On Writing and Reading

The other day I pitched a question out to everyone and I was overwhelmed by the amount of response and I apologize that I didn’t get to personally respond to everyone, but for that reason, I’m writing a post. 

I have been looking up every book and author that all of you sent in and Wow! You guys read a little bit of everything. It’s really cool to see that. I saw everything from fantasy to classics to nonfiction, historical fiction, science fiction – literally a little of everything. Now, personally, I’m always looking for new, cool things to read so, I’ll be keeping an eye out for some of these titles for the next time I hit the library. 

I’ve been trying to read a little bit everyday. To help keep me motivated, I started a Goodreads 2017 Reading Challenge. I set my goal for 50 books this year. I didn’t really start on this until April, so I’m a little bit behind, having lost a few months of 2017, but I’m determined to make up for it! Of my 50 book goal, I’m at 23 – not quite half way and it’s August so 50 might not be so realistic, but I’ll work on it. 

Yesterday, I finished All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy and today, I’ve cracked open The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. I do realize part of the problem with this reading challenge is that lately I’ve been choosing some pretty hefty books. Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese which I read right before All the Pretty Horses was a little over 600 pages and now The Goldfinch is over 700, but I really want to read it, so if I don’t win this challenge that’s fine. I might not make it to 50 books this year, but I’ll probably be able to say I’ve read a lot of great books. 

For me, writing and reading go hand in hand. I get inspired to write as soon as I’ve read something great and I was really excited to see I’m not the only one. 

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