Friday, February 28, 2014

February 2014 Books

I'm a book geek. I admit it. (My Twitter profile proves it.) And I read EVERYTHING. Blogs + on-line articles, magazines, newspapers (WSJ is a Sunday favorite), and books. Not as many books as I once did due to the proliferation of online information, but still, books. Books fill my home. I've often got at least one hard copy on me plus more at the ready in my iPhone's Kindle App.

Actual bookshelf at my house
Books are the first thing I buy when I have a bit extra. Books are my favorite reason to run out to the library on a weekend. My favorite "rules" came from a book. Books are my favorite vice. Non-Fiction. Fiction. Mind-candy. Decorating. Kids books. Science books. History. Self-improvement. Cooking. Marketing. Etiquette. Poetry. Gardening. Stats. Pablo Neruda. William Butler Yeats. Sarah Addison Allen. Dr. Suess. Patrica McKillip. Malcolm Gladwell. Steve Chandler. Alexandra Stoddard. Lynda Resnick. Neil Gaiman. Lacey Baldwin Smith.

For 2014, I thought I'd share what I read. It influences what I'm thinking about. Sometimes it influences my writing. It seemed it might be of interest. However, boring for you if I do it every week and overwhelming for me to do at the end of the year. So, monthly, yes?

Take-away - What did you read this month? What was meaningful to you? I'd love to hear.

(Some of my friends write, too. I did a little piece on this a while back.)


  1. Sadly,I find time to read harder and harder to come by. That said, when I do find time, I am always drawn to the classics. As a teenager, I saved my pennies from cutting grass (yes, boys and girls, that's what we did to earn a dollar back then) and babysitting and bought a collection of 50 classics...stuff like "Black Beauty", "The Time Machine", "Silas Marner", really classic stuff. Well, that made me a reader. I devoured them all and kept going. I was fortunate enough to have teachers (my history teacher in 11th grade, Mr. Younk, gave me a copy of "Slaughterhouse Five") and family members who turned me on to amazing authors. I would have to say my favorite of all time is Kurt Vonnegut, a great American writer. I'm also a big fan of John Irving and Aldous Huxley...and countless others.

    I think reading gave me a solid foundation for learning. The places I went, the things I saw, the words I learned...all without leaving the arm of the sofa.

  2. Thank you for commenting! And I agree - worlds awaiting to be explored in every book. I was luck as a kid - the library was in the same complex as the grocery store. So my mother dropped me there while she shopped. It gave me ample time to discover many treasures and learn to love libraries. And I still would rather read than shop!


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