What about you? How many books did you read this week? Ever had a panic attack about the number of books still on your To-be-read list? Thought of taking a reading vacation? Want to add to my TBR list? Fire away!
Does the gender of the author matter to you when you pick a book to read? Please qualify that with the genre you read: romance or scifi or crime or literary etc. Do you know if you’ve read more books by women than men? What books by women would you recommend to me and all the readers of this blog?
I began to think about the way I read myself, about the activity of reading, what you put into it rather than what was simply on the page. Try this experiment, I eventually told them: from now on always read with a pen in your hands, not beside you on the table, but actually in your hand, ready, armed. And always make three or four comments on every page, at least one critical, even aggressive. Put a question mark by everything you find suspect. Underline anything you really appreciate. Feel free to write “splendid,” but also, “I don’t believe a word of it.” And even “bullshit.”
Blogging challenges can be fun, but they can also be surprisingly productive. I co-host the A to Z Challenge, and over the years, it has given rise to quite a few books. Have you read any of these books? Did you write a book based on the A to Z Challenge? Can you add to the list..I’m sure there are books I missed out. Have you taken part in the April blogging challenge before? Have you signed up for the challenge this year?
A New York Times Notable Book and a former Oprah Book Club® selection
Moving away from the dark tone of her more recent masterpieces, Joyce Carol Oates turns the tale of a family struggling to cope with its fall from grace into a deeply moving and unforgettable account of the vigor of hope and the power of love to prevail over suffering. The Mulvaneys of High Point Farm in Mt. Ephraim, New York, are a large and fortunate clan, blessed with good looks, abundant charisma, and boundless promise. But over the twenty-five year span of this ambitious novel, the Mulvaneys will slide, almost imperceptibly at first, from the pinnacle of happiness, transformed by the vagaries of fate into a scattered collection of lost and lonely souls.
It was written over 15 years, and the story of how Walter wrote the book is almost as interesting as the book itself. Beautiful Ruins was one of the 100 Notable Books of the Year for 2012– and one of the few literary novels I’ve read with a spectacularly well-constructed plot.
This month has seen a few authors on Daily (w)rite, and I end it with Mary Pax, awesome blog friend and a successful author publisher who writes science fiction and fantasy for her growing and mostly worshipful audience! I give you an excerpt from her book, and encourage you to check out her body of…