Books I’m Reading – February
In this post, I’ll share the books I’m currently reading. My love for writing is in tandem with my love for reading. Both have followed me through life as faithful friends. I personally would not want to be without either of them. It’s been a while since I’ve opened a book and not put it down until I finished it. I can’t afford the consequences of a reading hangover and (a big ‘and’), when I come upon a good book, I want it to last because I’m always afraid, I won’t find another one. What a crazy fear when there are so many good writers out there!
The books I’m in the process of reading are both physical books, digital print and audio; fiction and non-fiction, old and new. Here they are:
- West With Giraffes, By Lynda Rutledge ; Historical Fiction- set in Depression Era / Dust Bowl America, it follows the story of an orphaned teenager and giraffes making an epic, historical trek across the country. This is a strong character driven novel. Really, the characters could be in any story and they would be interesting.
- The Myth of the Nice Girl, By Fran Hauser; Non-fiction about being a strong, woman leader while being true to the nice girl non-aggressive, non-confrontational nature. I need to read more of this. I’m not sure I haven’t left the nice girl behind already but I really want to get her back!
- Enclave, By Thomas Locke; fiction. I started reading this when I was looking for market comparables for another WIP. It’s speculative, suspenseful, sci-fi ish.
- The Fire-Dwellers, By Margaret Laurence; fiction from 1969. In this book Margaret writes in a stream of consciousness, flow between thoughts, dialogue (without quotes!) and flash backs. It’s a wild ride and raw with realism. I can’t wait to get to the end and see how it all comes together to a conclusion.
- In the Shadow of the Valley, Bobi Conn; Memoir. Bobi tells her life story growing up in Appalachia in a household of abuse and harsh realities. I’m so moved that she would share the thoughts, pains and triumphs of her life. I know her story is repeated across the country, probably the world,in fragments that mirror her experiences. Those connecting points, told as non-fiction are cathartic and riveting like fiction can never be.
- I’ve Got Your Number, By Sophie Kinsella; Fiction, audio-book. Sophie’s story structure is impeccable, somewhat predictable but thoroughly entertaining. She’s funny, funny, funny. When a book makes me laugh out loud (and almost drive off the road….just kidding), I can’t put a price on that, it’s priceless. Her books are perfect in audio as the reader has an English accent which enhance the humor. Some things just don’t sound funny without the English touch.
I have a few other books either with first pages read, purchased and waiting or I’m eagerly watching for the next one in a series. But there you have it, my current actively reading, list.
Read on! Write on!
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