Chalking With H: How do you pick your books?

Seriously, HOW?!

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A balancing act!

Even if we are not avid readers, most of us learn from books at least at some point in our lives. We are given books, books are assigned to us in school, books are recommended to us by parents or friends, colleagues, acquaintances etc. Regardless of the genre, books are wells of knowledge, information, and language we can drink from freely. But, sometimes its really hard to pick what to read.

Walking into a Chapters or other bookstores, or the local Library, or even surfing amazon can be overwhelming! There are so many books out there! You can narrow down by genre or subject, but still, there’s usually a vast array of options.

Shiphrah’s last post Chalk With S: It Wasn’t Me, It Was The Words got me thinking about this. She talks about how we are all made up of unique experiences and therefore have unique knowledges, distinct to what we have done, watched and read.

Studies have shown people are greatly impacted, changed by each story and novel they read. So what are you reading?

I’ve never been to the Vancouver International Writer’s Festival before, but last night I attended my very first event, and I discovered it is the an awesome way to find new books and authors to read. You attend an event and you hear a ten minute reading from each author, and in ten minutes, I, for one, can usually tell whether or not I want to read their book. But not only do you just get to hear an excerpt, you get to hear a little bit about the author, maybe even why they wrote the book, and where they’re coming from. For me, the positionality of the author is integral to my reading experience, so this is perfect.

By the end of the festival, I think I am going to have a giant stack of books to get through! And the best part is, they won’t just be hit or miss books, books I try to get into but just can’t do cause the flavour’s off, not my cup of tea ya know?! No, this time, I will know they are the kind of books that will trap my nose until the very last page, because the first taste, got me hooked.

So check out the Festival, it’s pure gold.

H

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