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Is reading a time waster for a writer?

Updated on July 26, 2016

What would Stephen King say about reading?

“If you don't have time to read, you don't have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.”

― Stephen King

I am a writer, should I be a reader also?

I am a writer. I love to write short fictional stories. I love to write poetry and I dream of writing a novel one day.

Over the past few months I have researching and rethinking my writing habits and I have discovered that for some point in time things have began to slow down in the area of enthusiasm and productivity in my writing tasks.

Have I told you that I love to write? Yes, I believe that I have said that. I may have neglected to tell you that I also love to read. This was established in my early childhood as I followed my mother into the local library and spend the day looking at books and them return home with a stack of books that I could almost "not carry" by myself. Mom on the other hand had one if not two paper grocery sacks full of paperback romance and mystery books.

That is how my writing began, first by reading what others had written and then putting my own words down on paper. The first story that I purposely wrote was a short story titled "Candy" which was written as an assignment in a middle school creative writing class. I found it some thirty years later when looking through some old stuff that I had stored away and it was included in my first published book, Four Nine Zero Nine Eight.

If I am to develop my talent as a writer then I believe it is most necessary to expand my horizons as a reader.

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Four Nine Zero Nine Eight

Stories in the book

  • Blinking
  • Candy
  • Dad's are People Too
  • The Gift
  • Innocence
  • A World Without Rules
  • The Son of Thun

These are some of the thirty titles of short stories in the book and so if it is my desire to pass along my writings to others to read shouldn't I do the same and read what others have written?

Read and your imagination comes alive


Aim for your Goal in 2015

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Read all of the books on my reading list for 2015

My 2015 reading list contains ten titles from varying genres.

  • Mystery
  • Crime
  • Spiritual
  • Holiday

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The List

Before I give you the basic synopsis of the books that I am planning to read I will simply put the list here for you to look over. Are any of these books on your reading list for 2015?

Kurt's 2015 Reading List

  • The King James Bible
  • Straight Into Darkness
  • The Return of Sherlock Holmes
  • The Taking of Pelham 123
  • Micro
  • Amazing Grace The John Newton Story
  • A Winter Wonderland
  • The Romance of King Arthur
  • A is for Alibi
  • The Sum of All Fears


1. The King James Bible

The King James Version (KJV), commonly known as the Authorized Version (AV) or King James Bible (KJB), is an English translation of the Christian Bible for the Church of England begun in 1604 and completed in 1611.

First printed by the King's Printer Robert Barker, this was the third translation into English to be approved by the English Church authorities. The first was the Great Bible commissioned in the reign of King Henry VIII (1535), and the second was the Bishops' Bible of 1568.

In January 1604, King James VI and I convened the Hampton Court Conference where a new English version was conceived in response to the perceived problems of the earlier translations as detected by the Puritans, a faction within the Church of England.

Even the police are not safe
Even the police are not safe | Source

2. Straight Into Darkness

In the latest entry in the Peter Decker-Rina Lazarus series, New York Times bestselling author Faye Kellerman takes us on an edge-of-the-seat journey to the past, and a city stalked by a killer so ruthless no one is safe-not even the police.

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3. The Return of Sherlock Holmes

The Return of Sherlock Holmes, a collection of 13 Sherlock Holmes stories by Arthur Conan Doyle.

This was the first Holmes collection since Holmes had “died” in The Final Problem. Having published The Hound of the Baskervilles (although setting it before Holmes’ death) Doyle came under intense pressure to revive his famous character.

  • The Adventure of the Empty House
  • The Adventure of the Norwood Builder
  • The Adventure of the Dancing Men
  • The Adventure of the Solitary Cyclist
  • The Adventure of the Priory School
  • The Adventure of Black Peter
  • The Adventure of Charles Augustus Milverton
  • The Adventure of the Six Napoleons
  • The Adventure of the Three Students
  • The Adventure of the Golden Pince-Nez
  • The Adventure of the Missing Three-Quarter
  • The Adventure of the Abbey Grange
  • The Adventure of the Second Stain

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Write for ten minutes. Just write non-stop. Don't think. Don't edit. Just write.


4. The Taking of Pelham 123

I saw the movie and thought it was a great action packed film. As I have often found when comparing the movie with the book there is so much more that the book has to offer and so I would like to see for myself what t here is hidden with the pages between front and back covers.

Four men take a New York City subway train hostage—along with all of its passengers. Their demands are simple: deliver $1 million, or the men will start killing hostages. Fast-paced and intensely psychological, this novel tells the story from the point of view of each of the hijackers—revealing each man’s motivations, desperations, and fatal flaws.

Tensions build as the four hijackers begin to fight among themselves—and the passengers take advantage of their weakness. Despite their meticulous planning, the kidnapping attempt starts to go awry—and the hijackers’ escape seems impossible. Made into a blockbuster movie in 1974 starring Walter Matthau and Robert Shaw, and remade in 2009 with Denzel Washington and John Travolta, this novel will have you on the edge of your seat until the last page. excerpt from the preview at


5. Micro

When I think of Michael Chrichton I think of large dinosaurs running through the jungles and even the modern cities but the thought of being attacked by something that we cannot see because of its size could be more terrifying.

In the vein of Jurassic Park, this high-concept thriller follows a group of graduate students lured to Hawaii to work for a mysterious biotech company—only to find themselves cast out into the rain forest, with nothing but their scientific expertise and wits to protect them. An instant classic, Micro pits nature against technology in vintage Crichton fashion. Completed by visionary science writer Richard Preston, this boundary-pushing thriller melds scientific fact with pulse-pounding fiction to create yet another masterpiece of sophisticated, cutting-edge entertainment. - preview from

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6. Amazing Grace - The John Newton Story

Many have heard and been touched by the hymn Amazing Grace but how many know the story behind the hymn. This book tells how the author truly experienced God's amazing grace in his life.

7. A Winter Wonderland

Four special holiday offerings from today's favorite authors remind us that when love is on your list, you never have to stop believing. . .

"A Winter Wonderland" by Fern Michaels

Angelica Shepard left New York for Christmas in Colorado to relax and unwind--but an out-of-control snowboarder almost had her laid to rest. When she wakes up in the hospital, all she remembers is the handsome angel who saved her. . .

"The Joy of Christmas" by Holly Chamberlin

Not all happiness is good for you--or that's what Iris Karr thinks when she decides to move away instead of marrying her sweetheart Ben. Even years later, living with that decision isn't easy--until a familiar face comes to call her home for the holidays. . .

"The Christmas Thief" by Leslie Meier

Elizabeth Stone is ready for a white Christmas in Tinker's Cove, Maine--until a fancy Yule ball at the Florida hotel where she works dumps snow on her plans. The sponsor's jewels have gone missing and the police are asking about her ties to a cute mystery guest. Good thing Elizabeth's mother, Lucy Stone, flew down to surprise her. ‘Tis the season for a little investigating. . .

"The Christmas Collector" by Kristina McMorris

Estate liquidator Jenna Matthews isn't one for Christmas nostalgia. But when one grandmother's keepsakes suggest a secret life, unwrapping the mystery leads Jenna--and her client's handsome grandson--to the true heart of the holiday spirit. . .


8. The Romance of King Arthur

King Arthur is a legendary British leader of the late 5th and early 6th centuries, who, according to medieval histories and romances, led the defense of Britain against Saxon invaders in the early 6th century. The details of Arthur's story are mainly composed of folklore and literary invention, and his historical existence is debated and disputed by modern historians.

The sparse historical background of Arthur is gleaned from various sources, including the Annales Cambriae, the Historia Brittonum, and the writings of Gildas. Arthur's name also occurs in early poetic sources such as Y Gododdin

Source: Wikipedia

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9. A is for Alibi

A tough-talking former cop, private investigator Kinsey Millhone has set up a modest detective agency in a quiet corner of Santa Teresa, California. A twice-divorced loner with few personal possessions and fewer personal attachments, she’s got a soft spot for underdogs and lost causes. Eight years ago, Nikki Fife was convicted of killing her philandering husband. Now she’s out on parole and needs Kinsey’s help to find the real killer. If there's one thing that makes Kinsey feel alive, it's playing on the edge. When her investigation turns up a second corpse, more suspects, and a new reason to kill, Kinsey discovers that the edge is closer—and sharper—than she imagined.

The Birthplace of Charles Dickens

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Charles Dickens was born here Feb. 7, 1812 and died June 9, 1870 Notable works The Pickwick Papers Oliver Twist A Christmas Carol


10. The Sum of all Fears

A major motion picture starring Ben Affleck, Morgan Freeman, James Cromwell, Alan Bates and Michael Byrne!

Peace may finally be at hand in the Middle Eastas Deputy Director of the CIA Jack Ryan lays the groundwork for a peace plan that could end centuries of conflict. But ruthless terrorists have a final, desperate card to play: they have their hands on a nuclear weapon and have placed it on American soil in the midst of an escalation in tension with the Soviet Union. The terrorists hope to rekindle cold war animosity and prevent reconciliation between Israelis and Palestinians. With one terrible act, distrust mounts, forces collide, and the floundering U.S. president seems unable to cope with the crisis. With the world on the verge of nuclear disaster, Ryan must frantically seek a solutionbefore the chiefs of state lose control of themselves and the world. Source;

Time to set a reading goal for 2015

How many books will you choose to read this year?

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Thanks for reading

Reading is a wonderful way to connect with many different people from the past, present and the future. It is a way to find new friends and reconnect with old ones. We can live our dreams through the words of others and see places that we have only imagined going.

If we read then we can imagine and if we can imagine then we can live. Kurt Frazier Sr.

Some thoughts:

  • Go to the Library.
  • Buy a new or used book.
  • Download an eBook - there are thousands that are free.
  • Make a list of five classics that you will want to read.
  • Find someone to read to.
  • Join a book club.
  • Try writing something of your own.


The King James Bible

King James Version, (last visited Jan. 16, 2015).

Charles Dickens

Wikipedia contributors, "Charles Dickens," Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, (accessed February 1, 2015).

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      Kurt Frazier Sr 2 years ago from Mobile Al

      I know what you mean about the number of books on the shelf. I have quite a few that have sadly been shelf residents for many years and that isn't counting the ones on my ereader and phone. So many books, so little time.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      I found this an interesting hub Kurt. Most of us decided to become writers because we love to read books. I like your list for 2015, and Faye Kellerman and Sue Grafton are two authors I really like, so too Arthur Conan Doyle. However I have at least 500 novels in my bookshelves that I am still to read so my aim is to continue to try to make my way through them and not buy any new books. Some I am considering are by Tami Hoag, Jeffery Deaver, Dean Koontz, John Grisham and Jesse Kellerman.

      However I first have to keep up to date with all the authors/writers I follow here on Hub Pages and fit the others in around that.