A few weeks back, I noticed a few of my Tweeple (twitter friends) posting what they were reading along with a hashtag of #FridayReads. It has always been fun to see what different people are reading. It is an insight into their likes, dislikes, and possibly character.
And it is a great way add new books you are unfamiliar with to your personal library.
I started reading at an early age. I can remember sitting down at the kitchen table when I was in kindergarten and reading my books out loud to my mother. Being an only child, growing up in a relatively closed neighborhood, children my age seemed to be very scarce. Also, moving around a lot and traveling long distances, I needed to busy myself with things that would pass the time. Books, were my escape, my time travel, and my companions.
It wasn't until I started college that I took an hiatus from reading for pleasure. Once I graduated, I got married, and seeking out my career path consumed me. My Muse seemed to have taken an extended vacation. I didn't realize she was gone until 20 years later. That's when I received my e-reader. Once I got that, and got back into reading, my Muse decided to visit briefly--to check in on me, so to speak.
I've now finished the entire Sword of Truth Series, and was at a loss of what book I was going to read next. Then, I found #FridayReads and a whole slew of other readers all telling me what they were reading. This is one way to get recommendations and to see what is popular each week. Now I am a reviewing member of GoodReads and LibraryThing, and sometimes, just sometimes, I win new, or about to be released books (in exchange for reviews of course).
Since I received my Sony e-Reader over a year ago, I have gotten back into reading. Which, in turn, has gotten me back into my writing. Without books, I would be lost. Stephen King has said "If you don't have time to read, you don't have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that." And it really is as simple as that.
If you want to read more, you can visit the FridayReads Blog. And I would like to invite you to join in on Twitter or Facebook and help promote it, or just tell us all what you are reading! And don't forget, it's every Friday, every where in the world!