G.L.i.B

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The books of July & August
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June’s Reading List
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In between the pages in May
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April reads
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March reads
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Books of February
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Books in January
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2018: In between the pages
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G.L.i.B – bed: The Fix
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G.L.i.B – bed: We are going to need more wine

The books of July & August

But it is a vicious cycle, this reading and writing. In order to write well, one must read regularly, vigorously, voraciously, widely. Most times, like in the last couple of weeks, I ask myself: how do I combine both when I have daily writing targets and a day job? Where do I find the space to steal a few hours (or in my case, minutes) of reading time to boost my brain power and give fuel to an unfolding plot? Because, more often than not, inspiration lies between the pages of any good read and can take my current plot (and future works) in delicious directions.

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June’s Reading List

Fat Chance – Nick SpaldingI began the month on a humourous footing. Nick Spalding’s book was recommended by a friend and well worth the time and laughter it evoked. Funny, well written, engaging and relatable. After this novel, I searched and acquired more of his work (about five of them) for further laughs the British humour and writing style I want around me. The Art of Witty Banter – Patrick KingI am uncertain how this volume made its way into my unread collection but I’d likely say the same of others in there as well. It’s all in the need to read widely and not confine my mind to just a type. And because I believe few books are a waste of my precious time, I found this rather enlightening and broadening my scope on the fine art of starting, sustaining and prolonging conversations with friends and strangers alike. The suggestions were endless and common place, some of which rang familiar too (I use that!). Bullseye – James Patterson. And I’m still on this author – my third of his books in two months. However, he wrote this in collaboration with someone else. No problem at all. Still interesting detective plot that kept me turning the pages until the end. I have one more (or is it two now?) of his novels. Lifelong Writing Habit – Chris Fox.This trade book of the month was like listening to a scratched CD; almost all the suggestions therein I had come across before. The bottom line was to write every which I still struggle to achieve years after reading On Writing and other books about building a writing routine. I write regularly but everyday writing? I’m still working hard at it and hope this book would do the magic. Why? What was different about this one? I did all the exercises enclosed in it and will begin the journey to building the routine of everyday writing tomorrow – July 1. Check me out on July 21; it takes three weeks to develop a habit, doesn’t it?

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April reads

Three months after a sterling start to my reading journey this year, I fell grossly shy of my target just at the end of the first quarter.Two books. I read two books in April. I am almost too ashamed to admit it.How did this happen? Who – or what – is to blame for this catastrophe? Like the American society, someone/ something has to be held responsible for any shortfall.  In this case, a novella & its all- consuming plot – is the cause. A story I’ve been going at since March that has ballooned out of proportion, taken different, delicious directions and have clocked in more writing time in a month than in the last six – A path to thread. I abandoned reading most of the time in favour of furious, relentless, scribbling as my thoughts fell over one another with ideas.  So there. Only two books this month. The Faraway Nearby by Rebecca Solnit which didn’t quite turn out to be the trade book I had thought it would be, and my very first James Patterson novel, Run for your life. Both were interesting, entertaining reads; authors I won’t forget in a hurry.

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March reads

For about five years or less, I strode past this book and its author because I had him confused with another whose writing style left an unsavoury impression on me. El Nathan’s second book – Becoming Nigerian – brought him to the centre of my sights again. My beau and I talked about him some. Then I got his first as a gift from my beau. I had it in front of me; so I read it.

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2018: In between the pages

Every knowledge and wisdom, direction and inspiration I garnered from all those books were distilled into my writings accordingly. And since you consumed all those words, every blessed Sunday, put together by someone who consumed some other well-put together words, then…well, you get my drift. Surely our connection, interaction should count for something, shouldn’t it?

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