Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Drowning in Words

I'm more interested in reading lately than I am in writing. Presently, I'm reading The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. It's awesome. Besides reading that, as I mentioned in a previous blog post, I'm listening to the audiobook, Age of Innocence, when I'm driving. It's excellent as well.

My friend, Lynn, who lives near Boston, has a father who's a writer. He recently finished his latest book, World War II Memories: The Beginning. Last week, he brought me a copy, thus, I'm reading it as well.

I've been wondering why my mind has been malfunctioning lately. As I write this post for my blog this afternoon, a light has come on in my head, a rarity recently.

Could my disordered mind be a natural result of my attempt to live in three books at one time? Wait a minute; that's not all; I almost forgot. I've also watched part 1 and 2 of 3 of the film adaptation of Jane Austen's Emma on PBS on the past two Sunday evenings. Oh. I'm also working my way through the Bible this year on a schedule provided by Gateway Bible available online.

Thank goodness I figured out the reason for my recent mental failings. I was afraid I was just plain losing my mind.
Which book or books do you have your nose in?



Wow shaddy, books overload~3!!!
Hope you'll watch the film adaptation of 'Age of Innocence' one day...
Lovely evening to you & hubby!

Shaddy said...

Lenore: I'm definitely going to watch the film as soon as I've finished the audiobook which will be very, very soon. I can't wait to see it!!

Annie said...

Messenger By Jeni Stepanek
A tribute to her son Mattie Stepanek. Excellant!!!!
Also another one, Murder in the Name of Honour By Rana Husseini=about cultures killing women who they believe disgrace the family. Very shocking to say the least. And as different cultures move into the US, this method is following as well.
Also have two more books sitting on my table, will need to renew them cause they are due Thursday at the library. Happy reading and listening my friend!!!

Gullible said...

Half way through The Book Thief, my muse took a hike and I haven't heard from her since. She took all my words with her, too. So, to give my grieving heart a break, I'm reading Jester by Book-of-the-Week Motormouth James Patterson. Had no idea what it was about when I started it. Takes place during the Crusades.

Just finished Half Broke Horses by Jospehine Walls. I think that's her name. Just bought Are You There, Vodka, It's Me, Chelsea.

I just hope my muse shows up pretty soon.

Anonymous said...

I'm reading The Courage to Write, by Ralph Keyes. I know I should be reading something more enjoyable than another book about writing, because all work and no play have made me a very dull girl.

Nevertheless, I have this desire to get past this learning curve so I can focus on writing without interruption.

I picked the Chronicles of Narnia as my next read. I’m looking forward to reading for enjoyment again.

Shaddy said...

Annie: So you're into non-fiction presently. Husseini's book sounds very disturbing. I hope you'll have your nose in the pages of something more relaxing soon.

Gully: Your muse is hiding out in my copy of The Book Thief. I've told her that you miss her and need her desperately but she continues to ignore me. I'll take the book out on the porch this evening and give it a good shaking to evict her in hopes that she'll make her way back to you.

darksculptures: Won't that be joyous! For you to write without interruption!!

Natasha said...

I'm reading Self-Editing for Fiction Writers, bit by bit. I just finished Haven Kimmel's The Solace of Leaving Early, which was breathtaking. I also just finished Julie Buxbaum's The Opposite of Love, which was eh.

Now I'm reading Haven Kimmel's Something Rising (Light and Swift) and having a hard time putting it down. That woman sure knows how to write.

Shaddy said...

Natasha: I better get my hands of one of Kimmel's books. Not right away though!!

Shaddy said...
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Natasha said...

Shaddy: You might want to read Kimmel's A Girl Named Zippy. It's her memoir of growing up in the midwest.

Anonymous said...

The Book Thief was recommended to me yesterday. I think I may give it a look.
Is it true it's written from Death's perpective?

Shaddy said...

dayner: Yes, it is, although it's not apparent except upon infrequent occasions.

Anonymous said...

My son-in-law read a book that he felt I would love. It's called "The Art of Racing in the Rain" by Garth Stein. At first, I hesitated in borrowing it--for two reasons. It's about a family and their dog, the dog being the narrator. Now I know what you're thinking--I thought the same thing. Ah, although I loved Mr.Ed the talking horse, I thought,, a talking dog? Nah. I'm just not into goofy stuff like that, you know? The second reason was the possibility of crying inbetween the funny parts. My son-in-law assured me that this was not a goofy story. So thank goodness, I read it anyway. Amazing story, one that I won't forget. Yes, it's one of those. And yes, I cried inbetween the funny parts. The entire story is a metaphor for life and the struggles we humans go through. All this is told by one very intelligent and loyal family dog. Oh and he has an incredible amount of common sense to boot.