There’s little to report on either the “reading” or “writing” fronts this week, and that was almost enough to make me consider skipping this post entirely. But since I’m not sure I’ll be getting much more done on those fronts during the next few days either, I decided I didn’t want to do a complete disappearing act today. And so–here I am, with bullet points and a few questions.
- I finished listening to The Teacher Wars toward the end of the week, but I’m still sorting out my thoughts on it and haven’t settled into writing them yet. It wasn’t entirely what I expected, but it was almost entirely interesting.
- On a related note, my audiobook habits are making me confront my relationship with Amazon. I have not bought print books from Amazon for several years. Although I have the Kindle app on my iPad, I’ve been buying ebooks in other formats unless they’re not available any other way. On the other hand, I buy my audiobooks through an Audible membership and have no interest in changing that, despite the fact they are an Amazon company. And their new “ebook companions” arrangement, which lets you pay a reduced price if you buy both the Audible and Kindle versions of a title and keeps both synced up perfectly, is extremely helpful for reference during the review-writing process, especially with nonfiction. I’m not entirely comfortable with how much I like this. Have you tried it? What do you think of it?
“Because the thing is, I do believe that in order to be a writer – to grow and learn and create art – one must read. Read widely. Read whatever makes your heart sing. Learn to be a watchful reader. And in the moments when you need reading for the pure pleasure of it, seek out pleasure the way I seek out doughnuts when I’m having a bad day. (Which is to say, with unwavering determination.)
“For writers, books are the ultimate Jessica Seinfeld vegetables-in-your-brownies trick: even when we think we’re reading for fun, for escape, for pure pleasure and to hide from our own work, we’re having the fun, yes, but we’re getting the education, the practice, the instinct, too. We’re getting stronger. Half the calories and twice the fun.”
And so, do you find that if your reading is slacking, your writing does too? I feel like that’s the space I’ve been in this week.
- I’ve noticed that quite a few of my online friends have been doing these 100-day projects this year. Last weekend I ran the numbers and realized that there were just over 100 days left in 2014. That made me think it might be a good time to start one of those projects myself–after all, I’d know exactly when my 100 days would be up! I decided that mine would be a re-commitment to a project from earlier this year: I’m doing “100 Days of DayOne,” journaling in my app. Some days I write, some days I save a quote, some days I add a photo, and some days I mix it up, but I’m seven days in and haven’t missed one yet. I hope it sticks! Have you done any 100-day projects? How did it work out for you?
- I may join a 31-day project for the next month, too: Jessica at Quirky Bookworm is looking for company for 31 Days of Book Pics. If you want to play along, check out the list of daily prompts at that link.
- As a warmup for #31bookpics, today’s Gratuitous Photo is a variation on my last Wordless Wednesday post, featuring the stacks of books in the halfway house known as my garage. I’ve either read them and decided not to keep them, or received them for review consideration and decided not to review them; in either case, they’re looking for a new home. Holler if you want to come by and pick them over!
I’m not actively participating in Banned Books Week 2014, and I am kicking myself for being so inattentive to my reading calendar. (I remember thinking, months ago, that I wanted to re-read Fahrenheit 451 during this week, but then I forgot about actually doing it.) However, I have “played in the banned” before, and my uncensored thoughts on censorship really haven’t changed: “It’s entirely reasonable for parents to be the ones to exercise those rights on […]
…some books in need of new homes. Some were received for review consideration, considered, and not reviewed, so I can’t vouch for them. You can see what I thought of the others. And if you’re willing to come to my house and get them, you can take whichever ones you want. An InLinkz Link-up Subscribe to Blog via Email Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by […]
How to Tell Toledo from the Night Sky: A Novel Lydia Netzer (Facebook) (Twitter) Audiobook read by Joshilyn Jackson St. Martin’s Press (June 2014), Hardcover (ISBN 1250047021 / 9781250047021) Fiction, 352 pages Source: Purchased audiobook (Macmillan Audio, June 2014, ISBN 9781250047021/Audible ASIN B00K7KNEAG) Author Lydia Netzer is good at succinctly describing her own novels. This is how she summarizes How to Tell Toledo From the Night Sky on her website: “Two astronomers meet and fall […]
What I’m reading in print / on screen Well, I’m sorry to report that I followed up a good reading week with a week in which very little reading of any kind happened. I spent yesterday afternoon catching up with my feed reader, and ’m hoping to spend some time today reading Reunion by Hannah Pittard so I can get a mostly-timely review done for Shelf Awareness. I’m in one of those stages where there are actually a lot of books I’d like to […]
Love Life Rob Lowe (Twitter) Audiobook read by the author Simon & Schuster (April 2014), Hardcover ( ISBN 1451685718 / 9781451685718) Nonfiction: memoir/essays, 272 pages Source: Purchased audiobook (Simon & Schuster (April 2014), Audio ISBN 9781442367340 /Audible ASIN B00HX2WBJG ) Although I really enjoyed listening to Rob Lowe read his Stories I Only Tell My Friends, to me a couple of years ago, I wasn’t entirely sure about repeating the experience with his second book, Love Life. He’d […]
The suggested prompt for this week’s “wild card” is Queen. Few are more majestic than this Lady. An InLinkz Link-up Subscribe to Blog via Email Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Join 2,478 other subscribers Email Address
I Don’t Know What You Know Me From: Confessions of a Co-Star Judy Greer (Twitter) Audiobook read by the author Doubleday (April 2014), Hardcover (ISBN 0385537883 / 9780385537889) Nonfiction: memoir/essays, 256 pages Source: Purchased audiobook (Random House Audio (April 2014), ISBN 9780804149150 / Audible ASIN B00IPJTXHO) I know exactly what I know Judy Greer from, and it’s why I knew that if I i intended to read her memoir/essay collection, I Don’t Know What You Know Me From, at […]
What I’m reading in print / on screen Well, my double-teaming of the ARCs didn’t quite work out; I had to pick one to stick with. But I’m finishing it this weekend and returning to the other today, so it’s OK. Considering what my work week was like, I’m mildly impressed with myself for getting through a 400-page galley. And…I’ve been reading blogs! Every day! I’m not leaving much evidence of it with comments, but I do have […]
The Interestings: A Novel Meg Wolitzer (Facebook) Riverhead (2014), Trade paper (ISBN 1594488398 / 9781594632341) Fiction, 481 pages Source: Purchased e-book (iBooks edition) I’ve been feeling for a while that fiction doesn’t call to me the way it used to, and that more of the books I get excited about reading these days are some variety of nonfiction. At this point, with fiction, I’m less inclined to try new-to-me authors without solid recommendations, but I still give new […]
…like, at a turtle’s pace. (It’s a “Wild Card” Wordless Wednesday. I’m going in the opposite direction of “wild.”) Turtles in the fountain at La Arcada, Santa Barbara CA, March 2014 An InLinkz Link-up Subscribe to Blog via Email Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Join 2,478 other subscribers Email Address
I made all sorts of notes while I was reading Jennifer Senior’s All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood last month. I didn’t think I’d get all of my thoughts into my discussion of the book and planned a follow-up post, although I didn’t plan for it to go up quite so long after the review. But since it felt like many of us were on some form of blogging break during August, I really don’t mind […]
What I’m reading in print / on screen October is a huge month for publishing, and a reason I’m doing something I rarely do: double-teaming ARCs for Shelf Awareness reviews. The Luminous Heart of Jonah S. is a new novel by Gina B. Nahai, out on October 7. I’ve read two of her earlier novels, Cry of the Peacock andMoonlight on the Avenue of Faith; her niche in writing about Iranian Jews, both in Iran and in exile in America, is […]
I don’t come from a particularly athletic family, but I am the bridge between two generations of passionate, engaged, involved spectators. My son started reading the sports pages soon after he became capable of reading anything, and twenty-odd years later, his sideline is writing about his alma mater’s athletic program. My father was never a sportswriter, but his sports reading was probably the model for his grandson’s. #181877364 / gettyimages.com Of course, neither just reads about sports–they’re viewers as well, with […]
From the quad at Dartmouth College, Hanover NH, June 2013. Just visiting. An InLinkz Link-up Subscribe to Blog via Email Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Join 2,478 other subscribers Email Address