Is your to-be-read pile higher than your laundry pile? More daunting than that stack of bills threatening to collapse? Taller than the weeds dotting your garden? Well, friends, welcome to the Writers' Group where we feel your pain -- or really, delight. Instead of being intimidated by it, revel in the anticipation of what's waiting for you. Shuffle it around, tease out a few, and share what's on your nightstand. We love hearing about a good book.
I'm hooked, as a person should be when immersed in a good series. I finished Uglies, by Scott Westerfeld, and Pretties waits for me ... but not yet. I need to focus, at present. Much of my spare time is spent working on my WIP; I want a draft by August. But Pretties waits for me. Scott writes a good story, a very fun read.
Right now I'm reading Loved Walked In by Marisa de los Santos. After readings Lynne's fabulous interview last week, I ran right out and bought it. Once I finished that first chapter, I knew I'd buy Belong to Me as well. Add it to the TBR pile. Then there's The Shack by William P. Young. Did you read how Mr. Young came to have the #1 NYT trade paperback bestseller -- with his self-published novel? I thought it was probably hype, good organizing among a religious organization, but after reading a few pages, I recognize a fantastic read. Expect Oprah's call. Finally, a woman I met at Grub's Muse & the Marketplace, book publicist Megan Kelley Hall , was featured in yesterday's USA Today. Congratulations, Megan! Her book is already a hot summer read and it won't even be released until July 29! Sisters of Misery has a gorgeous cover and an all too familiar hook (if you're a woman or girl). Reading the description brought me right back to seventh grade when Jackie Kelly threatened to pummel me because we both liked Tim Madden...This is one I can read and share with my daughters. So looking forward to it.
Of late my BR (Being Read) pile overlaps with the TBR pile; yours, too? I've been reading Jhumpa Lahiri's Unaccustomed Earth, skipping from the gorgeous title story to the third story, and yet was distracted in rereading sections of Carolyn See's Making a Literary Life. The book has new resonance, and I have been chortling at passages, reading them aloud to my husband, who smiles that smile, debating the value of figuring out what I find so vastly amusing. I've never read Rose Tremain's The Way I Found Her, which See recommends, and I am off to the library today anyway, although I do need to renew Dara Horn's The World To Come...
This is a timely post since yesterday my daughter and I went to a bookstore and then giggled as we pulled the car into the library ten minutes before closing to pick up our holds. What a lovely addiction to have, better yet one to share with your child. So what did I struggle to carry out of the bookstore and library? The Importance of Being Kennedy, by Laurie Graham. Pegged as an imaginative fictionalization, I'm interested to see how this kind of story is constructed. Two books I've been dying to read, no pun intended, are Laura Moriarity's, The Rest of her Life and Tana French's, In the Woods. And like a school girl with a crush, I carried Tobias Wolff's, Our Story Begins into my room last night and placed it right on top of the stack. I can't wait to dive into this collection of his best short stories coupled with ten new ones.