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Making time to read

Despite all the detours I took getting here, I’ve wanted to be a writer since at least 7th grade. Maybe it’s because I was such a huge reader. Like bring-home-14-books-a-week-from-the-library-during-the-summer huge. Like never-not-reading-something huge. Like up-too-late-reading-under-the-covers-with-a-flashlight-on-a-school-night huge. (Who’s with me?) I was constantly immersed in stories, to the point that my friends made fun of my

(Book) clubbing

Somehow, despite being an avid reader for most of my life, I’ve never belonged to a book club. I used to read “book club fiction” and literary fiction, mainly because I thought I was supposed to, not necessarily because I enjoyed it (though there were a few gems). Looking back, I think some of those

Why I read

If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot. ~ Stephen King You can find amazing things between the covers—actual or virtual—of a book. I’ve been a book lover since I first sounded out the words detailing Spot the dog’s adventures. As

No spoilers!

I hate spoilers. I know people who read the last page or last chapter of a book first, just so they can be sure they’ll be happy with the ending. No way, uh uh. I don’t even read the back cover copy (aka BCC)/description most of the time. Say what? I know, I know. If

Read it later

Years ago, I spent a lot of time commuting and listening to motivational and time management gurus (on cassette tape!). I remember Brian Tracy talking about how to fit in all the reading a successful businessperson must do. One of his tips was to go through your magazines, look at the table of contents, tear

Paper books: my low-tech treat

I love reading on my Nook or iPad. I’m a techie, gadget girl at heart, but beyond the cool factor of carrying an entire library of books on one slim device, I love the convenience. Finished reading a book while on vacation? No problem, just open another. Or download a new one—as if I’ll ever

Finish the book?

I was an avid reader long before I started writing. Until a few years ago, I took pride in the fact that I would always finish reading a book I had started, even if it was a chore. Once I started writing, my reading time dwindled and became more precious and my attitude changed. Why