Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue
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By Guest Blogger JW Zulauf / Find out why one author reads and what his plans are for reading this year! Are you, dear reader, up to the challenge?
I am kicking off the New Year with a new plan, and the title says it all. This is something we’ve all heard when dealing with weddings, and it made me think how I could create a well-rounded, guided reading experience for myself. If you haven’t figured out what I mean, it’s simply that I’m going to read something old, new, borrowed, and blue. I haven’t figured out what blue means just yet, but I suppose that’s part of the fun! I’m thinking either something sad or something literally blue… We shall see!
To begin, I will be reading Mother Night by Kurt Vonnegut. I love Vonnegut’s writing. It’s some of my favorite. Slaughterhouse Five is one of the best books I’ve ever read. Mother Night deals with a character that was in Slaughterhouse Five, just written eight years earlier, and if I know Vonnegut, I will be highlighting and noting every other word like I’m studying for a test.
I read a book awhile back by Hugh Howey called Wool. I loved it, and oddly enough, his writing resembled Vonnegut, and I found myself highlighting certain aspects just as I would with Vonnegut. (This is a great author that takes the time to respond to his fans, by the way. I messaged him like some sort of fanboy years ago, and he replied. I can dig it.) Anyway, I’m going to take on Sand. It’s not necessarily new per 2016, but it’s within the past few years, so as far as I’m concerned, that fits the bill.
I plan to pick a friend and ask them to lend me a book. I don’t care what it is, how long it is, or the content. I will be completely surprised, and I will read it based on their recommendation. This one I’ll have to update the world on later, but I’m excited!
As I said, I’m not sure on this one, though I do think that I will fall back on a drama type read. I don’t read enough dramas that tug on the heartstrings. It’s good to give these a shot. Maybe I’ll go for something completely new and out of character, but it comes down to blue, and that has to be my deciding factor. This one will be a fun one to find, I suspect.
There you have it. Before this year ends, I will venture into (and complete) this quest. Reading is never bad, and I think that adding some spice to the method of reading really helps develop me as a writer, reader, and human.
I challenge you to take this one, too. Why not? What do you have to lose? Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue. Take a chance.
Joseph Wade Zulauf III (born October 7, 1984) is an American author of fiction, horror, fantasy, literary fiction, children’s literature, and poetry. His main piece centers on a lower grade, chapter book series titled The Balderdash Saga. His writing style is clean and concise but often found with dark undertones.
Zulauf has received numerous awards, including the Marjorie Flack Award for Fiction. His novel The Underground Princess (Book 1 of The Balderdash Saga) received the Awesome Indies Approved badge, the Reader’s Favorite Finalist badge, and the Reader’s Favorite Five Star badge.
You can find all the purchase links, in-depth author bio, and much more at my website: http://jwzulauf.com/
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