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A Good Reader

April 7, 2014

Someone wiser than me suggested that a good writer must also be a good reader. How else could we learn to write what you like to read? Growing up, I read a lot. If it was a really good book, I could finish it in a day with little to no breaks from the excitment. Those are the best kinds of books and I strive to put my writing in that category.

 

J.K Rowling was a true inspiration to my writing. Now please don't misquote me. I'm not saying I can write like J.K Rowling (I wish), but she did motivate me to try to achieve the magic. She was always able to bring her words to life when she penned them on paper. What writer doesn't have the same dream? My favorite Harry Potter books were numbers four and seven. To me, they held the most color in my imagination. I can't even begin to understand how it was possible for her to create the imageries and feelings that she instilled in me with her writing. It truly seems like an impossible task. Rowling gifted us with seven LONG books that never failed to send us on an unforgettable journey. Somehow she had the power to make me hate characters like Snivelus Snape and then make me cry for his undeserved death. For that, she will forever be my favorite writer.

 

The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho, is another inspirational read. And when I say inspirational, I mean it. Something about the simplicity of the story was so moving. It was like a slap in the face. Follow your dreams and don't give up! Literally, he couldn't have been more clear with the moral of the story, and I'm glad. I remember I felt so uplifted the minute I read the last line. It reminded me that I have the power to control my own destiny. When I just want to relax into a story and enjoy a smooth ride, The Alchemist is my go-to novel. It is a 'better yourself' type of book, and everyone needs that push once in awhile. 

 

Last, but definitely not least, The Great Gatsby, by Scott Fitzgerald, is a read I'll never forget. When I was forced to review this in high school, I was completely uninterested and didn't even care to try to understand. Then, years later after graduating college, I had a few hours alone while visiting my dads and saw the book collecting dust on his shelf. I picked it up and didn't dare put it down until all 180 pages were finished. The irony is so incredibly beautiful in the story that I had the fullest respect for S.F, but the love that was expressed through his writing was even more moving. I felt how Gatsby melted when Daisy only whispered, and I was there in the wild city life that was N.Y.C the summer of 1922. It was so real, too real even when Gatsby died, but it humbled me knowing that there are works out there that tell the stories that don't always end so good. That's real life.

 

These three books are just a small snapshot of the list of novels I have put into my memory. You can see the diversity I have in tastes with only a glimpse into my reading history. I have favorites in fantasy, romance, classics, motivationls and mysteries. Honestly though, if I had to pick a favorite, I would choose fantasy in a heartbeat. What's better than getting lost in a magical world!? But since I don't have to choose, I'm happy to have the opportunity to read the best of all the most beloved genres. I guess it just depends on my mood. 

 

Hope you enjoyed getting to know me a little bit better! :)

 

Share some of your favorite novels or authors. How have they inspired you?

 

~Ash

 

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