Reading Addict

The Good Wives by Rebecca Howard

I’m a huge fan of the television drama, The Good Wife, staring the lovely Julianna Marguiles.

First Class First Person by Rebecca Howard

Rebecca HowardWriting in first person is always tricky, but writing from the perspective of a young adult is particularly challenging. This point of view is often used in coming of age novels, which are among my favorite types of books to read.  Nothing breaks the suspension of disbelief like an unreliable narrator, though. When you begin to hear the voice of the adult author instead of the voice of a young adult, it’s jolting and disappointing.

The Setting IS a Character by Nick Abrahamson

Less discriminating readers--by which I mean reader’s who don’t suffer from prolonged bouts of finicky tendencies—readers who can enjoy a novel based on character development, plot arcs, things that happen or happen to characters…you know, the actual THINGS that make a book a novel…I envy these readers.  I have a bad habit of fixating on setting:  time and place.  I’m loathe to admit that when a friend recommends a book and I ask for the setting and I get a personally disagreeable answer, that book never had a ch

Casket Shopping with Grandmother Tolitha by Laura Raphael

I’m not afraid to die… I just don’t want to be there when it happens.” – Woody Allen

In “Macbeth,” after one of the bloodiest scenes of murder, mayhem, and madness ever enacted on the page or stage, William Shakespeare immediately gives us its polar opposite: a drunken porter telling jokes as he pretends to answer the door to Hell.

Book Pairings

I love the idea of pairing nonfiction and fiction titles about a particular subject and reading them successively.  For example, I know of a book club that read The Paris Wife by Paula McLain together with Hemingway’s A Moveable

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