[BT/WT] Why I don’t Read while I Revise

[SCC] Update: Currently revising Chapter 24. Now onward to the post!

Writers.

We’ve got to read often, read as much as possible, and read a wide variety as well. Some of us will spend hours reading, finishing a book in a day or two, maybe longer depending on reading speed and the length of the book. Others will read in bursts through the day–minutes before a class, on a train/bus commute, while in line, waiting for an appointment, while the kids are asleep. Some will read while they do other things–while running on a treadmill, in the shower or during a bath, as they cook (I just prop my book open on the spice rack). Either ways, we have to get some reading time in almost everyday.

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Especially if I have my headphones on. Just…please don’t interrupt the movie inside my head. Please…unless you’ve read the book and would like to discuss something, then we’ll be best friends, even if we don’t agree on things.

I’m the latter types of reader (oh, there are so many more types, I just listed 3). Especially during the academic year when I’m kind of forced to prioritize my readings for classes (also I’m an English major with a creative writing concentration), I don’t get the luxury to sit down for a few hours to read every night. I don’t think any person in college does to be honest. Academics will shove itself in your face no matter what major you are.

Anyway! I do have a lot of time between classes or while I wait for things to happen. If I don’t decide to get ahead with readings for class, I’ll read an e-book on my phone or listen to an audiobook, or whatever book I happen to have stashed in my backpack.

During the summer, I’m the first reader mentioned. I get home from work, change into pajamas, grab a book, snacks, and drink, and head over to my reading chair beside the window and read for a few hours. That is the life I would love to have…even if I become a hobo. Give me books and I’m okay living in a box…or beneath the bridge…or in the park.

Now, when I write, I keep my academic reading pattern (read in small bursts). A little less because I have to make room to write in these bursts moments as well, but I do get some reading done.

On the other hand, when I revise my writing all books stay shut (unless I have to read for class) until I’m done revising. And why do I not read while I revise?

It’s rooted in the power of influence.

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[BT] Books that Shaped my Life

We all have those few books that have changed our lives in small or large ways. Here are just a few titles/series that have made major differences in my life.

1. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

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I am guilty. Although my parents say I was an avid reader as a kid, the truth was I carried around books to look smart. But once our school’s librarian suggested I read Twilight when I was in 8th grade, I was on a reading streak for five years after that. I didn’t read the book right away when it was recommended, but I did pick up a copy for my nine hour flight from Hungary (I did a student exchange thing). After I showed my parents all the pictures I took while on the trip, I went straight to my room and finished Twilight. By that time, book four was just coming out, so I had to catch up in the series. I read late into the night and woke up two hours earlier than usual to do so. I was in love with the series and it was my introduction to Paranormal Fantasies, Young Adult literature, and being the reader that I am today. I read troves of books after Twilight. Plus, the covers were gorgeous.

I hated the movies. Don’t talk to me about it, even if I did have an Edward and Jacob closet poster. I will talk about the fact I read it and enjoyed it in eighth grade and how it shaped me as a reader, but I won’t talk about anything else concerning it.

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[BT] On How I Pick Books to Read

Over summer I was reading  Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas and I wondered why I hadn’t picked up the book any sooner. It’s quite a brilliant and fun read and I don’t think I’ve ever had a female lead make me laugh out loud as much as Celaena does and still be the most kick-ass ever (my opinion of Celaena has since Queen of Shadows came out. I might discuss this development in a post of its own). And then it hit me.

The original cover was sorta kinda shit?

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A billion thanks to the new cover artist for making a cover that’s far more appropriate for the book than the old.

And yes, the cover of the book does matter in some instances. Especially if it’s a good book with a shitty cover.

So here’s some insight as to what makes me go out to a bookstore and buy a book.

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