I always think that it’s fascinating to look back on what we have accomplished over each year. One thing that I really love is how WordPress and Goodreads prepare a look at the past year. I am proud of my accomplishments and want to share my year with all of you…you have made this possible. As I talked about yesterday, I am working on some changes for the site. But before I post those (coming in the next few days), I wanted to take time to look at how this year has gone. Continue reading
As I take time to evaluate where my writing and my blog are going, I’ve realized that I have gone in a direction different from what I originally intended. But this is not a bad thing. Instead, this just means that I will be doing some minor construction to the blog for the new year. Continue reading
During my participation in NaBloPoMo I discovered that I really enjoy participating in book tag posts (I’ve done 4 prior to this one: My Life in Books, Inside Out, The Coffee Book Tag, and Dashing Through the Snow). I was wanting to participate in one more for the New Year and I found one posted by Calliope the Book Goddess. I have copied the rules of the book tag and the questions so that you can also participate. Continue reading
“Long live the King” hailed Entertainment Weekly upon publication of Stephen King’s On Writing. Part memoir, part master class by one of the bestselling authors of all time, this superb volume is a revealing and practical view of the writer’s craft, comprising the basic tools of the trade every writer must have. King’s advice is grounded in his vivid memories from childhood through his emergence as a writer, from the struggling early career to his widely reported, near-fatal accident in 1999 – and how the inextricable link between writing and living spurred his recovery. Brilliantly structured, friendly and inspiring, On Writing will empower and entertain everyone who reads it–fans, writers, and anyone who loves a great story well told.
(Synopsis from July 2010 Scribner edition; cover photo from goodreads.com)
The first time I came across Stephen King’s On Writing a few of my students (a few years ago) were using it for their online English college class. A couple of them asked if they could use it for the book review papers, and I agreed. I also came across the title a few times as I was browsing through different book lists, and soon enough On Writing earned a spot on my TBR list. Continue reading
A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. His wife has died, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. Slowly but surely, he is isolating himself from all the people of Alice Island-from Lambiase, the well-intentioned police officer who’s always felt kindly toward Fikry; from Ismay, his sister-in-law who is hell-bent on saving him from his dreary self; from Amelia, the lovely and idealistic (if eccentric) Knightley Press sales rep who keeps on taking the ferry over to Alice Island, refusing to be deterred by A.J.’s bad attitude. Even the books in his store have stopped holding pleasure for him. These days, A.J. can only see them as a sign of a world that is changing too rapidly.
And then a mysterious package appears at the bookstore. It’s a small package, but large in weight. It’s that unexpected arrival that gives A. J. Fikry the opportunity to make his life over, the ability to see everything anew. It doesn’t take long for the locals to notice the change overcoming A.J.; or for that determined sales rep, Amelia, to see her curmudgeonly client in a new light; or for the wisdom of all those books to become again the lifeblood of A.J.’s world; or for everything to twist again into a version of his life that he didn’t see coming. As surprising as it is moving, The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry is an unforgettable tale of transformation and second chances, an irresistible affirmation of why we read, and why we love.
(Cover image and synopsis from Goodreads.com)
Earlier this week, the books that I ordered for myself while also Christmas shopping arrived. 🙂 Among those books was The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin. I started reading this book on Wednesday and actually ended up finishing it on Thursday. Continue reading