Recommended Reading List: July, 2018

I turned off the TV much of the month, and decreased my consumption of news, out of necessity. I can’t watch the images of my country doing things I so deeply hate. I do read about these things on my phone (thank heavens for notifications!) so I’m not uninformed. I’m just not losing myself in the imagery, which is probably good for my mental health. […]

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Recommended Reading List: February 2018

I’d like to say I had no time for leisure reading this month, and while that’s mostly true, it doesn’t feel true. I spent most of the month reading for the anthology workshop. 1.2 million words of really great fiction, some of which will appear in upcoming Fiction Rivers. I mentioned the Justice issue of Fiction River last month. This month, I line-edited another Fiction […]

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Recommended Reading List: October, 2016

Yeah. It’s been over a year since I’ve done a recommended reading list. It got lost in the noise of everything else I’ve been doing. I’ve had people ask for it to come back, and then I got a lovely email with an embedded photo of Puss in Boots from Shrek, hat off, begging for the list to return, and saying if I didn’t have […]

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Recommended Reading List: December, 2014

Not quite as many books, articles, or stories to recommend from my December reading as I found in my November reading, but I read just as much. One of my favorite novelists disappointed me greatly with the ending of his latest novel. He badly telegraphed a “twist,” and it came—I’m not kidding—on the very last page of the novel. The end. The abrupt ending left […]

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Special Holiday Recommended Reading List 2014

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. In 2011, I decided to do a compilation of past holiday recommends so that you can get them for the appropriate season.  I’m also going to mention, by way of shameless self […]

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Recommended Reading List: April 2014

As I write this, it’s been 24 hours since I read this story, and I’m still blown away by it.

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Recommended Reading List: November, 2013

I hit upon a theme in my reading this month, and it wasn’t deliberate. I realized that I love writers who challenge themselves. They reach for something that might just be out of their grasp. Sometimes they hit, and sometimes they miss. Mostly, I don’t recommend the misses. I sometimes bitch about them in this little introduction without the author’s name. I read three misses […]

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Recommended Reading List: April 2011

As usual, I’m late posting this. I wanted to get it on the site in May.  Ooops.  Maybe I’ll get May’s up in June.  Maybe. 🙂  Here’s what I wrote about April: In April, I binged on romance novels featuring celebrity heroes or heroines (not celebrity romances, which are romances written by celebrities).  I don’t know why I binged, but I was reading those books […]

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July 2010 Recommended Reading

I’m sorry I’m so late in posting this.  August was a busy month, and this promises to be an active September.  But I thought I should keep you updated on the Recommended Reading…. My months seem to vacillate between great and crappy when it comes to reading.  I read a lot in July, including some wonderful student manuscripts (buy these, you editor types).  But when […]

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