Tuesday, October 19, 2010

YOU are what YOU read

The BlogFrog Community over at {in}courage had a discussion about " What books are you reading?"  It is one of the biggest discussions going in that community right now!


I happened on a post on BlogHer on how to be a better writer ~ was to be an avid reader.

"Reading is the single most important activity that leads to better writing. In fact, it’s just as crucial as actually writing. So, let’s talk about why it’s essential for writers to read as much as possible."

quoted from website Writing Forward

IS SOMEONE trying to tell me something?:)  I've always been a reader but I am busier than ever with raising a family, being the wife an you know - yada yada....

I've always had a secret obsession to be a "writer" but some of my choices in high school put a halt to fulfilling those dreams....and here we are 23 years later. 
{ didn't finish High School, did get GED years later, one English Class in the 12 credits I went to college for and didn't get good English grades in High School! } So WHAT UP with that??

What am I going to do then?

{1}  Set a goal to read 5 books by the end of the year

{2}  Start taking classes on writing

{3}  Participate in blogs that are in a writing niche.  I am joining MamaKat at Mama's Losin It  in her writing prompts.  Ask for constructive criticism.

Here are the 5 books I am choosing

A Million Miles in a Thousand Years: What I Learned While Editing My Life

Full of beautiful, heart-wrenching, and hilarious stories, A Million Miles in a Thousand Years details one man's opportunity to edit his life as if he were a character in a movie.

Writing to Change the World
Writing to Change the World is a beautiful paean to the trans formative power of words. Encapsulating Mary Pipher's years as a writer and therapist, it features rousing commentary, personal anecdotes, memorable quotations, and stories of writers who have helped reshape society. It is a book that will shake up readers' beliefs, expand their minds, and possibly even inspire them to make their own mark on the world.

Plan B: What Do You Do When God Doesn't Show Up the Way You Thought He Would?
What do you do with a shattered dream? Or an unmet expectation? What do you do when your life isn't turning out the way you thought it would? What do you do when you have to turn to Plan B?

The Divine Conspiracy: Rediscovering Our Hidden Life In God
The Divine Conspiracy is a comprehensive, practical, meaty, challenging, and extremely helpful book which I pray will be widely read.

Dangerous Wonder (with Discussion Guide)
Recapture the joy of being a child and apply it to your relationship with God. Ask the difficult questions about faith, then just take Jesus at His word.

What about you?
To write "meaty" content - read "meaty" books

What meat { books } :-) are you chewing on lately?


are you reading with a purpose?


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