Writers on reading: Stephen King

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What do you need to know about me? 1. I'm from Wales which is one of the countries in the UK and must never be confused with England. 2. My life has always revolved around the written and spoken word. I worked as a journalist for nine years then in international corporate communications 3. My tastes in books are eclectic. I love realism and hate science fiction and science fantasy. 4. I am trying to broaden my reading horizons geographically by reading more books in translation

Posted on March 19, 2015, in Book Reviews and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 16 Comments.

  1. As mother of two kids, I am always waiting at places – at the school, the dentist’s, doctor, art classes, dance classes, and so on. I don’t know what I would have done without a book at hand. I always keep something in my bag before I leave house. I’ve been known to forget extra diapers >.< , but never a book.

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  2. I used to be able to read anywhere and everywhere (including the walk home from the library as a child) but as I’ve got older I’m less likely to read unless I know I have a decent time to do so although that doesn’t stop me carrying a book/kindle about with me just in case!

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  3. My nan had a cleaning job at one point and apparently she could dust and read her book at the same time! And just the other day I saw a man walking through town reading a Stephen King as he went. Stephen King would surely have been extra chuffed to know this! I tend to be easily distracted and so need peace and quiet when reading, but I wish I had the ability to read on the go. I’d get through more pages!

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  4. I spent my teen years trying to work out how I could read in the shower without getting the pages wet as it was the only time I had to leave my book aside!

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  5. You just need the right exercise equipment! The elliptical at my gym holds paperbacks just fine, provided they’re not too thick–there’s even a ridge at the bottom that keeps them open. I imagine a kindle would work fine as well.

    I’ve had people tell me “If you can read while you’re working out, you’re not working out hard enough,” to which I respond, “If I couldn’t read at the gym, I wouldn’t come here at all.”

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  6. This post reminds me of something Oscar Wilde said, not quoted exactly, “I always bring my journal with me. You never know when you need something good to read.” Like you, and Stephen, I must have something to read at all times! My father has a picture of me in a gondola in Venice, at age 8, reading the guide book. Wouldn’t you think a child would want to look at the view?!

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    • That comes from his play The Importance of Being Earnest. One of the characters says: I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read on a train.

      I bet your parents were frustrated with you on that trip. They took you to see all that beauty and look what you did. Mind you I often feel the same when I see very young kids being traipsed around cathedrals etc.

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  7. I completely agree, waiting rooms were made for reading. And love the metaphor of reading as taking small sips.

    I haven’t read King’s On Writing in so long. Thank you for reminding me of this interesting book. And allowing me to take a sip of it again!

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