When was the last time, you sat down in a comfy chair with a cup of coffee and a good book for the sheer pleasure of it? Books are a vital part of our lives, they expand our knowledge, take us to places we’ve never been and delight our imagination. Books are the silent friends that touch the deep wells of our soul. They make us laugh, cry, scream and even hate a character in a book that doesn’t exist. So, it’s no wonder we have such a love affair with books and collect so many of them. Friends, foes, lovers, and whatever else you can imagine, can be found in libraries, bookstores, on Amazon and maybe even on your own bookshelf. The kind of books we read and collect can reveal a lot about who we are; from personal interests, worldviews, career choices, and even our beliefs.
My love affair with books began when I was a child and reading was my favorite thing to do and still is. I devoured books like kids eat candy, one piece was never enough. I was a very imaginative child, and could easily picture the scenes from a book in my mind, which made reading them even more interesting. I don’t think my love affair with books wasn’t an accidental choice. It was more like a seed had been planted in my soul, and within its, DNA was the desire and passion to become a writer. As the seed grew, so did my passion for writing, learning the craft and collecting books about writing. I think every writer should have a collection of books that include topics about their specific genre, how to improve their craft, etc, which can be done in a variety of ways. You can download books onto a kindle, or look up what you need online. You can call me old-fashioned but, I prefer having the actual book and being able to access the information I need without depending on a Wifi connection, especially since I do most of my writing from home.
My personal library consists of a large bookcase in my living room. The top two shelves consist of books about everything from writing a novel, character development, getting an agent, writing a query letter to copyright laws. The two bottom shelves contain novels from some of my favorite authors, such as Iris Johanson, Catherine Coulter, Mary Burton, Francine Rivers and more. “Some girls dream of a walk-in closet in their bedroom, I dream of a library in mine.” I love the feel of the pages between my fingers while I’m doing research or reading a good novel, and seeing a bookcase filled with pages of knowledge, wisdom, wonder, and imagination.
Steven King said ” If you want to be a good writer you need to be a good reader. Reading is an essential part of being a writer and books are the tools of our trade. Every writer needs books to inspire, challenged and stir the imagination beyond its boundaries.
So what’s in your library?
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