I usually read a lot because of my commute. I’d rather have my nose shoved in a book, or my Kindle than try not to make eye contact with my fellow commuters. (I am sure they’re nice people, but I have a tendency to stare when I’m tired!) And, while it only takes me about 50 minutes to get to work (that’s average by London standards), it feels like it goes faster if I read. This month, I downloaded a blog reading app – so I’ve not read as many books per se, but I’ve read a lot in general.
The Other Typist.
This was the only fiction novel I’ve read recently. I really thought I’d like it. It showed such promise at first (great title!) and then it got boring with blatant hints about what was coming next which ruined the ‘moment’ of the story. Then the last sentence just made me angry. Firstly, it was well-written, but self-consciously. The best books are those that I get so lost in the story I can’t imagine them being written. It’s like they have always existed and exist even after I finish reading. The most fantastic books are when I feel a bit of a shock when it’s over, when I have to live fully in the real world again. Secondly, the book had a twist on a twist on a twist, but not in a way that led anywhere or that joined up the rest of the story. I just don’t fully understand what happened. I feel tricked.
Seven Years in Tibet
I loved this one. Written in the vein of the best travel books, it captures Tibet before it became an autonomous region of China. It’s a real adventure too, describing what the author had to do to get to Lhasa (escape an internment camp twice, climb mountains, and hilariously dupe many people along the way.) The description of normal life in Tibet creates such an atmosphere. I have an insatiable desire to go there now, even though I know it’s changed a lot since the book was written.
A Photographers Guide to the Sony RX100ii
See this post. If I remember to link to it.
Writing Tools: 50 Essential Strategies for Every Writer
I’m still working my way through this – one tool at a time. The writing style is easy to understand, but not dumbed down so it’s valuable information, tips and hints. A lot of the tools are intuitive, but this explains the why and gives some examples on how to use it. The “bad” news is I’ve now re-written the draft for my first short story multiple times – a new draft for each new tool!
Favourite blogs at the moment:
I signed up for NanoWrimo, officially. So I’ve been reading their website and forums a lot. Shout out to my new writing buddies. 🙂