I found a great new (to me) YA author and read a four-book series of hers: Maggie Stiefvatert’s Raven Boys series. Supernatural plot with a great cast of characters and some lovely writing. A girl named Blue who amplifies supernatural powers meets four boys from an expensive finishing school who turn out to be more than they seem. You know how I love team stories, and this one is surprising in its complexity, one of those stories with interlocking parts that act like gears. Also the all-female family crammed into Blue’s house is another team/family of interesting complexity. And then there are the Bad
Guys Things. Lots of fun.
What did you read this week?
This week, I’m reading Malcolm Gladwell, Emily Nagoski, John McPhee, and a lot of emails from the Washington Post’s Voraciously section. And I’m devouring Nora Ephron’s Heartburn AGAIN because it’s the most marvelous heartbreaking funny book ever and reminds me of my own divorce so it’s cathartic, too. Plus I’m really happy to be divorced from that guy, so the book has a happy ending. I love happy endings. And, of course, I’m reading Nita. I just ordered a year-at-a-glance calendar so I can mark “NITA’S FINISHED” on it in permanent marker.
What’s on your reading list?
I’ve been ordering books for the next WiP, so that’s cheering, but the only thing I’ve had time to read has been Nita. I need something new.
What do you recommend?
I’m reading Krissie’s work-in-progree (working title: “34th St. Time Travel”) and enjoying it tremendously (while I take apart the structure, of course). She’s reading the latest draft of Nita, while taking apart the characterization, of course.
So what are you reading? Taking anything apart?
My head is full of my own books–another WiP just popped up in my brain and is demanding attention–so I haven’t had a chance to read this week. Except my own stuff and Krissie’s, which is pretty damn good, even if we do have structure problems. Well, I have structure problems.
What did you read this week, structure problems or not?
I’ve been doing so much re-reading lately that I began to wonder: is reading an old favorite a safety issue? That is, I know I’m going to love it, so there’s no risk involved? Is this the belt-and-suspenders, keep-the-training-wheels-on, don’t-go-out-after-dark version of entertainment? Because I’m rewatching movies, too (Red never disappoints) and TV (David Tennant’s Doctor Who, I’d forgotten how great he was), so I’m thinking yes on this. Which means I must become more adventurous. New stuff, Jenny, try new stuff.
How adventurous was your reading this week?
Frazzled here. I should just slow down and read a good book.
Instead of reading, I’ve been binge watching old seasons of Grimm, which apparently. started to go off the rails about the time the Black Claw showed up. Why is it that episodic shows always shoot themselves in the narrative foot with big mythologies? Character, not plot, people. Definitely time to get back to reading.
So what did you read this week?
The best thing I read all week was a recipe for Chicken Au Jus. And the book I’m writing which is brilliant, brilliant, I’m telling you. Also the directions to my spiralizer. Note to self: Find a good book to read that you’re not actually writing.
So what’s a good book to read?
Haven’t been reading much except recipes and my own rewrite of Nita, but I’m sure you all have been ripping through your summer reading. What’s new? Or old worth rereading? Share the wealth, people.