Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Reading Diligence

Diligence is something we're working hard to develop this month. Notice I wrote "we're" not "I'm." I hope we're in this together.

Last week I told you about leaving my purse in Park City, and that I was going to be more diligent about keeping track of it. So to report on how I'm doing . . . I'm always checking where my purse is, and even during the movies Friday night, I kept the strap wrapped around my knee. They say if you do something for a month it becomes a habit. Keeping track of my purse should be a given, but one slip can be disaster. Nothing like fear to make me diligent in this regard. How about you? Did you have a good week of working on diligence? I'm rooting for you.

Let's add another layer to our goal of working on diligence.

How about flexing the "diligent" muscle in reading more books and finishing them? I have a ton of books that I've read part of and I plan to read the rest of it . . . some day. Well, some day is now. If I like a book I'm going to push to finish it. It's another matter if you can't stand the book. There's no sense in being miserable. Put it aside and find one that you do like. Then set the goal to have it read by a certain time.

I know reading books should be a no-brainer for a writer, but I tend to read a lot of fiction, and I want to read more non-fiction to make my reading more balanced. Some of my non-fiction reading may be part of researching my next book, but that still counts. So my goal this year is to read at least one non-fiction book per month. That means I need to read 12 non-fiction books this year. I may be biting off waaaay to much, but I hope not. How about you? Do you read non-fiction?

To prove I'm working on my goal let me tell you about a book I just finished. I was given Killing Lincoln for Christmas.

It's quite an amazing book that gives details of the ending of the Civil War (Did you know that Colonial Custer fought for the Union Army and helped end the war?), details of what Lincoln did leading up to his death (Did you know Lincoln told several people he had a dream that he would be assassinated?), and also details of what John Wilkes Booth thought and did prior to killing Lincoln (Did you know that Booth and Robert Lincoln, the President's son, dated the same woman, Lucy Hale?). I found the book fascinating and very informative with tidbits I've never heard before.

Killing Lincoln was written by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard. They make a wonderful team because the book was gripping. The hooks at the end of each chapter made it difficult to set down.

If all the non-fiction books I want to read are as full of information and well written as this one my goal will be a snap.

What books do you plan to diligently read this year? You can list fiction as well. My shelf of TBR fiction is very full, and I can't seem to stop from adding to it.

(I was given Killing Lincoln as a gift and have no vested interest in it's success. I told you about it because I enjoyed it.)



  1. I have a whole stack, but I'm working on it slowly but surely!! :)

  2. Right now I'm in the middle of Exiled Queen. I WILL finish this book, and I will not let it take me forever. With my reading goal for this year, I don't have time to lag behind. Good luck with your reading. :)

  3. I'll be adding Killing Lincoln to my every growing pile. In addition to the many fiction books, I will also be reading Chief Joseph and the Flight of the Nez Perce by Kent Nerbern. I like the little tidbits you put in there in the form of questions about Lincoln. Just came across your blog - enjoyed this post.

  4. Kathi if I am not mistaken this was the book they made a movie about recently in Savannah Ga near where I Live. I know it was about Lincoln.
    hang in there I am sure you will read all your books and then some.
    Paula O

  5. Coleen:
    Good for you. Slowly but surely you'll get there.

    I read a book titled Exiled Queen. It was excellent. I understand the push to finish. I'm determined not to lag behind this year too. Best of luck.

  6. MK:
    I think you'll enjoy Killing Lincoln.

    I read a book about the Nez Perce titled-- Chief Joseph: War Chiefs by Bill Dugan. The story of their plight was very heart wrenching.

    I'm so glad you found my blog. :)

  7. Paula,
    So cool to have a movie filmed by your place.

    I don't know if that movie was about Killing Lincoln. I heard that they are making a documentary film using this book in the next year for the History Channel. Can't wait to see it.



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