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