In addition to family time and some much needed R&R, something else I appreciate about the holiday season is the opportunity to read.
As you might expect, most writers are avid readers, too. The sad reality is I don’t get to read near as often as I used to. My TBR pile is overflowing and my magazine baskets are stacked to (and beyond) the brim.
I could barely contain my giddiness this week at the prospect of playing catch-up. (Currently I’m reading A Stillness of Chimes by Meg Moseley, which, so far, I’m loving! There’s the promise of romance with a touch of mystery. Check out the book’s intriguing premise at Meg’s website.)
Of course, I can’t think about reading without remembering the small town library of my youth where my love for the written word was fostered.
My childhood library was a magical place. It was a quaint structure, renovated from an old house and an eclectic mixture of charm and nostalgia. I could linger for hours there!
Today as a writer I still read for pleasure, of course, but also to stay current in my craft. I adore reading!
I cringe when I hear folks say, “Me—read? Oh, I haven’t picked up a book in years.”
I just shake my head and think how very sad.
Reading takes us to exciting, new places. It challenges our minds and expands our knowledge. It also enhances our creativity and kick-starts those feel-good endorphins. What’s not to like?
Though I don’t get to visit the local library in my area as much as I’d like just now, it’s still a favorite hang-out spot. Sometimes, I’ll take my laptop and escape to one of the cozy niches there.
I’m blessed to have a lovely home office, but there’s something about changing environments occasionally that’s conducive to the writing process. I suppose because there are no outside distractions. (Unless… you count the mouth-watering scent of coffee wafting through the aisles. And then I’m distracted by the aroma and the thought of something chocolatey to go with it.)
Speaking of libraries, did you notice today’s post image?
This photo of the Stockbridge Library in Stockbridge, Massachusetts fascinated me so I did a little investigating. Apparently, a renovation began on the library in February 2014.
It has an interesting history and you can read more here.
I’ve decided I’d love to visit!
What fostered your love of reading?
Do you have a favorite reading go-to spot?
What do you think—is reading a must for writers?