Finally getting back to reading like a voracious book worm
I have always loved to read. Growing up I went through every book I could get my hands on in the house. I loved going to the public library and the school libraries both in grade school and high school. To this day I still enjoy wandering through book stores even if I don’t have any particular book in mind that I want to buy. There is something about books and loosing myself in the story.
Unfortunately I have had a long hiatus from reading seriously. I can’t really explain why but I just stopped reading for a really long time. I used to run through a book every couple of weeks. It didn’t matter if it was a short paperback sci-fi or a robust 1000 page plus epic fantasy. I was never without a book. It didn’t matter if I was at work or at home. A book was a constant companion. And while I have had a book with me throughout last year and even now, I found that it took me months to get through one.
Having realized this I have decided to make a change. And while it might sound insane, I am currently in the process of reading five different books. Some I am in the middle of reading. Some I just started. And the great thing is that I am already making an expansive list of books that I am planning on reading once I get through any of the five books I am reading now. (And no I am not planning on reading any more than five at a time.)
Being a writer means that you really need to read. Not just read things in your genre but in as many different genres as possible. It helps keep you current on what is out there. It helps show you different ways of doing things or not doing things. It helps expand your world in ways that are mind-blowing. It helps connect you with the writing community. And above all else it is food for your soul. A writer is a storyteller. A storyteller should always love a good story. We eat, breath, drink, sleep, dream, walk, talk and exist in stories.
I will get a widget up with my Goodreads account to keep everyone up to date on what I am reading and my progress. And I will definitely be posting some reviews. When you find a great book you should spread the word. For right now here are the books that I am reading:(In no particular order)
The World Without Us by Alan Weisman
The Singular Exploits of Wonder Mom & Party Girl by Marc Schuster
Confessions of a Freelance Penmonkey by Chuck Wendig
Not Before Bed by Craig Hallam
Picking Up the Ghost by Tone Milazzo
What are you reading? Or suggest to read?