Speaking of perching on one's toes, that's exactly what I've been doing this work week. I can't help but beam every time I walk into my office and see that beautiful wall of plot all nice and arranged for my Unwilling series. Previously, I thought pinning myself down to such a specific outline would smother me. But after playing with it a little, I really began to see its usefulness and enjoyed the process.
In addition to all this writing productiveness, I continued the journey to my 100 books a year goal with a few random selections. The five books staring on the blog today aren't new releases but they're quite good. Several I picked up for genre research along with a dab of guilty pleasure reading thrown in for fun.
Now for a tiny PSA before we get to the books. Last week Mississippi native and author, John Grisham spoke on stephenslighthouse.com about the importance of preserving our libraries. Mr. Grisham was chosen as an honorary chair of 2011 during ALA National Library Week. Libraries are very close to my heart so anything to help promote the preservation of our local library I’m on it like a duck on a June bug! In the video interview, Mr. Grisham speaks about the influence of his local library on his childhood and about his work post-Katrina with the Gulf Coast libraries. I've included the link so please check it out. For my writer buds, he also stresses the point of how libraries and independent booksellers influenced the success of his early work. It’s like my yoga teacher says, “If you enjoy your class, show up so the bosses won’t take it away.” The same goes for libraries and bookstores, support them. It’s not always about money either. Word of mouth to promote your favorite books, volunteering in your library and teaching your children what a wonderful resource the library represents are all free things you can do to help out in your community.
There are lots and lots of new books out now and eBooks are burning up the world so there's no shortage of reading options. A great resource if you aren't sure what's out is Sassy Girls Book Club on Facebook. There are TONS of titles posted every day. If you're not reading something you like, heaven help, pitch it back from whence it came and find another that you do. Happy reading!
#39 The Everafter by Amy Huntly
#40 A Certain Slant of Light by Laura Whitcomb
#41 The Society of S by Susan Hubbard
#42 Sunshine by Robin McKinley
#43 Dead Witch Walking by Kim Harrison