Reading Is Important Too

One of the things “they” say you should do to become a better writer is to read, read, read. And of course you should read in the genre for which you are writing. That means for me, young adult.

Last summer I started reading contemporary ya books and since then, I’ve read more books in one year than I had read the first six years of Lincoln’s life.

Seventy plus books in one year, 90% of which are young adult. Sounds impressive. But you have to remember that ya books are shorter than adult novels, on average, maybe 40,000 to 60,000 words. And when I get a small, squat book with large text, I know the word count is not high.

I’ve found that reading on the treadmill works great. Unless you like to run. But since I don’t, I can walk fast and read at the same time. So with 45 minutes of reading time a day, a typical book might take 3-5 days.

I am going to keep a list of what I’m reading, and probably refer to it in my posts. I won’t go back and write down all 70+ books, but I’ll start with the ones since I started blogging.

And if anyone needs any recommendations on ya books for their teens, I can surely give you some good ones. It might take me a few days to look over my list, but I could find exactly what you might want (in contemporary ya, once again).

I wish I had started keeping track of books I’ve read back in my teenage years. I have one good friend who is doing this now. Lyz from http://moderndayjane.areavoices.com/. She actually writes a little summary so she can remember easier what it is about. It’s a great idea, but I figured I don’t want to start now in my late thirties. If I had started way back when…

It would just be interesting to see what I was reading back in high school. Oh well.

What I’m reading: The Education of Hailey Kendrick by Eileen Cook
What I’m writing: a new story

2 Responses

  1. Lyz

    Remind me to show you how to imbed a link.:)

    Start a reading journal now! At least you won’t be starting it in your mid-50’s! It’s never too late to start, and you’ll definitely forget what all those 70 books were about in the next 5 years.

    Make it a writer’s reading journal – keep a note of what was unique in the writing of the book, or what you thought was dumb.

    I only started my journal after I got married, so it’s only been about 12 years – not since high school.:)

  2. Please do, because when I hit the link button, it doesn’t seem to work. It inserts the code at the beginning, not where my cursor is located. And then it still doesn’t show up in the post. I’ve searched help but can’t find anything revelant.

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