I’ve read three more pieces of fiction for older readers (young adults and adults) and countless picture books (thanks to Mister) in the weeks since I read One for the Murphys. But I was still thinking about that book as I sat down to write Monday’s post.That’s probably because the book made me feel. It made me so thankful that I get to watch Mister grow up. It made me realize how lucky I am to have a husband who wants our family to work as much as I do. It made me remember my own childhood and how bits of that have shaped the person I am today. All that from a book. A work of fiction.
As I said, I’ve read a lot of books since One for the Murphys. Here are some of them and the influence they had on me:
The Day the Crayons Quit– makes me want to ask more “what if” questions throughout the day to find more creative stories
Reason to Breathe, Barely Breathing, Out of Breath– all three books in this series made me want to renew the romance Husband and I had when we were young
Tough Chicks– made me realize that what makes Mister difficult to deal with some days is exactly what will make him successful as he grows
Girl with the Dragon Tattoo– in a weird way made me want to give a voice to those who are underrepresented in fiction
Notice that the list isn’t very long. Not every book I read makes me want to make a lasting change, but some do. Those are the books I need to read again. To study. To absorb into my being. Because those are the books I want to write.
One for the Murphys on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12926804-one-for-the-murphys?from_search=true
How writing affects the brain: http://www.lifehack.org/articles/lifestyle/how-does-writing-affect.html
A study that shows we are what we read: http://www.americanownews.com/story/19895957/personality-changes-reading-habits