Tess Gerritsen's Legume Literature

Tess Gerritsen has a wonderful blog and her essay entitled ‘Legume Literature’ really hit home with me. I hear from many readers who tell me they hadn’t read anything since childhood until discovering my books. They thank me for getting them reading again. Tess addresses why so many adults have lost the joy of reading. http://tessgerritsen.com/blog/2006/08/12/legume-literature/


  1. brenda on August 16, 2006 at 5:50 pm

    I have had so much fun-since I got home from London, my daughter’s, and Disney World-doing this Blog with you girls.
    However, my day of reckoning is almost here. I will be lucky to Meet you once a week.
    I am contemplating leaving the two school job (high school and 8 diff. subjects) and taking (for the first time in 11 years) a middle school…Language Arts…
    Will be a good thing while I spend this last year doing my Master’s…
    Keep up the writing…
    Diane, not only am I eager for your next book-I am eager to read your memoir…
    Just finished a book in which the author said (paraphrased)…history is as each one of us remembers it…good point.

  2. brenda on August 16, 2006 at 5:54 pm

    Loved what Terri said.
    Last year, I permitted my students to choose a book they wanted to read-some chose Nicholas Sparks, some others…we can’t make them read…I am shocked that some of my students (even seniors in high school) have NEVER read a book all the way through until I give them a choice….
    As to what she said about the choice by Ophra–we can’t read her choices at bedtime-too upsetting…some of them I have liked…others not…but that’s the way it is.
    I like teaching books-writing/reading…I like fluff…I like in between…
    As teachers-we do have to be very careful that we don’t “let” the kids read books that would be rated “R”…because parents become very upset at that…
    Am enjoying learning so much through this website-but Diane-I have an idea that once you are into the book-we won’t hear as much from you either…we will keep in touch though…
    I am eager to hear the name of your “baby” boy 🙂 🙂 🙂

  3. Diane Chamberlain on August 16, 2006 at 9:34 pm

    Most teachers don’t look at a move to middle school as a good thing! That’s my favorite age, though, and sounds like you like them too. They’re really beginning to think for themselves and are so darn confused!
    >>Am enjoying learning so much through this website-but Diane-I have an idea that once you are into the book-we won’t hear as much from you either…

  4. Margo on August 17, 2006 at 9:02 am

    I really loved the essay by Tess and it is so true…I’ve met people over the years who quit reading after childhood and it really floors me…I’ll ask them why they quit and it usually is ‘because I’m so busy…I always liked reading but have a job and so many other things to do’…I usually tell all these people the same thing, that you have to make time for the things you love, even if you only read for 15 minutes at nite you’ve done something for yourself…then, I proceed to give them a list that I recommend (naturally the 1st ones listed are Diane’s books! (-:)…like everyone else I have lots to do but the things I always loved doing and that made me happy, I make time for…reading has been a lifelong passion since I was age 5 and I never go to sleep at nite without the joy of a book…I get a little nervous if my ‘stack to read’ gets a little too low, which is seldom. Diane, PLZ keep up with the daily blogs, expecially on your WIP…it’s a joy to read everyday and I’m fascinated how you create your novels…Brenda, I’ll miss your comments each day!!

  5. brenda on August 17, 2006 at 3:28 pm

    I agree with Margo about the BLOGS, but I will understand, Diane, if you can’t write each day…the three of us have to meet some day…As I said-my gift to myself will be a workshop with D.C.
    Margo-I agree with you about the reading…right now I am reading some pretty heavy “stuff” so have decided this weekend to reread another D.C.
    Take care both of you…I am spending my mornings in continuing ed and go to school for REAL next Thursday…whew…

  6. Margo on August 17, 2006 at 4:04 pm

    Enjoy reading DC this weekend, Brenda…you deserve a break from your heavy duty ‘stuff’!!…would love to meet you and Diane someday!!…Diane, I too realize you might not be able to blog everyday but really find your WIP SO interesting!!…

  7. Lorene on August 17, 2006 at 5:04 pm

    I didn’t read much until I retired. I worked as a teacher assistant for about fifteen years, took care of children, teenagers, and a sick mother all at the same time so when It was all over, I decided there were too many books I hadn’t read and too many places I hadn’t been . We’ve been to Cancun three times now and I might be booksamillion.com’s best customer:) Just kidding about BAM. I don’t have enough money for that but I do buy all I can. It is like pulling teeth to get my grandson to read and my granddaughter is never without a book. Both kids are just turning twelve and entering seventh grade.

  8. diane on August 17, 2006 at 11:33 pm

    ah, i hope your grandson finds something he loves to read one of these days, lorene. i’m afraid there are so many more “exciting” things competing for kids free time.

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