Susan here, dusting off a Wench Classic post for today… and since I just sent in a manuscript a few days ago, the topic seems completely appropriate! I am once again gearing up for a reading binge, having finished my latest — I always look forward to just reading-reading-reading once I've finished writing-writing-writing. And I would love some recommendations.
… I've just finished another manuscript, with the last section written at top speed deep into the night (which is unfortunately the best writing mode for me). I tried a more civilized pace, but eventually with every book, I gotta kick the writing engines into overdrive. I'm hardwired as a Hare, making a wild and crazy dash for the finish line… this time I really tried to be a Tortoise, organized and all, but I plodded along, not very inspired, until I let the inner rabbit run free. And now I'm tired and ready for some rest, and ready to start a new writing project.
But before that happens … I'm taking a reading holiday!
I have a real craving, a need-to-read, so all else will go on hold for a while … housework (lots of that after a book goes in), shopping, email, TV (OK maybe not Dancing With The Stars, on which I am *shamelessly* hooked)… nope, I'm scanning bookshelves in my house and poring through my stacks of To-Be-Reads looking for just the right read. And the craving will soon drive me out to the bookstores and libraries (even on cold and rainy nights) in the search for the sometimes elusive satisfying read ….
So there it is. I'm all set to plunge into a substantial reading frenzy, and I need your help. There's a zillion books in my house, and a pretty fair number of TBR's, and yet — I'm not sure WHAT I want to read. I want something new. I want something unexpected.
So I hope you'll tell us …
What are you reading now that you love, love, love? (and can't wait to recommend?)
What have you read lately that has thrilled you, surprised you? What characters have camped out in your mind and heart?
Have you read an oldie lately, a favorite comfort read? What do you turn to when you need a relaxing read with a familiar author voice and familiar characters?
What have you put on your keeper shelf lately?
So there you go — tell us what books have grabbed you lately! I'm looking for recommendations… and this way we'll all get some great suggestions!