Hi there, hello.
It’s Tuesday. And you know what that means! I write about something I like.
This week, I want to talk to you about books. Every good author will tell you if you want to write, you damn well better make time for reading. It’s an integral part of honing your own craft. Reading is like studying in the library before your exam. It just makes sense. Read what interests you, read the genre you write, read everything possible. Every book you consume will make you that much better of a writer.
One of my favourite writers once said “If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that. – Stephen King
A bold statement isn’t it?
Well, I agree with it. Now, yesterday, I may have mentioned that I have used writing as one of (several) escapes from writing due to my (sometimes) overwhelming depression and mental state as of late. It’s much, much easier to pick up a video game controller or a book to escape, than my laptop or a pencil and pad of paper. The writing instrument feels so heavy in my hands lately.
That being said, last year I spent more time writing than reading as a whole. And I didn’t spend that much time writing honestly. I’ve already changed this for the positive in 2019. I created a personal challenge to read (at least) 12 books this year.
One book per month.
Nearing the end of February I am tracking well already. I have finished 3 books and am roughly 1/4 of the way through my 4th book. This 4th book also happens to be a quite lengthy novel and I am tempted to count it as two! Not because of its length, but rather, because of how it’s set up. It’s written in alternating chapters between a real-world scenario of a young author having completed writing her first novel, and the novel itself.
Great concept, still unsure of whether I like the novel yet or not. Also, it will likely take me a long time to finish reading this one, as I leave it at work (it’s 600 pages and massive) to read during my lunch hours.
Here are the books I’ve completed so far this year:
- The Towering Sky (The Thousandth Floor #3) – Katharine McGee
- The Glass Castle – Jeannette Walls
- Children of Eden (Children of Eden #1) – Joey Graceffa & Laura L. Sullivan
- Afterworlds – Scott Westerfeld
I haven’t figured out what my next book will be, or whether I should begin reading one at home as well…perhaps I can knock off two books from my 2019 reading challenge at once? Then again, that may just be another excuse for me to not write. Sigh.
Do you have any suggestions as to what book I should read next? Come on internet friends, knock my socks off with your suggestions!
Until we read again, much love.