I listen to podcasts a lot and sometimes get bored with whatever I’ve been listening to. So about a year ago, while looking for something new I ran across an obscure podcast that was a quick, easy listen.
In many of the episodes, the host kept mentioning Nano month and how much she was trying to meet this writing goal. It was totally foreign to me but because I’ve been writing a lot more in recent years I tried to find out what I could.
Fast forward to this past Thursday and I’m on a conference call listening to a town hall. I’m skimming my smart phone and notice that trending on Twitter is #NaNoWrMo2018. Hmmm.
I looked into it and decided to join in for the fun of it. No planning. No forethought. I grabbed one of the projects I’ve been working on and I’m off.
NaNoWrMo stands for National Novel Writing Month. It appears to have been going on for a long time but I didn’t know anything about it. It’s basically an organization that through a website provides motivation to write. On November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 PM on November 30.
I know 50,000 probably won’t happen for me but they say that it is an achievable goal for a full-time worker with a family to achieve in a month. So let’s test this. I’ll let you know how many words I write in November. (Not counting blogs or paid projects that is.)
Have you ever heard of NaNoWrMo? Are you doing it this month? Have you ever? I’d love to know.
Books are personal. Go to any book club where a group of people read the same book and listen to all the differing opinions.
I used to not like to get suggestions from people about good books because my list of books to read is never ending. But, I’ve found that reading suggestions, brings a variety to the types of books I read that is refreshing.
So whether you want any book suggestions or not, I’m going to put these right here. Up to you. 😉
Beartown by Fredrik Backman. This author also wrote, ‘A Man Called Ove,’ which I disliked enough to not finish it but this book was the opposite. Insightful. Fast moving. It’s about a town in love with hockey.
Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate. I really enjoyed this book and not for the sappy story that it certainly is, but for the description of the young families life on the river. Enchanting.
The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace by Jeff Hobbs. This was a great story that I’m glad I read it. I think of it often.
While reading, I thought the story could have been edited by half and it would have been stronger — it repeated itself too much. I hate that.
But if you have a mind, meet Robert Peace and see his life.
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy. In my attempt to read good books I haven’t read in my lifetime, I occasionally throw in a classic. I was so surprised by the timelessness of his writing and his insights into emotions. Enjoyed this very much.
I’ve been reading a lot of books this summer. Many so-so books but I thought I’d share some of the best.
A Yellow Raft in Blue Water by Michael Dorris. This was a nice surprise. Different than any other book I’ve read, this story is fresh and fast moving. The characters are three generations of native American women and the land they travel during the experiences.
The Quiet Girl by Peter Høeg. This was an excellent book that I should read again because I missed a lot of what was going on. It’s set in Denmark and is an adventurous story of nuns, gambling debt, a mysterious girl, intrigue and mysticism. It’s a book that sticks with you. The touch of humor was wonderful and the story rolled out in such an interesting way. Stick with it — it’s worth it.
All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood. I read this for my book club and the reaction was strong on all sides. I loved it and thought the writing was superb. The topic may be upsetting to some because the main character in the book is a girl who has drug addicted dealers in middle America and not all her experiences are pretty.
A River in Darkness: One Man’s Escape from North Korea by Masaji Ishikawa. This is a free Kindle book and that is why I had this on my list to read. It’s a fast read and an incredible story. I had no idea the history of this area of the world. Well worth your time.
Let me know if you’ve read anything great lately. Happy reading.
Here are a few books you may want to check out the next time you visit the library!
Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders. If you aren’t familiar with the term bardo, in Tibetan Buddhism, it is known as the state between death and rebirth. This is an imaginative story of President Lincoln visiting his young son Willie’s grave in his grief, told by the souls hanging around the cemetery still in the bardo. I loved this book because it was written in a way I’d never read before. I enjoyed it so much, I checked out Saunders book of short stories, The Tenth of December. What I realized is his style of writing is the same in everything he does and it became annoying as hell. Stick to his debut book and move on.
Secrets of a Charmed Life by Susan Meissner. I really enjoyed this book. At first you may think, “not another WWII story,” but it gives a unique vantage point of a Emmy in England. It tells the story of her and her younger sister being evacuated to a foster family in the countryside even thought she dreams of becoming a fashion designer.
I Am Legend by Richard Matheson. This was an OK book although it isn’t a genre I dig. I read this for my book club. It’s basically the last man on earth’s story and how he protects himself both physically and emotionally from the undead. Yes. It has zombies. I give three stars out of five, but if this your jam then you’ll love it. And hey, they did make a movie out of it.
I’d love to hear what you are reading.