Category: Book reviews

Books read in October

This was another doozy of a month for reading. I was in between drafts of Off the Clock (which is now back on my plate), and I had a reasonable amount of time on planes and trains. Plus, book reading has become my default activity before bed. I can usually get 60 minutes in if I'm disciplined about it. Here's what I tackled this month: Still Life, by Louise Penny I fin… read more »

You have more time than you think: War and Peace edition

Last Friday night, I did not do any of the things Katy Perry sings about in her song with that chorus. Instead, I finished War and Peace. That's the kind of girl I am. I read Tolstoy for fun! The truth is, I got really into the story. That explains my reading up until the last 80 pages, at which point I got really into just finishing it. Anyone who's read the second epil… read more »

Books read in September

I read fewer books this month than in recent past months. There are reasons for that. First, several of these books were challenging to read: long, consisting of prose written in a time before people had cable, etc. This pushed my reading rate to the lower end of the range. Second, I've been working more this month as I'm crashing toward my own book deadline. Thi… read more »

Books read in August

I feel like this month I achieved a breakthrough as a reader. I tackled a few long and extremely challenging books, and found that I could stick with a narrative for a while. I spent a lot of time reading, but I didn't spend all my time reading. By using small bits of time, coupled with larger chunks (2-year-old's nap, an hour before bed), I could get through some su… read more »

What I learned from reading an 1124 page book

I began tracking my time continuously in April of 2015. When I tallied up how I spent my first year, I learned that I had devoted 327 hours to reading. That sounds good — almost an hour a day — but I also realized, looking back, how few good books I had read in those hours. Much of the time was devoted to reading magazines and online articles. These were easy and ac… read more »