If you’re not writing, you should be reading.
I saw this on Jewish Story Writing (no, I’m not Jewish) and I’ve been thinking about it ever since.
There is something about the close of summer, the onset of autumn, that makes us all a little more thoughtful. Autumn is, after all, the season in which everything dies, before going barren for the winter.
I was reading a blog post from a woman I went to high school with this morning, and it as was if I could have written it myself. So many blog posts have been that way for me lately.
No, I haven’t been writing. I’ve been reading as much as I can - be it blog posts or articles. I’ve been listening to a lot of Nora Roberts audio books.
This evening I went to dinner with my parents. My stepmom asked me if I had any book recommendations. I told her she wouldn’t want to read anything I’ve been reading, because they’re mostly Nora Roberts trilogies.
I have such fond and interesting memories of my first Nora Roberts novel, Public Secrets. My cousin and aunt were always reading Nora’s books and this was the first my cousin, Andie, recommended for me.
I will never forget the day I was reading it on the blue line of the MBTA, when the main character was beaten until she could hear the sound of her rib cage crack - I fainted. I had never fainted before. I’m not sure that I had ever fainted again. But it was described in such detail that it really hit me.
I fainted. I dropped my water bottle. I scared the poor gentleman sitting across from me.
It was only a few seconds, but I will never forget it. I have been a true Nora fan since that novel.
So I understand that her work isn’t necessarily going to make the literary canon, and that all of the plots are exactly the same, but I enjoy slipping into the worlds and characters she creates after a long, difficult day at the office. As I have a long, difficult drive home in an hour + of traffic.
Alas, I do think I am going to try the Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge. After I finish Nora’s Key Trilogy.
What are you reading?