Post by NCW director Kerrie Flanagan
Hello Fellow Readers,
We are at the end of week 2 and getting ready to start week 3. If you are just hearing about ReBooWee (Read a Book a Week), I hope you will consider joining us for the next 6 weeks and report back in each Monday (even if you aren't always successful) Thumbs up to those who have already read 2 books in 2 weeks and are ready to read more.
I have to admit it has been a challenge, especially at this time of the year, but I am forging ahead with the hopes of starting a new reading habit. I have always been a binge reader. I will attack a book, read it in a few days and then not read another one for a few weeks. My hope is that through ReBooWee I will become more consistent with my reading and pace myself better.
My book this past week was the nonfiction book Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life, by Anne Lamont. I must confess, I still have 32 pages to go, but I will finish those by the end of the day and then start on my next book.
I chose this book because it comes up all the time in different writing circles and I figured it was time to read it. I enjoyed it, but for this book, if I wasn't under the self-imposed pressure of finishing it in a week, I would have spread it out more. I would have read a chapter at a time and let the message of each one sink in, roll around in my brain and marinate, before moving on to the next one.
One passage from the book that stood out for me was:
"I try to warn people who hope to get published that publication is not all that it is cracked up to be. But writing is. Writing has so much to give, so much to teach, so many surprises. That thing you had to force yourself to do--the actual act of writing--turns out to be the best part...The act of writing turns out to be its own reward."
So how about you? Did you come across any challenges this week? What did you read? Can you share a favorite sentence or passage from the book?
p.s. This week I am going with some fiction. :-)