Monday, January 13, 2020

2002 Reading List

As I've learned about writing I've had a hard time finding books that are compelling to read.  I just can't fall into a good book and forget the writing anymore and I've had trouble finding books with writing I admire. However, I know that reading good books is important to my development as a writer (and I do love reading), and I know there are good books out there, so I'm committing to do more reading this year.

As I blogged about, I read On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong through the Writers Who Read book club hosted by Gary McBride. He provides careful, thorough and (even) numerical analysis of a wide selection of books through the Boulder Writers Alliance meetup group. I will attempt to read and make his meetings, because not only do I like his selections and analysis, but I think more when I know I'll be put on the spot at the meeting to say something interesting. Asterisks in the list below denote books for the group

 I'm going to try to read one additional book per month. Sound paltry to many of you (and good for you!) but I doubt I've even read twelve books in a single year since I had kids.  I will update the list below as I start and finish books. I hope that I read more than intended, especially as I'm reading a lot of middle-grade books right now in order to get a sense of the genre, and they are quick reads.

January
On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous* by Ocean Vuong. Read from 12/23-1/4.  Review
Ghost by Jason Reynolds, Started 1/6.

February
Trust Exercise* by Susan Choi

March
The Lady In The Lake* by Laura Lippman
April
Fleishman Is In Trouble* by Taffy Brodesser-Akner
May
Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead* by Olga Tokarczuk 

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