Reading Is Important

I found this little blurb at the site dealing with the Secrets of Self Development:

Reading is important because it develops our thoughts,
gives us endless knowledge and lessons to read while
keeping our minds active. Reading books can help us
learn, understand and makes us smarter. Not to mention
the knowledge, vocabulary expansion and thinking skills
we develop, so read a good book today!

images.jpgI try to suggest an intriguing new title each day, a book that caught my eye and one which I would be reading tomorrow if it weren’t that there were so many books I want to read .. tomorrow and the next day and three years from now. We all know about people who don’t or can’t read and that is sad . As Dr. Seuss tells us: “The more that you read, The more things you will know. The more that you learn, The more places you’ll go.”.

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Reading Has Been Very Very Good To Me

download.jpgI have been reading so many good books lately: some are good stories but not that great and some are time-honored classics. My list of shame still has dozens of books I am embarrassed to have not read but I have chipped away a few. To this end I am dedicating a few titles each month to the big fat classics I want to read before I die: authors such as Henry James, Charles Dickens, and Alexander Dumas.

But that leaves plenty of room for more contemporary books that have caught my fancy or have been general appraised as being of high value. Considering the number of books I read, I’m very lucky to be pleasantly surprised by most, even if not succumbing to cartwheels and fireworks. Interestingly, many of my meh reads are those books that have been hyped in the press (literary or not). Is this a factor of my disappointment in almost anything found on the front table at Barnes and Noble, or is the current state of literate writing on the downslope?

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Good Influence

Earlier a Tweet flashed by my rheumy eyes announcing a top five list of female authors. Although the impetus of this list was the influence of past authors on the writing of the poster, I grabbed a pad (real paper) and scribbled out a list of ten female authors I found especially influencing, even though I don’t write much myself.

images.jpgHere is my list :

  1. Kathy Acker
  2. Elizabeth Bowen
  3. Angela Carter
  4. Rikki Ducornet
  5. Marguerite Duras
  6. Clarice Lispector
  7. Iris Murdoch
  8. Ann Quin
  9. Edith Wharton
  10. Virginia Woolf

I also considered writers such as Marguerite Yourcenar, Simone de Bouvoir, and Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette but I skipped over several female poets assuming poetry was not the subject of the original Tweet. Note that the original Twitter list included Ann Rice so I will refrain from repeating it on this weblog.

Which female authors would you add to your personal list?