Reading and Me

I have a lot of writer friends on my blog so I’m probably going to draw their ire when I say this, but I never was much of a reader. High school and college English never did anything to cultivate a love of reading for me, mainly because the “standard works” are so damn boring (you have to admit they are!) and it put me off of reading (novels, that is – I read a lot of philosophy and nonfiction) for the longest time. High school was 14 years ago (and thus was college English as I took it dual credit in high school) and I haven’t read a novel since then…until now.

On a whim, I decided to take the plunge and read the novel Sex, Drugs & Opera: There’s Life After Rock ‘n’ Roll. I decided to read it because it is written by one of my favorite songwriters – Roland Orzabal (if you read my Song Lyric Sunday posts you know exactly who he is, and you might even know the name aside from that if you were a child of the 80s or early 90s). The novel tells the first-person narrative of pop star Solomon Capri as he auditions for the show Popstar to Operastar (which is a real show, I should say) and his marital problems with his long-time wife Jenny. Only 5 chapters in I’ve already laughed, cried and everything in between. Roland is a very captivating writer and for once in my life a novel has truly piqued my curiosity and interest.

I feel like this is a huge step in my personal development. This might have been what I needed to really get back into the novel game – to get me interested again. If I can, this might be a new way in which to enrich my own life. I can now kind of see why people are so drawn to it.

Anyway, back to the book. I just had to share a little personal anecdote here. What are you currently reading? If you were not a reader before, what got you interested? If you are not a reader, what do you think would interest you?

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One thought on “Reading and Me

  1. Hey Lynn, that’s interesting to know. Somehow I always thought of you as a reader. Would this novel turn you into a novel reader?
    As for me, I like the sweeping sagas, Count of Monte Cristo is a sentimental favourite, so is Gone with the Wind and War and Peace. Nowadays I’ve got into nonfiction and self-enrichment, and currently devouring Powers of Two, which talks about the power of creative pairs and the bouncing off of positive energy between two people. I guess I never had that before, and it’s intriguing to find your creative other. 🙂

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