Benefits of Being an Extreme Book Nerd

Reading makes better people, writers, and informed citizens

Reading Nonfiction

I read some material I would not have read if not for the challenge. They provided insight and enjoyment. Three books provided new information and a unique lens. Answering the challenge to read a book with a different political position than my own, I picked up a personal memoir written by John McCain. Since I am a democrat and he a republican, A Restless Wave: Good Times, Just Causes, Great Fights, and Other Appreciations appropriately fit the category. It proved to be a stimulating read reinforcing my long-held belief that John McCain embodied a compassionate, honest individual who dedicated himself to the fight for democracy. The events of his life reminded me politics and humanity are two different things entirely.

Pleasure Reading

The book challenge also introduced me to some obscure pleasure reads. Love Handles by Gretchen Galway, a humorous romance; Autumn by Ali Smith, a story of spiritual love set post-Brexit; the next in the series by Katie Collins, Yews with Caution, a mystery romance, and of course a category welcomed Janet Evanovich’s newest novel.

Reading Became a Habit

Initially, inspired by a stubborn need to meet the goal, I forced myself to make time to visit the worlds of the novels. In the past, excuses created reasons to procrastinate, but now I found books provided a better alternative. When a new TV series premiered, I discovered books bring greater joy and engagement. When the house needed cleaning, I remembered it would be dirty again tomorrow. When the dog wanted attention, I held her bone in one hand and a book in the other. And when a task could not be postponed, I turned on an audio book.

Reading Improves Writing

Perhaps the greatest benefit I realized through my increased reading, was the impact it had on my writing. I witnessed first hand what I had so often preached to my students. Reading improved my vocabulary, modeled unique styles, provided insights to new environments, inspired new ideas and prompted a desire to imitate other author’s success.

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1. A book about or set during WWII
2. The first book in a series
3. Nonfiction & Fiction about the same topic book 1
4. Nonfiction & Fiction about the same topic book 2
5. A bildungsroman book (Coming-of-Age story)
6. A book set during a holiday
7. A book with multiple narrators
8. A book recommended to me
9. A book with a green cover
10. A classic novel
11. A book with a weather element in the title
12. A book with a heist in it
13. A book with a Dewey Decimal number in the 300’s
14. A book written in the first person
15. A Young Adult (YA) novel
16. A book set in two time periods
17. A book with a baby in it
18. A book set in India
19. A biography
20. A book set in a favorite location of yours
21. A book from a celebrity book club
22. A book set in outer space
23. A true crime book
24. A book by two authors
25. A book that was made into a movie
26. A book of poetry or written in verse
27. A book by a famous non-author
28. A book with a pirate in it
29. A book set during the summer
30. A novel based on a true story
31. A book about the military
32. A book that was translated into English
33. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
34. A book with a number in the title
35. A book that scares you
36. A book with a long title (at least 5 words)
37. A book with a person’s name in the title
38. A National Book Award winner or nominee
39. A book based on a fairy tale or mythology
40. A book published the year you were born
41. A book with a cover that is your favorite color
42. A book by a person of color
43. A book found using Novelist
44. A book about a sport
45. A book with a time of day in the title (dawn, midnight, etc)
46. A title with an action verb in it (running, talking, etc.)
47. A book with a cat
48. A loved one’s favorite book
49. A book with a child or teen protagonist
50. A book with “Extreme,” “Book,” or “Nerd” in the title

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