On my Night Stand … and other Bookish stuff
Ever have the experience where you have hundreds of books on your bookshelf to choose from, yet you find yourself browsing the bookstore, both physical and later online for something to read? That has been me as of late. I can’t seem to find that book – the one you read non-stop, in one sitting, until it’s finished. I haven’t read a book like that in a while, and I’m itching to find it.
I have recently branched out my reading and have poked at some romances. Since my current writing project has turned into a romance, I’ve started reading a lot more romance, which includes books that I have never considered before. So far, nothing has helped spark my creative pen (technically keyboard, but pen sounds better). On the plus side, I know what I don’t want in my book, and I’m now searching for something that is similar to the story I do want to write. I have no idea if the length, plot/subplot works for romance – so I’m trying to see how much or how little others with the same style have put in their books. I’ve Discovered a few new authors, and a few books I didn’t like, but I’m expanding my horizons and trying something new and I’m having fun with that. I’ve also gotten better with letting books that aren’t working for me go. Usually, despite the fact I’m not enjoying the book I read it to the end. Which allows me to hunt for that next great read.
Recent Books on my Nightstand
Rituals – the final book in Kelley Armstrong’s Cainsville series. While I enjoyed the book, it didn’t have that same push to finish it as I did with the rest of the series. But overall it was an enjoyable read. Now I’m trying to decide what to read next, Made to be Broken or A Darkness Absolute. I’ve read all of the Women of the Otherworld books, so those are out, and I haven’t started her YA series yet, so I limited my choices to these two.
Wild Boys After Dark: Logan by Melissa Foster and One Perfect Night by Bella Andre also recently were on the nightstand, I picked the books at random during my hunt for romance books, and I’m continuing on that quest – it’s a random selection, so who knows what surprises I will find.
My Current read is Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn. I’m only a few chapters in, but the book hasn’t pulled me in like Gone Girl did. But it the set up to the story looks promising, and a bit creepy.
I’m also on the hunt for my next read. I usually have multiple books on the go, and as I’ve said, I’m itching to have that one fantastic read. So far, the contenders are:
- This Gulf of Time and Stars or Turn of Light or Beholder’s Eye by Julie Czerneda (I really want to read Gulf…. But then I know I will want to read the next book in the series, and than after that the third and final book – and I don’t have that book yet – it’s only in hardcover at the bookstore, and its friends are paperbacks, and I can’t have them mismatched, but I also can’t not know what happens!)
- The Progress of Love by Alice Munro
- How to Breathe Underwater by Julie Orringer (Started reading this collection last year and never finished, so I hope to start and finish it)
- The Singer’s Gun by Emily by St. John Mandel
- Call of the Undertow by Linda Cracknell
- Written in Red by Anne Bishop
- Deep Heat or Moon Called by Patricia Briggs (I don’t own these two, but I want to read them. And yes, I could go to my library – but I have the first three books in the Alpha Omega series; I don’t want them to get lonely without their series siblings.)
I’ll keep you updated on which one(s), I decide on. I’d ask for suggestions, but something tells me I would end up with an even longer list of choices than I have now.
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I did it! I survived CampNanoWrio – and I met my word count goal of 25, 000 words (wrote 25,384 in total). I managed to reach that goal, bleary-eyed, with frazzled hair at 10:30 pm – nearly the eleventh hour. Now I know how authors feel when the deadline is looming to the final hours, and that word count is crawling to the end goal.