Just two books, but updates, and a couple of scams to be aware of are included in this month’s roundup.
Books read in May
At the recommendation of Jeremy (who at this point should be receiving a commission) I read Shadow and Bone in 2019 and then binge-read almost all of Leigh Bardugo’s books on the Grishaverse plus The Ninth House.
The only novels I haven’t read are the companion ones, which after reading Rule of Wolves I will have to tackle since I’m caught up on this fun and fantastic world that I wish I lived in.
Bardugo does a great job of creating an alternative world with characters who are believable, dynamic, and often humorous. So recommend.
Every work of literature has both a situation and a story. The situation is the context or circumstance, sometimes the plot; the story is the emotional experience that preoccupies the writer: the insight, the wisdom, the thing one has come to say.Vivian Gornick
This slim novel is considered required reading for essayists and memoirists. Gornick takes the reader on a tour of the best of personal narratives and reveals why these pieces are so powerful.
💀 The two scams are targeted towards writers (but readers need to beware of the second one). Firstly, there’s a “We’re seeking qualified writers to be part of our conference” which is apparently part of a phishing scheme. And secondly, is the “Goodreads extortion scam” where they threaten to one-star your book if you don’t give them money.
Just another reason why I don’t trust or approve of rating systems based on the good opinion of others. I much prefer a paragraph (or full review) on why you like or don’t like something. In any case, don’t trust one-star (or even two) that are obvious attacks on the writer. Sigh.
So far so good. I’m 3 books ahead to meet my reading goal of 30 books for 2021.
3 quick updates:
👉 I feel like I haven’t made any updates in while, but that’s because I’ve been keeping up with my newsletter. It’s semimonthly and in it’s THIRD year! I’ve updated my landing page so you can read the previous letters without signing up, but I’d love it if you did.
👉 Something else I’ve also done is update my book cover. I was never happy with the older ones. What do you think? I’ve finally embraced the ‘teacher’ theme with the chalkboard and chalk. Audio + free PDF copy of the book is available on Gumroad, and it’s on Amazon in paperback and Kindle.
👉 And I’ve written a couple of humor pieces for publications on Medium recently. For Asian American month, I did a “You know you’re a child of an Asian immigrant when…” type of bingo board. And before that What are spirit animals? And do I have to take mine to the vet?
Whew. How was your May? Did you read any good books?