I am going to start the Trylle Trilogy by Amanda Hocking. This series starts with the book SWITCHED. I picked this because I have read some of her previous work and I wasn’t completely turned off by it. She has a good imagination and now that she has people to help her with her writing, I believe that it will be far better than what she has done in the past. I will say this. I read for the story not just because it is by a well-known author. Most of the books that I read are by Indie authors. The reason for that is because of the exceptional amount of imagination in Indie author’s work seems to totally surpass what is on the shelves now days. With the exception of the greats…. Stephen King, Nora Roberts, R. L. Stine, and more. After saying that I will say that SA Hunter’s, (Superb Indie Author), Scary Mary series is to absolutely die for. I ate that series alive as soon as I started it.
Here is the real reason for this post. What I would like to do is start breaking down all the books that I read, chapter by chapter as I go. Doing this, I think that I might be able to build interest in reading with my posts. People do not realize that not only does the body need exercise, the brain does as well. Reading does make you smarter. By reading you are gaining knowledge and making your comprehension skills grow. Therefore, you are making your memory better and the ability for you to think about issues of daily life and work out simple and complicated issues emotionally, mentally, financially, and so forth. If I can inspire people while I am on this Earth, I will have done what I was put here to accomplish.
And think of this…
DISCLAIMER: The following statements are based on my personal thoughts not on factual (media published scientific) information. I am saying what I will because I, personally, have seen the positive outcome of the way that reading affects the human mind. So with that being said here is my opinion.
Reading can and does change the demeanor of the person reading. It also calms ADHD affected children as well as helping ADHD affected adults be able to focus more on thought process and with controlling issues with being inconsistent completing tasks. I have also seen people in tremendous emotional distress pick up a book and read. After reading for a bit they have calmed and are able to make it through their issues better. What I am saying is if reading can do things like that and help cure stuttering problems, etc. Could reading be able to postpone dementia associated with aging and Alzheimer’s? I’m not going to wait for a scientist to spend my lifetime researching that very issue. I don’t need their proof, but if it comes I would enjoy knowing it. I am going to use my ideas to about it to prove it to myself and my followers. Reading is so fundamental to the human brain guys! Find something that you enjoy reading and read. Let’s not let our brains just sit in our skulls and waste away. USE THEM so that when we get older in age our brains will be more healthy. I want to be old and be able to remember my grandchildren’s names and their children’s names if I get that lucky….
In relation to this post… I am sure that some of you that are reading this are wondering how I have come to the conclusions that I am making. Well, it IS personal for me and for my youngest son who also suffers from ADHD type symptoms, (undiagnosed at this time.) So, I know for a fact that it works.
As a child, I stuttered and couldn’t speak appropriately. My parents worked with the teachers at the school that I attended to give me as much help as possible. I was enrolled in an on school site speech therapy class in the first grade. I was a tremendously gifted individual, but it was not doing me a bit of good as a student or as a child because I could not get the knowledge from my brain to go to my mouth correctly. So, I guess what I am trying to say is that I was stuck in my head, but I was not what you would call Autistic. The first few weeks were so hard for me. Even that now that I am an adult, I still remember everything from that stage of my life. I remember the children that made fun of me because I couldn’t talk as good as they could. I also remember the teachers that couldn’t help me because they didn’t know to reach me. However, I remember the day that one of the teachers noticed me doing something and is responsible for the plan that helped me conquer my problem.
I was in the school library looking at books. That is where I would go to get away from everything. Even as a child, I had the understanding and problem solving abilities that an adult would have. Being like that eased a lot of the “not knowing” that children that were my age go through. I was six years old and I had already found a way to get away from the things that hurt me.
I was looking at all the books and I had found one that I was interested in. I took it from the shelf and found a place to sit down. I was alone in the library, except for the librarian. I had time to waste because I was waiting to be picked up by my parents in the after school program. Initially, I had thought that the librarian could not hear me, but i was soon to discover that I was wrong. Thinking that I was not being paid attention to, I started sounding out the words on the pages. It was working and even I was surprised at how good I sounded. After doing that with two books I looked up to see her standing over me with her hand covering her mouth and tears in her eyes. She grabbed me up and hugged me tight. I thought that something had been wrong, but she was hugging me for what I had accomplished. When my parents came to pick me up, she told them what had happened. Meetings with my regular teacher, speech teacher, and speech therapist was made. After that, every day that I went to my speech class I was allowed to read the very same way that I had the day I was caught. Every day I improved. I stayed in that speech class with a teacher that had total faith that I could overcome this and with one of my most favorite things in this life… BOOKS. From that love of books, inspiration from them, and the faith of some really good teacher I rose to the top. It took four years and a great deal of work from us all, but we fought together to make me better. Not only could I communicate like all the other children now, I knew what it mean to strive to achieve a goal. Reading aloud cured my speech and my stutter. Occasionally as an adult, those issues resurface, but I know now how to control them.
These days I read a lot, but I am also an Indie writer. I have self-published six novels and two poetry books on my own. Currently, I am searching for what every writer is searching for…. A BOOK DEAL. Maybe one day I will achieve that, but I know that I will never give up. That one day in the school library inspired me as a six-year-old child. I knew from that day that there was not going to be anything that could stand in my way of what I wanted to accomplish. Books cure more than just a speech problem. They can also cure self-doubt and empower people to become better.
I also suffer horribly from ADHD and a brain disorder. I notice that I cannot focus well and that I have major problems remembering, forming actual sentences in a conversation, and even worse, I have problems with remembering directions for travel or for tasks. Reading on a daily basis makes my issues bearable. In my opinion, it is almost like training to do what it should. Sometimes my brain doesn’t send the right signals to my body, but if I exercise it….. well…. It seems to work better…
I ask that if you are reading this and you agree with what I have said or are inspired by this at all, share this post. Above all else… Encourage children to read. That is my first and foremost goal. Should it be your’s too? Help me to help others understand the real benefits that reading can give. And in all honesty, help me to help you discover the benefits that reading can and will give you. Once you see the truth about what I have said here, you will know that this effort could and will change lives.
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As an author I have discovered that there are many people out there that are just waiting to criticize others. Some are just dying to be your friend, but the reasons for that friendship are not always honest.
Reviews are good and some, well, are just bad. But that doesn’t mean that your writing is completely terrible. It just means that the message or story that you were trying to tell doesn’t fit well with that person. Think of it this way. Theres movies out there that you just don’t want to watch. It is not due to the fact that they are bad movies. It is because they do not appeal to your personal taste.
So don’t read that one star review and let it crush your hopes and dreams. Your story might not have been suited for them. What is important is that you continue to follow the dreams and goals that are your own.
Every day is a new beginning.
Every smile is one step closer.
Every laugh is release.
Each tear is the pain leaving.
Dream, Love, and be Peaceful.
For in the end, we are all judged on what’s in our heart.
Treat people how you want to be treated,
And always be truthful.