books, fiction, reading

Current Readings


These are some of the books I’d like to read, in no particular order:

  • V. E. Schwab’s A Darker Shade of Magic.
  • Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables
  • Lisa See’s Shanghai Girls
  • Gregory Maguire’s Wicked
  • Gabriel García Márquez’s Love in the Time of Cholera
  • Donald Maass’s The Emotional Craft of Fiction
  • Jessica Shattuck’s The Women in the Castle
  • Nancy Rue’s The Reluctant Prophet
  • Clarissa Pinkola Estés’ Women Who Run With the Wolves



But, reading all those books right now

is not possible,

because I have things to do.






But, I cannot not read.

So, I’ve cut down the list….



In no particular order, here’s my abridged list:

  • Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables. I’m waiting for Julie Rose’s translation to arrive. Translations matter! Check out NPR’s “The Art of Translation.” It’s been on my list a long time. But, seeing the musical production recently has brought that interest back to the surface.
  • Lisa See’s Shanghai Girls. A good friend was reading this and made intriguing remarks about the book. I need to see for myself what it says and how the author writes.
  • V. E. Schwab’s A Darker Shade of Magic. I’m bending genres with the fiction series I’m writing. But, if I’m to categorize my writing, it would fall under magical realism (which falls under fantasy). And, so far, this has been an interesting read.
  • Gabriel GarcÍa Márquez’s Love in the Time of Cholera. Márquez is considered the father of magical realism, and this is one of his well-known works.
  • Nancy Rue’s The Reluctant Prophet. Nancy’s my writing mentor. She’s a published author of 125 books. Check out her website here. I’ve heard good things about The Reluctant Prophet.


Have you read any of those books?

What are you reading for fun or enjoyment?

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