Changing the Way I Read by Melissa Foster
Changing the Way I Read
by Melissa Foster
When I was a little girl, I’d climb a tree in the backyard with a good book and remain there, lounging on a giant limb, devouring my latest read. When I started writing, I read everything I could get my hands on—until I connected with an editor who changed the way I write, and by doing so, changed the way I read. My editor, Kristen Weber, had warned me about how honing one’s craft can change the enjoyment of reading. Boy was she right!
As my writing became stronger, I noticed weaknesses in the books I was reading—little nitpicky issues with pace, structure, or the fleshing out of stories. Issues that my editor would flag in my own writing. In other words, reading became a challenge, and the race to find really well written books was on!
I recently came across three such books, and it’s with great pleasure that I share them with you.
THE KITCHEN HOUSE by Kathleen Grissom
The Kitchen House is a real page turner. I’m not typically a reader of historical fiction, but this book drew me right in and took hold until the very end. The story is about a young white girl who is placed in the kitchen house to live and work with the slaves. This is a true story of strength, love, and loyalty, and a must read for a wide audience.
ONE BREATH AWAY by Heather Gudenkauf
One Breath Away will speak to parents everywhere. This is a very real story about a lone gunman taking over an elementary school, and the one child and two women racing against time to save them. This is a quick and easy read, though it will leave you thinking about your own inner strength, and the safety of your children.
THE MEMORY THIEF by Emily Colin
The Memory Thief appealed to my love for the spiritual/paranormal. I’m not a fan of werewolves or vampires, but give me a book about connecting with someone who has died, and I’m all over it. The Memory Thief is a story about a young husband who dies in an avalanche and his wife’s struggle to carry on. The story is written with grace and emotion, and you’ll find yourself rooting for the husband who kicks another man out of his own head in order to find his wife (sounds hokey, but it’s not).
I hope you enjoy these books as much as I did, and I’d love to hear about books that you have enjoyed!
Melissa Foster is the bestselling, author of three award-winning novels. Her books have been recommended by USA Today‘s book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. Melissa is the founder of the World Literary Café, Fostering Success, and The Women’s Nest.
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