I am so excited to have Tina Radcliffe on the blog today – and of course I’m loving the topic she chose to write about! Another thing I’m loving right now? The cover of her new book, Claiming Her Cowboy, which released January 1st.
You’ll see what I mean in a second…
Six Great Things About Reading
by Tina Radcliffe
As a writer, it can be very challenging to fit reading time into my daily schedule. Time isn’t the only challenging part. Writers can find it difficult to get lost in a book as we have trained ourselves to analyze everything we read. We look at structure, goal-motivation-conflict, emotions, word choice, sentence structure and every other technical aspect of the novel. That takes the joy out of reading the back of a cereal box, much less a novel.
With the pressure on reviews (reading and writing them) before and after we buy a book, often we forget how to lose ourselves in a book. We can create a subconscious filter before we even read chapter one. Instead of simply reading the book in hand, we can be guilty of reading the book we wish was in our hand. Too often, we fail to immerse ourselves in the total experience.
This does a huge disservice to the writer and mostly to the reader.
As we are beginning 2018 I’m returning to my first love of reading…as a reader. I’ve committed to forgetting about everything except what’s between the pages with the following reminders.
1. Books make you happier, and most studies show that to be especially true of paper books. They relieve stress and relax us, providing permission to forget about our personal issues while turning pages “Regular readers sleep better, have lower stress levels, higher self-esteem, and lower rates of depression than non-readers.” The New Yorker
2. Reading can stave off mental decline. In fact, a Yale University School of Public Health study shows that reading as little as three and a half hours of fiction a week can lengthen your life.
3. Books expand your understanding and empathy of the world around you. A reader in Freeport, Kansas (population 5ish) and another in New York City (population of 8,537,673) both become educated and enlightened about a book describing characters and locale of a place neither have visited. It doesn’t matter if the book is a memoir, a political essay or a novel. The world becomes smaller when we read.
4. Not unlike a hospital gown, books are the great equalizer. They are no respecter of person. What you get out of them is directly correlated to what you put into them.
5. Books are as magical as are the words strung together to create them. They are the closet to Narnia every single time if you let yourself believe.
“Words are, in my not-so-humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic…” — Professor Albus Dumbledore.
6. Books are a conversation with people you have never met. The more you read, the more people you meet. They allow you to converse with the most unlikely characters from the safety of the pages. Even an introvert like me finds that exciting!
This is my list, what’s on yours? Why do you read books? What are your reading plans for the New Year?
Leave a comment and I’ll be sending a print copy or digital copy of Claiming Her Cowboy to one commenter, along with a Nerdy Girl mug.
Thank you so much, Tina! “[Books] are the closet to Narnia every single time if you let yourself believe.” I love that! So true ♥
Are y’all ready for that cover now? ….
Attorney Jackson Harris regularly goes toe-to-toe with the world’s toughest lawyers—but none of them compare to Lucy Maxwell.
The feisty director of Oklahoma’s Big Heart Ranch for orphans is as stubborn as she is pretty. But Jack must stay focused; he’s only there to evaluate the ranch’s funding. Falling for Lucy and the sweet children she protects is out of the question.
Though Lucy is determined to keep the ranch, she’s not about to give control to a city slicker—even a devastatingly good-looking one.
But as they bump heads, Jack and Lucy gradually nudge open their hearts. Could a temporary cowboy become a permanent part of Lucy’s life?
Originally from Western, N.Y., Tina Radcliffe left home for a tour of duty with the Army Security Agency stationed in Augsburg, Germany and ended up in Tulsa Oklahoma. While living in Tulsa she spent ten years as a Certified Oncology R.N. Her move to Colorado led to a career as a library cataloger. A 2014 ACFW Carol Award winner, she has won first place in over twenty RWA chapter affiliated contests in her career and she is on the RWA Honor Roll. Tina is also a short story writer and has sold over two dozen short stories to Woman’s World Magazine. She currently resides in Arizona where she writes fun, heartwarming romance.
Tina Radcliffe is giving away a copy of Claiming Her Cowboy (print or digital, US only) plus that adorable Nerdy Girl mug!! This giveaway is subject to Reading Is My SuperPower’s giveaway policies which can be found here. Enter via the Rafflecopter form below.