There’s something about writing a lot that makes me want to read a lot. Perhaps it’s the intensity of burying myself in the quagmire of my own brain for long periods that makes me long for the light relief of diving into someone else’s. Perhaps. Possibly it has more to do with general procrastination…
Anyhoo. During the month of November, whilst I was busy writing 45,643 words for NaNoWriMo (my final count… I know, so close…) on my children’s novel, I also read the following books:
The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton (loved)
Borderlands by Brian McGilloway (okay)
Standing in Another Man’s Grave by Ian Rankin (I love Rebus, and was excited to see him back.)
The Black Box by Michael Connelly (Ditto Harry Bosch.)
A heavy emphasis on crime there. I find that when I’m writing a particular type of book, I tend to read everything but that genre. Using a completely different part of the brain gives the writing muscle a little rest. Or so I convince myself.
I started Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl, but so far it has not grabbed me. Which disappoints me, as it has grabbed so many others. Perhaps it just needs more attention…
What are you reading at the moment? Have you read Gone Girl? Did it grab you?