Friday, January 23, 2015

What I'm Reading

We all know that all good writers love to read.  It would be strange I think if this were not true.  How would you expect others to want to read what you wrote, if you in fact don't read yourself?  I also believe the more you read, the better you will write.

It is often hard to find the time to curl up with a good book in between mothering, working on my own book, and all the other little bits that creep into my days.  But it is one thing I refuse to let fall by the wayside.  Nothing helps me de-stress more than escaping into a good story.

For the first time this year I set a goal for myself: to read 50 books in 2015.  The third week into the year I'm doing pretty well...I have finished three books.  They are:
 Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Coast Trail by Cheryl Strayed
American Sniper by Chris Kyle
The Life and Legend of Chris Kyle: American Sniper, Navy Seal by Michael J. Mooney

I also have this problem where I don't just start one book and read it all the way through in a single shot.  I have at least four books I'm in the middle of at any give time.  These are the ones I'm working on now:
41: A Portrait of My Father by George W. Bush
Big Girl Panties by Stephanie Evanovich
Decision Points by George W. Bush
Into the Fire: A Firsthand Account of the Most Extraordinary Battle in the Afghan War by Dakota Meyer

Not exactly quick beach reads, but I'm really enjoying all of them!

So what are you reading right now?  Do you set goals for the year?  What is your favorite book of all time?  I'm always looking for suggestions!


  1. I agree with you, that the more you read the better you write. That has been my experience also. Some of my favorite authors are Maeve Binchy, Jeffrey Archer, and Alexandra Stoddard. I keep short, essay style books next to my bed for a quick read before sleep. When I am feeling overwhelmed, I go to my favorite author, Miss Read, and find comfort and pleasure. My goal this year is to read through some childhood favorites again, such as the Little House on the Prairie series, four volumes of Mary Poppins, and the Betsy-Tacy series.

  2. Love that idea of re-reading childhood favorites!