I've been a huge Diane Ackerman fan ever since I came across her book A Natural History of the Senses years ago in my college bookstore and decided to pick it up. I usually read more fiction than nonfiction, but Ackerman's books, nonfiction though they may be, are pure page-turners. Every chapter is a delight. Reading her books is like sitting in the best Science class in the world. You learn amazing things about yourself and the world you inhabit. I recently picked up the e-book for Dawn Light, a book all about dawn and the way animals (ourselves included) are affected by the push and pull of the sun and moon. I found myself appreciating dawn more (which is saying something because I'm a notorious night owl), listening for the first trills of birdsong as I started up my coffeemaker and reveling in the first watery rays of sunlight. This is a truly great book, whether you're a morning person or not.
This is probably my third or fourth time rereading Jane Eyre -- I got inspired by the recent film adaptation. It's been so long since I read this book, I think over 10 years, so it's been a pleasure sinking back into the story. There is so much I forget, so many little details and nuances that I am appreciating for what feels like the first time. And perhaps I am appreciating these details for the first time -- that's the beauty of reading, the experience changes every time you pick up a book, even if it's the same book, years later. I can't wait to finish it so that I can drag my boyf to see the film. ;)