Tuesday, April 19, 2016

It's Monday, What Are you Reading?

Well actually, it's Tuesday. I'm a day behind, still recovering from an amazing writing conference I attended last weekend, the Festival of Faith and Writing. Highlights from the conference include: seeing tons of close friends, giving a reading, and selling out of my book. Also, I managed to buy only one book, which was a real accomplishment considering how many books tempted me at the book fair. The book I did buy was The Confessions of X, by Suzanne Wolfe. Suzanne's husband, Greg Wolfe, editor of the wonderful Image journal, had a stack of her books on his table, and I couldn't resist.

And now,  a bit of quiet reading is just what I need after all the time interacting with people at the conference. Luckily, Dewey's 24 hour read-a-thon is coming up this Saturday. Anybody else participating in that?

Last week, since I was so busy, I only finished one book: A Man Called Ove, by Frederik Backman. I LOVE this book. I won't give much away, but let's just say that I'm not at all a cat lover, but I had become one by the end of the book. This week I'm reading Truth and Beauty, by Ann Patchett. I'm sure I'll add more to my reading list as the read-a-thon approaches. I'll post later this week with the list of books I plan to work on for that.

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Monday, April 11, 2016

It's Monday, What Are you Reading?

I've been traveling a lot for writing conferences lately, including the AWP Writers Conference a week and a half ago, and later this week, the Festival of Faith and Writing. I've managed to finish a few books in the last few weeks despite the busyness. Reading is always my best way to unwind, so sometimes I even read more when I'm busier and more stressed! Over the last 2 weeks I've finished the following books:

  • The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Jean-Dominique Buaby
  • The Astronauts Wives Club, Lily Koppel (audiobook)
  • Raising Ryland: Our Story of Parenting a Transgender Child with No Strings Attached, Hillary Whittington
  • A Spool of Blue Thread, Anne Tyler
While these were all interesting, none of them stood out to me as especially great. I love Anne Tyler, so I was somewhat disappointed in this recent book that seemed disjointed and not really all that interesting.

This week I'm working on two books: A Man Called Ove, by Frederik Backman and The House of Twenty Thousand Books, by Sasha Ambramsky. So far both of these books are more intriguing than the books I read over the last two weeks, so that's a good sign!

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