October Reading Challenge
I have decided to read a LOT in October. With the writing challenge looming over my head for November, I thought what better time to read than now. Not only am I reading, I am going the extra step to post reviews on Goodreads. I usually keep my opinions about books to myself. This is new for me, but that is the fun in life. Doing things we have not done before.
I do not expect anyone to really care what I think, like or dislike about their books. The idea is to actually absorb the story/information and give an honest unsolicited opinion about it. I have always been an avid reader, sometimes to the point of distraction. It is high time I let the authors I enjoy know that they are appreciated with words as well as cash.
I will try to share what I’m currently reading as well as a copy of my reviews on the Library forum here in the Lair. I finished a book called “Led into Temptation” by: J. E. & M. Keep and Edgar Allan Poe‘s short story “A Descent into the Maelstrom” that is part of “The Essential Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe” yesterday.
I have been a fan of Poe’s since I was in my early teens, so I tend to devour his writings. J.E. & M. Keep are a relatively new find in the erotic genre for me.
Why I Read
They say you are supposed to read books in your genre to help you learn how to write them better. My problem is that there are no books in my genre so, I will continue to read and hopefully expand my mind and knowledge.
I read because I enjoy being whisked away by the words on the page. A good writer takes me away from the here and now and plunges me into their world. For me, a good book is better than a movie or TV show. I get more fully immersed in the writer’s world. Things look and feel the way I imagine them to, not some Hollywood script writer’s translation of them.
Books vs Movies
Most movies do not do the books justice. People do not look close to their description, things are left out (usually due to time constraints), some things happen in the wrong order or even the wrong place. One of biggest examples of a book and movie being nothing alike is Cujo by: Stephen King. The movie is from poor Donna’s point of view. – no spoilers here – While it is a terrifying movie at times, it is not close to the book. The book is from poor, tortured Cujo’s point of view. -still no spoilers-
Cujo – book vs movie is a blazing and perfect example of how Point of View can transform a story almost completely into another tale.
Since I could go on for hours and hours on the subject of books, I will attempt to control myself and leave you with this little tid bit. Find an author you like (no easy task some days) and read something of theirs that is not their best know work. I find out as much about them as I do myself this way. Some authors, I only like their “popular” stuff, others I devour everything they write with ravenous abandon.
Find your own unique reading challenge, there are quite a few of them out there or create your own. Share what you like or dislike with us over on the forums.