What Summer Reading Has Taught Me

Book Club

I am like a speed demon, reading as many books as I can this summer of 2016.  To me, a book is good when I can retain the story long after reading the last page.  Years later, I will smile at the memory of certain lines.  The feelings never really leave me either.  I feel like I could be friends with the characters.  I have to be careful because I am easily influenced.  The T-shirt “all my friends are imaginary” is not too far off the mark.  I almost always become the protagonist.  Fighting real or imagined wrongs. And lately I have read some pretty dark stuff.  So I am Bad Jill.  Very very bad!  That’s why reading is escapism.  Always and forever the rule follower, books take me away … they allow me to be someone other than … well to be someone other than me.

I am no quitter.  Even when a book is less than desirable to me, I will continue to read, skimming through even though not fully interested.  I only remember bits and pieces of those stories but they will occupy my subconscious.  I confuse them with other stories but they never leave.  I used to be better at remembering titles and authors but now, forget it.  I guess though, for the really good ones, this is not the case.  I notice there is more fluff out there these days which is why I quite reading for a while.  Some popular authors who shall remain nameless just churn out the crap.  A similar variation of the same – the proverbial groundhog day.  But because they are human stories, I am always drawn back in.  What a Sucker!

I say I started this blog to practice writing … to become an author … but that’s not really my dream.  There is no novel inside me waiting to be revealed.  I write to release feelings, purely for myself.  Though I’m not gonna lie, I get a warm fuzzy reading that email which says “so-and-so thought  XYZ was pretty awesome.  You should go see what they’re up to.  Maybe you’ll like their blog as much as they liked yours!” I always follow and I have to admit, wordpress got it right.  PRETTY AWESOME.  I am awed and ah-mazed!  I am immensely enjoying what I’d call my blog-a-verse – indomitable universe of bloggers who are all extraordinary peoples each in their own way. That is all for today.  Muah!

As always, more to come …

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