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Goodreads tells me I’ve read 32 books in 2015, but I don’t tell Goodreads everything. I resist any urge to closely catalog my reading habits in the same way I refuse to keep a food diary. Do I really need to be reminded that I ate a spoonful of Nutella before bedtime for a solid week last February? I do not. My philosophy with culinary and literary experiences is this: If it’s worth remembering, you’ll remember it. A great book sticks to your guts.
I read many good books over the past 10 months, but I’m still chewing on a few of them. These were the books that made me reexamine my own writing. These were the authors who forced me to reconsider my notions about storytelling. These were the gut-stickers.
There are still two good months left for reading books this year, and if history is any indicator, December will be a particularly gluttonous time. Even so, I’m going to go ahead and declare 2015 an excellent year for stick-to-the-guts reading. I’m feeling very well nourished, but I always save room for dessert. Your recommendations are strongly welcomed. Pass the Nutella.
This post is part of our Lit Matters series, in which writers and readers express why supporting and elevating literary arts is meaningful to them. Lit Matters stories will be posted throughout the month of November, leading up to Colorado Gives Day. Mark your calendar for December 8 or schedule your gift now. Thank you!
Tiffany Quay Tyson is a novelist and longtime Lighthouser. She often leads workshops for the Lighthouse Young Writers Program. Three Rivers, her debut novel, was published in 2015 by Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press. Learn more at www.tiffanyquaytyson.com.