Good morning, everyone! (Imagine I’m saying it like Prof. Farnsworth from “Futurama”)

I hope you are all having a cheery morning! Thankfully, my day’s looking up. I woke up from a terrible nightmare this morning and I tend to get a bit bummed out after having bad dreams. After a fabulous writing period, however, I am feeling  much better and far more optimistic about the day! Things are still chugging along extremely well with my current novel. I am a bit of a hybrid between a planner and a pantser, but overall, words are just flowing onto the page and I’m not really sitting down and planning what’s happening next. It’s very exciting. I’m sure I’ll need to sit and do some planning soon, but for now, winging it is going really well for the current scenes.

I wanted to talk a bit about my reading. First off, I have been an obsessive//avid reader since I was a child. My mother was someone who would visit the local library very frequently and I would get to tag along. She’d let me pick out books for myself and I would usually read several of them at once. I wouldn’t always finish them (unless I was extremely interested), but my passion for reading was sparked. By the time I was in middle school, I was reading all the time. Our middle school library was pretty diverse. I even discovered one of my favorite books of ALL time while browsing around the shelves. It is entitled Dragon Sword and Wind Child by the Japanese author, Noriko Ogiwara. I a.d.o.r.e.d. that book. It made such an impression on me, that for the next eight years, I tried to snag a copy of it. When I was in college, I even begged the school’s librarian to let me buy the copy they had. Alas, she didn’t have it.

Finally, while in college, I was able to discover a rare book website and I put myself on the waiting list in case a copy of it every became available. For months, I forgot about it. Then, one magical day, I received an email that Dragon Sword and Wind Child had become available! It was very expensive, but I didn’t care. I ordered it right away (even on my limited college budget.) It was a gorgeous copy with detailed, exquisite illustrations within the first few pages. It now resides on the Philosopher’s and my display shelf in our living room. When I read it again, eight years after my first reading of it, I was just as enchanted and impressed. That was a special journey to me–the journey of a girl and one of her favorite stories. It spanned from my childhood to my adulthood and I wasn’t disappointed. I look forward to reading it again someday. Also, they are finally starting to release the rest of Ogiwara’s books in the United States! The sequel, Mirror Sword and Shadow Prince is now available on Amazon! It’s on my wish list. 🙂

Books are magical. They always take me to distant worlds and places that television and movies never seem to replace. When we read, our minds are engaged in the creation of the worlds in which the stories take place. The author can only describe so much, so our minds have to fill in the rich details of the places and people we read about. This year, I’ve read nine books so far. My goal is always to read at least a book a month, but some months, I read a lot more. That might not seem like much to some people, but when adult life is so full of social and domestic obligations, I think I’m doing pretty well with my reading goals. I tend to gravitate towards fantasy or Christian theology, but sometimes I’ll go “off-road” and try something new.

Some books I would like to read (or finish) before the end of the year:

>>The Last Will of Moira Leahy by Therese Walsh

>>On Writing by Stephen King

>>The Tales of Alvin Maker by Orson Scott Card (3 books in the series)

>>Works of Love by Soren Kierkegaard

>>Beauty by Robin McKinley

>>The Borrowers Series by Mary Norton (5 books in the series)

>>Hogfather by Terry Pratchett

>>Shadowfell by Juliet Marillier

>>Flame of Sevenwaters by Juliet Marillier

>>Mirror Sword and Shadow Prince by Noriko Ogiwara

There are many, many others, but I think that’s enough to keep me occupied for now. 🙂 I’ll, of course, update whatever I read in my “I’m Reading” page.

What sorts of books do you like to read? In what ways are they magical for you? Do you have any books you’d like to read before the end of 2012? I’d love to hear!

~L.M.

The Magic of Books
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  • I LOVE reading! I thoroughly enjoy sweet and contemporary romance, as well as suspense…as long as its not to graphic (and if it has a little romance – even better). I too set a reading goal for this year – 24 books. Normally, this would be doable, but with writing, and all the things you mentioned – I’m a few books behind. 🙂 Before the end of the year, I’m hoping to have read, the last two books by Beverly Jenkins (one of my favorite authors).

    • Good luck with your reading goal! I think those sorts of things are great, because in some way they keep you accountable to yourself. Thanks for stopping by, Sharon!

  • You know, I read a bunch as a kid. Perhaps not as much as you or my wife, but still a book or two a month wasn’t unusual. I think it was in sixth grade that tipped me over the edge. In the school year, we had to do ten book reports. Eight could be anything you wanted, but two had to be “classics”. Where “classics” was defined by the teacher. I quickly worked through eight science fiction books in the school library, but was stumped about the classics. I asked my teacher if I could read more science fiction, and she rightly said, “No.” I ended up reading “Tom Sayer” and Jack London’s “The Call of the Wild.” This opened my eyes that even the “classics” could be good writing.

    I also read several magazines. When I was very young, I had the time to read those magazine articles over and over. I still remember many of them even 30 years later.

    Today, while I still subscribe to several magazines ( two amateur radio, one technical, three flying-related ), I don’t have the time to read like I used it. I think it was kids that did it for me.

    And I haven’t had time for recreational reading in several years. When Harry Potter Deathly Hallows (part I) came out, I finally decided I couldn’t wait for the next movie to find out how it ends, so I borrowed the books from Kate and read them through. I really enjoyed this.

    I suppose I really could do more reading these days. But I’d have to give up something else. Hmm.

    • Yeah, life responsibilities can definitely affect reading time. That’s why I took my goals down from like a million books (just kidding) to just 12 a year. If I can read more than that, great! I just try to read a book a month. I find that to be a VERY manageable goal regardless of how busy I am. You should try it out. 🙂

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