Recommended Reading: February 2013

Most of what I read in February was for the Fiction River anthologies and for the various workshops I did. Most of that will receive recommendations from me—or you can just consider Fiction River its own recommendation. But for the rest of February, I researched a new novel and read some stuff that mostly did not impress me. In fact, I had to go back […]

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Recommended Reading List: January, 2013

I read a lot in January. I just didn’t find a lot to recommend. I read one very long YA novel that started well. Midway through, I realized the book had slowed. By the end, I had decided I didn’t much like the plot, but the characters kept me reading. It’s the first of three. I doubt I’ll buy the next. I’ve done that before […]

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Recommended Reading List: December, 2012

December’s been another good reading month. I’ve managed to read a lot despite being very busy. Some of what I read was for research, and I have to say that when you have the word “avengers” in your title, you’re duty-bound to write a really good book. I think that book, which is not named below, wins the dullest book I read in 2012 award. […]

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Recommended Reading List: November, 2012

I initially started this list because I was no longer editing, and I wanted to recommend what I’m reading to you. I’m editing again in a limited capacity for Fiction River, and I’m reading some marvelous stories. You’ll have to see those, especially the ones in the volumes that list me as editor (not just overall editor) as stories I recommend as well. I’m not […]

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Special Holiday Recommended Reading List 2012

I generally post my recommended reading list a month or three after I’ve done the reading. Which means that all of the holiday stories that I read get recommended in January or February. Last year, I decided to do a compilation of past holiday recommends so that you can get them for the appropriate season, and it worked so well that I’m doing it again […]

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Recommended Reading List: October, 2012

Surprisingly to me, since October was a busy month, I got a lot of reading done. Most of the novels weren’t memorable, but the shorter works—from articles to short stories—were. Here’s what I can recommend from my reading this past month.  October, 2012 Baxter, John, The Most Beautiful Walk in The World: A Pedestrian in Paris, Harper Perennial, 2011.  Nothing beats browsing in a bookstore […]

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Recommended Reading List: September 2012

I finished writing a particularly troublesome novel in September. That novel only let me read very dark fiction, nonfiction, or YA novels. (Yes, what I write often dictates what I read.) So I was limited on the first half of the month. As for the second half, I started a lot of books I thought I’d love and didn’t finish them. I also read several […]

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Recommended Reading List: August, 2012

I read a lot in August, but at the beginning of the month I felt like I was paying for my successful July. A book I really looked forward to by a writer new to me turned out to be a slog. Characters I didn’t like saying disagreeable things about other characters I didn’t like. I’ve encountered this four times in “the book of the […]

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Recommended Reading List: July 2012

As you can tell from the long list below, I read a lot of great stuff in July. What’s truly amazing to me is that much of what I read was merely good, not great, so I didn’t recommend it at all. I don’t think I read anything truly bad in July, which has to be another first. You’ll note as you read that I […]

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Recommended Reading List: June, 2012

I taught a weeklong short story workshop in June. This means I read a lot of great stuff that I can’t share with you because it’s not published yet. But in keeping with my policy, I’ll share that stuff with you when the authors let me know the story’s in print somewhere. I have no doubt that those stories I read will make other readers […]

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