Have you ever re-read a book you loved and found it less? Not the ones you loved when you were a kid and find wanting now that you’re an adult, a book you read for the first time lately and then went back for a reread. I’m having that experience, and it’s weird. It’s not as though I liked those books for the plots (although the plots were good), I liked the characters, too, but now I find my mind wandering and not finishing. Yet I’ve returned to books I read twenty years ago and still found them compelling.
What makes one book re-readable and another one not?
Oh, and what did you read this week?
The seasons are changing. Cuddle up with a good book (and some pumpkin custard).
[Advance notice: Trust Me On This will be $1.99 on Bookbub (and every place else) on Nov. 14. Why anybody would want a decades old book, I have no idea, but hey, it’ll be two bucks.]
Although you wouldn’t know it by the weather, it was in the 80s here yesterday. (Yes, I know it’s spring in other parts of Argh Land. I should stop doing weather reports.) This week I read Al Franken: Giant of the Senate. Good stuff. Finishing up Helen Mirren’s biography as research for Anemone in the Liz books: not as good so moving on to looking for other sources. Mostly reading my own book and wishing it were done. Argh.
So what did you read this week?
So what’s on your JBR List (Just Been Read)?
I’ve been reading like crazy ever since we started this series of posts. My last binge was Lawrence Block’s Keller series which was interesting and sometimes a little outside of my moral zone (yes, I have one, it’s not extensive but the guy is a hitman). Now I’m reading some of my categories. It’s like looking through an old photo album. The earliest, Manhunting (hate that title), will be 25 next February, so a really old photo album.
What have you been reading?
Children are back in school and reading. You should, too.
I love summer, but enough is enough. Also September is my favorite month. School starts and there are books EVERYWHERE.
So whatcha reading?
I thought for a moment I’d lost Nita’s Act Two. A quarter of the book. A GOOD quarter of the book. Thank god I found it. That’s my good book Thursday.
You know what to do.
So thanks to all of you, I have been reading up a storm lately and not watching TV at all. Weird. I’ve been doing series–the Lockwood books were a lot of fun, the Myron Vale books were not–in between looking at my own book with new eyes. The best news, though, is that Michael Sheen and David Tennant are starring in Amazon’s six-episode mini-series of Good Omens. OMG, when that comes out, I’m goin’ back to TV. (Actually, I’ll be back when Legends returns in October, but definitely for Good Omens.)
In the meantime, I’m sitting in front of a fan with a dachshund lying on his back beside me. No parasol, though. So what good book have you read this week?
The fabulous Lois McMaster Bujold is discussing her latest novella, “Penric’s Fox,” with the fabulous Eight Ladies Writing right now. From our Micki:
“Lois McMaster Bujold’s new novella, “Penric’s Fox” came out last Tuesday, and she’s agreed to answer three questions about writing it for the Eight Ladies Writing Blog (August 12, 2017: Michaeline: Lois McMaster Bujold and Three Questions About Writing “Penric’s Fox”). I hope you’ll come over to see what she has to say about process. The new novella is the third in the Penric series, but the fifth she’s completed, which I found fascinating. How does a writer write out of order like that? It’s all about writing what wants to come next.”
You cannot go wrong with Bujold, or with the Eight Ladies, for that matter. Go check it out.