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February 18, 2011


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E.C. Smith

Hey Donna! I love this post. I'm such a big reader and my hubby often finds me awake and reading at 2 A.M. I never get a cup of tea at that time, but I always get a big hug. Gotta love him! (:

Donna Cummings

Oh, aren't you lucky? I always seem to find non-readers (which may be why I never married! LOL) A girl can hope, though. :)

Terri Osburn

I adore that blog. And the last line is absolutely the best one. Since the whole thing is wonderful, that's really saying something.

You're right, a girl can hope.

Donna Cummings

It really was a treat, wasn't it? And I am eternally hopeful. LOL

Liz Fichera

Lovely. I got choked up reading that excerpt. Off to read it...


My brother is a big reader. Married a woman who only looks at magazines and gives him a hard time for the time he spends reading. Sigh. One sis married a man who only read what she read and made a contest out of it - not in a good way. One sis married twice, one who didn't read, one who did...neither lasted!

My husband really doesn't read. I've gotten him to read a few series, but it was a battle...and he really enjoyed them!

It's interesting! I'll go read the blog you recommended!

Donna Cummings

Liz, it was one of those posts I wish I'd written! I hope you enjoy it. :)

Donna Cummings

Maureen, it is funny how many reader/non-reader couples there are! (I've also been with guys who DON'T DRINK COFFEE! How did that happen?!)

I wish I understood what it's like to NOT want to read. I mean, I go through spells, but it has more to do with where I'm at with my writing. I can't imagine not getting all excited about books, and getting sucked into that world, and caring what happens next.


That was a great blog, Donna. Written with some wondrous observations. I think my husband would agree with everything she promoted about loving a girl who reads!


It's funny, Donna. I got my husband to read one series featuring a ship with AI connection, and a military romance/scifi/space opera. He loved the Miles Vorkosigan series!

Both of my parents read, but totally different genres! And geez, all of us kids read!

Donna Cummings

Maureen, you would have to twist my arm to read the things you just described. LOL And I have never heard of the Miles Vorkosigan series. :)

My mom was a voracious reader, and she was always taking us to the library. I loved it, but it must have been torture for my non-reading sister. LOL


Ah, Donna...Miles is fabulous. Lois McMaster Bujold...scifi/space opera/romance... Total wonderfulness!

Yeah, Dad read scifi/fantasy. Mom read historical fiction and political suspense.

Donna Cummings

Sci-fi and fantasy are not my thing. I can do it, if necessary, but it's rare for me to get absorbed by it. It feels like too much work keeping track of the worldbuilding, and I don't want to work when I'm escaping into a book. :)

Kari Marie

I loved the blog post you referenced! Thank you. It's making me feel all warm and fuzzy.

Donna Cummings

Kari Marie, I'm glad you liked it too. I keep thinking about it and smiling. And I've been reading a lot more since I first saw that post too. :)

Clarissa Southwick

What a great post. Thanks for sharing it. I have always told my daughter the corollary: Marry a man who reads for pleasure.

Donna Cummings

Clarissa, that is excellent advice!


Finding a writer of romantic fiction is best of all. Especially if you can read her like a book! *smile*

Donna Cummings

Q, I think you're right. :)

T.H. Browning

Donna, I love this post.

I'm lucky to have a very supportive husband. He doesn't complain when I'm writing all day and night, or when I keep the light on in the bedroom reading into the wee hours of the night. He may grumble some when he has to get up early and the light is keeping him awake, but he understands how important books are to me.

"We shadow the characters during their adventures, experiencing their joys and heartaches as if they happened to our own hearts." (I love this -- it is so true.)

I fall in love with the characters I live through in books and create in my own stories. Having a community of readers and writers to discuss books with has been so enriching to my life and my growth as a writer. My worst fear is being stuck somewhere without a book, lol! :)

Donna Cummings

T.H., you've definitely got a keeper there! It's such a treat when somebody understands the importance of books, and writing. My mind is filled with not only my characters, but the ones I've been privileged to read in other books.

I had to laugh at the fear of being stuck without a book. I'm that way about not having something to WRITE on! The minute I'm away from the laptop or a notepad, that's exactly when my characters decide to party. LOL I need to put them on pause until I can find a scrap of paper!

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