In my celebration of the new “no fee” for book requests at my public library, I’m adding books to my library request list like there’s no tomorrow. The library does its job so quickly and efficiently that my nightstand stack is higher than it probably should be.
Plus, I have people recommending books that sound too interesting to wait until I’ve made a dent in my stack.
There are no rules to reading, are there? No “Finish one and begin another” command from the Great Reader in the Sky, is there? No! So I’m having fun with one of my favorite activities.
Here’s a look at what I have on my nightstand:
What: The Whistling Season by Ivan Doig
Why: I did not know this author until I happened to read his obituary (he died a few weeks ago). I love what he said about reading and writing: “I don’t think of myself as a ‘Western’ writer. To me, language – the substance on the page, that poetry under the prose – is the ultimate ‘region,’ the true home, for a writer. If I have any creed that I wish you as readers, necessary accomplices in this flirtatious ceremony of writing and reading, will take with you from my pages, it’d be this belief of mine that writers of caliber can ground their work in specific land and lingo and yet be writing of that larger country: life.”
What: Star Wars, Episode III – Revenge of the Sith by Matthew Stover
Why: My son and I enjoy the Star Wars movies. He thought that, as a writer, I would enjoy how the author took the original screenplay and made the characters become more interesting through the reader’s knowledge of their thoughts (which you don’t usually get in a movie).
What: Jesus Among Other Gods – The Absolute Claims of the Christian Faith by Ravi Zacharias
Why: I’ve always wanted to read a book by this author. Many of my friends have recommended his books to me.
What: Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
Why: This book has been at the top of many book lists that highlight novels about the black experience, so I figured it was time to read it.
What: The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson, edited by Thomas H. Johnson
Why: I write poetry, but I rarely read it. Then I found out that Ray Bradbury read poetry every day to improve the quality of his writing. Time to start reading poetry, Darla.
What: How to Grow a Novel – The Most Common Mistakes Writers Make and How to Overcome Them by Sol Stein
Why: Help! 🙂
What: Bradbury Stories – 100 of His Most Celebrated Tales by Ray Bradbury
Why: His stories take me away as a reader and inspire me as a writer.
Seven books, and I’m loving the variety. Now, here’s what I have on my library request list:
Summer’s coming. Glad I don’t have any plans to go anywhere — except for all the wonderful places these books will take me.
Okay — tell me what you’re reading. I might just add it to my list!