It is that time of year again; the hustle and bustle of theChristmas season is upon us . I have to admit, I do enjoy this season, possibly because people seem a little happier, a little more outgoing, and a little easier to talk to. I am told this is also the biggest book-selling season as well. Since I am so new to this business, that was news to me, but I have no reason to doubt it. Books provide so much to us. They entertain us, educate us, inspire us, irritate us, enrage us, bore us to tears, etc etc. They truly are our biggest form of media, even in this day of technology that has given us radio,TV, smart phones, computers, and the internet, books still come first in the world of information and entertainment dissemination. Nothing really can compete with books because the studio that the story takes place in is our minds and hearts. We see it the way we want to see it. Have you ever gone to a movie with someone that has read the book that the movie is based on? What is the response you got from them when the show was over? Was it, the book was better? I remember my wife and I watching the first Jack Reacher movie starring Tom Cruise. I had read only one of the books a long time ago and I really enjoyed the movie, but my wife had read several Jack Reacher books and is a huge fan. When she saw Tom Cruise playing the part of Jack Reacher, she had a hard time getting into the movie. She kept saying that Jack Reacher is older and taller than Tom Cruise. Well for one, Cruise was in his middle forties when he did the first movie, he is just a younger looking guy, and two, I don’t recall the book I read ever specifically talking about Reacher’s height. The point though, is that my wife had built up a mind picture of her Jack Reacher and Tom Cruise simply did not fit the bill. I, on the other hand, thought the movie was great and Cruise made a good Reacher for me. More times than not, your mind is going to develop a more pleasing mental visual representation of what you are reading then what you may see on the silver screen, TV, or computer screen. There are also the countless studies that show how good-old-fashioned reading benefits and enhances our mental faculties all the way around. I grew up with this phrase: “Reading is Fundamental.” I had an English teacher put it like this, "reading is fun-da-your-mentals." Reading a story is fun, and its good for your mind. So, take a journey this holiday season and have some fun and read a book. And might I recommend one of mine!