You may have noticed that last week’s post was sort of mediocre. This week’s was heading in that direction also. There is an explanation. I have just finished six grueling months of rewrites on my second novel. I spent the last two weeks glued to my laptop, making changes, rewriting whole sections of chapters, inventing new characters, tracking plot lines, and putting in punctuation, only to think better of it and take it out. I am pooped.

I sent the final (ha, ha!) version off to my publisher and editor Friday evening at six o’clock. So the mere idea of sitting down here again and creating a funny, interesting, or insightful blog post is giving me a headache.

So instead, I will share something I heard the wonderful writer Ann Hagedorn tell us at a talk she gave at Wright Memorial Library yesterday about “The Writing Life.” Ann told us that all writers must be voracious readers. She also told us a few other things that all writers should be, including disciplined. I failed on the disciplined part. But since I actually DO read at least three books a week, I thought a good thing to do today would be to share with you some of my all-time favorite books.  Some are literary fiction personified, and others are just great stories.


My Name is Lucy Barton, by Elizabeth Strout

Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff

600 Hours of Edward by Craig Lancaster

The Pleasing Hour by Lily King

Euphoria by Lily King

Goodnight, Mr. Wodehouse by Faith Sullivan

A Window Opens by Elizabeth Egan

Bittersweet by Miranda Beverly-Wittemore

Did You Ever Have a Family by Bill Clegg

The Whistling Season by Ivan Doig

Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf

The Precious One by Maria de los Santos

Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger

The House We Grew Up In by Lisa Jewell

A Small Indisecretion by Jan Ellison

Bettyville by George Hodgman

Us by David Nicholls

I will be back in form next time. Happy reading!

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