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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Lists to Help You Plan Your Reading for 2010

I know it's not January 1 but it's not too late to think about reading for 2010, is it? Here are a few I've been directly involved with:

MyShelf.com runs top ten lists from each of its reviewers and columnists. My list is there for you to peruse but mostly I'm proud to be on reviewer Jennifer Akers's list with the poetry chapbook I co-authored with Magdalena Ball. It is She Wore Emerald Then: Reflections On Motherhood. http://www.myshelf.com/toptenreads.html


Then there is the Top Ten List on Squidoo from Jennifer Akers. She included The Frugal Book Promoter as one of her Top Ten for LIFE changing books. Guess improving a career can be life changing. But I’m getting a really big, fat head here. You’ll find several other great books on writing on that list, too. http://www.squidoo.com/booklist.

You may also want to buzz over to see the prizes I give out every year. They aren't limited to ten nor do I always name ten. The Noble (Not Nobel!) prize is a fun way to honor excellence in literature that isn't considered for the Nobel--and that leaves lots of room for me to play! It is at http://www.myshelf.com/backtoliterature/column.htm. Find past year's winners every January in the archives. You reach them from the Back To Literature page.

I am on a campaign to get more people to read and to buy books as gifts. And, I'm hoping I can encourage them not only to support the publishing industry but also to support emerging writers. Maybe set a goal. Half of those books could be by emerging writers. In other words, Stephen King's On Writing is superb and so is Bird by Bird, but do a search on Amazon. There are many other books on writing that are good and that your writing friends (or reading friends) will love.
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