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Share The Love Of Books

Seven — that’s how many books I collected as I walked from room to room in our house the other day.

I made up my mind that enough is enough.

It’s time to finish at least one of these books I have started.

I love to read all kinds of books, both fiction and real-life stories. I do not pretend to follow any one author or rush to get the top novels on the bestseller list. I have had a penchant for Mary Higgins Clark’s books as they are easy reads that hold my interest. Forget Stephen King.

One of his stories had me sleeping with the lights for days.

I keep unread books in various rooms with the promise of one day finishing all of them. The only problem is that after a day’s work with words, I tend to fall asleep a few pages into the books, especially with darkness creeping in so early these days. Every book I picked up in the house had a pretty bookmark or cash register tape, even a feather, noting where I last left off.

My New Year’s resolution for 2021 is to no longer need the bookmarks because I will have finished what I started. We will see.

Imagine my happiness the other evening during a FaceTime visit with preschooler Deacon and kindergartner Hannah.

They couldn’t wait to tell me how well they are reading. What? Reading?

They were so excited to detail their progress during these many months of only seeing us on a video screen.

It didn’t surprise me that they enjoy learning to read.

Their parents (and grandparents) have been reading to them since they were babes in arms.

It’s one of the most satisfying and enjoyable things parents and children can share with lasting results and memories.

While we are on the subject of books, I am going to brag a bit today.

My older brother, Herk Hamm, has just released his first book. It is titled “The Game: One Summer When Baseball Was King.” It’s a delightful story filled with the antics of young teens playing one continuous baseball game during a summer when their beloved Pittsburgh Pirates earned a ticket to the World Series.

It’s available online at Amazon for Kindle and the paperback version will be available shortly.

I can tell you that it’s one book you won’t put down and will leave you smiling in the end.

Heather Ziegler can be reached via email at hziegler@theintelligencer.net or at 1500 Main St., Wheeling, WV 26003.

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