Resolutions: Writing and Reading

I used to be a bookworm. I was one of those kids who read everything I could get my hands on, and my favorite position for reading was hanging upside down from a big overstuffed chair.

When I was 12, I read Gone with the Wind in a week. I remember being enthralled with the story, reading every spare moment.  I love mysteries, science fiction, biographies, drama, fantasy, and when I was teenager, Harlequin romances. I went through a phase of reading lots of self-help books and religious books. I’ve read much less for about the last ten years, and I blame the internet for that!

When I was raising my kids, I tried to pre-read the books they wanted to read. It worked for the older ones, but #7 was even more prolific then I ever was, so she got to read whatever she could lay her hands on.

Over time, I’ve purged my library. Mostly what I have now is collections of children’s books that I can’t bear to part with.  Some were my kids, some were mine as a child. I have Dr. Seuss (my favorite is The King’s Stilts), little Golden, Nancy Drew, and some from a children’s book club, Ribsy being an all time favorite.

As I’ve taken up writing this blog, I keep thinking I want to write a book. Actually, I’ve wanted to write a book for years but have buried that desire up until now.  I’d like to write a children’s book, or my life story, a suggestion of a friend of mine. I like the idea, but the thought of actually doing it is still pretty intimidating, mostly because I am still working on finding my voice. The above mentioned dear friend suggested that I read  some books that others have written about their lives as a starting point.

So that’s my plan for 2015.  Here’s my list so far:

1. Drinking: A love story
2. Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
3. Liar’s Club
4. Glass Castle
5. Running with Scissors
There’s a wine bar down the street – one of those lovely places with deep old couches and bookshelves and a jukebox. I found this book there:
Having our say
It is the story of two sisters, both over 100 years old, and it is delightful reading, a perfect start to my pre-new years resolution to read!
Do you have any suggestions for books that I might add to my list?

9 thoughts on “Resolutions: Writing and Reading

  1. Liar’s Club is an absolute must. Having Our Say is an enlightening and joy-filled read.
    More books? Hmmm … I gotta get off the internet and figure that one out. LOL
    Nice blog. 🙂

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  2. I like to read memoirs and Glass Castle is one of my favorites. Having Our Say sounds like a delightful memoir to read too. I’m adding it to my list. Thanks for the recommendation.

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  3. Your Embracing Uncertainty heading, and Resolutions: of Writing and Reading article has both the making of a good title and style to get you started on writing your. Life is short, and uncertain, so don’t waste time getting started on that book. Enjoy the fun and the pain of its demand on you… it is an invigorating experience to write.

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  4. Thank you! I need all the encouragement I can get. Since starting the blog I can already see the evolution of my writing style, and my voice is getting stronger. As I have become more public with my thoughts, the fear is losing its hold.


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    found it and I’ll be book-marking it and checking back frequently!

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