Why I Read So Many Books.

To be a good writer, you have to be a good reader

I hated to read growing up. It was a chore. It was a hassle to carry them and to finish them. Now, I cannot get enough of them. And I am talking about the real deal – not the e-readers or the electronic books, I mean holding a book in my hands, feeling the pages, breaking the binding and reading printed words! Unfortunately, I can never lend my favorite books to people because I underline lines, write in the margins, and make big notes on the tops of the pages with key takeaways and insights I want to retain. I want to be able to pick up a book again and remember the best parts to review at a glance.

I had a manager who told me in order to be a good writer, you have to be a good reader. And she would encourage me to read the Economist. Every week, she would lay one on my desk. I was in my 20s and reading the Economist was the last thing I wanted to do. But now, I am grateful for that advice and for everything I learned by reading that magazine!

I read books because I love to learn new things – and in new ways (as opposed to film, video or magazines). I read books because I like the feeling of focusing on one thing and the ritual of sitting and reading. It gives me a sense of peace and calm. Some people think reading is a waste of time – it’s not if you are nurturing your brain, fulfilling yourself and you actually enjoy it.

I don’t set goals for what to read or how much to read – I let the content pull me in. I often gift my favorite books to friends and I love receiving books from friends. I don’t do e-readers or electronic books, but I do audio books. I love audio books because I can listen on the go, on the treadmill and when in waiting rooms!

Here are some of my favorite books: