good reads: january.
my goal is to read (at least) two books every month in 2012. so far, it's been a success! one month down, eleven more to go.
this was the first don miller book that i bought, and read. back around the time it first came out, i heard great things about it from the people i follow on twitter. someone eventually posted a photo of the author's note and that's when i decided to read it. i have this thing about not being able to read "used" books, i went out and purchased my own copy. hardcover and all.
i read it through, although probably to quickly, and loved every page. max lucado is quoted on the back cover saying, "i already want to re-read this book." YES. exactly.
three or so years later, i just re-read it. again, i loved every page. there's something about the combination of his writing style and the way he talks about life as a story that makes me feel inspired and motivated, which are two great things.
a character is what he does
listen to your writer
something on the page
how to make yourself write a better story
a tree in a story about a forest
the reason God hasn't fixed you yet
great stories have memorable scenes
basically, this book is all over tumblr, whether people are quoting it or talking about how much they love it. naturally, i wanted to see what the fuss was all about, but i never really got around to reading it. mainly because reading it would require that i buy it and i'm pretty good at talking myself out of buying things.
well, the book was turned into a movie and if i wanted to read it before i watched it, i was going to have to suck it up and spend a few dollars. fortunately, i got a target gift card for Christmas and was able to find the non-movie cover version. score!
the book was pretty much as great as all the tumblr folk claim it to be, but it is a bit different. the writing style is unique and it's not your typical feel-good type of story. i loved it though, and like a million miles, i want to re-read it already. it was my first time reading it and i feel like there might be a lot of smaller details that i didn't pick up on the first time around.
one thing i noticed i picked up from reading extremely loud & incredibly close: i now frequently describe things as "extremely" or "incredibly." it hasn't started to annoy me yet though.