The next book I want to read has to hook me.
It has to be the kind of book that I simply can't put down, for hours. A binge-worthy read.
An epic book that I can't stop telling people about afterwords.
The kind of book that I go on and on and on, yapping about its greatness.
You know, a book that makes you start a book club so you can discuss it with others and have an excuse to read it all over again. Or maybe it would be the kind of book that I wouldn't be able to re-read because reading it would take me on such a ride, filled with suspenseful plot and deep emotional journey, that I wouldn't want the second read to spoil the awesomeness of the first.
The next book I want to read has to have the kind of flare or melody that makes me think differently. Language that challenges me. Rhythm that requires me to follow its own beat and shut off my own.
A book that makes my critical mind SHUT THE F UP. A book that as I read, I would see every single moment in it, and my imagination would go wild with imagery, and senses.
The next book I want to read has to make me want to eat it. bite it. chew it. devour it.
And it wouldn't taste like paper, no. It would taste like GOURMET paper.
Paper from the tallest most royal lush tree. From Costa Rica, or some other glorious spot.
The kind of paper you'd use for a fancy resume with a glossy finish, for a job you really really REALLY want.
The next book I want to read, has to inspire me.
Inspire me to write, inspire me to read, inspire me to live..... books can do that.
Books have the potential to be life changing.
And the next book I want to read has to change me in some way.
It has, and so... it will.
In April 2020, while experiencing her first ever global pandemic, Tamar Pelzig pledged to write something every day, even if it's only a word, so she welcomed to the world a daily blog to keep her creative writing wheels rolling.
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