Read, Share, Love with Guest, Elizabeth Boyle + Giveaway!
Read, Share, Love
by Elizabeth Boyle
That is my three-part wish for you in the New Year: Read, Share, Love.
The first part of this wish is easy: READ. We all know how to do that. But this next year, consider spreading your wings a bit and doing two things in your reading life: branching out a bit to try a new author and read outside your comfort zone. I’m not saying you have to chuck out your favorites, your comfort reads, but every once in a while try something you might not normally read, just for the heck of it. This past year, I read The Hunger Games (loved it), tried a new to me historical fiction author, CJ Sansom (fabulous!) and dipped my reading toes into women’s fiction (a whole new world of books!). Isn’t discovering new favorites what the adventure of reading is all about?
There is a world of stories to be discovered out there, so my wish for this New Year is to read with an adventurous spirit and discover new stories, new authors.
Which leads me to the second part of this wish. When you find a great book, author whose words sing to your soul, whose stories transport you, SHARE those books and your enthusiasm for them. Sharing a great read is like letting others into your secret adventure. Use your favorite social media to spread the word, Tweet your enthusiasm to all, hand the book to a friend or relative you know will love it, but mostly pass the word and pass it loudly. All the new stories I mentioned above came into my life because someone recommended them.
So take that book you’ve read and loved, and give it to someone. Buy copies as a gift. Send an electronic version to a friend’s Kindle. SHARE that story. There is nothing that makes me sadder than shelves of books sitting there unread. A book’s life, its very purpose is to be read and a book on a shelf is not serving that purpose. Take a book you’ve finished and immediately SHARE it–with friends, with your local library, senior center or living facility.
So my second wish to you: SHARE the stories.
And finally, read what you love and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. I LOVE romance, but I also LOVE reading historical set mysteries. I love a good biography. I love urban fantasy. I had another author chide me this past year, saying that when people ask me what I love to read, I should only say “romance.” Well, bunk to that. I read lots of things and there it is. I’m not going to let TV talk hosts, reviewers, other authors, friends, or popular bloggers tell me what I should LOVE to read. I know what I like and am I going to read it and I am not going to apologize to anyone, or be made to feel bad for my reading choices.
So that is my final wish for you: READ what you LOVE.
Have a wonderful 2012 full of great books and all the time necessary to read them. So, which book do you plan to – Read? Share? Love? or all three? Comment as 5 winners are chosen every week to win a FREE book – winners announced on Sunday – Good Luck!
Elizabeth Boyle is the author of nineteen historical romances, including the upcoming re-release of her infamous Brazen series, as well as a new series, Rhymes With Love, which starts with Along Came A Duke in late May 2012. A voracious and unapologetic reader of popular fiction, you can find her latest tidings at her website, www.elizabethboyle.com or espousing her views on Twitter as @elizboyle.