Falling for the Written Word

I was a goner at my first introduction. There was something magical about opening and closing a book, even if I was reading the same sentences again and again. Okay, the pictures helped and who doesn’t love Dr. Seuss or the Bernstein Bears?

“I do not like green eggs and ham!”

It only got worse from there.

Newbery Award winners, classics, the ever popular and the tried and true, didn’t matter the genre, just that I could escape into another world. Borrowed library books, hand me downs, comics, even cereal boxes, I read them all. Yes, I fell hard and fast for the written word.

The love affair hasn’t changed much over the years. Pretty covers and cool titles still easily dazzle me. I’ll still read a book all the way through (or try to)  if it is shit because as a writer the shitty ones teach you more than the best ever could.

Yet nothing compares to great writing. When I’m zoned out of my world and in someone else’s I’m happy. If I find the sweet spot – that place where reader and writer agree to forget all but the landscape in front of me, I meld with the page. Those these days are rare, the-elusive-more-precious-than-gold,heart-string-plucking,movie-in-my-mind,I-never-want-this-book-to-end, find.

So here is a shout out to all those books I’ve loved before. The ones neglected on my bookshelf and revered – if only I could remember why – and the ones whose story will never leave. I honor you.

 

 

About Teresa Little

A writer by nature, Teresa Little spends her free time working with words. Her current work in progress is Ring Around the Rosie with a publication date slated for January 2019. Finicky Eater, about a rather cranky suicidal vampire named Kasha is on hold.

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