After much brainstorming this weekend, I’ve decided to try a different format for many of my posts. Instead of just making a list of books I’m planning on reading for the week, I’ll give you more information about the books I’m in the middle of.
Leaving A Trace: On Keeping a Journal by Alexandra Johnson. I first read Leaving a Trace a few years ago and fell in love with the writing. I picked it up again because I really needed some inspiration to help me get back in writing. In the book Johnson explores the reasons why so many people keep journals or diaries. Not only does she gives examples of writings from famous people like Virginia Woolf and Willa Cather but she also gives examples from ordinary people who thought to write down the details of their lives. Readers can also find techniques and exercises to help start or keep pursuing journal writing.
Reading Like a Writer by Francine Prose. I’m noticing with each book I re-read, I become a slower reader, taking in the passages that I’ve once skimmed over in my last reading. Rich with information, I’ve only been reading less than a chapter a day. Right now I’m at the end on narration, reading about the short stories of Mavis Gallant and Stuart Dybeck.
So that’s what I’m reading this week. I have my eye on a few more books but I’ll wait until later on this week to show them to you. So what are you reading this week?