Ha! I bet you thought I wasn't going to post today. You did, didn't you? Oh ye of little faith!
Anyway. On to the post.
I'm sure, if you've been writing for any amount of time, that you'll have stumbled on this piece of advice: Writers must be readers.
It is, believe it or not and contrary to all expectations, a good piece of advice. Well, I think so, anyway. Given the rambliness of my brain tonight, who's to say whether what I think is actually sane or not?
But anyway. (I have a feeling I'm going to be saying a lot of that tonight). I think it's good advice; so good, in fact, that it deserves its own blog post. So tune in on Monday for More On That. What it all boils down to for the point of this blog post, however, is that a lot of people have been reading lately.
There's Natalie Whipple, client of agent Nathan Bransford, who does a kind of anti-NaNoWriMo and takes the entire month off writing, and only reads; there's Yuna, a good friend of mine who reviews books and recently sent a couple to me to devour; there's Liana, who's been complaining lately that she's out of books to read; Sparky and her booklogs; Merc and her 100 book challenge.
It's probably not true, but it feels to me at the moment like everyone is reading - and I'm not. I feel like I haven't read in aaaaaages. For the first fifteen years of my life, I read voraciously. I devoured books. I could read about 100 pages/hour, and read everywhere; Mum used to joke that my younger sister and I were the only kids on the planet that had to be told to stop reading and take a day off school :D
For the next couple of years, I still read a lot, just not quite so much.
And then I went to university. Does this happen to everyone? Do we just hit a certain stage in life and all of a sudden there just isn't time to read any more? Because it wasn't that I didn't want to read - it was just that all of a sudden, my university reading was taking up all my time and my studies were taking up all my brain, and... I just... didn't read.
With all these people reading lately, and with having done so much writing in November, and with (woo hoo) university finally being over, reading is calling me again. And, wonderfully, I've received not one but TWO packages of books in the last couple of weeks - the first a pack from Nancy Holder from a competition that I won, and the second from Nayu's Reading Corner, won in another contest :)
So now I'm debating: do I want to do an anti-NaNo now and take the month off from writing, and just read? But what about my goal to finish HNOT by Christmas?
At this point, I think I'll meander along as I have been the last four days: reading when I feel like it, writing when I feel like it. It's quite likely that I'll make Sun-Mon-Tues my writing days, because I'm off work, and Wed-Thurs-Fri reading days, since reading requires less brainpower and is easier to do at lunchtime at work ;)
And I'm reviving my read-every-book-I-own challenge; I really do need to read them before I buy any more. To that end, over the weekend I'll be updating the links on this site: the TBR pile will be updated to include all the books I own but haven't read, and somewhere I'll add a link to books read, because I find that I need to keep such a list or I forget both what I've read, and how little I've read O:)
I might even, if I'm brave, attempt Merc's old challenge: 100 books in a year.
To that end, links to reviews by Yuna of the two most recent reads: The Glittering Eye, by L.J. Adlington, and Magic Ponies: Pony Camp, by Sue Bentley.
So, anyone else out there reading at the moment? Do you go through anti-writing phases? Do you come back to writing refreshed, or does it just make it harder to get back into it? And what's your fav book that you've read lately (ish) that I need to the Towering TBR Pile of Doom (TM)?