In case you missed them, here are the links to those who participated:
- Julie Luek. Julie read The Death of Santini, a memoir by the writer of The Great Santini, and posed the questions, “How personal should a writer be in their work? How much is too much, especially when it involves the lives of others?” That’s the $64,000 question that’s been on this writer’s lips oh-so-many times.
- Julie Flanders. Julie reviewed Susan Oloier’s, Haunted, a YA work about illness, life, and love in the afterlife. Julie is the author of Polar Night and The Ghosts of Aquinnah. It’s great to have her on board!
- Gus Sanchez. Gus never fails with his reading choices and insights. This month, he discussed Drinking With Men, a memoir by Rosie Shaap, writer of Drink, a column in New York Times Magazine.
- Rebecca Douglas. Rebecca is THE Ninja Librarian, not to be confused with all the other ninja librarian wannabes. An MG writer, Rebecca reviews many children’s books on her blog, but for the PBC, she discussed Chuck Wendig’s, The Kick-Ass Writer. She has confided in me she will be reviewing many other writing craft books for us this season.
And one other person…hmm…who could that be? Oh yeah, me. For a look at my thoughts on Augusten Burroughs’ Running With Scissors, click this link.
We had three memoirs, one YA fiction, and a writing craft book; what does February have in store? Sign-ups have opened and will continue through the day of discussion (February 19th). Be sure to add the permalink of your PBC post when signing up.
Here’s a helpful hint: When you’ve decided on the book you’d like to discuss, open a draft of your post, write the title, schedule and save the draft. YOU DON’T HAVE TO WRITE A POST YET, just the title. As long as you don’t change the title, the link will remain the same. Add the permalink of that post to the list, then write your thoughts at your leisure, but finish and post by 8:00 a.m. EST on the day of discussion (the sign-up list will actually remain open through the end of discussion day).
For instance, I knew I’d be discussing Running With Scissors, so I opened a draft and put the title so I could add my permalink to the list, however, I didn’t write my post until the night before our meeting. For February, I’ll be discussing Proof of Heaven. I haven’t even finished the book yet, but have already added my name and permalink to the link list. Feel free to do the same.
And if you need to make changes afterward, just let me know. I can do that for you.
I couldn’t have asked for a better start to the year. It’s already shaping up to be a marked improvement over 2013 (not the club, the year). Thanks everybody!
ML Swift is a writer of Middle Grade, Young Adult, and Adult fiction, although he dabbles in many genres.
An Alzheimer’s caregiver for the past ten years, he has published several articles on The Alzheimer’s Reading Room, the largest online website catering to that community, and plans to write a novel about his experience in caregiving.
He resides in Florida with his dogs, Rameses and Buster, attempting to reclaim his side of the bed.