The book I recently finished (last week anyway) is Toni Morrison's "Song of Solomon" and it is one of those books which takes you captive in the strength of powerful words. I absolutely love Toni Morrison's writing style and subject matter - African American Lit is one of my favorites. I always go straight to that section in bookstores.
Have you ever finished a book that you were so consumed with that you don't know how to detach yourself from its storyline when it's over?
I tend to lose myself in things I consume fairly easily (books, food, movies, etc.) and therefore I read the last page and just stared off into space. This is actually a regular occurrence for me as I attempt to re-enter the physical world, but it always takes a moment. This book was so consuming that the things I did the following days were always done with the thought that the characters in the book were real - that they would somehow show up and we could talk it out.
I suppose that's what makes an amazing writer. Great words choices. Powerfully constructed sentences. Believable characters.
I am truly inspired as I attempt to come up with storylines for my own novels. The more I read the more I want to write. It's an amazing concept.
Up next on the reading circuit? Well, I finished C.S. Lewis's "The Voyage of the Dawn Treader" yesterday (which wasn't quite as difficult to detach myself from the characters for some reason), so I am moving onto a new one: "Bury Me Standing" by Isabel Fonseca. I can't wait to become a gypsy - err, I mean read about the gypsies. But who knows?! Don't be surprised if you find me wandering the streets in full out gypsy garb.