First be a Reader by Wendy H. Jones
Why the trip down memory lane?
The one thing you will notice about all of this is that I read widely. In fact, I read anything I could get my hands on.
Fast forward to today. Am I still a voracious reader? Absolutely one hundred percent.
Do I still read widely? Er, no.
I find I grab the nearest crime book or cozy mystery and there I stay. It's like a warm comfort blanket wrapping me in the familiar. Okay, I've got an excuse I tell myself. I'm a crime writer, of course I read crime. But, does this make me a better writer?
I'm not entirely sure it does. Therefore, I have been pushing myself to read more widely in a variety of genres such as literary fiction, historical, fantasy, dystopian, chick lit etc. I've discovered some cracking books such as They Both Die in the End, and The Midnight Library. I've discovered a new series called Talin and the Tree by Stephanie Dos Santos. Portal Fantasy, it had me hooked from the first word. I've rediscovered my love of reading widely and I am enjoying the adventure. I believe it makes me a better writer because I am steeped in different words, different sentence structures and different tropes.
So, my plea to all writers today is to read widely. My plea to all readers is to read widely. You never know what books you might find and where it might take you. Enjoy the journey. I'm about to go on a two month trip to the United States and I am already planning which books I will be taking with me.
My question to you is, what are you reading at the moment? I would love some suggestions for my trip. Please post in the comments below.
And do you ready widely? I would love to know.
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