I did something this week I’ve not done in a long time – threw in the towel on a really awful novel. A part of me wanted to finish all 19 cds just to see where the author was taking this train wreck, but after 10 I honestly couldn’t stomach any more. The book initially had great reviews – one of the reasons my Rowdy Readers picked it. None of us liked it. What made the agony worse is while I was listening to that one, I was reading another. Rose’s Garden is a lovely book. I’m not even mentioning the title of the train wreck.
The author of Rose’s Garden is Carrie Brown. I’ll be attending a week long writers’ workshop this summer and Ms. Brown will be my instructor. I wanted to check her out! She told a beautiful story and didn’t distract from it by including sub-plots of pedophilia, adultery, homophobia, drug abuse, cyber bullying or any other current hot topic. I’m no prude and those topics have their place, but it was refreshing to read a story that was just, well, a simply interesting story. That’s why Rose’s Garden is On the Bookshelf.
I mentioned in my first post a friend assumed I just sat around writing all day. Well, her idea of writing all day is a bit different than mine. So take a peek in A Writer’s Window and see how I Wrote a Poem on Wednesday.
Simple pleasures. What qualifies as simple pleasures for you? Spring has blossomed in South Carolina and Cottage Quotes reminded me to notice some of mine.
Good choice, reading a novel you are still interested in and tossing the other one to the wind. I’ve noticed when I can’t get back to a book it’s usually because I’m not feeling it, plot, characters, whatever. So, Rowdy Readers probably still has a bunch to discuss about that book!
A good story is still a reason to read…let us know more about her and her work after you attend the conference in the summer! 🙂
Thanks, Roxanne. As one Rowdy Reader commented, even a better reader couldn’t have saved the train wreck. 😉 I will definitely post after the workshop and meeting Ms. Brown. It will be an intense week and I can’t wait. ~ Kim