Monday, January 24, 2011

The return of my Muse

Last night I was up until around 3 am writing a flurry of words in my journal. I'm not much of a journaling person, but words and phrases and sentences kept bombarding my thoughts so much so that I had to write them down. It seems that my writing muse has returned with a vengeance. I can only attribute her return to one thing - I opened up a book and started reading.
I was so out of balance that I hadn't even opened a book since before Christmas. Now I realize that reading not only transports me to new places but also ambushes me with new ideas. It seems that no matter what the book, from Chick Lit to Proust, Winnie the Pooh to the Little Prince I am left with something to ponder, something that sticks with me, seemingly forever. And I don't even have to Like the book (although I gave up the idea that I hac to finish books that I didn't like a long time ago), they still fill me to the brim.

And now I am bursting at the seams.

It's no wonder we all long to put words to paper. What an amazing legacy to leave behind! I had not realized until this week how often an idea from some long ago read novel creeps into my thoughts, and again, even form books that I dreaded reading (The Red Badge of Courage pops to mind - fine book, but for me was like bamboo under the nails torture). Yes, I want to leave something like this behind.
So now I am in a full fledged book orgy. Reading everything I can get my hands on - 600 page thrillers getting read in 3 days, meatier tomes causing me to stop an reflect and dog ear pages that I want to return to later on. So tell me, as I'm not up on what has been recently published, what should I read? I'll read a little bit of everything (except for scary, gratuitous violence). Give me some suggestions and a reason to pay off the fine on my library card!

9 comments:

Mo Pie, Please said...

I have been in a book funk for the last 6 months. I'm no longer commuting for an hour a day so my reading has been pushed to the back burner for other things. And I've been trying to get through Devil in the White City for so long now but it's not keeping my interest like I hoped it would. I always stick with books til they're done whether I like them or not - is that bad?

stringsofpurls said...

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society! I loved it!

You should list the books you read and your takes on them. Would be fun!

KaylaDanielle said...

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is fantastic! Little bit of sexual violence though :(

Char said...

have you read The Help? I'm been sloughing though the Millenium series (the girl who....) and getting weary. have you read The Happiness Project?

Christina said...

Hmm... A handmade life. I just finished that and loved it.
Hello, friend. ; )
xo

Christina said...

Sorry it's- A homemade life.

Still early here. lol

beth said...

i read so much...
elizabeth berg is a favorite author of mine....
so is joan anderson.

honestly, i buy my books at good-will and for 95 cents, i dive into each one and if the water turns cold, it's not big deal. 95 cents is worth the try....

have you ever noticed how some books just feel right in your hands before you even know what they're about ?

BecomingClaudine said...

So glad you have gotten your muse back -- she is a lively, wonderful, mischievous companion isn't she?

Some good reads from last year (so you may have read them: Mennonite in a Little Black Dress and Getting the Pretty Back (by Molly Ringwald -- a nice surprise!)

the cape on the corner said...

the best books i've read recently was "room" and "i'd know you anywhere." of course i can't remember either of the authors, but room was very buzzed about this year. it was very interesting and different, and beyond saying it is told by a 5 year old boy, it would give too much away.

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