Hey there. I want to keep things alive over here, so how about a quick update on my current writing life and the fabulous distractions all up in it? If you didn’t read my post below, I’m working on a second book, which is definitely, absolutely happening…for reals. The first drafts of cover designs just came in this week! Eeeeeee! (That always makes things feel a little more real.) I’ll post more about the book when I can.
Because a full-time job + book writing is keeping me insanely busy, I had to go on a freelance writing diet, so I don’t have any new articles to post. But! I wanted to share a couple great books I’ve read lately:
THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO
So so late to the party on this one, but I finally read it. I liked it. Larsson knows how to write a page-turner (obvs). His writing style reminded me a lot of Dan Brown’s. The Lisbeth character kicked ass, but I found it a little…eh, torture-porny, I guess? I read the first few pages of The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest and it starts off with a 13-year-old being tortured. Um, yeah. Not sure if I can stomach the second book. Just watched the original movie on Netflix and wasn’t super impressed. I thought they left out a lot of key elements that made the book compelling (ex. Mikel and Erika’s complicated relationship). I’ll probably see the new movie, just because.
IT’S KIND OF A FUNNY STORY
I’ll admit that I only picked this book up because I wanted to see the movie because I love Zach Galifianakis. I still haven’t seen the movie, but I thought the book was OK. It read like Vizzini’s autobiography, which I think it pretty much was. It didn’t blow my mind or anything, but I liked reading a story from a dark and twisted teen boy perspective.
THE BOOK THIEF
Just started this one. It’s been on the NYTBest Seller for like close to 200 weeks, so I wanted to get in on the love. I’m not a big holocaust fiction fan (I feel like I read enough holocaust books in high school to last me forever), but this book hooked my shit from the first page. I don’t want to give anything away, but it’s really good, you guys. Like really cool and different and interesting. I’m sure I’ll have a more glowing recommendation when I’m done.
OK, that’s it for now. After I finish The Book Thief I’m going to move on to Almost Perfect which generated a ton of excitement at the American Library Association Midwinter conference this past weekend. It’s a story about a small-town Missouri boy who falls for a new girl at school. She eventually confesses that she’s a biological male. I flipped through the book at ALA and instantly loved the writing style. Can’t wait to find out why it’s such an award winner.
Got any book recommendations?