For the first time in a very long time, I’ve started tracking what I read, and journaling about my reading. I’ve done it in fits and starts before– during self-imposed independent studies, in graduate school, etc.– so I thought I’d see if I would stick to it for the entire year of 2018. Nope. I managed to write titles, authors, genres, and my reactions to my reading for only a month or two.
But, I did notice that I’m reading more than I thought I was, and reading a wider variety of materials than I thought, but still, only a few have really stood out:
Tomorrow by Damian Dibben. A 200-year old dog who has been granted immortality, searches for his master (also immortal) across the courts and battlefields of Europe.
A re-read of A Sand County Almanac. I’ve always luxuriated in a collection of fine essays–especially nature writing. This is still one of my favorites.
The Girl Who Drew Butterflies: How Maria Merian’s Art Changed Science. A full-length book of nonfiction by poet Joyce Sidman. Absolutely exquisite.
Make a Scene: Crafting a Powerful Story One Scene at a Time, by Jordan E. Rosenfeld. With so many craft books to choose from, I’m so glad I stumbled onto this one. I may never write a complete novel–this is my fourth attempt– but it won’t be for lack of trying!