Always read something that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.
P. J. O Rourke

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So, what are you reading?

People who love to read love to surround themselves with books because books are, after all, our friends. And generally, we love our friends.

But, if the company we keep influences who we are, then can the same be said for the books we read?

When I was in college, a friend contemplated my treasured books on the shelves in my dorm room. I asked him what he thought. He said, “I think you are confused.”

I’m not sure if he meant that my vast interests made me seem schizophrenic or if he had a distaste for poetry or Danielle Steel. Or maybe as readers we’re all a little batty because we enjoy reading everything and anything for reading’s sake.

“Ink, a Drug.”

(Vladimir Nabokov, Bend Sinister)

Like a drug is right. Reading ink, inhaling ink, writing with it, playing with words-on paper or digitally. What fun! (and work)

Here are a few books I’m reading right now:

I’m a fan of Maeve Binchy. She writes down to the bones always keeping the plot and characterization in movement. In this nonfiction book, she tackles everything from finding your writing voice to finding an editor to writing short stories, etc. Lots of great info.

I try to read only one novel at a time (recovering fiction addict.) This novel focuses on a family dealing with their mom’s dementia. I’m in the middle of this journey with my mom. Quite apropos.

  • 5 Editors Tackle The 12 Fatal Flaws of Fiction Writing by C.S. Lakin, Linda S. Clare, Christy Distler, Robin Patchen, and Rachel Starr Thomson

This one isn’t out yet. I’m reviewing it for the authors. I can tell you, it is one you’ll want to get. They give examples of poor writing and then show how an editor would fix the errors. Look for it in December.

Not sure if I died today if I’d look good with these books in my hands. But, I think these represent me. Today anyway. A little too boring? Probably. But, next month I might be reading some dead guy or gal or a current dystopian novel or historical fiction or a thrilling bio. That’s what’s great about being a reader. We have lots of interests. Lots of friends between the covers.

So, how about you? What books are on your lap? (or next to your dog?)