Going to try something new. They say to write, one needs to read. Despite any debate you might hear on the topic, I know it helps me greatly. For some reason, when I'm reading a really good book, it somehow always spark something for my own writing. My advice when it comes to this is to each their own. Go with What works for you.
In any case, since opening Pipe and Thimble with my best friend and partner, Barbara Lieberman, I haven't been writing or reading as much as I like. Currently, we are working on a few phenomenal manuscripts for which we are very excited. To be part of the process of bringing someone's story into being is beyond words. We have a very full calendar that is constantly becoming even fuller with events for the store. There is the everyday maintenance of running a business. And, of course there is illustrating and PAing. It's a pretty full plate. Don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining. I love every minute of it, but it's easy to see how certain hobbies and pastimes have fallen by the wayside.
Here's the thing about it, though. I have about three bookshelves of my own personal library, most of which I haven't read. I have an entire store worth of books that I'm working my way through. And, I have people recommending even more books.
Ultimately, I miss that escape, that zone, where you see the story playing out in your head and you're in the book right there with characters and everything. I miss that worn vanilla smell, that crack of the spine for the first time, the feel of the page against my finger tips.
So, here's the plan. I'm going to start sharing the books I'm reading here. At least one will be from the store, one will be from my personal library, and one will be a recommendation.
What's on my menu this time:
-Descendant by Toni Kerr
Toni Kerr is an amazing person! We've worked with her on book swag such as the mini book charms and our pendants. If you're looking for swag, I recommend her. We carry her entire Secrets of the Makai series. I was in an anthology, The Playlist, where she wrote a prequel to that series. It was amazing and I wanted greatly to read more about her character, Tristan. So, I'm diving into the first in that series. Those that follow me on Goodreads probably will notice I'm more than 100 pages in, but I'm a slow reader, and my time to read in the shop is limited.
-One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey
This has been on my TBR list for a very long time. Anyone who knows me, knows how much I loved banned and challenged books. With Banned Book week coming up, I figured this would be a good book to celebrate with.
-The Light Fantastic by Terry Pratchett
My boyfriend has recently gotten into Disc World. I recently finished The Color of Magic and really want to get to Equal Rites. I'm borrowing his copies and he will only lend them to me in order. 😛 I am eager, however, to find out what happens to Rincewind. I want to learn the spell he knows. And, I want to read more about the luggage!
What are you currently reading?
Gathering dust in the depths of my mind, random thoughts dusted off and put out there for the world to see...