Stephen King says, If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have time to write.
That’s nice to know because sometimes I feel guilty reading when I should be writing.
My New Year’s Resolution for January:
Find three new children’s authors that I’ve never read before and read a book by each of them.
I’m no dummy! I picked an easy resolution for my first month. What can be more enjoyable than cracking open a new kids book?
I chose these three titles:
Eye of the Crow by Shane Peacock – book one of his acclaimed Boy Sherlock Holmes series
The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B by Teresa Toten – a brilliant writer who I can’t believe I’d never read.
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs – the title and weird photo on the cover drew me in!
All three were great reads. I’m definitely going to explore more by Teresa Toten.
When choosing books to read, I think it’s important to look for the best. No point reading junk. You won’t learn anything.
I’ve heard that it’s a good idea to actually type out a few pages from a book that you really admire. I’ve never tried that (my typing skills are very sad) but it might be interesting. The idea is not to end up copying the author’s style, just experience the language and get inspired.
I goggled authors reading other authors and found two great blogs on the subject: