An avid reader, I have always believed that books have a certain magic to them. They can inspire, transport, challenge, provoke thought, anger, calm, or even comfort, depending on the story, narrative, or writer.
To me, reading is an essential part of understanding the world we live in and how life works. It never provides an answer per say, but rather a road map for navigating what ails, bothers, or even bores us. I often reflect on a story, or a piece of dialogue, and consider it when considering what I am experiencing in the world.
While I do like to read all types of literature and formats, I won’t lie, I often gravitate towards women’s fiction, or chick lit, although I don’t think those are always appropriate genre titles. I prefer stories that will inspire and enlighten me, as opposed to heavy melodramatic narratives, although those too (sometimes) are just what the doctor ordered.
That being said, I want to share my reading experiences with others. I am a member of a wonderful book club, and meeting once a month never seems like enough. To hear how other members of the group- a group of seriously smart and driven women from all types of backgrounds- interpret a story or character is an invigorating thing to experience and witness.
I would love to hear the same from you. To me, a good discussion about a book is like a perfectly brewed cup of coffee- it stimulates and soothes all at once.
Occasionally, I will be posting reviews of books that I have highly enjoyed or think others can benefit from, and if you have read the title, I would love to hear your thoughts on it too. I only ask that you are respectful to my and other people’s opinions when posting your comments- it’s a discussion, not a platform to disgrace and humiliate others. There is no wrong way of thinking, interpreting, or reading.
If you’ve read a title you think I would benefit from, please post in the comments to let me know- I am always looking for new additions to my bookshelf.
And now, it’s time to turn the page, as we start off our series Turning the Page and discuss Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert.