My personal hobbies are reading, listening to music, and silence.

- Edith Sitwell



Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him.

- Maya Angelou



Easy reading is damn hard writing.

-Nathaniel Hawthorne

My Alma mater was books, a good library... I could spend the rest of my life reading, just satisfying my curiosity.

- Malcome X



The road to hell is paid with adverbs.

- Stephen King



I don’t need an alarm clock. My ideas wake me.

- Ray Bradbury



An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all.

- Oscar Wilde



You never have to change anything you got up in the middle of the night to write.

- Saul Bellow



Read, read, read. Read everything -- trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You'll absorb it. Then write. If it's good, you'll find out. If it's not, throw it out of the window.

- William Faulkner



Words can be like X-rays if you use them properly -- they'll go through anything. You read and you're pierced.

- Aldous Huxley



Tears are words that need to be written.

- Paulo Coelho



If my doctor told me I had only six minutes to live, I wouldn't brood. I'd type a little faster.

- Isaac Asimov




The purpose of a writer is to keep civilization from destroying itself.

- Albert Camus



To produce a mighty book, you must choose a mighty theme.

- Herman Melville



I am irritated by my own writing. I am like a violinist whose ear is true, but whose fingers refuse to reproduce precisely the sound he hears within.

- Gustave Flaubert




I went for years not finishing anything. Because, of course, when you finish something you can be judged

- Erica Jong



Read a thousand books, and your words will flow like a river.

- Lisa See



Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.

- Anton Chekhov



Write drunk, edit sober.

- Ernest Hemingway



If you can't explain something simply, you don't understand it well enough.

- Albert Einstein



This report, by its very length, defends itself against the risk of being read.

- Winston Churchill



I try to leave out the parts that people skip.

- Elmore Leonard



The pages are still blank, but there is a miraculous feeling of the words being there, written in invisible ink and clamoring to become visible.

- Vladimir Nabokov





Nothing beats
reading a good
book or some
great poetry
about a
redheaded girl.











One my favorite books
as a young child ...


... then readimg became much more serious!




My 2020 Reading List: 0 Books Read YTD

Welcome to a new year and a new decade! I have the last few reads of 2019 on this list. For my 2019 reading list click on this link: 2019 Reading List


Mary - Vladimir Nabokov
The Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck A Room of One's Own - Virginia Woolf Six Nonlectures - e e cummings Passing - Nella Larsen Educated: A Memoir - Tara Westover The Phantom Rickshaw - Rudyard Kipling Rules for the Dance - Mary Oliver/span> Romeo & Juliet - William Shakespeare buy·ology - Martin Lindstrom A Farewell To Arms - Ernest Hemingway The Problem of Pain - C. S. Lewis Nine Stories - J. D. Salinger The Sun Also Rises - Ernest Hemingway The Kreutzer Sonata - Leo Tolstoy Bleak House - Charles Dickens Alice's Adventures in Wonderlan - Lewis Carroll The Death of Ivan Ilyich - Leo Tolstoy The Monkey's Paw - W. W. Jacobs The Rain in Portugal - Billy Collins Surely You're Joking Mr. Feynman - Richard P. Feynman A Hunger Artist - Franz Kafka Silas Marner - George Elliot The Great Gatsby - Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald A Moveable Feast - Ernest Hemingway To Build A Fire - Jack London Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck The Old Man and the Sea - Ernest Hemingway Captains Courageous - Rudyard Kipling Excursions - Henry David Thoreau Complete Tales & Poems - Edgar Allen Poe Jonathan Livingston Seagull - Richard Bach Till We Have Faces - C. S. Lewis Notes From Underground - Fyodor Dostoyevsky Walden and Civil Disobedience - Henry David Thoreau The Madonna of the Future - Henry James The Problem of Pain - C.S. Lewis Uncommon Type - Tom Hanks Brief Answers to the Big Questions - Stephen Hawking A Midsummer Night's Dream - William Shakespeare To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee

In order to become a better writer one must become a better reader. It makes sense. I feel the concentrated reading of well-written books has been a positive influence on my writing skills. I can feel the changes, albeit small and possibly undetected by others. I continue to read, both out of enjoyment and as to continually improve my writing.

I did not attempt to figure out an exact starting point for my emphasis on reading. I believe I started around late Spring 2018. What I do know is that I have continued on consistently with my efforts to read and write daily.

The notes shared are not meant to be a book review. They are just a capture of my thoughts upon finishing book, or sometimes my thoughts going into such reading.

As best that I can I will strive to keep this page as up-to-date as possible. I apologize in advance for those times when I do fall behind.

Occasional Magic - Catherine Burns
Currently Reading

I need some occasional magic in my life! I am excited to read this book on my Kindle! This book will be my last read for 2019. I am looking for lots of occasional magic in the years to come!


Loving What Is - Byron Katie
Currently Reading

I am always interested in reading books by those that have climbed above their challenges in life. Often times, the core of their personal success distills to one solid thought. That is a way of thinking in this book. Simply asking 4 very important questions can dramatically change the way you see your world.


Getting Unstuck - Pema Chödrön
Completed 19DEC19

I knew I would quickly return to more reading of Pema Chödrön's work! I downloaded this book to listen to in my travels this upcoming week. I already know I am going to love it!

And I did! I am finding her words to be some of the best and easiest to understand on Buddhist practices, mostly relating to meditation for awareness and control of emotions. I will certainly download another!