May is shaping up to be a busy month – brimming with school visits, workshops, radio and TV interviews, revisions and the start of a new work. No wonder I’m feeling a bit scattered. I can barely finish anything I
This includes books! I’m in the middle of four different books. And the list of books I’d like to read is even longer.
So, what did I do? I went to the local Barnes and Noble and bought two new books – Jerry Spinelli’s Smiles to Go and Varian Johnson’s My Life as a Rhombus because well, I mention rhombuses in my novel and I’ve heard such good things about Mr. Johnson’s work. As soon as I got home, I read on Cynthia Leitich Smith’s blog that Mr. Johnson sold a new novel to Delacorte Press. To my editor. Hooray!
Does anybody else have a stack of books by their bed that threatens to topple while they're sleeping and crush them to death?
Is anyone else on the Web sites Shelfari or Goodreads? I’m not, but hubby does Shelfari. And the number of books he’s read puts the number of books I’ve read to shame. And the books he reads are usually much thicker and with smaller print.
At least I've finished 25 books so far this year, most recently Sid Fleischman’s The Entertainer and the Dybbuk. It’s a short, powerful book about those who hunted for and murdered Jewish children during the Holocaust. Not his usual funny fare, but an excellent read. In his author’s note, he wrote: “It has taken me a long lifetime of novel writing to finally feel prepared to grapple with the Holocaust.”
WHAT ARE YOU READING this weekend? Which books do you hope to read soon?
Looking forward to hearing from you,