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Tuesday, March 31, 2020

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Today's topic is ten ways I let people know I read books.

1. I tell them about the books I've written. I post their covers on TTT and Wednesday Challenge. When they read them they know how much research I've put into writing them. For every page I write I read at least a hundred pages in research.
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2. I drive my wife crazy when watching a movie when I've already read the book. "They left out this," or "they added that." Don't get me started on the movies they made out of Tom Clancy's books or James Clavell's.

3. I write reviews of some of the books I read. Not many people leave comments about my reviews on this blog, but I also post them at Amazon to help indie writers. If the book has thousands of reviews what I have to say has already been said.

4. In conversation I'll quote from books I've read. Drives my wife nuts. Especially when I quote scripture.

5. My books shelves. I have a house full to the brim with books. Not all of them mine, wife and kids read a lot too. When we were first married and my in-laws visited our tiny apartment. My MIL asked me if I'd read all the books in my bookshelf (cinderblocks and wood planks). She was surprised when I said, "Yes."

6. While waiting in the doctor's office, or auto repair shop, or standing in line, or you name it; I'm reading on my phone or tablet. Others may play games, I read.

7. When teaching English and history I told the students stories I'd read. With 7th and 8th graders you don't take your eyes off of them for a second. I memorized the stories and spoke them aloud. Facial expressions, word inflection and eye contact helped them visualize the stories. For years I'd run into former students and they tell me they still remembered some of the stories I told.

8. Posting on TTT.

9. Posting on Wednesday Challenge.

10. Posting on Facebook.


32 comments:

Lydia said...

It's so cool that you told your students stories like that!

My TTT .

P M Prescott said...

Glad you think so, Lydia.

Berthold Gambrel said...

I agree with Lydia; that is so awesome!

Poinsettia said...

Great list! I do the same thing when watching movies that were books first, and it drives my husband crazy. :) My house is also filled with books. I'll never have enough shelves! Thanks for visiting Long and Short Reviews!

P M Prescott said...

Thanks, Berthold.

P M Prescott said...

It's always my pleasure, Pointsettia.

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz said...

I also have a ridiculous number of books at my house. That’s certainly why I shall never move!

There is something a bit extreme about we people who love books.

P M Prescott said...

Deb, on this site, don't we all?

Jessica @ a GREAT read said...

I always have a conversation with whoever I'm watching a book to film movie with about the differences. Even if they didn't read the book! Lol!


Thanks for visiting my TTT!

Deanna @ A Novel Glimpse said...

That's cool that you get to tell people about the books you've written!

Llamalina reada said...

I wish I'd had you for English and History as I love when stories come to life! Love your list.

P M Prescott said...

Jessica, sometimes having read the book helps explain the movie better.

P M Prescott said...

Self promotion, Deanna, is my only marketing.

P M Prescott said...

Thanks for the compliment, Llamalina.

Anne@HeadFullofBooks said...

Right before the coronavirus epidemic closed our libraries and hustled over and checked out nine books. I love my public library. What a bargain. Books for free! I am a book lover

P M Prescott said...

And when you're done, they don't take up shelf space. Thanks for coming by, Anne.

Nicci said...

I read when I'm queuing too and I also have a tendency to compare movies to the books out loud while watching. :)

Kate @ Bitch Bookshelf said...

Posting reviews on Amazon, Goodreads, etc. is so helpful.

Lauren Stoolfire said...

I tend to do the same thing with movies.

Check out my TTT and my March Read Harder Challenge Update

P M Prescott said...

Great minds think alike, Nicci.

P M Prescott said...

Yes it is, Kate.

P M Prescott said...

Nice to know,Lauren.

Christine @ Captivated Reading said...

I love your list! Especially #7! I can't imagine teaching a group of 7th and 8th graders! I have a 7th grade son, whom I homeschool... I cannot imagine more of him! ;)

jessicabookworm said...

Just like you I read wherever I am waiting e.g. doctors, dentists and garage - Other people can keep their games.

P M Prescott said...

Christine, they are a handful.

P M Prescott said...

We are one in this, Jessica.

Lectrice Vorace said...

"In conversation I'll quote from books I've read. Drives my wife nuts. Especially when I quote scripture." 😂😂😂
I also read while waiting. It's a great way to pass the time!
Here is my TTT list!

P M Prescott said...

Made you laugh, there's a lot of us doing the same thing on this post, Letrice.

Kel James said...

I do the same thing with the movies - and also with comic book movies - and my husband gets so aggravated. He's always like Just watch the movie!

P M Prescott said...

Somehow,our spouces don't appreciate our insights, Kel.

Suzanne @ The Bookish Libra said...

I always read whenever I'm waiting too, especially these days when I'm often standing in lines waiting my turn to shop because of the social distancing. I just bring my kindle to make the time go by.

P M Prescott said...

Beats brooding, doesn't it, Suzanne.