One of my favorite things about summer is pouring a cold drink, kicking back in the sun, and reading, reading, reading. Even though life doesn’t slow down in the summer as much as it used to (remember that, lucky students), it’s still a great time to put down the phone and pick up a book. Or Kindle, if you swing that way.
I didn’t get to read nearly as much as I wanted to this summer–my wish list is ridiculous– but I still squeezed in a few good reads that I highly recommend.
First Comes Love by Emily Giffin. This was going to be #1 on my list for the summer no matter what, because I’d been looking forward to this for months. I’m a hardcore Giffinite (Giffingirl? Is that a thing?) and I’ve read ’em all, some more than once. So this one was kind of my priority.
Favorite quote: “Much later, she would go back and read the entry, and think to herself that memories were that way, too. When you wanted to forget, everything would return in raw, brutal focus. When you wanted to remember, the details would slip away like a dream at dawn.”
See Jane Write: A Girl’s Guide to Writing Chick Lit by Sarah Mylnowsky and Farrin Jacobs. Writers should never stop reading about writing. Or about editing, or publishing, or anything related to our craft. No matter how successful you become, it’s always a good idea to stay open to others’ ideas and advice, because even the smallest detail could change the way you work.
Favorite quote: “Even though your character is your creation, it’s possible for her to be wiser than you about certain things, so don’t ignore her.” Love it.
Those Were the Days: (A TATM Prequel) by Jenny Bravo. The fact that this is on my list speaks volumes of the power of social media–and, of course, of Jenny’s talent as a writer. 🙂 I originally found her via Instagram, loved her message and her aesthetic, and put These Are the Moments on my reading list. Bonus: This was offered as a free download, so you better believe I picked it up!
Favorite quote: “As she drove toward their destination, she knew that wherever their lives were headed now, it was someplace good.”
Fire On Her Tongue: An eBook Anthology of Contemporary Women’s Poetry edited by Kelli Russell Agodon and Annette Spaulding-Convy. I’ll never be able to say enough about the power of good poetry. It can make the most complicated things seem so simple and pure. The level of talent in this anthology was both surprising and refreshing.
She tries it on like a dress.
She decides it doesn’t fit
and starts to take it off.
Her skin comes, too.”
(from “Love [El Amor y la Mujer] by Lola Haskins)
2k to 10k: Writing Faster, Writing Better, and Writing More of What You Love by Rachel Aaron. Again, never stop learning about how to improve your process as a novelist, blogger, freelance ghostwriter, or whatever you do. Even people with more traditional jobs have continuing education requirements to fulfill each year, so as writers, we should too.
Favorite quote: “Admitting to yourself that there is a problem and you need to go back, rip out the words that aren’t working, and rewrite is far and away the most painful part. Once you start actually writing again, especially when you start writing down the right path, the natural joy of the process returns and writing is fun again.”
Now that fall is basically here, we can all zip up our boots, nestle into our sweaters and scarves,
and ignore the fact that we’re supposed to be on smarter budgets by picking up pumpkin spice lattes! and read more books!
Here’s what I can’t wait to read this fall:
- Hungry Heart by Jennifer Weiner
- These Are the Moments by Jenny Bravo (see above)
- Present Over Perfect: Leaving Behind Frantic for a Simpler, More Soulful Way of Living by Shauna Niequist
- Never Google Heartbreak by Emma Garcia
- Reading Like a Writer: A Guide for People Who Love Books and for Those Who Want to Write Them by Francine Prose*
*Seriously? Her name is Francine Prose? I’m changing mine…
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