Sunday, January 17, 2016

Sunday Update - January 17th

Two posts in one day, who am I?! Well, it's Sunday, Sunday, Sunday! And I have to get reading!

I don't know if I mentioned this before, but I'm currently training for a half marathon that takes place five weeks from today. I bring that up not to make you wonder what the hell I'm thinking, but to explain why time is getting away from me so much! That being said, I have the next two days to read, and I plan to do just that.

Before I get to the weekly discussion question, something kind of cool happened this week. As those of you who follow me on Twitter know, I tweet out links to every single review. In the Columbine review, I tagged author Dave Cullen, and he responded with a little review of his own:
How cool is that? So kind of him to take the time to read the post, and give me a little Twitter love!

Weekly Discussion Question

Once again, the comments were dangerously discussion-less for last week's question, but that's ok! I'm going to keep posting them, and hopefully they'll start to catch on. If nothing else,  it's a fun way to get some of my own thoughts out there.

Last week's question was: Which author's writing style appeals to you the most?

This wasn't an easy one, as I have many writers I enjoy reading. The obvious answer would be my favorite, Bret Easton Ellis, but I'm going to go a little old school with this one and say Ernest Hemingway for a number of reasons. When I was in high school, we had to read A Farewell to Arms for summer reading. With a week to go until school started, I was convinced I would never actually finish the book. But I picked it up and got through the entire thing in one night.

There's something about the way Hemingway writes - short, staccato sentences, no unnecessary words - that appeals to me. It's what I aim for (and fall short of) in my own writing, and I find that all the contemporary authors that I swoon over seem to have taken a cue or two from him. So, when I think of my "favorite writing style", I've gotta go with Hemingway.

This Week's Discussion Question
Since I'm currently trudging through a fantasy book for my book club...
What's your favorite genre of book, and which one could you do without?

(Leave your answer in the comments to start the discussion.
I'll include my answer in next week's Sunday Update)

Happy reading, everyone! And I hope you enjoy the content I have on tap.

Posts to Expect This Week
I have a #ThrowbackThursday post on tap for this Thursday, plus two reviews:

Estimated Posting Date: Tuesday, January 19th

Estimated Posting Date: Friday, January 22nd

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