Several posts ago I shared how I became caretaker of a small library of books when a member of our writers group took an out-of-town job for a year.
This turn of events started some of us talking about ways to get us reading, so, soon after bringing the books home three of us met at my house to brainstorm. What is the good of a book if it’s never read. We came up with several ideas we thought might work.
The more we talked, the more we realized this whole exercise could turn out to be beneficial in unanticipated ways. We might be looking for a little review to sell the book as worthwhile reading but there are spin-off benefits. Sometimes an indirect approach accomplishes more than we had planned in the first place.
The group response at our next meeting was greater than I could have hoped. A number of books went home that day, to be read and reviewed and there was a high level of interest expressed in meeting outside of our normal meeting times for discussion about what we’ve read.
It’s catching fire.
Here is the book I picked to read and rate for the meeting; it was an unanticipated surprise. I expect how-to books to be boring, this one was not.
Words Fail Me : What Everyone Who Writes Should Know About Writing Patricia T. O’Conner
There were a number of things I loved about this book; it was well written, interesting, helpful, and funny. The author knows her subject well and it shows in the way the material is presented. There were examples for everything which I found particularly helpful. I loved the good bad examples. The good writing alone would add to the readers experience.
This book was great but I am not a fan of how-to-books and, on a personal level, not feeling excited about having to read them (which feels really weird to this book addict). Maybe I will be surprised again and there will be more positive discoveries like this one. If there are, it’s probable this self professed non-writer will learn something (I’m a reader not a writer). It’s ironic how things turn out when it wasn’t part of the plan. Maybe it is part of the plan; just not my plan. A new admission, I am warming up to the idea.
The list of books read this week will be in the next post because there was one today that I would like to feature. Bookbub had another great cartoon; sitting in her chair looking bewildered she says to someone “What do you mean – Are you finished already? I opened the book, what was I supposed to do?” I read a book like that today.
Anyway, happy reading! Maybe you will experience a little boost in the writing department too. I could use some company.