Currently, my two favorite contemporary authors are Karen Kingsbury and Terri Blackstock. I love how they both write books that draw you right into the lives of their characters and you just can’t wait to finish reading the story. Ms. Kingsbury’s books, in particular, have been another source of inspiration to me. I’ve learned so much about writing, just by reading her books (as well as every other book I’ve read). R.I.F. ~ Reading is Fundamental…I remember that campaign from school days, to help students understand how important reading is.
I haven’t yet bought a kindle or other eBook reading device, but I’m sure I’ll get to that sometime in the near future. I’m putting that on hold for right now because I just love holding a book in my hands when I read. I know…I’m old school, but I love the smell of books and turning pages and immersing myself in the lives of the characters. As a writer, I do like the idea of eBooks and want people to purchase my book, Mr. Shipley’s Governess when it comes on in the next few weeks. However, I hope books never go out of style, at least not during my lifetime.
Back to the fundamentals of reading ~ reading is a wonderful tool to learn. We can keep our minds active and continually educate ourselves on new topics. Sitting down to watch TV does not require a lot of cranial effort; whereas, reading a book, does. Some people do not find reading enjoyable and it’s hard for me to understand that, only because I love to read.
My husband and I do not have children, yet, but when we do, I am definitely going to make an effort to instill a love for reading into their lives. My husband was not a big reader, but he has recently begun to read more and, to me, I think that’s awesome.
Recently, I was introduced to a great resource for readers, www.thereadingroom.com. The Reading Room is a global community for readers. Once you sign up for a free online profile, you have access to a wonderful online source. There are reading groups, book recommendations for you as well as access to view authors’ profiles.
I was invited to join as an author on their site and I was excited to accept that invitation. Many readers are members of this website and I hope to mix and mingle with people on this site as well as learn more about some great authors.
As an author, it’s hard to find time to balance reading and writing, but it is so necessary to becoming a better writer. Have you read any good books lately? If so, I’d love to hear about it. Please feel free to post a comment.