Tuesday, April 21, 2015

A to Z Challenge - R - Reading

Reading and writing, like everything else, improve with practice. And, of course, if there are no young readers and writers, there will shortly be no older ones. Literacy will be dead, and democracy - which many believe goes hand in hand with it - will be dead as well. – Margaret Atwood

Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body. – Joseph Addison

Read the best books first, or you may not have a chance to read them at all. – Henry David Thoreau

You want to be a better writer? Be the best reader you can be!

25 comments:

i b arora said...

of course there is no substitute to reading, even for a writer

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Alex - I'm not a good reader .. the summer needs to rectify that. But I research a lot .. however I do understand I need to read more, to improve my writing ...

Cheers Hilary

Julia Matthews said...

To be a writer you have to read. You are so right on that.

Jolie du Pre said...

We always seem to be preaching to the choir with these "read books" posts. Of course, we're readers. We need to encourage people who are not authors or bloggers to read.

Precious Monsters

Pat Hatt said...

Read to write, works for my site

Michael Di Gesu said...

Great advice... We all learn so much from books!

Jen Chandler said...

Beautiful quote by Atwood. I don't know what I'd do without reading.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Amen. Though through April, I haven't had much chance to read.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Susan, I've not been reading much either...

Penny the Jack Russell dog and modest internet superstar! said...

Ah, human Alex,

I read you loud and clear. Now to pawblish my comment. Arf!

Penny

LuAnn Braley said...

*argh* I can't believe I spent so many years as basically a 'non-reader'. Not that I had trouble reading, but I was reading first textbooks and then children's books to my kids.

Thank GOODNESS I saw a button on someone's blog about a reading challenge in late 2013! :O)

Michelle Wallace said...

I love reading!
The only problem is trying to balance reading and writing time...

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Readers are leaders and leaders are readers.

Patricia Lynne said...

There's nothing better than curling up next to the fireplace with a book on a cold day in my opinion.

~Patricia Lynne aka Patricia Josephine~
Member of C. Lee's Muffin Commando Squad
Story Dam
Patricia Lynne, Indie Author

Lisa Landry-Quebedeaux said...

I always loved reading and am thankful my child has inherited the love of reading.

Great books help you understand, and they help you feel understood. John Green

Lisa Landry-Quebedeaux said...

I always loved reading and am thankful my child has inherited the love of reading.

Great books help you understand, and they help you feel understood. John Green

Li said...

I've been a reader all of my life, and I'm grateful that my parents always had a house filled with books and magazines.

Megan Whitson Lee said...

So true. I can always tell which of students are readers. Their writing always gives them away.

Nadine_Feldman said...

I haven't read much this month due to the challenge and travel, and I miss it terribly. Today, once I got home, I made sure I had audiobooks and Kindle books set up, so I'm ready to read!

Haneen I. Adam said...

True :) I dis add reading to my R post also, I have a long list going on.
"Haneen/I Will Never Give you Up (302)"

Haneen I. Adam said...

True :) I dis add reading to my R post also, I have a long list going on.
"Haneen/I Will Never Give you Up (302)"

J.L. Campbell said...

I started out reading and still love it. I think being a storyteller is a natural offshoot of being a reader.

Debra McKellan said...

I'm so glad I've gotten back into a good reading rhythm. I was worried about myself for a while. lol

rolandclarke.com said...

Was a prolific reader when I was younger, but then as I got older that tailed off. But now that my writing has taken off so has my reading - even if I'm much slower these days.

Joylene Nowell Butler said...

I think reading makes you a better writer.