I’ve officially come out of my heavy deadline season – finished off the last big one early last week and have spent most of the time since recuperating, resting … and reading!

As soon as I could, I started on The Shining, for the #shineon readalong on Twitter this month. But it’s been a while since I’ve had a nice long stretch of reading time, so I found myself very distracted by all the other books that have been waiting for me to read them.

I put The Shining down at page 80 when Diana Wynne Jones’ Reflections on the Magic of Writing came through for me at the library. I devoured Reflections over the course of two days, and it truly inspired me. With huge thanks to Bernadette at Reactions to Reading, who recommended a little iPhone app called eHighlighter, I ended up saving lots and lots of quotes from the book – not quite the same as covering it with highlights, but still very satisfying.


Reflections is on my to-buy list, the next time I go on a book-buying splurge. And in the meantime, I plan to devote a post to it sometime soon, helped along by all the quotes I saved while I was reading.

I moved straight from Reflections to Listen to the Echoes: The Ray Bradbury Interviews, by Sam Weller. I enjoyed this book immensely, too. You get a very real taste of Ray Bradbury the person: quirky, opinionated, loving. What came through the most for me was Bradbury’s immense love and appreciation of LIFE, in capitals.

On the fiction side of things, I’m about a third of the way through The Demi-Monde, by Rod Rees; I’m part of the book tour for the sequel, The Shadow Wars, and I wanted to get up-to-speed with the Demi-Monde world by reading the first book in the series before I start on The Shadow Wars.

I also started The Red Box, by Rex Stout, one of the few Nero Wolfe mysteries I haven’t read yet. I adore Nero Wolfe and Archie, so it was a thrill to see this one at my library’s ebook lending site. I really enjoy the Nero Wolfe novels in audio, but unfortunately this one  hasn’t made it to Audible yet.

In audio, I’ve been listening to Dead Anyway by Chris Knopf, a really fun thriller of a revenge novel. I’m near the end, and had a tough time turning my iPod off last night, but it was sooooo late.

And I have lots more waiting for me, including:

Pursuing the Times, by Lauren Baratz-Logsted. I read a sample of this romcom before deciding to review it, and it was delightfully funny.

I am Half Sick of Shadows, the fourth book in the Flavia de Luce series by Alan Bradley. I’m playing catch-up, because next up is the newly released book five, Speaking from Among the Bones!

The Memory of Blood, by Christopher Fowler. Bryant and May, of the Peculiar Crimes Unit, are one of the funniest duos in crime literature, and I’m really looking forward to this one.

In other readalong news, I’ll be reading A New Earth, by Eckhart Tolle with Joanna of Create Your World. If you’d like to join us, let me know in the comments or zip me an email. I’m also eagerly awaiting the announcement of the Diana Wynne Jones book for the readalong Kristen of We Be Reading will be holding for her month-long event, DWJ March.

So that’s my reading news so far. And I’m finding myself wishing for even more time to read!

13 thoughts on “Reading!

  1. Beth

    Sounds like you have lots of good reading going on! I’m interested in reading A New Earth with you–I’m next on my library’s waiting list for it. :)

  2. Bernadette

    You sound like I did that time when I was banned from the weekly family library trips for a month because I had done something punishable and my mum knew exactly the right punishment to make sure it never happened again….when I went back I remember not being able to read just one book at a time I was so excited

    Glad you found eHighlighter useful…agree it’s not quite as satisfying as getting out a highlighter pen but the library frowns on me highlighting their books :)

    1. Belle Wong Post author

      I couldn’t quite put my finger on it, but you described it exactly – excitement at having the time to read again. That was quite a punishment, no library for a month. I don’t even want to imagine it! And I really like eHighlighter – I’ve been doing what you suggested, uploading my highlights to Dropbox, and it’s just wonderful having all the quotes from my books all typed out for me like that. That’s definitely an advantage over using a regular highlighter (plus most of my books are from the library too!).

    1. Belle Wong Post author

      It’s just such a lovely book, Joanna. Have you read a lot of Diana Wynne Jones? I think if you’ve read even one of her books and enjoyed it, you’ll enjoy Reflections.

  3. Charlie

    Well that post title is definitely a good fit. So many books! You’re making the most of your reading time and it’s pretty inspiring. I know what you mean about wanting to read lots of books, when you’ve not had time for a while you want to get as much read as possible. Your varied list is a great idea for keeping it up, too.

    Happy for you that the deadlines are over. Welcome back to blogging :)

  4. Rebecca

    Wow, great list of books! I love the highlighter on my Kindle. You are right that it isn’t quite the same satisfaction as highlighting with a marker, but it is close. I love remembering all the little quotes that inspire me or that really hit a nerve with me.

    Reflections on the Magic of Writing sounds intriguing.

  5. Vasilly

    Glad to hear that your editing deadline is over! I can’t wait to read your thoughts on Reflections on the Magic of Writing. I’ve never heard of it before.

  6. Trish

    If it makes you feel better, I’m still playing catch-up with the third Flavia book. It’s sitting on my desk at home haunting me everytime I see it. Enjoy these! Many titles I’m not familiar with but one of these days I will read DWJ!


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