To read or not to read…..
No book that will not improve by repeated readings deserves to be read at all. –Thomas Carlyle
So I was relaxing in my room, avoiding biology homework, (We’re working on Punnett squares. Ick) when I noticed a copy of the Five Languages of Apology on my dresser. I bought it when I was at the Writer for the Soul conference in Colorado Springs. I’ve already read the Five Love Languages along with countless other similar self-help books, and it just kind of hit me.
I read a lot more than I think I do.
That’s a good thing, I suppose, since I want to be a writer. The #1 tip professional writers will give to aspiring writers like me is to read, read, read! I was watching Jeopardy once and the winner told Alex that she had read at least 751 books since the early 1970’s. I heard that and I though “Only 751? That’s not much.”
All last year I had kept a list of all the books I had read. That included books I had never read before and had actually finished before December 31. Me, being me, I of course was reading book #40 at 11:30 the night before my self imposed deadline.
You can always tell a lot about a person by the books on their shelf. (You can also tell a lot about a woman by what she has in her purse, if she even has one, that is. I don’t have one. Purses are way too girly…. But I digress.) So if you want to get a better look into the complex infrastructure known as the Aspiring Author’s Mind, here’s a list of things on my bookshelf. Or rather, a list of the piles of books stacked up on my dresser next to the recliner chair I rarely sit in.
*(The aforementioned)Five Languages of Apology- Gary Chapman and Jennifer Thomas.
*The Five Love Languages- Gary Chapman.
*Personality Plus- Florence Littauer.
*Captivating – John and Stasi Eldredge. (Absolutely AMAZING!! It definitely changed my thinking)
*Wild at Heart- John Eldredge. (Just as amazing as the other one, even if I don’t relate to it as well. Look ’em up if you don’t understand what I mean. 😉 )
Lies Young Women Believe- Nancy Leigh DeMoss and Dannah Gresh.
The Art of Fiction- John Gardener.
The Scene Book- Sandra Scofield.
Getting into Character- Brandilyn Collins. (I actually got to meet this woman in real life. She’s really cool.)
Fiction Demystified- Thomas B. Sawyer. (Have you guess yet what genre I want to write?)
*The Great Divorce- C.S Lewis.
*23 Minutes in Hell- Bill Wiese. (This book is really cool.)
*90 Minutes in Heaven- Don Piper.
(Pretty large stack, huh?)
….. and Fiction!!
*Lord Foulgrin’s Letters- Randy Alcorn. (A contemporary version of the Screwtape Letters.)
*The Ishbane Conspiracy- also Randy Alcorn. ( If you are the age of 28 or younger, you MUST read this book!!)
The Lightening Thief- Rick Riordan.
Like Dandelion Dust- Karen Kingsbury. ( I got to meet this woman in real life too. She autographed my copy) 🙂
*The Screwtape Letters- C.S Lewis.
Unpretty- Sharon Carter Rogers.
Any book with a * next to it, I heartily recommend you read!! They’re totally worth it and will change your life, (or at least your current thinking).
…. so yeah. I read a lot. When I get bored, I’m sure I post and explain what the 5 love languages are along with the 5 languages of apology. I’ll also post about Personality Plus and the concepts Florences Littauer demonstrated. I love books like that because I like to understand why people think and act a certain way and why I think and act a certain way. But again, I digress.
A book worth reading at all is worth reading more than once. —William Gerhardie