Tony was so fed up with the tatty old shelves that had been taken apart and put back together over the years that, when we renovated our house, he had the carpenter make these for me.
I love my bookcase ❤
I didn’t just put this picture up to show off (ok, maybe a little bit 😉 ) but also to demonstrate how my reading habits have changed.
Thing is, some of that is due to the rise of the kindle too, and as this month’s Insecure Writers Support Group question is, How has being a writer changed your experience as a reader? I’ll have to save that for another post. And maybe yet another post; What does your bookcase say about you? Hmm maybe I’ll do a three-parter. Tune in next week too!
However, back to this month’s question.
I have less time for reading these days because I now spend some of that time dreaming up my own stories. As a result, I’m less patient than I once was. If I were purely a reader nowadays, I’d spend an awful lot of time on Goodreads, and I’d probably have some kind of book blog.
But writing and children don’t allow time for that, so my reading habits have changed.
I’ve always read fairly widely, but now I also read to learn new techniques, for research and to read the novels of fellow writers, and that can lead to little gems that I’d perhaps not have stumbled upon otherwise.
I’m more sympathetic to authors, because now I understand that this is someone’s baby, and the amount of work they’ve put into it.
I can spot clunky writing and poor proofreading. And I can appreciate good writing – and by that I don’t just mean beautifully polished prose, but writing that’s so effortlessly smooth you don’t realise you’re reading it. All of these can provide a benchmark for my own work.
How has writing changed reading for you? Or maybe you just want to compare bookcases? 😉