Writers all begin as readers. Eventually the words they absorb from the books they read invade their thoughts, give them ideas and propel them into acting on these ideas. In other words, people who love reading, more often than not, eventually get into writing because they have the desire to emulate the writers they love.
Every writing book I’ve ever read always tells me to “Write what you know.” This doesn’t necessarily mean I should only write about my expertise. I was an English teacher once, does this mean I should only write about teaching high school english? Absolutely not. I’ve got stories to tell from my experiences as a high school English teacher, but that doesn’t mean I should only write those stories.
I think the phrase “Write what you love” is a more apt advice. I’ve always loved books – adventure and fantasy books, to be precise. My summers flew by in the company of Nancy Drew, Huck Finn, and Christopher Pike’s characters. I never lacked for adventure, as long as I picked up a book. Obviously, I was mistaken when I thought I’d outgrow my love for these fantasy/sci fi novels.
The reality is, when you truly love something, you will never, ever outgrow it.
In this page, I share reviews of the books I’ve read in the hopes that other people might find them interesting reads as well. More importantly, I write these reviews in the hopes that other people (most particularly young kids) might be inspired to challenge their imagination by taking up one of these books and forgetting about their computer games for awhile.
A NOTE TO AUTHORS:
I jump at any opportunity to read books. If you would like me to review yours, please feel free to contact me through this blog.
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