Brett over at the Art of Manliness is having a 30 day challenge for all of us guys out there – to become a better man. I encourage all of you to check it out and take the pledge. Today, he challenges all guys to talk to start a book.
I enjoy both reading and listening to good books – both fiction and non-fiction. At this point I am listening to two audio books, both from The Modern Scholar Series, one on the Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin and one on Islam and the West. Now I know these are divergent topics, but they are both quite interesting and I would recommend this series for anyone! I also am reading Clive Cussler’s new novel, Medusa. I have always enjoyed Cusslers’ different series for both their adventurous nature and characters that he has built.
I am trying to share this love of reading with my daughters, and we have read to them constantly since they were born. Dive-J loves to read and it is still a bit too early to tell about Diva-PJ, but she does not always have the same amount of interest to sit and listen to a story that Diva-J had at her age, but every child is different, so we will haave to see what happens.
I would also encourage guys to get out there and try and write your own book. I am lucky to be someone who is already a published editor/author. I have to say that it is an amazing feeling to see your name listed on a book that people are buying, but it is a labor of love to do this and is not for the feint of heart. All-in-all though there is a magical aspect to getting your own thoughts on paper and reading them back. Now you may always see ways to make your writing better, but that is ok, and is a positive step in self learning.