Friday, February 27, 2009

Reading and Radio

This has been a week of "just first chapter please" for me.

Searching my bookshelves for something new to read (or something old that will be new again) I've pulled books down or dug them out of a storage chest. I read the back cover blurb, thumbed over the author's dedication, and settled in for the first chapter. But like a pair of shoes that don't fit just quite right, I put many books back on my shelf. I was looking for something, although I didn't know what it was, to pick me up where I was and draw me inside the story.

I read a little of Jan Karon - At Home in Mitford. I read Luanne Rice's Dream Country. I read Stephanie Meyer's Twilight. Each auth0r had their own unique voice and each story is very different from the other. But this week, nothing held my attention.

What I'm into reading currently is Lone Star Courtship by Mae Nunn. It's a Steeple Hill release so it's one of those nice small books you can toss in your purse and read wherever. I think what drew me in immediately was the voice of the author and the fact I could picture the characters clearly. And in picturing those characters, I found it was something I could relate to. So I'm almost to chapter 3!

I plan to go back and read the other books I listed above. I've already read Dream Country years ago and loved it. I wanted to re-read something from my past in hopes I'd be inspired to dive back into my own story. Alas, that hasn't happened yet.

I find stories are a lot like songs on the radio. Some stories you want to read over and over again. You may even think of the character after you read the last word of the last chapter. You may look forward to the sequel or even the movie that comes out. And those favorite songs on the radio - well when one comes on you like, you crank up the volume! I sing the same songs over and over again. Pretty soon they become an inspiration and that gets my writing wheels turning!

What are some books you couldn't put down? What are some songs that make you laugh, make you sing out loud - real loud -- and what songs make you cry? Any books you've read lately that do all of these?


  1. A book I could not put down was Jurassic Park - I read it in two days. However, I only read it once! Anne McCaffrey's books are once I read over & over, because I love relationship dynamics. One of my favorite rereads is Watership Down. I so love that story! I've probably read that book over 50 times...

    Nilsson's Without You is a song that tugs at my heartstrings, mostly because it's one of the few songs that reminds me of my father, who died when I was eleven.

    L. Diane Wolfe

  2. OH yeah...I just finished HOUSE by Ted Dekker....wasn't my favorite (it was scary). Ones I could't put down were the Twilight books. I've read them a couple times each. (Yeah, Yeah, I know....) **smile**

    I was a "Beta" reader for an unpubbed getting ready to submit, and I BAWLED my eyes out reading her novel! Seriously, she's really talented. She'll be pubbed some day.....

    Songs....Oh, I'm totally into Francesca Battisteilli and Matthew West right now. Lovin' their tunes. I think I'm gonna feater Francesca on my Musical Monday comin' up.

    Great post today. Have a super weekend.

  3. Christy, all I can say is.... how did you put Twighlight down??????????!!!!!!!!!!


    Can you tell I'm a big fan?

  4. I haven't read any books in a long time that actually made me cry. One that I will never forget is Francine Rivers' "Redeeming Love". Some people don't like books that make them cry, but I do. Two other ones that I can't forget are Danielle Steele's "Zoya" and "Palomino". OMG!!!

    As for songs, I have so many favorites, I can't list them all.

  5. I'm with Missy--How could you put Twilight down? That series is the one that made me laugh and cry. I have one more book to go.

  6. Missy & Lindi,

    I don't know. I just can't get into Twilight! Maybe it's timing. I'll probably get into it when the fad has passed and the book and movies that will follow are about 20 yrs old. LOL! I'm not very "with" current things right now. I have to remind myself what an IPod is and the Blackberry interest me although I don't have one.

  7. Lynn, that's pretty cool the MS you judged made you cry. i hope you let the person know, or were able to let him/her know! What a compliment.

  8. Thanks for sharing Diane and Jenn!