My college English professor used to begin each class with a writing exercise. He would ask us to choose one moment—a word, a sentence, any instance that spoke to us in some way—from the book we were reading and write about it. The purpose was twofold: to deepen our understanding of the text, and to be more articulate and focused in our writing.

I was reminded of this exercise while working on the last book review, and thought it would be fun to get back into it again. With that in mind I collected various prompts related to books and reading; simple questions that might capture some interesting “moments”, help me develop my writing, and let you get to know me better. I’d like to share these with you in a series I’m calling Nota Bene.

The first post is in the works as I speak…er, type. Comment below with questions, feedback, and general wonderings!