Reading is necessary for anyone who aspires to become a better writer. But, reading allows us to digest another perspective, build our vocabulary, and broaden our imaginations.
Storytelling is a skill used in both the visual medium and the written word. Storytelling is a vital part of marketing campaigns and advertisements. Some of my favorite commercials are by Geico and LetGo. Humor and storytelling are used by both brands with great success, so much so that, as the viewer, you actually look forward to watching the commercials.
I love to read and have been doing my best to read more blogger posts and to comment. But I must admit, I follow a ton of blogs and often I can’t get to read all of them like I’d hope. Also, with the WordPress reader feed not all of the blog posts pop up. Sometimes they do, but then posts get buried in my e-mail. So, if I haven’t read or commented on your blog, just comment on mine as that’s the fastest way to catch my attention.
Anyway, I’ve been reading a lot lately whether it’s news, books, or blog posts. I am always trying to stay up on the latest tech trends, movie trends, social trends, and of course book trending on the top sellers list. I love to diversify my reading, as I’ve mentioned before I read a diverse array of bloggers. I also read different types of books and genres; I’m the same with movies and TV shows.
Aside from The Book Thief, that one took me longer to read, generally, I read a book a week. I’ve always thought I was a slow reader, but my husband says I’m not. It’s all perspective; there is always someone else out there that can read faster than you. I’m not a speed-reader, but I do love to digest the book and thoroughly understand the complexity of the characters and story line.
Every single one of the following books are fantastic and if you haven’t read one or two or more, I highly suggest these books below. They are all page-turners! I’ve linked the books to goodreads, so you can take a look at reviews and ratings.
- The Rosie Project, By Graeme Simsion (Adult contemporary fiction, with some dark comedy)
- The Woman In Cabin 10, By Ruth Ware (Adult contemporary fiction, suspense)
- Love May Fail, By Matthew Quick (Adult contemporary fiction, with some dark comedy)
- This Is Where I Leave You, By Jonathan Tropper (Adult contemporary fiction, with some dark comedy)
- The Silent Girls, By Eric Rickstad (Adult contemporary fiction, thriller/detective)
- The Book Thief, By Markus Zusak (YA, historical)
- Plan B, By Jonathan Tropper (Adult contemporary fiction, with some dark comedy)
- The Skin Collector, By Jeffery Deaver (Adult contemporary fiction, thriller/detective/horror)
- The Girl On The Train, By Paula Hawkins (Adult contemporary fiction, thriller/suspense)
I should complete The Shack, by William P. Young by the end of this week. It’s adult contemporary with some magical realism and religion. I would say, Christian and in some parts it’s a little preachy. But, it’s written well and it is now a major motion picture with mixed ratings. I’d still be willing to watch the movie, especially after reading the book.
I do read a lot of non-fiction books as well. Chuck, a blogger at thereluctantpoet, suggested The Psychology of Romantic Love: Romantic Love in an Anti-Romantic Age. I plan on getting that book via Amazon (love Amazon) and reading that soon along with Think Better, Live Better, by Joel Osteen, a book I received as a gift and have been meaning to read but have been on a fiction-binge as of late. I’m not hyper religious but I find non-fiction books that are spiritual in nature to be fantastic mood lifters. One such book that I didn’t list, but I’ve read and is non-fiction is The Ultimate Happiness Prescription: 7 Keys to Joy and Enlightenment, by Deepak Chopra.
The Bottom Line:
You can never go wrong when taking some time in the day to read up on the news, read your favorite tech online sites, entertainment trends, and check in on a few blogger posts. Better yet, if you can crack open a good book and get engrossed, it’s not time wasted. Like you, I enjoy watching some of my favorite TV shows. The best way to fit in time for reading, DVR your favorite shows and watch them at times that won’t interfere with your reading. It’s my opinion that we should all read every day. But, it seems we’re reading less and becoming more visual. Striking a balance in life is always tricky with careers, kids, pets, and etc.
It’s not easy and we can make the excuse that we don’t have time to read. But, trust me, it’s possible. It’s all about time management. So, tell me, what’s the last book you’ve read? I’d love suggestions; I’m always looking to read a good book.