Monday, November 30, 2009


Post by NCW Director Kerrie Flanagan

As we come to the end of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), I am inspired to try something different for December and January. I am calling it ReBooWee or Read-a-Book-a-Week.

I am sure many of you are like me and have a fleet of unread books circling overhead, waiting for their turn to land. I figured if I put my goal out to the blogosphere, give it a name, I'd then have a reason--a purpose--to sit my butt in a comfy chair, wrap up in a Snuggie, sip on Earl Grey tea and revisit the joys of reading.

Plus, as writers, we should all be reading as much as we can. Stephen King in his memoir On Writing says, "Constant reading will pull you into a place where you can write eagerly and without self-consciousness. It also offers you a constantly growing knowledge of what has been done and what hasn't, what is trite and what is fresh, what works and what just lies there dying (or dead) on the page. The more you read, the less apt you are to make a fool of yourself with your pen or word processor."

So who is with me? Who wants to see if they can Read-a-Book-a-Week, then share what they read, right here on this blog every Monday? Here is a little graphic for you to use, to show your commitment to ReBooWee.

Happy Reading!


Joanne said...

I don't think I could keep up with a book a week, but love this idea motivating us to add more reading time to our day, to stop and linger with the pages. It's a nice time of year to do so, too.

Amy Tate said...

Wow! That's quite a challenge. I'll do my best - I have a leaning tower on my night stand that I should tackle.

Kay Theodoratus said...

Sounds like an idea. Except won't work for me. I read a book or two a week, and my to-read pile stills grows. ... Or, is that festers.

Anonymous said...

I'm in and I'll post something about this on my blog tomorrow and see if we can get more people to join!

Great idea!

Kerrie said...

Glad that a few of you are on board. I set aside time to read last night instead of watching t.v. after dinner and before beating my son and husband at Wii Frisbee Golf.

Patricia Stoltey said...

I'm in. I might have to save King's new one, Under the Dome, until later though. Don't think I could handle that one in a week.

For the record, I'm now reading Breakthrough (fiction) by Stephen Tremp and Fire in Fiction (non-fiction on writing) by Donald Maass.

Donna M. Kohlstrom said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting! Look forward to following your writing adventures.

I love Steven King's book "On Writing". Read it twice and may just read it again!

I'm reading a couple of books at the same time so I'm not sure if I can commit to finishing any one of them in one week but will give it a try.

Mason Canyon said...

Okay at Patricia invitation I thought I stop by and check out the challenge.

Sounds interesting and I need the little extra push sometimes.
Not sure I can read a book every week, but I'm game to give it a try.

I'm reading Laura Child's Eggs Benedict Arnold and I've just started Terry Spear's To Tempt the Wolf. Hopefully I can finish one by next Monday.

Kerrie said...

Thanks to everyone for stopping by and for your willingness to give this ReBooWee a try. Now--go read. :-)

MJ Morgan, Writer said...

I'm in.

One Woman, Ink. said..., let's see, can someone please remind me what "read" means? I think I recall doing it back in elementary school, and even a bit in college. For the life of me, however, the word completely escapes me right now.

My library is actually bigger than a fleet, Kerrie; it is perhaps, an armada of unread books, magazines, anthologies, short stories, catalogs, and my own writing. Each was purchased with a sincere intention to read right away--except for my work, of course.

Man, if I could read a book a week that would be awesome! I love that you're setting an ambitious deadline, but I have to decline...darn it all!

Good luck to all and enjoy your tomes. Ar

Michelle Mach said...

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Read More, Write More


pam2spicy said...

Great idea Kerrie, thanks for the motivation and inspiration.A book a week will be a stretch for me but I'm game to give it a try!

LLPere said...

I'm in!

Anonymous said...

I'd love to say yes but Iknow I'm already time short. Some weeks I can read four or five books, others I can barely open the pages before I'm dragged away. I will be following this with interest though and contributing where I can. I think this is a great idea.

Anonymous said...

How fun! I don't have time, I'm afraid, but it's an excellent idea. Good luck!

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