Friday, January 18, 2013

I Hope You'll Read This

I don't know what else to say except that it's rare I find a post that speaks to me the way this post from Stephanie at Read In A Single Sitting spoke to me. I hope you'll read it and share it:  

The Story Girl and Anne: or why we need more quiet books

If you don't read the intelligent thoughts that come before this excerpt, at least know that the piece ends here:

Not all readers read to escape, nor do they necessarily read in order to live vicariously as action heroes. Sometimes readers read to identify, to make a friend who’ll remain with them forever, and to be charmed. Sometimes they want to be able to read a book that gives them the space that they need to think about the questions posed by the book, and to answer them themselves.


  1. I am a fan of quiet books. Thanks for sharing, Melissa. :)

  2. Oh, I love the quote you pulled out. Must read the whole post! I think it excel in these times, a quiet book has to be exquisite. I want to keep working, keep perfecting until I'm to that point. I'm sure it will take me many more years, but someday I would like to succeed in writing a quiet book that sells. (One of those impossible dreams!)

  3. Such a good article...I love the Anne books and just about everything else that Montgomery wrote. Our world needs more 'real' books and writing which capture the essence of human life and love and pain...

    Thanks for sharing this =)

  4. Thanks so much for the shout-out, Melissa. I'm so glad that the piece has resonated with you and your readers. :)

    1. Stephanie, I wanted to be better about crediting you as the writer but I couldn't find your info. I shall now update and credit you as Stephanie @ Read In A Single Sitting. Thanks for writing such a thoughtful, intelligent, post.

  5. I grew up on those books, so I'll have to read the whole post. Sometimes quiet books are just the thing. In fact, suddenly I want to be reading one right now. :)

  6. I love this idea :)How have you been doing?

  7. Love this idea too and it makes me feel much better. My characters tend to be quieter people, but I read so much to the contrary of that idea. Thank you Stephanie and Melissa!

  8. I do like quiet books. They tend to be more litereary. I would call Tess's book WITH A NAME LIKE LOVE a quiet book...beautifully written.