How to Fall in Love with an Author

bibliophile's dream

This post is not about how to literally fall in love with an author. Well, maybe it is. It is about how you sometimes fall for the work of a writer and feel compelled to keep reading their work. I have recently fallen in love with two authors and for one of them it involved perusing the aisles of my local library waiting for a book to call me.

I am a self-proclaimed bibliophile. I have always been in love with books. In fact, one of my mother’s favorite stories was telling how she learned that I could read when I was three and a half. The story involved a newspaper. I’m positive that I’ve shared many times over how much I love books and reading but it can never be said enough. Lately, I’ve been neglecting my summer reading list in favor of works by Michael Connelly’ s Harry Bosch novels and Bella Andre’s Sullivan Series. I know these are two totally different genres. I know that I should be more focused on my readings for school but I love to read what I love to read. Connelly is the one who called me from the shelves and after reading “Echo Park” I decided to read all of his Bosch books. I bought the first book in the Sullivan Series for a quarter (also from my local library) and immediately needed to read the entire series.

So, both of these two book series are now on my list to complete. I know that Andre just completed a big money deal with Harlequin and since I’ve been a longtime eBook lover of her work I’ll gladly support her books in print. I was familiar with Connelly’s work because of the movie “The Lincoln Lawyer” but Bosch is quite the character and I love a good one.

Love Songs & Other Heartaches Pt. 1

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There is no happily ever
after manual.
You can’t watch enough
romance movies, read enough
chick lit, or listen to enough
love songs to
get love right.

It is work
but it is always worth it.
Avoiding heartache
and heartbreak
is damn near impossible.
However,
the beauty of
it stays with you.

Books Galore( A Problem?)

bookville

As you all know from my recent posts about the library I have been scouring the library shelves for great reads. I have fallen in love with the works of Michael Connelly and Karin Slaughter and have had the opportunity to read the newest releases of some of my favorite series (Diane Mott Davidson’s Goldy Schultz, Julie Garwood’s latest release, and Catherine Coulter’s FBI series). I also tend to pre-order books from Amazon and forget all about them. The point of all of this rambling is that I have a problem with books. I have a shelf full of books that need to be read, I went on a walk last Friday and stopped in a local used bookstore where I bought two books that I had to have, and I checked out four books from the library. Keep in mind that I have a shelf full of books that need to be read and books coming from Amazon this month and next month (the one for this month already arrived). I think that I need to give the library a break for now and start reading some of these books that I own before they take over my entire room. I know that I have a problem, but isn’t it a great one to have?

Forever Beloved

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Even at the end
worn, tired,
And a bit afraid
her voice was sunshine
carrying the warmth that
Always brightened the
Room, lifting the spirits
Of others.

My sunshine.
Every day you still
Touch my face.
Still stare back at me in the mirror.
Show up in the small moments
Of my life
Reminding me that I carry you
With me
Always.

Update- 2013 Summer Reading List

1.) Ann Lamott Crooked Little Heart *
2.) Chuck Sambuchino Create Your Writer Platform *
3.) Cheris Hodges Forces of Nature *
4.) Elizabeth Gilbert Eat Pray Love
5.) Tayari Jones The Untelling *
6.) Colin Channer Waiting In Vain*
7.) Orson Scott Card Characters & Viewpoint *
8.) Khaled Hosseini And the Mountains Echoed*
9.) Cassandra Clare City of Lost Souls*
10.) Sister Souljah A Deeper Love Inside*
11.) Suzanne Collins Mockinjay*
12.) Maureen Smith Seducing the Wolf
13.) Lisa Kleypas Crystal Cove
14.) Brenda Jackson A Brother’s Honor
15.) Laura Childs The English Breakfast Murder* &The Jasmine Moon Murder *
16.) Veronica Roth Divergent & Insurgent*
17.) Nicolas Sparks Safe Haven *
18.) Common One Day It’ll All Make Sense *
19.) Colin Channer Lover’s Rock

I just wanted to give you all an update on my summer reading list. As you can see I have read six books on the list so far but I have not been slacking, just reading a bunch of books not on the list. I have also added more books. I am newly in love with author Michael Connelly (there will be a post about this in the future) so I am reading a bit of his work. I just finished The Jasmine Moon Murder and will hopefully to get a chance to finish Mockingjay.

I also planned to re-read one of my favorite books Waiting In Vain and I was pleasantly surprised by the news that a sequel has been released, Lover’s Rock. I am anxiously waiting to get my hands on a copy.
I have been skimming the two writing manuals which was my original plan. Just to select the areas that seem helpful.

Still

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Still

When I am on the
precipice of sleep,
you come and there’s
the feel of your
fingers running
over my eyebrows,

or touching
“your tattoo.”
Your hand
rubbing my
back.

I awake
with tears
pouring down my
face.
The pain is fresh
Still…

Discovery

Maya-Angelou

I stumbled across this poem because a dear friend wanted me to read it at her wedding. She’s since changed her mind, but I believe that there’s a certain beauty and delicacy in the words and imagery. I was unfamiliar with this particular poem prior to her request so I am a bit upset by that. Even though I realize that it’s nearly impossible to know every poem ever written. I also find myself a bit jealous of the ease which Maya Angelou created three evocative stanzas.

Touched by an Angel

We, unaccustomed to courage
exiles from delight
live coiled in shells of loneliness
until love leaves its high holy temple
and comes into our sight
to liberate us into life.

Love arrives
and in its train come ecstasies
old memories of pleasure
ancient histories of pain.
Yet if we are bold,
love strikes away the chains of fear
from our souls.

We are weaned from our timidity
In the flush of love’s light
we dare be brave
And suddenly we see
that love costs all we are
and will ever be.
Yet it is only love
which sets us free.

Maya Angelou