“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”
“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”
Reading is essential for writers. Reading stimulates our imagination and enables us to enter many others worlds without leaving the comfort of our homes. Reading is one of our lifebloods,the source for much of our inspiration and ideas. Without reading, writers cannot be successful.
Reading is also on of the great joys of life, and it is one of the most important activities that everyone can do, regardless of being a writer or not. Reading, for me, is one of the central parts of my life. It is why it is part of the title of my blog: charlesfrenchonwordsreadingandwriting.wordpress.com
So, I am issuing a friendly challenge to anyone reading this post: read at least two books this month, and at the end of the month, let us know what you read. There is no pressure in this little challenge, no competition, and no awards. I hope it simply encourages everyone to read a few books!
Even though it is the beginning of the challenge, I will tell you that I am currently reading: The Graves Are Walking: The Great Famine and the Saga of the Irish People by John Kelly and The Last Mile by David Baldacci. One is an historical look at the Great Irish Famine and the other a thriller.
So, are you up to the challenge? What will you read?
As readers and writers, we create new worlds and engage with places built by other writers. Our imaginations inform our lives and give us gifts of wonder. I have often considered what it would be like if it were possible to enter into the world of a book, if it would be anything like I had imagined as I read it, or if that place would be entirely different. What would it be like if we found a key that allowed us to unlock a sealed door, behind which was the world of a book?
If I could visit any book, I would choose J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord Of The Rings. This work has been deeply important to me for most of my life, since I discovered it as a young teenager. I never cease to find the tale compelling, complex, and humanistic. Tolkien’s treatment of mythology and fantasy showed me that the creation of worlds is not an act of mere escapism but a way to shine a light on our world.
When I ask this question, I do not mean that you would necessarily engage with the characters or situations of the world, but that you would have the option of being an observer of its actualities as they are in the book. So, if you choose to answer, remember that you would not have to place yourself in any kind of danger, and you could have a visit of exploration instead.
So, given that option, I ask: what book would you like to visit?
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