’ve never read before. Something I’ve wanted to read, but that’s been held just out of my reach like a carrot as I’ve committed to a very tight writing schedule and my free-reading time has temporarily shrunk to almost nothing.
I’m choosing Diana Gabaldon’s OUTLANDER series (this is a slow demise, right? I get a few weeks to read my final choice?)
So many writer friends have loved and recommended this series, I’ve lost count, so I know I won’t be disappointed. And just reading ABOUT the books, I suspect I may find a brand-new-repeat-read addiction. Just in case there’s a miracle cure and I get a new lease on life.