What’s On Your Reading Shelf?



William Booth, Founder of the Salvation Army, as born on this day in 1829 (died 1912).

It’s telework Friday and appears thus far to be a gray, drizzly day. My yard is in desperate need of attention. Unfortunately I have to work tomorrow. The best part of that is that I get to spend six hours driving for a three hour meeting.

I wrote about a month ago that I’m not reading enough. I’m working on it. I’ve read four books thus far this year, and I’m in the midsts of working my way through several more.

With writing, reading means I have to carve out time to actually do it. I’m doing a little better because I have my Kindle app on either my phone or iPad for times of waiting.

My reading choices are ecclectic. Here’s what I’m in the middle of and what’s coming next.

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. Yes, I’ve seen the movie and the stage show. But I’m co-producing a Regency-era ball in June and this is research. I’m not particularly fond of the

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book, although the language that era of history is fascinating. I have this on my Kindle.

Isle Witch, The Voyage of the Jerle Shannara by Terry Brooks. I’m re-reading the entire Shannara series after starting it some 30 years ago. This time I’m reading through in the order suggested by the author. Truth is, there are some I’ve read that I don’t remember. Nor can I remember the ones I haven’t read. As I near the end of one book, I’ll pick up a used copy of the next via Amazon.

Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson. Consider this a prequel to the Peter Pan stories that we know. I picked this up because the stage version is being done this fall at Virginia Repertory Theatre. I looked, but couldn’t find the script.

Also on the list to read soon…

Of course, the next in the Shannara series.

And, in my never ending quest to figure how how this writing and blogging thing will help me to retire early…

The Audience Revolution by Danny Iny. Iny is one of the leading marketing and business experts on the Internet.

The Art of Work, by Jeff Goins. Goins is another writer that I follow. His earlier book You are a Writer (So Start Acting Like One) gave me a good, swift kick in the behind. I’ve called myself a writer ever since. My writing success is a different story.

My challenge to read means carving out the time. That means turning off the electronic distractions.

Sometimes it means settling into the comfy chair which unfortunately often means I’m distracted by the inside of my eyelids.

Sometimes it means reading a page here and there while, as noted, I’m waiting in a doctor’s office, for the teenager’s class to end, or whatever. That’s one of the things I miss about not living in the D.C. area. I read a lot on the train.

That’s generally frowned upon on the Powhite or Midlothian Turnpike.

I was going to read on my way to my meeting tomorrow. But plans changed, and now I’m driving there by myself.

So, what’s on your reading shelf? And how do you find time, or make time, to read?

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