Thursday, November 04, 2010
What Are You Reading?
I have a confession to make. A few years ago, even though I absolutely love to read, I hardly did. I found it extremely difficult to read and write my own stories at the same time. Looking back, I'd have to say this was due in large part to the fact that I had so much to learn about the craft of writing, and every time I picked up a new novel, the rules changed. For that author alone, or so it seemed.
I'm happy to say I've pretty much mastered my internal editor now, and can switch it off and just enjoy a good book when I get the opportunity to do so. Not always. There have been a few times where I've been so disappointed with the quality of writing and the lack of editorial direction that I've thrown the book across the room...er...I mean...put it away on a shelf never to be seen again.
However, those cases are few and far between. In fact now, when I need a break from writing, I read. Of course this is made so much easier with my trusty new iPad - thanks Dad! Yes, as much as I love actual hold-in-your-hand books, convenience and the luxury of simply being able to press a button and receive a new book that might otherwise take weeks to get to me, has made me a convert. E-Readers are here to stay folks, may as well get used to it. But please by a real copy of my book when it comes out! Several even.
Okay, so you probably want to know what it is that I'm reading, right?
Yeah, I thought so. You're just curious like that.
Well, lets see. I have to say I'm not terribly adventurous when it comes to picking a novel. I know what I like and I tend to gravitate toward those books. I love big family saga type novels with a hefty dose of romance thrown in. I enjoy Barbara Taylor Bradford, adore Maeve Binchy and Rosamunde Pilcher, and I have discovered a new author that I'm really excited about - no not me - Kate Morton.
Last summer I read The Forgotten Garden.
I'm currently reading The House At Riverton.
She has a new book out called The Distant Hours, which I will read as soon as I finish The House At Riverton.
I am drawn to these multi-faceted stories, grew up on them, and will continue to seek out this kind of literature. I'm currently working on a larger family saga-type novel, because I love the themes behind them, the larger cast of characters and the challenge of taking an extremely dysfunctional family and putting them in the same room together! More to come on this, I'm sure.
If you're paying attention, you may notice a theme amongst the authors I have mentioned. What is it?
And the Q4U: What are you reading and if you are a writer, do the books you read influence your own style of writing?
Posted by Catherine West at 3:53 AM