Tuesday, October 8, 2013

What Do Books Do For You?

Recently a question has come to my attention that I found not only challenging, but intriguing. What do my books do for people? Well, considering the fact that my book(s) aren't non-fiction, such as a self-help or school book, I had to think about this.

My answer is: entertain you. But can it do other things for you? I believe so. For one, it can help you to escape to a new and different world. You can become a part of the story through the characters and descriptions. 

It can reach your emotional place and make you laugh or cry. The story can help you to relax and forget the stresses of life for a little while. You can learn about wilderness, and about living a life free of pollution in the air and in your food and water. 

It can touch your imagination and make you strive for creating your own. Books are a wonderful way to enjoy the simple things in life. They can change your mood on a dime, and bring you back to that place inside you always strive to find. 

I have always enjoyed reading, even as a child. To me, there is nothing more delightful than starting a new book. I can't wait to find out what's going to happen to the characters and usually I don't want the story to end.

Do books affect you like this? Have you ever been angry when the author killed off a certain character? Have you ever fallen in love with a character?

I do believe that fictional books are as important as any non-fiction. They take us all around the world and even sometimes to new ones!

What is your favorite part of a book? What do you look for it to do for you?

Well, good news, we finished Fated! We will start scanning back through it on Thursday and as soon as we're finished with that, it's off to the beta-readers!
I hope you're as excited to read it as we are to have you get it in your hands!

Have a great week everyone and I hope you leave me some comments so I know what books do for you!

Love, Lisa


  1. Last night I quickly ran onto your site thinking, "It's Tuesday, I need to look at Lisa's blog."

    It didn't take me too long to figure out, in the absence of a new post, that it wasn't Tuesday yet (I had so wanted it to be the end of Friday).

    A worthy question.

    I have to admit, there aren't too many books that illicit a strong emotional response from me. Part of that could be from the way I experience books. I don't "see" characters or places or things so much as have a general sense of them if I'm intimately familiar with something/someone similar. Otherwise, for me they're just words/names. That's a fairly unique quirk on how I experience the world sans visual imagination.

    I have been irate at the deaths of certain characters, I think (though nobody in particular comes to mind), but I find what really gets my goat is when the author makes characters behave in an inept manner to further the plot. It's bad storytelling. I see this so very frequently in crime dramas on television. You have the cops miss something so horrifically obvious that results in or prolongs disaster. Everyone in the living room has called it out loud, and finally in the final act, the main characters figure it out and save the day. Come ON.

    More frequently, while reading, I'll see a character and think, "I need to write a character with similar traits and see what I can do with him/her."

    Books pass the time and keep the peace. They're entertainment and can be enjoyed with or without power and are best enjoyed in solitude, which is just how I like my entertainment (save comedy, since i like to laugh with other people). I read at night to unwind. Sometimes it doesn't work (e.g., if people are being stupid; Harry Potter, alas, had a great deal of people behaving like idiots, but was still plenty enjoyable), but mostly it helps me relax so that I can get to sleep without my mind racing.

    1. Great comment Ryan! I agree, books are my anti-stress mechanism lol! I do, however, get very involved with a book if it's written well. I love it when writers are so good at pulling me into the story, like Harry Potter or Game of Thrones. There are some fantastic writers out there!