Those in-the-know say people like to hear what authors are reading. Maybe they are only referring to the famous ones like John Grisham, Danielle Steele, and Stephen King. I’m afraid my book selections aren’t that fascinating, but I’ll post an update once in a while.
Many books, including the famous classics and recent bestsellers, only get a quick skim from me. But I don’t consider the book “bad,” and I wouldn’t rate it harshly. It’s simply just not for me while it might be your all-time favorite. So who am I to judge?
I go through tons of books to find better ways to tell a story. Every writer seems to have published at least one book or blogs about how to squeeze that magical secret sauce on the page. And every recipe is different. But this book-writing stuff can be technical and dry, so I’m not mentioning those. I’d sure rather read about the craft of making cocktails!
So here’s two books crammed in my nightside table’s drawer. I like having two to pick from depending on my mood and energy-level.
Fiction: Slouching Towards Bethlehem by Joan Didion. This classic collection of short stories was published back in the 60s, and it might be nonfiction. The author is artsy but popular, and her stories are easy to read. Her style is so approachable I feel like they are stories she’s sent me to read. The first one has to do with a woman who murdered her husband and the mystery of why she did it, and the next is on John Wayne. So lots of variety and all interesting in an offbeat way.
Nonfiction: The Body Keeps the Score – Brain, Mind & Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel Van Der Kolk, M.D. I’m reading this book to understand how stressful situations can take a toll on our bodies, such as PTSD. My interest is mainly to know how my characters will react to dramatic situations in my novels. I am also curious about how the brain can hide terrible events away somewhere, out of your active memory, to shield you from pain. The brain is like a file cabinet with hidden compartments to stick things you’d rather not think about again. This book is not too technical and for laymen or women like me.
What are you reading?