Writing Wrongs

August 31, 2006

Booking Through Thursday (on Thursday!)

  1. What is your favorite kind of reading? Novels? Biographies? Mathematical textbooks?

    I like anything with a story, whether itís a novel, a biography, nonfiction.

  2. What do you like best about your favorite kind of reading? What keeps you coming back to that kind of book? Following a gripping story? Watching characters develop? Being educated about things and places you didn't know about? Letting your mind relax into someplace completely different?

    Yeah, all of that. Bob Mayer has a great post today over at
    He Wrote, She Wrote that sums it up, with much serendipity, for me. I do love a book I can savor. And I read so slowly these days. This is why the three--wait, four--books from the library are freaking me out. Iíll never get through them in the next three weeks (all are popular and I canít renew). One is +500 pages, but I so want to read it (The Book Thief). I may end up turning them in and getting back on the waitlist.

    He also posts a bit from an article on creativity and mental illness. Nice. Like there isnít enough to worry about it.

    Oh, back to books. The best books are those that engage me as a reader and a writer. I can admire something, but not actually be all that into it. Likewise, I can enjoy something without the writing knocking my socks off.

    When both happen? Wow. My favorite books are what Iíd call ďaspirational.Ē (New word. I just made it up. Like it?) Not only did they totally have me as a reader, but I can ponder how the author did what she/he did, at length.

    I think thatís why I like audio books. They go by much more slowly. So during the day, I can think about what it was I listened to in the car and ponder where itís going and why.

Charity Tahmaseb wrote at 6:55 a.m.