8/5 Lucy Burdette, The Key Lime Crime
8/12 Maggie Toussaint, All Done With It
8/19 Julie Mulhern, Killer Queen
8/26 Debra Goldstein, Three Treats Too Many
August Guest Bloggers
8/8 Leslie Wheeler
8/15 Jean Rabe
8/22 Kait Carson
8/29 WWK Authors--What We're Reading Now
Congratulations to our two Silver Falchion Finalists Connie Berry and Debra Goldstein!
Paula Gail Benson's "Cosway's Confidence" placed second and Debra Goldstein's "Wabbit's Carat" received Honorable Mention in the Bethlehem Writers Roundtable 2020 short story contest. Congratulations, Paula and Debra!
Susan Van Kirk's Three May Keep A Secret has been republished by Harlequinn's Worldwide Mystery. The WWK interview about the book can be accessed here. We're so glad another publisher picked up this series.
KM Rockwood's "Burning Desire," and Paula Gail Benson's "Living One's Own Truth," have been published in the anthology Heartbreaks & Half-truths. Congratulations to all of the WWK writers.
Please join Margaret S. Hamilton's Kings River Life podcast of her short story "Busted at the Book Sale" here. Congratulations, Margaret!
Look Margaret S. Hamilton's short stories in the new Mid-Century Murder by Darkhouse Books. Margaret's story is titled "4BR/3.5BA Contemporary."
Grace Topping's second novel in Laura Bishop staging series, Staging Wars, was released by Henery Press on April 28th. Look for the interview here from April 29th.
Annette Dashofy's 10th Zoe Chambers mystery, Til Death, will be released on June 16th. Look for the interview here on June 17.
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
I love reading. Just like my fellow WWK bloggers here--and all of you who come to visit--reading is one of my favorite ways to unwind. The benefits of reading are immeasurable (though I'm sure some scientist has found a way to quantify them). Whether you need a break from your everyday reality, or want to be able to discuss the latest bestseller with friends, books are a great way to spend your time.
One of my favorite benefits, however, is the knowledge I gain from reading.
Now I don't mean to imply that I read textbooks or biographies on amazing people from our world's history; I'm not one who can learn something that way. Quite honestly, within five minutes of reading something specifically designed to teach, either the words on the page become all jumbled, or I doze off. But when a book imparts some wisdom in an enjoyable way I can actually retain the information.
Which is astounding, since I appear to have horrible reading comprehension. When I took all those tests in school, Comprehension was always my lowest score, and I still have issues with it. I've read the Harry Potter books several times, but still have trouble remembering in which book certain events or characters were introduced.
I may not always remember where I learned certain bits of information, but I definitely get a thrill of "A-Ha!" the moment I glean some factoid from a book. Devil in the White City was rife with interesting little tidbits, and some of those I actually remember; like that Cracker Jacks were invented for the 1893 World's Fair, as was the Ferris Wheel.
Even a book like The Da Vinci Code had some great information to impart. Regardless of whether or not you believe the information about Jesus Christ or paganism, there were some interesting facts in there. For instance, I had seen The Mona Lisa in person before, but I had never heard of the Sfumato style of painting that was used to create it. How could I, when I didn't study art? All I knew when I saw the painting was that it was much smaller than I'd thought from seeing it in pictures.
Around the World in Eighty Days taught me some geography, and Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea gave me more information on different types of fish than I could ever hope to have needed in my lifetime. I'm even reading a book now in which I've just learned what the roles of Gaffer, Grip, and Best Boy do with regards to movies, and that was all given to me in a “throw away” scene in the book; it’s not necessarily integral to the plot. Yes, these are all things I could've learned by doing some research online, but I enjoy it more when such knowledge comes to me in a fortuitous way.
My mom has even mentioned how she'll learn of something through a book or movie, and shortly thereafter will see a question on Jeopardy (her favorite show) that somehow references her new found information. She loves when those moments happen.
How about you? What cool facts have you learned from reading fiction?