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What type of book wrings your heart, makes it ache with the character’s dilemmas, or keeps you yearning for more words, more pages, and a lasting connection to the plot?# 25 Blg picture









Where is your favorite spot to read? Do you seek a place outside or curl up in an overstuffed chair? #14 Blog pictureDo you read while another person drives through towns you never see? Is there a book held in your hand while you stack blocks for a toddler or rock a baby?

What transports you to another day and time? Is it the description of the setting? Do the familiar events within the story entangle you and bring a flare of memories? Or do you willingly go where the author directs?

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And does that direction have to do with how well the author hides the world you live in?

Perhaps, the word that most defines the reason we reach for a book is—escape. We let go of our moments in time and drift into another season, a different circumstance, or a land far removed.

Emotions we feel, what elements of the story attract us, and the places the author takes us, are very important. One or all of these things can come into play or intermin


But what if you are also a writer? As writers, we need to succeed at pulling a reader into the story, blending a probability of truth around the fiction, and giving our readers the thrill of touching emotions, they may never experience.#12 Blog picture

A Blog postAh, but most importantcause them to forget where they stand or sit. Make them willing to run away from the familiar and experience another situation and time. Remember, a writer holds the door open to many types of worlds.

Thank you for stopping by to read my random questions and thoughts!

Please scroll down to the bottom of this page and leave your ideas and comments on this post. What draws you to a book? Why does a book linger in your thoughts? Do you ever miss the characters after you’ve read the last page of a book? I do.



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  • I love reading travel stories, Karen. There’s just something about reading explorations and happenings of foreign lands. I’ve been reading more novellas lately–shorter than a novel, so I can get to the end quicker even with the kiddos around. 😉

    Do you think it’s easier or harder to write a novella than a novel?


    • I think writing the novella would be harder for me, because I tend to ramble. 🙂 I can add up the words! But maybe some time in the future I’ll try my hand at a novella. I know what you mean by having the kids around. I feel guilty if I’m writing and typing when they are all here or when there’s just one here for the day. Summers are rough. I feel that I shouldn’t ignore them and write….we should be doing fun things that they’ll remember! –like a crazy train trip to Tampa and the Aquarium, getting lost and soaking wet in a thunder storm. They said they will never forget it! Now that might be a novella for me to write. Ha.

  • This could be a book–about books! (seriously, you’ve brought up some good points.) I have always loved to escape into a book, and writing can also be an escape. It’s also hard work! (harder than I thought.) Thanks for sharing your insights about the world of books. I can’t imagine life without them. I’ve traveled many places and lives many lives in the pages of a book!

    • I know what you mean. There are books that I’ve read that will stay with me the rest of my life. I have an old picture on the wall in my front hall, a picture that my grandmother had hanging in her house, then gave to my aunt. When my aunt died this past spring, it was the only thing I asked for, because it reminds me of a scene in an old book by James Oliver Curwood (He wrote the Grizzly King). The picture shows an old-fashioned girl staying on the bank of a river, behind her is a canoe. In the book, there is a scene where the Royal Mounted Police are after an innocent man and the woman traveling with him…..by canoe, down a river. They are in love and she is willing to risk her life to go with him. The man chasing them catches them…they realize their dreams are over. But the surprise comes…..the hardened man lets on he’s taking them in, both of them. But then lets them go. 🙂 Great old love story. Oops, I better get ready for our writer’s meeting!

  • I do miss characters. Tim Downs has created a truly quirky character in his Bug Man series. And I love to read in the tub, even my kindle. I use my old “tank” style kindle and in 3 years haven’t dropped it yet (I’m knocking, not on wood, but on my head…same diff). No better place to read! Ahhhhh….
    No better character to read about…

    • I couldn’t read in the tub! My reading would be interrupted by my adding hot water every two minutes! 🙂 I’d do better sitting in a camp chair, my feet propped on a log, and the forest surrounding me. 🙂 Oh, and with a book in my hands. Of course, for me to be comfortable, it’d have to be summer or early fall–so I didn’t freeze! Ha.

  • Hi Karen! Lots of great questions here. The more I’ve learned about writing, the more difficult it is for me to enjoy a book, especially one that’s not particularly well-written. I’m not sure that’s a good thing, since it’s more like I’m editing than reading.

    Love your last question. Yes, I miss the characters sometimes, especially if it’s a series of books. Lord of the Rings for example. Pillars of the Earth was another one. I get invested in their lives, which is a sign I see them as real, not characters on a page.

    Thanks for posting!

    • Tom, thanks for stopping by and reading my blog. I know what you mean about reading and editing. I worry about my own writing–and not catching all mistakes. That might be why I dislike blogging! Ha. I’m worried about all my mistakes! And yes–when I’m reading another person’s book I tend to be editing in my head. (And it makes me happy when I find mistakes. It means they are human!) But if the plot is tugging at me, and the characters are real to life, I get into the story and enjoy it without editing. My problem is finding time to read!

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