It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?
It’s Monday! What Are Your Reading? is a weekly meme hosted by Sheila of Book Journey. Be sure to check out her post today to see her selections and the list of links to all the other participating bloggers.
NaNoWriMo ate my blog! I suppose that was predictable but I didn’t, in fact, predict it. More surprising, NaNoWriMo ate my reading. This is my fourth NaNo and I always kept reading. For the first half of November this year, I felt so protective about the story and characters in my head that I didn’t want any other stories invading. So, I quit reading. It wasn’t until I had a good handle on the story I was writing that I felt like I wanted to read again.
Last night, I finished Kiss of Snow by Nalini Singh. I love the world created in the Psy-Changeling series of paranormal romance novels. The geography is much like ours but there are three sentient races on earth — the humans, the psy who have special psychic abilities and are joined in a vast mental network called PsyNet, and the changelings who have both human and animal forms. I love visiting the world and have read all of the books, but I have to admit they have been hit-or-miss as far as how much I relate to the characters. Kiss of Snow was a hit! It probably helped that the romance in this novel has been hinted at in several of the previous books, so I was primed and waiting for this one between Hawke, the alpha wolf-changeling, and Sienna, a powerful psy escapee from the PsyNet.
I’m working on my next Diversity Book Club selection. We’re meeting on Thursday to discuss Native Stranger: A Black American’s Journey into the Heart of Africa by Eddy L. Harris. A couple of our members remember this author from when he was growing up in Kirkwood or came back to visit and talk to students here.
I still have almost 5000 words to write to complete my 50,000 words in November, so I’m not thinking much about what I’ll be reading next, yet.
I’ve seen psy-changelings everywhere maybe it’s a sign I should read one. 😉
What’s the first one titled?
Stig Larsson is great, that series is creepy but good! Hope you are enjoying it!
Come see my Monday! And have a GREAT week!
The first Psy-Changeling novel is Slave to Sensation — it was one of the ones where I really cared about the characters, so an excellent place to start.
No problem with a random Stieg Larsson recommendation! I tried to read the first one, but couldn’t get into it. I should try again — giving it more than the dozen or so pages that I did the first time around.
Sorry about the Stig Larsson bit, a mix up, but he’s a great writer anyway. ;D
Good luck in your writing competition !
Good luck with NaNo! Hope you’ll make it. I’m almost, almost there.
Native Stranger sounds eye opening.
If it weren’t for the audio books we listened to while stuck in holiday traffic, I wouldn’t have gotten much read this week. Please come see what we’ve read.
5000 to the finish line – Congratulations. Have you completed your novel or willing you be continuing after November to wrap thing up?
Thanks for being one of my writing buddies this year.
It looks like I’ll be writing The End at right about 50,000 words. This is my fourth year participating. The first two years, I rushed through my story and got to the end well before 50,000 words — the last few thousand words those years were mostly journaling about what I had learned about my own creative process. Last year, my story went long — I had to bring in the cavalry to get an ending at a little over 50,000 words. This year, I seem to have it about right. Apparently, I have calibrated myself and my stories to 50,000 words.