This month of June I have pledged myself to write each day and submit a story, essay, poem or chapter each week. So the blog is going to suffer this month.
I am still reading many mysteries, both adult and children’s titles. Ask me for a recommendation in the comments below if you are looking for a great title for fun
Happy Reading in Summer of 2017!
The first book I
completed read in 2017 kept me reading so that I wanted to finish it in one sitting. Instead of staying up all night as I wished to do, I relished each scene and word, stretching out my reading to two days. The language is authentic teen speech which resonates for any age.
Have I grabbed your attention? Guitar Notes by Mary Amato begins with a perfect title and cover. Don’t you love language with two meanings? You know this book is about a guitar player, probably a teen, and guitar music has notes. Notes also mean communications between friends. Paper messages, texts, or voice mails can also be short notes between the main characters- one who is almost perfect and one who has no friends. How Amato brings them together over a guitar is masterful.
How do I decide who will want to share this book? A teen, a singer, a parent who needs to understand teen angst? They will all enjoy it!
What a great title to begin my reading challenge of 2017. I will be reading many easy readers and early chapter books for my assigned judging project with CYBILs, helping to choose the best of 2016. Guitar Notes was a delightful start to my reading with a Meaty book offering genuine Language. (Check out the CAMEL reading rating in my previous blogs.) Since Mary Amato is a local author writing about Maryland, this book also fits the setting rating, too. (E=Exceptional time and place)
Happy Reading in 2017! Find your own reading challenge and enjoy every word.
What makes me happy?
Not writing or blogging usually. Getting new ideas delights me, but what to do with these ideas?
Reading about new books! That’s the best news I read all week!
Sharing new titles makes me delirious!
Now I just have to put these ideas into the book I’m writing.
And I have to share with you the newest book titles I’ve read or plan to read soon. So here I am writing…and reading so many blogs that I want to share with you.
These blogs are the links I love! Check out Brightly, ThisKidReviewsBooks, MomTrends, SunlitPages, WhatDoWeDoAllDay, www.amongstlovelythings.com, House Full of Bookworms, and Peggy Eddleman.
I buy, rent, borrow, and download new books each week from the library, Amazon, Kindle, Indie Bookstores and from my several book clubs. Prizes will be offered to you, my first commenters who write to me requesting a picture book, a middle grade book, or a YA book. My book shelves and tables and desks are overflowing. All you have to do is follow me and comment below. Just ask for the type of book you want for a prize!
Happy Reading in 2016
Most genres of fiction interest me from mysteries to historical fiction. There are many categories to relish as I have found from Book Page, a magazine provided by the Friends of the Library in my vacation spot. Where to begin to find the next book to read? I am changing my blog to include books I want to read but have not read yet.
Which are your top choices from this list?
New titles on my TBR list include one from each of these categories:
- Literary Fiction: The Last Painting of Sara De Vos by Dominic Smith. This one includes three narrative threads, intriguing for a reader and a writer.
- Family Saga: Miller’s Valley by Anna Quindlan. She is a favorite author since I read her Black and Blue, a realistic view of domestic violence.
- Coming-of-Age: Excellent Lombards by Jane Hamilton. Begins in the 1960’s.
- Memoir: Dimestore: A Writer’s Life by Lee Smith. About her life in Appalachia.
- Middle Grade Fiction: A Bandit’s Tale by Deborah Hopkinson. A historical tale beginning in 1887 NYC with an Italian Oliver Twist-like character.
- Picture Book: The Bear and the Piano by David Litchfield. Starts in a forest and progresses to Broadway!
- Historical Mystery: Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye. For adults and especially lovers of Jane Eyre (and no vampires!)
- Mystery: Plantation Shudders by Ellen Byron . An Agatha nominee for best debut cosy mystery. I confess I read this one first as I am going to the Malice Domestic conference later this month.
- Audio Memoir: On My Own by Diane Rehm, read by the author.
- Historical Fiction: The Summer Before the War by Helen Simonson. If you loved Major Pettigrew’s Land Stand, you have been waiting five years for her next novel. I think we will be pleased from the several reviews I have read so far.
Trisha Ping’s review in book Page of #10: “Full of trenchant observations on human nature and featuring a lovable cast of characters, The Summer Before the War is a second novel that satisfies.” Isn’t this premise the reason we read? I know it rings true for me!
Let me know what you recommend currently in comments.
I hope you are having fun with your own 2016 Reading Challenge!
HAPPY READING IN 2016!!
If you love To Kill a Mockingbird as I do, you have read all the news about Harper Lee’s writing, her friendships, and her death. But have you read the latest novel Tru and Nelle by G. Neri? You will recognize the characters immediately, but are they Scout and Dill or Truman Capote and Nelle Harper Lee? Their adventures, as imagined by Greg Neri, who usually writes urban fiction, will amaze and delight you. Did you know both writers, Truman and Harper were neighbors in Monroeville, AL; that they both loved to read Sherlock Holmes stories (in book form); and that both assisted each other in their adult writing. Be prepared for surprises and clues to the plot, characters and setting of To Kill a Mockingbird. You won’t be disappointed.
Oh, I forgot to mention that this book is written for middle grade readers of ages nine to twelve, but you adults will get the allusions and gain knowledge you didn’t know you wanted to realize about these favorite authors. Writers will “find the fun” in learning the “backstory!”
Happy Reading in all Genres for 2016!
[Sometimes there is not time to write a long blog post, but when reading and writing thoughts emerge to share…]
A book is your friend.
Is it the character, the author, or the theme
Reaching out to you and seeming to consider your thoughts?
The warmth of the realism or is it reality, even though it’s fiction?
Resonance, reflection as in a mirror image, or reasoning?
The feeling is difficult to explain.
Still the heart beats faster when you read these words
Is it a miracle only reaching out to one reader, one who adores
illuminating books, or
Is there a connection among all readers, authors, thinkers…
Enjoy reading and writing in 2015!
I am writing but my keys are not keeping up. More posts soon, I promise.
Thank you for reading!
Two months is a long time to let your blog be empty! I am writing my own stories and a children’s novel and entering contests. Those writing tasks have kept me from my blog, but I feel guilty and pessured. I know I can combine my love of reading and reviewing books with my love of writing, so my latest plan is to refresh my blog and add interesting stories and poems in many formats for you, my readers, to enjoy.
Keep reading next month and you will see the changes I can make to this blog.
Thank you to my loyal followers. You know who you are!
HAPPY READING (and Writing) in 2015!