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Doug's Blog: The joy of reading

By Doug Walker – bio | email

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) – I've always been an avid reader, ever since I was a kid.  Back then, it was the latest comics or the Hardy Boys series. 

But in later years, I run hot and cold when it comes to reading.  I'll go months without reading a book, but then the urge comes back and I'll read four or five books in the space of a couple of months.  That's the phase I'm in now.  I enjoy reading. 

I guess I'm old fashioned in that regard.  Picking up a book and easing back in the chair is a pleasure that is almost lost in our fast-paced, technology driven society.  But it's a pleasure more of us should try and rediscover. 

So you may be wondering, what are the types of books Doug likes to read? My short answer is all kinds. But I lean toward the political realm. 

I have always loved politics, the debates, the players, and the act of lawmaking.  It is what drives me in my thirst for more knowledge about how the world works, and who runs it.   On my current list of books, I have just finished Glenn Beck's "Arguing With Idiots."   It was a fun read with a lot of good points.  Funny, yet serious at the same time. 

Before that, it was Bill O'Reilly's "A Bold Fresh Piece of Humanity."  Also on the list, "A Slobbering Love Affair" by Bernard Goldberg. 

By now, some of you may be thinking that I'm a right-winger and a card carrying tea party member.  But I'll throw you a curve right now that will leave you shaking your head at the conservative plate. 

In the past month, I've also read (and enjoyed) "Will They Ever Trust Us Again" by Michael Moore.  Not to mention, "True Compass" by the late senator Ted Kennedy.  A fascinating read, whether you like him or not. 

As you can see, I run the gamut when it comes to picking up a book.  It doesn't matter to me what side of the ideological aisle a book comes from.  I learn from them all and use that knowledge to improve my own life and thought process. 

Now for a change of pace.  I also read "Always Looking Up" by Michael J. Fox.  It's a story written by an eternal optimist battling a frightening disease.  If you think you have problems, read that book, and then think again. 

Next up, "Open" by Andre Agassi, the former tennis superstar who reveals all in his book.  I have heard it's a great read, but I'll find out for myself and let you know.

Until then, keep those pages turning.

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