Read, Read, Read…


“Read, read, read.  Read everything – trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it.  Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master.  Read!  You’ll absorb it.  Then write.  If it’s good, you’ll find out.  If it’s not, throw it out of the window.”   William Faulkner

What a great quote.  Reading has always been my first love.  I fell in love with books around the fifth grade when my parents let me begin ordering books from book clubs.  I was ten when they gave me Charlotte’s Web and it is still one of my all time favorite books.  I read it to my students every spring, and yes, I cry every time I read the part where Charlotte dies. 

The fascination with books has never ended.  It’s complete and total escapism for me…a venture into another world, a place so completely different than my own.  Complex characters, what they eat and wear, the crazy things they get themselves into…I can’t get enough!

Here are a few of the books I’ve been reading:

A Pearl in the Storm by Tori Murden McClure – great read, had my head shaking at her courage;   Courting Carolina by Janet Chapman – love Janet Chapman maybe because I love Maine so much;  The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes – hmm…good…but so not my type of book;  The Ugly Duchess by Eloisa James – she’s a great historical romance writer.

I am looking for an awesome book – a book that stays with you after you finish it, a book that when you put it down, you just want to read it again.  Does anyone have any suggestions??

2 responses »

  1. That is one of my most favorite quotes. It certainly couldn’t be more true! I believe that once you have a fascination with books, not just A book, or AN Author, but for stories and reading and books and all that is literature, it never ends.

  2. I don’t have any suggestions. In a way, that makes me kind of sad. I’m the type of person who will read a book more than once, and I think it’s been a lot of years since I’ve read something that I would want to read again. I think I’m going to mix things up and choose something different the next time I choose something to read. … I did read a book recently that stayed with me for several days after I finished it. Fellow WP author, Tim Dittmer – It was his debut novel, The Valley Walker. Modern day drama meets Old Word with flashback to Viet Nam. There was a mysticism element to the book as well. It was quite different from anything I’ve read before.

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