Do you have a “to be read” list (TBR) a mile long? Me too! I finally
randomly chose narrowed it down to a mere handful. Okay, seven. I have seven I need to read by the end of the month. But that’s okay. I have a few days off this month that I can focus reading all … or some … or at least one of the books on my list. Ahem. Let’s take a look at what I’ll be reading in April, shall we?
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The books I’m reading now are all over the place, genre-wise. From Victorian mysteries to futuristic gamers, it’s a wild ride. I’m quite enjoying it though. Don’t worry, I’ve balanced all that fiction with a few non-fiction books. After all, an author has to keep learning if she’s going to get better at writing, right? Right! Enough chatter, on to the TBR!
April’s Fiction TBR for April
I’m listening to the audiobook and I’m on the fence about the narrator’s voice. It’s warbly and I find that just a tad annoying. However, the story has caught my attention so I’ll put up with it. For now. The story itself is interesting and one I wasn’t expecting. It’s a romance, kind of, but mostly a mystery. I like the fact that it involves an author and a pen name which could ruin the main character if anyone finds out. I’ll let you know how it goes!
One writing exercise that I’ve yet to do is write out a favored author’s work by hand. I chose Louise Penny’s Still Life because, when I first read it, I was blown away by the character development. She wove the mystery through the incredible detail and warmth of her writing. There have only been one or two instances in her books where I’ve actually caught a clue and I was looking for them. As I scribe this book, I’m also annotating it so I pay close attention to character development and description. This is a fabulous read for any mystery lover.
I read this book a few years ago and then promptly gave it back to the library without a second thought. I liked it but – truthfully – didn’t remember much of the story detail. I’m rereading it now before I watch the movie. The movie previews appear to pull off the incredible graphics of The Oasis, which could only happen with today’s technologies. Maybe one day, humanity will have its own Oasis. I sure hope not though.
I’m trying to read more Steampunk novels as I prepare my next novel, Recovering the Relics of Jezebel Jones*. The interesting thing about Steampunk is that it’s just as much an aesthetic as it is a genre. I’ve even created a Pinterest board to help visualize the world I’m creating. The best part? It takes place in the Wild West. Anyway, The Transference Engine combines research on the genre as well as entertainment.
April’s Non-Fiction TBR for April
This book is not only full of information on how to write, it’s a good read too. It would have to be as it’s written by E.B. White. Yeah, the person who wrote Charlotte’s Web. I’m re-reading this small book for the umpteenth time because I get something different from it each time.
Like any professional, writers hone their skills with professional development. This book is on my top ten list for keeping my skills up to date. I’ve had it on my shelf for a while but haven’t looked at it more than to flip through the pages when I received it. Imagine my blush right now. On the other hand, I’ve read James Scott Bell’s other books on the writing craft so I’m not totally ignoring the development of my writerly muscles.
This is the Alive and Writing Book Club choice for 2018. I’m having a hard time with it but Clark and Chautona aren’t. Go figure. I’m skipping ahead to the end where all the actionable items are. It’s not cheating. It’s an intelligent management of time resources. Yeah, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it. If you’d like to join us and discuss this book, feel free to join our Facebook group.
And It Keeps Going And Going…
And the list keeps going but I don’t want to keep you here forever! That would just be mean. What books are you reading this month? Let me know in the comments!