Author Jo Huddleston

Sweet Southern Romance

Thursday, November 17, 2011

How Many Books

Thursday Thoughts on Reading and Writing

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Is there a difference between the reading habits of readers who don’t write and readers who do write?

Probably most readers who write for publication  (even when reading for pleasure) will have their internal editor turned on whether aware of it or not. They will tend to see grammar errors, punctuation errors, spelling errors, etc. right away. Catching those errors are ingrained in a writer’s mind because they must read their own writing with their editor hat on.

Readers who do not write for publication, probably don’t concern themselves with actually hunting down those errors. I wonder which group is more apt to enjoy reading a book.

Which group do you think would be more likely to read more books? I don’t have any statistics on that topic; it would be interesting to know.

How many books do you read in a year? One a week, one a month, or more or less? Writers who write for publication are often faced with deadlines to get pages to their publisher. That takes a big chunk of their time. There will be intervals between those deadlines and writers do read.

In my e-newsletter I ask readers to share their five favorite books (you can subscribe to the newsletter from my website). My list sometimes changes from year to year.

So, how many books do you read a year? Would you like to share the titles of your five favorite books? I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below. It would put a smile on my face.

"I've read the last page of the Bible. It's all going to turn out all right."  Billy Graham

Till next time … keep on smiling.


  1. Haha...until I started learning about showing vs. telling and head hopping I only caught the basic of grammar issues and those horrible mistakes that bug me to death (pet peeve: having eyes green here and blue there or being 15 here and 17 six months later...ugghhh). Now that I know about these I catch some of those too. It makes for distracting reading, but there are still times when a writer writes so well I forget about the grammatical stuff and just enjoy the story. I really love those books.

    Thanks for the opportunity to win a book. ginger(dot)solomon(at)gmail(dot)com

  2. Wow, Jo, my reading habits haven't changed a lot since I began to write. I still read at least 150 books a year. I do find it less easy to turn off my inner editor when reading, so when I find a book that I can turn that off, I'm thrilled. It takes a mesmerizing story for that to happen. :)

    And you don't need to add me to the contest, I'm already reading I Called Him Dancer. :)

  3. Yay, Ane! You must stay awake 24/7 to read that many books a year. You probably are a fast reader; I am not and about 75 a year is my record. Yes, I love a book that overrides my internal editor and I've found a couple this year. Thanks for commenting.

    Ginger, you're correct when you say reading with you inner editor on makes for a distracting read. We all look for amazing writers that keep our inner editor shut down. Thanks for commenting.

  4. Five favorite books: "The Bible" (ongoing reading), "Become A Better You" by Joel Osteen, "Love Your Life" by Victoria Osteen, "A Gift of Love" by Judith McNaught and "In My Father's House" by Corrie ten Boom..and soon to be the "Amen" series, "His Awesome Majesty" and "Shades of Gray" by Jo Huddleston!..and, of course, "I Called Him Dancer" by G. Edward Snipes..(it would be a nice birthday gift to win on Sunday, the 20th! :)
    Interesting blog, Jo! I know what it's like to go over and over a manuscript for mistakes. I just completed mine in Conceptual Editing at Tate I'm on to Illustration..a happy time, but tedious. I am excited to read your books as I love inspirational reading. All the best to you and your career as an accomplished Author! :) Blessings to you! My email address is

  5. Erin, thanks for sharing your 5 favorite books and thanks for mentioning my books. I hope you'll have the chance soon to do the Snoopy dance when your book is released. Thanks for your comment.

  6. I'm a writer and I probably read at least a book a week. My favorites are Wrapped in Rain, by Charles Martin; The Atonement Child, by Francine Rivers; Off Season, by Anne Rivers Siddon;A Passion Most Pure, by Julie Lessman; and Blind Sight, by Meg Howrey.


  7. Aly, thanks for sharing your 5 favorite books. I've read some of them as well. And you read at least 52 books a year-- that's great! Thanks for commenting. --Jo