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Practices that Motivates Natural Reading

This post was inspired after encountering a good number of recent uplifting deeds that motivated me to... say ‘somefin’.

Seriously. Here I’ve been purchasing books written by other authors, reading those books, reviewing books, blogging, publishing books, writing and publishing my own books, supporting literary events…basically covering many literary bases…for a pleasant number of years… sometimes feeling like a lone little fish in a big sea, all to find out I am not alone at all. To the number of activities and individuals pursuing literacy with a seriousness, my heart has been touched. If I was really motivated before, you’ll now find me ‘off the grid’ with motivation.

One of the best ways to practice good literary citizenship is by adopting or practicing habits that motivate natural reading.

#1 Talk up books we can’t put down.

#2 Know it’s okay to put down any book that bores us to tears. In fact, just for kicks, visit a library or bookstore and open as many books as possible, che…

A Great Way to Find the Right Book to Read

In advance, this post might raise a few brows, but ‘oh well’, a cheer to positivity and here goes it.

This past Christmas I received Harry Potter (...Sorcerer’s Stone) book as a prank gift. My pranksters wanted to catch my genuine reaction on video (unbeknownst to me) as I unwrapped my gift. And okay, so now we know this is one video that will never win an Oscar.

At any rate, along comes a day as recent as a week or so ago when I came across a ‘quote-box-post’ purported to be a JK Rowling quote; ‘If you don’t like to read, you haven’t found the right book.’

After reading this quote I was like ‘whoooooaaaa…’

Spoiler Alert: Today is Women’s History Month

Today I’m thinking about Jane Austen. No, I have yet to read her books. I have, however, read her story and fell madly in love with her spirit.

There is a little irony to how I encountered Jane, though. Quite a few years ago a reader, presumably a reader of Jane Austen’s work, remarked (to me) how my work, or maybe it was just me, reminded her of Jane Austen’s work.

Right away I had to look into Ms. Jane Austen. I may have even bought one of her books, trying to glean a little insight into not only who Jane was as a writer, but also looking to find out what Jane was writing about. The irony here was, around this same time another reader told me I write like Zane.

Now Zane, she I had heard of, and even skimmed a few pages of one of her books… which let me break in here to point out one small irony in case it has been missed. Do you hear it? Zane and Jane?