“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??