By Tori Silman
What a year. If you’re like me and were swept away by the unemployment tidal wave that came with COVID-19, you know you have lots of time on your hands. And yet, over the past eight months the world has been at a standstill, but time has been moving so extraordinarily quickly.
I don’t know about you but for me the beginning of quarantine was this exciting (and anxiety-inducing) time that presented the opportunity to explore all the things I have been too busy to do over the past few years. I tried to learn Spanish, get a quarantine glow-up bod, sew, paint, write, and read. In fact, I set aside an entire library of books that I intended to read over the course of the worldwide shutdown, because what better time?
But guess who started five books and only read about 20 pages for each? If you guessed me, you are correct. And 20 pages is a bit of a generous exaggeration.
Here is the thing: I believe we should all set aside the remaining days of summer sunshine to kick back and reap the benefits of enjoying a good book or two. I know with all my daily distractions (and the release of new Netflix shows), this may be challenging, but I think I will benefit greatly from it, and you will too.
“Why? What good would it do for me?” you may be asking yourself. Let me quell your skepticism.
I’m sure there are many reasons, but this is the most important one: reading greatly improves your writing. The greatest writers are avid readers. I strongly suggest delving into any genre of novel you’d like. Perhaps even look into something you normally wouldn’t! I generally like classic novels or hard-hitting non-fiction books. Lately, however, I’ve come to challenge myself with newer fiction and educational works.
By expanding your repertoire, you can get a better grasp on the language, expand your vocabulary, trigger your imagination, gain more knowledge that can be applied to your own writing, and perhaps even introduce yourself to a world of topics and inspiration you never could have imagined before.
So, as the summer closes, sit back, relax, improve your craft, and enjoy the story—whichever one you decide to dive into.
My Summer Reading List
Braiding Sweetgrass (for my heart)
A Game of Thrones (for my imagination)