This week I read Lori Gottlieb’s Maybe You Should Talk to Somebody. I was thinking that Alice would talk to a therapist, and while I have plenty of experience of therapy, I thought this might be good for looking at therapy from the outside, or in this case, both sides. Excellent book; it lived up to all the hype around it.
What did you read this week, wonderful or otherwise?
The new Aaronovitch book has been pushed back to Feb. 2020. I would. say something snarky about writers who don’t meet their deadlines, but then karma would bitch-slap me. I had no time to read fiction this week, but I’m accumulating a nice collection of research for the winter, so I’ll be reading as soon as I get Nita out of here. (Please god let that be soon.)
What did you read this week?
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?