The 30-Day Writing & Publishing Project, Day 3: Reading is Everything

Books I'm reading now


“Reading is everything. Reading makes me feel I’ve accomplished something, learned something, become a better person. Reading makes me smarter. Reading gives me something to talk about later on. Reading is the unbelievably healthy way my attention deficit order medicates itself. Reading is escape, and the opposite of escape; it’s a way to make contact with reality after a day of making things up, and it’s a way of making contact with someone else’s imagination after a day that’s all too real. Reading is grist. Reading is bliss.”

~Nora Ephron, from the essay collection I Feel Bad About My Neck and Other Thoughts on Being a Woman

That’s one of my all-time favorite passages from one of my all-time favorite writers, and incidentally, exactly how I feel about reading too.

I am a buyer of books.  Hardcover and softcover, new and used. Not digital, usually.  I love reading old-school style after a day of sitting in front of my laptop for 8+ hours, the sensory experience of holding a real paper and ink book in my hands as I drink a cup of coffee, or a glass of wine, or some sparkling water with a splash of pomegranate juice. I love books unreservedly.

Are you a reader too?

I’ll bet you are.  Almost every creative person I’ve ever met is besotted with books and ideas, with discovery, with knowing more.  As creatives, we read to uncover new ideas, to find inspiration, and sometimes, for validation.  There are as many reasons to read as there are books, I’d wager.

I’ll share my current reading list with you here. These books are all on the bedside table now. Some I read from every day, others I dip into once or twice a week. And some I’m re-reading for the umpteenth time.

  • Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar, by Cheryl Strayed
  • Blackout: Remembering the Things I Drank to Forget, by Sarah Hepola
  • Writing is My Drink: A Writer’s Story of Finding Her Voice (and a Guide to How You Can Too), by Theo Pauline Nestor
  • The Most of Nora Ephron, by Nora Ephron
  • Julie & Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously, by Julie Powell
  • This is the Story of a Happy Marriage, by Ann Patchett
  • The Book of Awakening: Having the Life You Want by Being Present to the Life You Have, by Mark Nepo

(Then there’s the very long list of “Books to Buy Next” in the Notes app on my iPhone.  I reckon I’ve got about 50 books on that list. Wait. Yep, just counted, it’s 50.)

So how about you?  What’s on your nightstand right now, or on your Nook or Kindle or other reading device? If you feel called to, tell me in the comments below. I’m always on the lookout for wonderful new worlds to discover between the pages of a beloved book.