I actually not only bought myself a book yesterday, but I read it last night too. Well, some of it.
For those of you who don't find this feat as extraordinary as I do, well you obviously don't have kids. I don't recall the last time I sat down to read a book that was more then 10 pages and didn't have cartoon ducks going to school, or ponies forming a rock band in it. I got a real, grown up book.
I made sure it was quite possibly the thickest book I could find, over 600 pages. I mean who knows when then next time I can spare $25 for a new book will be, I wasn't taking any chances! It also had to be on a topic I can enjoy at any given moment when I might find time to read. Ghosts and paranormal activity.
Okay so maybe you don't believe in such things, and it really is one of those topics you either believe or you don't and think that anyone who does is a total nut case...which ever you are is fine with me. I believe, as does the majority of my family. We don't wander around with EVP detectors, snapping photos into the darkness and trying to communicate with them (but how cool would it be to do that!?) we simply have had personal experiences and enjoy hearing about others.
The book I picked up, is called Real Ghosts, Restless Spirits, and Haunted Places. It's made up of hundreds of different personal experiences from all over the world, ranging from things like the Amityville Horror, to simple hauntings in homes in Wisconsin in 1876. Each personal account of events is no more then 2 pages long and it makes for great reading for a mom because I can zip through one story and be able to put the book down to do whatever is needed at the time, pick the book back up later and not have to back track to figure out where I left off.
Plus it makes me feel better that there are others out there who share the same experiances as me. Makes me feel less crazy...lol.
Aside from the fact that Halloween is coming and these books were laid out all over the store, I actually went in looking for something on this topic. To be specific a book called Ghosts Caught On Film, Photographs of the Paranormal? as I had recently become interested in the photographed images people "claimed" to be of paranormal activity. I found some of these types of images in a group I stumbled across on Facebook the other night. As most of what is in the group was obviously nothing more then the wild imaginations of less then amature photographers, I wanted to check out this book to see what photos could have been so good they were published. I just basically wanted to flip through it in the store and save myself the trouble of buying it, but they didn't have it.
With the book not on the shelf and being utterly burned out trying to explain to someone why there is a light trail in their photo because of a combination of the light in the area, the night setting they have their camera on and the lack of tri-pod use....I picked the the 600 page book I mentioned before to satisfy my paranormal needs. As for now it and the weekly dose of Paranormal State on A&E is keeping me happy.
I'm so simple it's almost embarrassing...