Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Books & Blogging

As a writer, reading is extremely valuable to me. I believe it is a crucial element of a writer's life and something that we should all devote time to. That said, we're all busy and it's easy to ignore the stack of books we've been meaning to get to. It's easy to get caught up in working and socializing and blogging and "real life."

But sometimes, we need an escape. A movie works for ninety minutes or a couple hours, but our creative minds need to exercise for longer than that. They need to delve into another world, free of details and distractions of the everyday. And they need to know what it's like to be on the other side of words.

I encourage you to shut off your computer tonight with enough time to open a book before bed. Take the time to read something other than your blog and those of others. Explore a different type of reading, and let your imagination take flight.

1) The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
2) One for the Money by Janet Evanovich
3) Bittersweet by Shauna Niequist
4) Sloppy Firsts by Megan McCafferty
5) Good Things by Mia King
6) The Bedwetter by Sarah Silverman
7) A Summer Affair by Elin Hilderbrand
8) Bookends by Jane Green


  1. Aside from the fact that, as a grad student, I have to read constantly to stay on top of what's happening in my field and research my projects, I always set aside 30 minutes before bed and 20 minutes every morning over breakfast to read for myself - fun, non-academic books - and I would go nuts if I didn't. Reading brings me an untold amount of joy!

    xoxo ~ Courtney

  2. Oh Gosh, what would I do without a book? I am going to have to give a couple of these a try!

  3. I couldn't agree more about the importance of reading Steph. Lately I've been reading a lot of yoga books and cooking/healthy eating books but I could use a book that's a good escape. Aaron and I were just saying how we need to start reading before bed again and I'm definitely going to check some of these out. I'm so excited you listed The Great Gatsby. I've read that book about a million times both for school and on my own time and it captures me every time. xoxo

  4. love this reading list, i've been meaning to check out sloppy firsts. <3

  5. Hi sweetheart best friend, I couldn`t agree more. I read for an hour every night before going to sleep. I love travelling the world via books, yesterday I just finished a compilation of short stories about people who have emigrated from India to the US, and before that I was in poverstricken Limerick during the second world war. I love your reading list, will try to find these books so that I can travel with you :)

    Big hugs to you! <3

  6. Those are such fun books to add to my list. I read A Summer Affair and it was such a great escape. Check out my blog for some other book recs!
    xoxo Lauren

  7. Nice...I want to read the Summer Affair too....nice book list sweets:)

  8. A woman after my heart I tell ya. I've been eyeing 'The Bedwetter' for some time now. I think I'm finally convinced I should read it. Not sure if you have any around you, but the Borders going out of business sale is tres major. Scored some great reads for up to 70% off!

  9. Great book list! I love reading. I especially like The Great Gatsby, I can't wait to see the movie.

  10. I love reading! I've been re-reading Anais Nin and currently reading "Look Again". These are good picks on your list, but the one I have not read is the "Sloppy Firsts" now adding to my list! Thanks!

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  12. The Great Gatsby is high on my list of must reads ashamed to admit I haven't read it yet! So excited for spring...can't wait to just lay in the park and warm up to some great books

  13. I ALWAYS have a book on the go! Right now it's Under The Dome by Stephen King. 1074 pages of King-ness! Up next is Never Let Me Go and The Children's Book.
    Some old favorites: Pride and Prejudice, Jane Eyre, Deerskin (a fantasy) To Kill A Mockingbird, and The Elegance Of The Hedgehog.


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