In 2018, according to Goodreads, I read 61 books. My challenge number was only 30, so I did a good job. For 2019, I’ve set a challenge number of 50 books. I suspect it will be more than that, but I don’t want the pressure of besting 2018. What’s your reading challenge number for 2019?
Out of My Mind by Alan Arkin is a brand new Audible Original for December. It was a free read (I have a monthly membership.) Well, it was nice to spend a few hours with Alan Arkin. I like audio performances because so often you get to listen to the author read their work. When […]
Just finished listening to The Lathe of Heaven by Ursula K. Le Guin and really enjoyed it. To be honest, I had a little trouble getting into the text, but after the first few chapters, I was hooked. I don’t want to present any spoilers for this book, but there are shifts in time and […]
The audio version of Walk Quietly is coming soon! I recently approved the audio files and over the past few days have signed the distribution contract and created the audio cover (to the left). It’s different from the book cover–something I haven’t done before–but this feels appealing to me and the words don’t get lost […]
Just finished Ken Follett’s novel, A Place Called Freedom. I’m a mixed fan of Follett. He creates these amazing, sweeping historic tales that cover a lot of ground. And, yet, there’s so little emotion on the page. It’s difficult to become emotionally invested in his characters (and even for long periods to tell them apart.) […]
I’ve once again tried to read The Brothers Karamazov by Dostoevsky. The writing is simply amazing, but I just can’t get past Part II. All of the religion preaching that happens is untenable to me. I recoil and cringe. I’ve tried several times to plow through this, thinking and hoping that beyond Part II there will […]
I’ve been having this experience lately where I’m very conscious that the movie based on a book is rarely as good as the book. For example, The Wife by Meg Wolitzer. The book is so much better. The movie removes the lesbian daughter and the son is neuritic in the movie, but in the book […]
I facilitate a grant funded class at the Gibson Library in Henderson, NV, called Fiction Writing through Prompts. They added the word “Writing.” We spend a bit of time learning about a literary device–today’s device was diacope–and then we spend 20 minutes writing to a prompt from Kitely’s excellent book, The 3 AM Epiphany. Today’s […]