Twitterature: Mini Book Reviews for November

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Here’s a fun new (to me) link up from Anne @ The Modern Mrs. Darcy. Every month around mid-month she posts mini book reviews twitter style, i.e. 140 characters or less – it’ called Twitterature! Sounds like a fun way to get the skinny on books without having to read a full dissertation. And you know I never pass up a chance to talk about books!

So here’s what I’ve read since mid-October:

franny and zooeyFranny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger

FRANNY came out in The New Yorker in 1955, and was swiftly followed, in 1957 by ZOOEY. Both stories are early, critical entries in a narrative series I’m doing about a family of settlers in twentieth-century New York, the Glasses. It is a long-term project, patently an ambiguous one, and there is a real-enough danger, I suppose that sooner or later I’ll bog down, perhaps disappear entirely, in my own methods, locutions, and mannerisms. On the whole, though, I’m very hopeful. I love working on these Glass stories, I’ve been waiting for them most of my life, and I think I have fairly decent, monomaniacal plans to finish them with due care and all-available skill.

You know the phrase “too smart for your own good”? Franny & Zooey perfectly embody this. #makessheldonseemsocial #ithoughtzooeywouldbeagirl

short storyShort Story: From First Draft to Final Product by Michael Milton

Using the story that gained me an offer of a place on a Master’s in Creative Writing, SHORT STORY will take you through the process I used from my first draft through to the finished piece of work.

See the major revisions, feedback given to me by professional novelists as well as years of tips from my writers toolbox condensed into this useful little guide.

Learn to write by reading about writing. A walk through one authors writing & editing & rewriting process. #only3dollarsonkindle #bargain

allegiantAllegiant (Divergent #3) by Veronica Roth

The faction-based society that Tris Prior once believed in is shattered—fractured by violence and power struggles and scarred by loss and betrayal. So when offered a chance to explore the world past the limits she’s known, Tris is ready. Perhaps beyond the fence, she and Tobias will find a simple new life together, free from complicated lies, tangled loyalties, and painful memories.

Warning: this book will break your heart. Part three in a trilogy, told from 2 povs. #trisandfour4eva #justsaynotogeneticmodification

over my dead pottyOver My Dead Potty by Amy Sprenger

If your potty training checklist includes training pants, flushable wipes, plastic tarps for covering furniture, a stack of US Weekly magazines and a case of wine, then this is the book for you.

From unsuccessfully convincing her six-week-old baby to pee in a toilet to Cloroxing her own excrement-encrusted leg, Sprenger rolls with the punches and takes readers along for the ride

A funny mini-memoir about potty training. Less preachy, more commiserating. #pottytrainingsucks! #passthestickerchart

Take Me, Cowboy

Take Me, Cowboy by Jane Porter

When Jenny Wright’s fiancé leaves her standing at the altar in a Vera Wang bridal gown she can’t afford, she’s humiliated and heartbroken.  To have Marietta hero bull riding champ Colton Thorpe witness her shame – makes the rejection even more devastating. 

Jenny and Colton grew up in the same rough neighborhood and they both left home right after school to pursue big dreams.  Now they’re both back, with Colton as the celebrity chair for the 75th Copper Mountain Rodeo, and Jenny in disgrace. 

Bride gets left at altar / accused of being a gold digger 😦 Finds true love with HS crush / bull rider with abs of steel 🙂 #janeporter

What have you been reading?

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