A short collection of insightful quotes that reflect the power and magic of reading.
Last October, a Twitter friend told me about her goal to read 65 news books in a year. She made me wonder how many books I had read since January. I checked my reading journal and discovered I had read sixty books. However, only thirty-two were first reads, which was her requirement for a book... Continue Reading →
I could not put this book down. A historical fiction thriller about a group of people trying to find a serial killer in New York City in 1896, The Alienist does a wonderful job imagining how early detectives did their work while painting a graphic picture of life at that time. I got deep satisfaction... Continue Reading →
On May 18th, I attended a talk by Jeannette Walls, who wrote a memoir called The Glass Castle. I had not heard of her or read her book, but I am always interested in other writers and their experiences, so I went. I decided to read her book beforehand; I devoured it in under 24... Continue Reading →
This is the hour of lead Remembered if outlived As freezing persons recollect The snow - First chill, then stupor, then The letting go. --Emily Dickinson Research is good for me. It's leading me to books I would never even look at normally and Hour of Gold, Hour of Lead is one of these. In... Continue Reading →
I originally wrote the following on 10/26/07: Every writing book I've ever read comes down to this: Writers write. All of them say it is that simple. If you want to be a writer, you have to spend time writing. It may be that simple, but it just isn't that easy. Writing is about putting... Continue Reading →