What does it cost our brains if we don’t read long-form works? According to this study by Emory University in Atlanta, maybe…..a lot. Click here to read the UK Independent article on the impact of novel reading on brain function.

I’ll wait.

Welcome back.

I found this story thanks to awesome writer Kate Shrewsday. It couldn’t have come at a better time for me.

My reading—especially my novel eyeball time—was suffering. I was in the throes of final edits on my own book. When I introduced any other voice into my head, I feared distractions. The loss of my characters. The inability to finish my unique plot.

Somewhere along the shifting path of my own story, I lost my capacity to read a novel. Really immerse myself.

Bad, bad Andra.

I have Kate to thank for pointing me to this research, for showing me the value in reading novels even when I’m trying to write them. Maybe ESPECIALLY when I’m trying to write them.

I mean, who can scoff at 5 DAYS of enhanced brain activity for every novel read?

I don’t have to imagine how much more I can write.

I’ve seen it.

Have you noticed a spurt of creativity after reading a novel, Dear Reader? What were you reading? Please share your inspirational books in a comment today.

Kill City Blues (Sandman Slim, #5)
My rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Kill City Blues (Sandman Slim #5) by Richard Kadrey

4.11 of 5 stars 4.11  ·   rating details  ·  1,928 ratings  ·  179 reviews

James Stark, aka Sandman Slim, has managed to get out of Hell, renounce his title as the new Lucifer, and settle back into life in LA. But he’s not out of trouble yet. Somewhere along the way he misplaced the Qomrama Om Ya, a weapon from the banished older gods who are also searching for their lost power.

Lisa at Northwest Frame of Mind introduced me to the awesome Sandman Slim. I never read urban fantasy novels, but I’m always up to challenge myself and my ideas about reading. Kill City Blues is the weakest book in this series. (Even though there is something about reading that includes visiting the devil in hell while one is in the middle of Mississippi. In the middle of a very dark night. When she knows she has to go out on a very rural road and walk by herself for five hours the next morning.) If you haven’t met the Sandman, you should put the series on your reading list. Just maybe stop before this one. Or not. Richard Kadrey at 3 stars is still pretty good.

You can read my full Goodreads review here: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15783828-kill-city-blues or check out Richard Kadrey’s Sandman Slim series here: Sandman Slim No 1

As long as you keep submitting Reader Questions, I’ll answer them. Since this one happened in the bathroom at the beauty salon, please forgive my lack of hat.


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