What’s one of the first stories you remember reading as a child? The Tale of Custard the Dragon by Ogden Nash and Cinderella were two of mine. Now I prefer stories about fire-breathing dragons that torch fighting pits with Daenerys and love stories that make me feel so deeply for the characters, I want them to be together, such as with Francesca and Robert in The Bridges of Madison County. Books allow us to travel to foreign lands, melt the Wicked Witch, or be visited by three ghosts before Christmas morning.
It’s World Book Day today. Pledge to yourself that you’ll create a summer reading list and conquer it like Noah and Allie conquered love in The Notebook. Read voraciously and gain knowledge and experience like Tyrion Lannister and Hermione Granger. Be open to trying new genres or further explore the ones you love.
Let’s celebrate the wonderful world of books together, and I hope you’ll add one of my novels onto your pile this summer. HAPPY WORLD BOOK DAY!
Stephanie Verni is Professor of Communication at Stevenson University. She is the author of 5 works of fiction and the co-author of one academic textbook on Event Planning. Her character-driven books are set in beautiful Maryland locations and examine the realities of the human heart. Connect with her on Instagram at stephanie.verni or on Twitter at @stephverni. Or, visit her Amazon page at Stephanie Verni, Author.