It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?
I hope everyone is recovering from the Super Bowl or Groundhog’s Day, whichever you celebrated the most.
I got a couple of books read just in time to complete my New Year’s Resolution Reading Challenge:
- The Memoir Project by Marion Roach Smith
- The War of Art by Steven Pressfield
Both good. I’d love all bloggers to read the first and everyone on the planet to read the second.
I also reviewed Walls of Wind, Part I by J. A. McLachlan — a fun sci fi / fantasy ebook being published serially. Part II should be available today and I suspect it’s better than the e-book I currently have on my phone that I’m not really getting into.
We finished the read along of The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin. Check out our final discussion post for thoughts from the group about the book. I think everyone felt like it was a good start to the year.
My current e-book is the anthology Dates from Hell. Neither of the first two stories really worked for me, so I skimmed them. The third one, by Kelley Armstrong, looks promising, though.
I’m nearly finished with My Love Affair with England by Susan Allen Toth. I wish I were going to England tomorrow instead of later this year. Except that, I’m hoping to read lots more books like this in preparation.
I’m stalled in Writing for Emotional Impact by Karl Iglesias, while I work through what I’ve learned so far. I do want to get to the last two parts, though — description and dialogue.
I’m still enjoying The Seventh Sinner by Elizabeth Peters — the setting in Rome is making a nice winter vacation for me.
I have Quicksilver by Neal Stephenson sitting on the table to look at when I’m finished with My Love Affair with England. It’s huge! And the first in a trilogy. So we’ll have to see if I’m willing to devote that much reading time to it.
Other than that, I’m not sure what’s next. I have a large stack of memoirs checked out, that were supposed to help me think through my writing. But they aren’t working for me right now, so I’m taking them back. I think I’ll get some more books from my Armchair Anglophile list — there are certainly enough to keep me busy.
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.
I am terrible for getting short story collections and only reading stories by authors I like. This is why I hardly buy short story collections!
I’m reading Walden and Resistance to Civil Government which is one of my monthly read-along books. (My incomplete list is here: http://satia.blogspot.com/p/reading-along-with-me.html)
I’m also reading Online Content Marketing in 30 Minutes by Derek Slater, continuing to read The Happiness Project which, as you know, I’m reading because I thought someone I love would like it but now I think I’m reading it for someone else altogether. I’ve managed to keep up with my goal to read a book a week on top of my other reading which, last month, included editing a manuscript.
There are some other books I’m reading but I have a head cold and am not thinking clearly.
I love the fact that you are reading such a wide variety of book. I have added The Memoir Project to my wishlist as it sounds like an interesting read.
You have certainly added to my wishlist! Thanks for all the info about books. Off to add these to my list online!
It looks like you’ve got more than enough memoirs and books about England to read, but I have to mention one more. Without Reservations by Alice Steinbach. She’s an American who decides to get away from everything and sort of find herself. Which sounds like it’s been done a million times, and it has, but Steinbach is a curious person and a beautiful writer. I just liked her and found myself wishing that I knew her. She spends time in Oxford and Paris, and apparently Milan but I don’t remember that part as well. If you have time, you should at least take a look at it. Enjoy your week!
That sounds like just the sort of thing I’d like — thanks, Jen!
I’m a wannabe England lover. Meaning I really want to go there some day and take it all in. Sounds like a hefty read but hopefully well worth it!
The Happiness Project has been on my shelf for a year now. I need to get to it. But I’m really enjoying The Happiness Hypothesis by Jonathon Haidt right now and look forward to The Happiness Project soon. I’m glad it was a great read for you 🙂