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Monday, August 15, 2011

Book Residue

You know how it feels when you read a book and it sticks with you? You think about it when you aren't reading it. You're excited to get back to it, to crack open the binding and lift our your bookmark and let your eyes turn pure black and white into live action like a movie in your head.

And when you finish the book you still think about it. About how it made you feel. Or about what you learned. Or you recall your favorite part with a smile.

You replay the story in your head and think: "Wow. What a good book."

I call it book residue. That powerful pull that links you emotionally to a story. I strive for it in my own work, but I love it when someone else's words grab a hold of me that way too.

It makes reading so much more than just reading.

2 comments:

Jaimie said...

I totally understand. I've experienced the exact same thing. :)

Caleb said...

The third of the Prey Series did that for me the worst. I'm still mad at John Sandford for it. Not mad, mad. But my favorite of his leading ladies didn't have to die if the police chief would have ever come forward and admitted to be the cowardly lover boy.

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