I’m trying to read more of my paper books, which is difficult since all I feel like reading lately is epic fantasy and mysteries. I don’t have many of those in paper! I do have a few, though, and one is The White Magic Five and Dime by Steve Hockensmith (with Lisa Falco). It’s a mystery set in a tarot/magic shop in Arizona! It was previously run by a con woman who apparently got murdered by one of her clients; her daughters shows up to solve the mystery. It’s basically a cozy mystery with tarot cards instead of cats. I’m liking it, though I think if I weren’t already interested in tarot cards I’d be super bored by how much time is spent explaining the various meanings.
I found out about Kate Thompson through a newsletter somewhere. Her books look like they MIGHT be Diana Wynne Jones-y? Maybe Diane Duane-y, too? Switchers is about a teenage shapshifter in Ireland! I’m in the first chapter, but so far so good.
Decided to go down the epic fantasy path some more and started Deryni Rising by Katherine Kurtz. It’s only 8h20m long, so I should be able to finish it this week, hopefully! I’ve been having trouble sticking to audios lately so I’m thinking shorter = better for endurance purposes?
Reading Challenge Update
Now that it’s November and thus two months ’til the end of the year, it’s time to look at my reading goal(s) again! Last time I checked I was, like, 25 books behind schedule. As of today, I’m only 19 books behind schedule and am 75% complete! I have 52 books to go until I get to 100%, which basically means reading one book a day for the rest of the year.
Probably won’t happen, tbh, especially since I’d also have to write all the reviews and then post them and that’s a LOT TO DO. But I’ll have fun trying, I guess!
How to revamp your about page @ The Thinking Closet
The 31 Best Chick Flicks on Netflix Right Now @ moviefone
Now, that said, as a writer, I’m very aware that they work on many other people. If I’m using them in a novel, it’s because I’m trying to tell you something. I’m trying to make you feel something about a character that I don’t think I could pull off as effectively in a different way. Remember how my goal is always to move a reader’s mental furniture around without them knowing I have? Sometimes swearing will make you feel a certain way about a character faster than any other method.
And sometimes it is just more hilarious.
S.E. Hinton, “The Outsiders,” and the Birth of YA @ The New Yorker