I do believe in the old adage that a good writer must write a lot...and also read a lot. But here's the truth: I haven't been doing nearly enough of either of those lately. Especially the reading part. Oh, I REREAD plenty of my old favorites, but lately when I try to peek into something new I end up walking away pretty quickly. I've been unable to read much of anything for the whole of 2017, but I'm hoping it's going to change.
Correction: IT IS GOING TO CHANGE.
So I went on a book-buying binge over the last two days, which is exciting and depressing at turns.
Exciting because WHO KNOWS WHAT'S IN STORE FOR ME IN THOSE PAGES?!
Depressing because WILL I EVER ACTUALLY READ ANY OF THESE BOOKS OR WAS THIS JUST ME FLUSHING MONEY DOWN THE TOILET?
So I figure I'll try to chronicle my reading choices here, maybe that'll keep me motivated. Or not. But I hope so.
I went to the bookstore today and when I came home I was determined to start one of the books I bought. Maybe not to finish it, but at least to start one. But I did one better--I ended up reading the whole thing in a few hours. It was THE IMMORTALISTS by Chloe Benjamin.
This was just published a few days ago, I believe, and MAN OH MAN, it is GOOOOOOD, Clark.
First, the cover is beautiful. I did spend a godawful amount of time trying to capture how the little points of gold twinkle like stars when you turn in back and forth, just so I could post on Insta, and that was a failure. But it is an awesome cover.
And the story--well, it's split up into the stories of 4 siblings who're told the dates of their deaths by a fortune teller, and they all spend their lives wondering if the dates are correct, and how they live until their time is up. It's so good, so good. I actually cried several time through the book, and one point gave me goosebumps. Good writing does that to me sometimes.
I'm not good at critical thinking when it comes to books, and I don't want to give away too much of the plot, but it's definitely worth picking up.