What I’ve been reading: November 2015

A few quick, easy fun reads. Stardust by Neil Gaiman, The Light Fantastic by Terry Pratchett, The Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Pforde.

I downloaded all of these on my Kindle to read on my commute. I loved Stardust which surprised me. I, like many people, got a free download and happened to choose this one. I didn’t expect much, but absolutely fell in love. The Light Fantastic isn’t the best one by Terry Pratchett, but I enjoyed it.

NaNoWriMo Prep: No Plot? No Problem.

This book is hilarious. It’s just about laugh-out-loud funny. The fact that I didn’t actually laugh out loud is more due to not wanting to be laughed at by the Scot than a failure on any part of the author. The humour takes away the scariness of Writing a Novel and makes it seem achievable. (We’ll see!)

I’m off then: Losing and Finding Myself on the Camino de Santiago by Hape Kerkeling.

I wanted to fall in love with this book and immediately pack my bags for the Camino. I did like the book, it got better towards the end. I’m not sure if the originally writing wasn’t that good or the German comedian’s humour was difficult to translate but it read sort of awkwardly. The ending is absolutely lovely.

The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

This could be my favourite book of the year. I just loved it and couldn’t put it down. (I had to source a new book for my commute after nearly missing my stop.) The pacing of the plot was perfect. Ms Kidd has a great voice, perfect writing and the story – wow! It broke my heart in all the right places and left me half begging for an epilogue. It was great to read this just before starting NaNoWriMo. I’m hoping some of her talent will rub off on my story.

I’m still soaking in to 50 Writing Tools and the Glamour of Grammer –  I’m finding them very helpful in this great big writing journey.

Favourite blogs at the moment:

Ten Penny Dreams


My NaNoWriMo buddy writes this amazing blog about classical music – I am so tone deaf and would generally much rather listen to NPR than music, but if you can’t get into the music from his writing, well try reading more! Fugue for Thought


2 thoughts on “What I’ve been reading: November 2015

  1. Oof. It’s been AGES since I’ve done any fiction reading. Found my old copy of Of Mice and Men after talking about it to a friend. Also FINALLY started reading some HP Lovecraft, which is NOT figuring into my NaNoWriMo endeavor but maybe later.


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