I have a veritable ton of books on my bedside table: some raunchy romance, some gentler romance, some biography, some histories, some humorous, some nutrition / health, some kind of environmental, and some kind of children/youth literature. However these titles do not include the list on my Kindle and on my iPhone (Kindle App) – that is like having a library in your pocket! But then, should I also include the audio books in the car?
Since it would take too long to go into everything I will select the four strangest books to talk about today for those might be the most entertaining. I am a firm believer that all books serve some purpose, even if the reader doesn’t completely agree with the material. The reader is experiencing the importance of persuasive argument if nothing else – though my preference is inspiring memoir or health / nutrition if I am reading non-fiction … that information is always helpful and can find its way into your manuscript in so many different ways.
One book that I have on my bedside table is: “Worms Eat My Garbage: how to set up and maintain a worm composting system” by Mary Appelhof. I just bought a worm bin and I am re-reading this book. This is a great book chock full of worm trivia and how-to ideas about home composting. If you have any interest in gardens and composting I would recommend this book. Will worms end up in my manuscript? Well I have a youth mystery work in progress and it is possible that some nuggets of information could end up there for the youth mystery is set in a rural community and the student goes to a high school with a Vocational Agriculture Department. Worms might make a great school project!
Another book that is on my to-read list is “World War Z” which is coming out as a movie in June. I have promised my thirteen-year-old son that I will take him and his class-mates to the midnight viewing (because I am a glutton for punishment and really want to see a movie about Zombies trying to take over the world! Yeah right?!). Will this book make it into my manuscript? Only if I am trying really hard to be cool; maybe the heroines can make a comment about some classmate’s silly mother…
The third book that I will mention is “Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease: the revolutionary, scientifically proven, nutrition-based cure” by Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr. M.D. Now I feel real virtuous when I list this one on my bedside table. It is a very informative book and I feel that if I were to follow this material I would be healthier and live much longer. Since my husband died unexpectedly from a heart attack more than ten years ago, I wish I had found this book earlier. Do I follow it religiously? No, but I am leaning into it and I am adding more and more vegetarian meals into the schedule. Just when I am about to pat myself on the back though – the schedule runs into the hectic zone and I hit the drive through and wreak havoc to the whole thing. But hey, life happens … will these ideas make it into my manuscript? As a matter of fact it will for the parents of the student with the worm bin are vegetarians, so her worms will have a wonderful diet of organic veggie scraps! They become vegetarians after the father had a health scare when the student was a toddler and since there was a family history of heart failure the parents changed their diet to make sure that didn’t happen again.
The last book on my “to-read” list is, “The Quest of the Warrior Sheep” by Christine & Christopher Russell. This is a book that I picked up from the library because it had a cute cover: a flock of cartoon sheep one having a cell phone in a plastic bag hanging around its neck like a piece of jewelry. It has been at my house forever (I am a library director and believe in long term loans, as in, “Oops do I still have that book?”) My eleven-year-old daughter read it and loved it. Do I think this book will make it into the manuscript? Well the concept of a flock of sheep finding a cell phone and trying to keep it from the evil villains is cute … I don’t really see how I can make the idea work – this one will have to be pure escapism.
Janet Evanovich and Lemony Snicket are in the car keep us laughing and entertained … they are pure escapism and that is fine for we cannot be working all the time.