Hop over to the Novelists, Inc. blog and read my “Mark Twain Didn’t Twitter” blog posted on October 15, 2010. I’m sure that will be a popular one, especially since it follows right behind an industry professional’s blog whose job is to promote authors and their work. Once I’d finally…
The most important lesson I’ve learned is it’s okay to read a bestseller every now and again.
It’s an impressive feat for an author to mirror her readers back to themselves in some way.
I dislike authors in any genre who set out to manipulate the readers’ emotions. If you’re going to get emotional reading a book, then it should come from the story and the characters themselves, not because the author manipulated the story so you would feel a certain emotion. And why, if you’re setting out to make a reader feel a certain emotion, would you want the emotion they feel to be sadness?
Is there a way to say I liked the story but didn’t exactly enjoy reading the book?
Years ago I read everything I could get my hands on by John D. MacDonald and Elmore Leonard. Maybe the trick is to find male authors I enjoy reading and I haven’t made much effort to do that.
It’s wonderful, isn’t it when an author can overcome a flaw here and there and present a successful book? Note to self: Must learn how to do that.
. I’m not sophisticated enough to realize when an author or a character is lying to me. Sort of pisses me off. But again, if the author can make you understand why her character lies to the reader and to herself, she can make it work. And this author does.
Remember my motto: Life’s too short to read lousy books.
It’s only April 22nd. That means in one week, I read two books. Best Friends Forever by Jennifer Weiner and Bobbie Faye’s Very (very, very, very) Bad Day by Toni McGee Causey. I picked up Jennifer Weiner’s book first because I’ve read all of her books and I think I…