Books I Must Read This Year

Photo of BooksI am promiscuous with books. I think about other books while I’m reading a book. I buy books and then get distracted and forget to read them because I’m busy buying other books. I spend as much time looking for and thinking about books as I do reading them.

The thing is: about 200,000 books come out in the U.S. every single year. That’s 2 million books a decade. Even if reading were my full-time job, I’d never get to all the books that interest me. That’s why I rely heavily on recommendations (I ask for yours at the end of this post).

In an effort to curb my literary ADD and take control of my life, I am compiling a list of books I want to read at this moment in time, which is 11:32 a.m. on Saturday, April 26, 2014. Perhaps you, too, will be interested in a few of these titles.

(Obviously this list is in no particular order; that would just be cruel.)Read More »

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Don’t Write For Yourself

To write well, you have to write in service of someone or something other than yourself. Or, at the very least, to become a published author, you have to appear to have written in service of someone or something other than yourself. For mega celebrities, such as Paris Hilton and Amanda Knox (who both wrote memoirs), these rules do not apply. For the unknowns (that is, the rest of us), we must give people a reason—and a compelling one—to read our books. What a pesky problem!

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