In the post, I talk about how I used to read widely but passively, just consuming books rather than truly engaging with them. And then I started this blog, and my reading habits changed. The act of writing the review made me think about what I’d read in new ways. And gradually, the expectation of writing a review made me read more thoughtfully and make notes, so that even if I never got around to writing the review, I’d still got the benefit of reading more carefully. Basically it extols the benefits of book blogging, and shows how the process also improved my own fiction writing.
To see what I’m talking about in the post, click here to see all the books I’ve reviewed on this blog.
So please head over to Read.Learn.Write and let me know what you think in the comments there. Even if my post doesn’t interest you, I’d recommend the site anyway – the host, Brandon Monk, has built a great site exploring the links between reading, learning and writing. I think it’s a greatly neglected area – you sometimes hear of writers who don’t read much because they don’t have time, or because they don’t want their style to be “influenced” by others. As if reading is some kind of pollution, and their style is so pure and perfect. Ah, don’t get me started…
(By the way, for those who are interested, the photo is of me on Primrose Hill in north London, reading Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino. Wow, that was a happy afternoon!)