Okay, this is scary, writing into the wide world of the internet. But if I'm going to join all the wonderful other bloggers writing about books, I guess it's time I get started! Since I have no idea how to add links yet, all the wonderful sites will have to wait for another day for me to add.....and the book reading challenges (and links to them) I've decided to join for 2008........I already have my piles of books ready......
For Hallowe'en this year, I decided to pick 4 books to read for October: Dan Simmons -A Winter Haunting, Erik Larson's The Devil in the White City, re-read Anne Rice's Interview with a Vampire, and poke through Edgar Allan Poe's 'The Fall of the House of Usher and Other Writings. So if anyone else out there is reading for Hallowe'en, let me know what you are picking. This was all last minute, to get in the mood for Hallowe'en. I thought I had a copy of The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson, which is one of my all-time favourite frightening ghost stories to read, but I have lent it to a friend and it has not made it's way back to me yet.
I'm currently reading Jasper Fforde's The Well of Lost Plots. Having lots of fun with her ideas of hwo books are developed and given to authors, and how characters wander through books and some have to be stopped. Very clever. I have to finish it by this weekend or I'll never get through my horror reading! Working full time and raising kids (very young kids) means reading time is at a premium, and I've decided to cut back on my tv viewing, especially as it looks like I won't make my goal of 50 books read this year. My actual goal is 100, but I've never made it yet, in 10 + years of trying......though I've gotten close a few years.
I've just discovered Mary Oliver, which I found at my local favourite bookstore in Ottawa - Collected Works, an independent bookstore! - and am thoroughly enjoying reading Owls and Other Fantasies. I am also reading Rapture by Carol Ann Duffy (an English poet) on the go, as well as Walter Mosley's You Can Write a Book in A Year, which I have by the bed, to inspire me while I sleep (and help me get up at 5:30 so I can get my writing done.....)
I did it! My first blog!!! About books! O heavenly joy! (Ok, it's not so hard, but for the technically challenged, this is quite a feat. Now to see if this actually turns up on my blog as a post.......)