Monday, March 5, 2007

To Be Read

I don't know about y'all, but my to-be-read pile keeps getting taller all the time. It blows my mind when I hear other writers telling how they read several books at one time. Where does one find the time to write?

Maybe it's just me, but when I pick up a book, eight times out of ten, I'm not doing anything else until I'm finished. Maybe I'm not disciplined enough. That said, when I'm having trouble writing, either not motivated or just can't seem to find the words, reading always helps me over the hump. I love to see how other authors put stories together. Sentence structure, word choices, character developement, etc.

How often do you read? Do you have a book going all the time? Does reading enhance your writing? Does reading distract you from writing? Enquiring minds want to know.



  1. I go on reading jags where I read a ton of books. Then I'm 'full' and don't read much for a while. :)
    I can really lose myself in reading and get nothing else accomplished, so I'm glad for the non-reading spells. It helps me get things done. :)
    Sometimes, when I'm really in a go-get-'em mood, I can get both reading and writing done. :)

  2. If I get into a book, I'm pretty much there until it's finished (if it's good). That's why my kids groan when they see me pick up a good book. :)

    But since I'm that way, I have to limit my reading to times when I don't have other things I have to be doing. If I know I need to get sleep that night, I can't pick up a book because I'm likely to read through most of the night.

    I have managed, though, to keep a book in the car for carpool line. Having to drive makes me able to pull away from the book (if not, someone will honk at me!). I also use reading for a reward. If I get my revisions done, I get to read! If I get a manuscript sent off, I get to read a book!

    I've found that to be a much healthier reward than eating chocolate. ;)

    Missy--who's TBR pile takes up many, many shelves and stacking area.

  3. Hi,
    I read as much as I possibly can. That means in snippets of 5-20 minutes usually. My moods change. So I might read a non-fiction at the same time as a fiction, the Bible, a self-growth, and a how-to. What mood I'm in dictates which book I pick up. I keep it straight in my head as if they are different people. You know, people have personalities. Books do too. I guess that might even be a thought about "voice" for authors. If it's been weeks, I might reread the half page before and I'll be right back at it.
    PS My reading this week includes...
    It Happens Every Spring, A Case For Christ, my Bible (2nd Samuel and Nehemiah.

  4. I have about 8 books in my TBR pile. And I've signed up for CFBA, so I'll be getting books ever so often to read and review - at least they are Christian - the others in my TBR pile are secular and while they're by some of my favorites, I'm just not geared to reading them at the moment. That will pass, but for the last few months, I've been trying to concentrate on bible studies and finishing "The Stranger on the road to Emmaus" by John Cross. I strongly recommend this to anyone who's looking for a book that will explain the bible in simple terms. I love it!

    But I'm with Mindy, as usual, she is reading my mind. I love reading Nora Roberts for her style and voice. I love reading LuAnne Rice for her choice of words. I love reading Nicholas Sparks for his tear jerkers. The last good tear jerker I read was by Cindy Woodsmall - "When the Heart Cries" I was up until 2 am reading this book - I just refused to put it down, had to know what happened. I LOVE IT WHEN THAT HAPPENS!!

    But lately, I'm trying to read when I find the time and lately, there's been very little time!!!

  5. I have a ton of books in my TBR pile. I have gotten into the habit of reading more than one at a time.
    I usually read at night in the bathtub. Lots of hot water and bubbles and a good book.
    The last book I read that I couldn't put down was On a Highland Shore by Kathleen Givens. A Scottish historical romance that was soooo awesome. I have to find her other books and read them.

  6. I read in spurts. Reading does revitalize my writing and creative juices. If I'm not in the mood to write, I read. Like you guys, my family visibly groans when they see me pick up a new book. I'll be devoted to it without sleep until I finish it.

    Right now I'm reading "Rekindled" by Tamera Alexander, "Battlefield of the Mind" by Joyce Meyer, and the Book of Acts.

  7. My older three all lose themselves in books, too. We can often all be found nose buried. The younger three don't read yet, but I'm hoping they are the same way. :)

    I'm reading Esther with our homegroup, 2 Timothy for myself, Mending Places by Denise Hunter, How to Write by Janet Evanovich, and various other books laying around here. :)