The Sunday Salon

Sunday, November 22, 2009

How's everyone doing? I just finished reading While I'm Falling by Laura Moriarty and will be posting the review sometime soon. Today I'm working on reading When She Flew by Jennie Shortridge. I haven't read any of her books before but have heard great things about her past books.

I've noticed I've become very picky and critical when it comes to writing style in books. I'm not all too sure why, but it's probably because I'm trying to learn how to write well so I see "common mistakes" that some authors use and it irritates me. But some of these are authors who have written many books so I think I need to chill a little on critiquing a little, lol! Or at least I've written a ton of super successful books. ;)

Just to warn you, I'm joining a bunch of challenges for the new year (I'm sure you've seen them around) so I will be posting challenge posts somewhat frequently. I am trying very hard to make challenges fun and not work. So I have some from the past year that I may delete because I don't see myself doing them. For instance, I'm currently a part of the James Patterson challenge, and I really don't have any intention of reading a bunch of his books, lol! The other challenges I haven't done hardly at all and still plan to, but it's fun to not pressure myself at all. It's almost funny how little to none I've completed on them, haha. For all my challenges you can click on "my current challenges" on the links on the upper left.

Oh! I forgot to mention that I saw the movie Precious this weekend. It followed the book very closely. I'll post the review on that coming up soon too!


Michelle (Red Headed Book Child) said...

I want to do more challenges too but I haven't decided what. I've only done a few so far and have been doing okay. I can't decide if I want to keep them really fun or "challenge" myself with something I may not do normally, like the All things Bronte Challenge.

Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

Oh, I loved "While I'm Falling." I'll be watching for your review.

I know what you mean about James Patterson...I've read and enjoyed some of them, but I actually enjoy the movies better, which should tell you something!

As for challenges, I've posted my reviews of one of the movies and a couple of the books at Moonbeams and Rainbows, but I gather that I'll need to connect these posts to McLinky sometime.

My Sunday Salon is here:

Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

Oh, I should have mentioned in my previous comment...I'm referring to the Alice in Wonderland Challenge!

Melissa said...

I also think I'll be joining more challenges this year, plus set goals. I love making goals.

Amanda said...

Heh, I couldn't see myself doing a Patterson challenge, either.

Trisha said...

Oddly enough I'm not overly critical of writing style; I think because I spend so much time critiquing writing style in students' essays I've learned to partially ignore such things in pleasure reading. Once I start being too critical of what I'm reading, reading becomes like work and hence less fun.

Jenny said...

Michelle -- Do both! LOL The bronte one is one I plan on doing, but Wuthering Heights is my favorite book so I'm excited about it! Of course, I have no clue what the others are like. I'm looking forward to reading Jane Eyre since I "read" it in high school, but in reality I only read part of it, haha.

Laurel -- I've heard great things about While I'm Falling but I thought it was more 'eh'. =(

Melissa -- haha! yes, reading goals are fun, though I often don't reach them. =)

Amanda -- yeah I thought it would be a good way to get me reading some of his books since they're so popular, but I'm just not into them.

Trisha -- that's a good point. I guess I'm trying to mix enjoyment/reading for pleasure with learning how to be a good writer, lol. I need to find a balance.

Melissa - Shhh I'm Reading said...

I'm doing a bunch of challenges in 2010 too! I just love them...

I didn't know they made Precious into a movie. I don't watch many movies, but I'll have to keep my eye out for this one.

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