You know how in most writing advice books they tell you: if you want to write well, read more? Well, I need to read more. Because clearly the writing isn’t going that well. I mean the rejections are beautiful. Stellar even. But they’re still rejections. And honestly, even if I didn’t want to be a better writer, I’d want to read more anyway. So I’m committing myself to read 100 books this year. OK. Deep breath. I realize that I’m probably not going to meet my goal. But if you want to punch someone in the face, aim for the back of the head right?
To that end, I’ve ordered several books from the library, and I have a few on my Nook that I will tackle as well. Last night I started Pamela Keyes THE JUMBIE, and maybe I can get her on here to discuss it afterward. And I have Katherine Erskine’s MOCKINGBIRD waiting for me at the library right this second.
Here are a few other books I have on my to-read list:
TURTLE IN PARADISE by Jennifer L. Holm
MOON OVER MANIFEST by Clare Vanderpool
DARK EMPEROR AND OTHER POEMS OF THE NIGHT by Joyce Sidman
HEART OF A SAMURAI by Margi Preus
THEY CALLED THEMSELVES THE KKK by Susan Campbell Bartoletti
THE DREAMER by Pam Munoz Ryan
SHIP BREAKER by Paolo Bacigalupi
ONE CRAZY SUMMER by Rita Willams-Garcia
MIRROR MIRROR by Marilyn Singer
THE EXTRAORDINARY MARK TWAIN by Barbara Kerley
THE EVOLUTION OF CALPURNIA TATE by Jacqueline Kelly
THE IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS by Rebecca Skloot
PUBLIC ENEMIES by Bernard Henri-Levi and Michel Houellebecq
That should get me through February.
Any books you want to read this year?