This summer has been great for reading! Like I wrote last year, I believe reading is an essential part of becoming a successful writer. And of course summer, isn't the only time I read. Heavens no! But I find that I get the most reading in during the summer when I'm not teaching and going to school, etc., so I feel that it's a good idea to report and/or share my reading successes in the summer.
It's been especially rewarding this year as I've participated (for the first time!) in our library's summer challenge. If you read 1,000 minutes, you earn a free book. I used to think it was just for the kiddos, but then I asked, and the librarian told me adults can participate it in, too. So I did. And I got a free burrito from Cafe Rio when I hit my 500 minutes and, of course, that free book at 1,000 minutes.
I believe it's good to read a variety of things, as Stephen King taught me, but I also believe it's important to read what you want. I mean, yes--- I earned a degree in English Literature. I actually like Crime and Punishment, A Farewell to Arms and Animal Farm, which are the kinds of books you probably expect someone like me to read all the time.
But at the same time, it's better to read something than nothing at all because you're embarrassed about showing others what you're reading. It's like I've been trying to keep face, to make everyone believe or see that I only choose books that are intellectual, adult, and/or portrayed as classic literature. About a year or so ago, I finally decided that's rubbish. Who cares? I'm going to read what I want, and who cares who sees me doing it!
So I've been reading a lot of young adult, which, actually, a lot of adults pick up these days anyway.
I've tried have a variety this summer, but not as much as I should, but hey! I was reading. And I totally went over the 1,000 minutes of reading. Easy!
Here's the list:
"There's nothing to writing. All you do is sit down... and bleed."
"Mongkok Street, Hong Kong"