Here’s what I’ve been reading lately:
Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo
Kate DiCamillo perhaps at her very best. And that’s saying something. Exquisite. A few days after I finished, Raymie made the National Book Award shortlist.
Present Over Perfect by Shauna Niequist
I ended up typing page after page of quotes from this one. I loved the reminder that I am my own boss and the only thing I’m truly responsible for in this world is my own body and soul. I plan to re-read this book next fall.
Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World by Cal Newport
Cal Newport suggests that most of us are engaged in shallow work — putting out small fires and meaningless wheel-spinning — that keeps us from engaging in the focused, planned-for time that true work really needs. I especially like his suggestion to have a close down ritual at the end of the work day, allowing your mind to recharge because thoughts and tasks have not been left hanging. Compelling stuff.
Presenting Buffalo Bill: The Man Who Invented the Wild West by Candace Fleming
I love that Candace Fleming, who is such a master with children’s non-fiction, was writing a Buffalo Bill book while I was writing mine. We exchanged emails last week about our mutual interest in this larger-than-life man, and what was true in his history and what was not (hint: The topic of my book is almost certainly in the legend category). This would have been invaluable to me while doing my research. Now it’s a darn good story I can dig into and enjoy.
Among the Shadows: Tales from the Darker Side by L. M. Montgomery
Anne Bogel mentioned this book on her blog last month, and I was immediately intrigued. A Maud book I’d never read before! I found it on Amazon for $1.oo and took it with me during my book travels toward the end of last month. I’m a self-proclaimed wimp, so I can soundly say there’s nothing scary here. As a fan of Maud’s journals, I could definitely see parts of her in these stories that she didn’t necessarily reveal in her lighter work.
Jasper and the Riddle of Riley’s Mine by Caroline Starr Rose
I had to include ol’ Jasper here, as I finally got a read through in ARC form. My gosh, I love this book, but even more I love this kid, who from the start was my guide through the tumultuous experience of drafting and tossing, drafting and tossing. Jasper makes it into the world February 7, 2017. To that I say hooray!
Up next: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, because I only have a few more weeks before hitting 43.
What are you reading?
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