Resources for #NaNoWriMo

Resources for #NaNoWritMo-From Left to Write

Are you participating in NaNoWriMo?

Since tomorrow is the start of National Novel Writing Month aka NaNoWriMo, I wanted to share some of our book lists that writers and other creative folks will find useful. I’m not participating by I have friends who are. I love hearing their updates and cheering them on!

Here are some resources I’ve compiled based on suggestions of From Left to Write members:

5 Books For Writers on Writing #NaNoWriteMo

NaNoWriMo Prep: 5 Books For Writers on Writing

8 Music Playlists for Readers and Writers

8 Music Playlists for Readers & Writers

If you need music when you write, there’s a playlist for every mood.

7 Books to Jump Start Your Creativity

7 Books to Jump Start Your Creativity

I hope you’ll find these resources for NaNoWriMo helpful.

Congrats on participating in NaNoWriMo! You can do it!

What’s On Your Nightstand: Charlie Lovett

What's On Your Nightstand-From Left to Write

 I’m so excited to have author Charlie Lovett on the site today! As you know, I really enjoyed his newest book First Impressions so I had to ask what books he’s currently reading. I’m nosy that way–which is good because Charlie drops a few hints about his next book.

After you read his list, don’t forget to enter to win a copy of First Impressions.

Charles Lovett.(c) Superieur Photographics

Charles Lovett.(c) Superieur Photographics

My current reading runs the gamut—at least chronologically speaking—from 19th-century to as yet unpublished. It reflects my current work on a new novel, my opportunities as a writer, and the sheer joy of reading.

At the top of the stack is Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope. Because I am planning to set my next novel in an English cathedral city, and in particular in the cathedral library, I thought it would be a good idea to visit the original fictional cathedral city of Barchester. There is so much about this novel I would not have understood twenty years ago, but having studied the Oxford Movement and English church politics of the 19th-century, it’s a fun read. Trollope is so good at drawing characters–especially the deliciously disagreeable ones.

My guilty pleasure read is Angela Thirkell’s Wild Strawberries. I started collecting Thirkell in the old orange Penguin paperback editions a couple of years ago. We spend a few weeks each year in a small English village, and Thirkell writes so delightfully about life in the English countryside—especially between the wars. It’s not quite like the life we know there now, but there are elements that survive, and she always makes me laugh.

Charlie Lovett's Nightstand

The book I really need to get to right away is my own novel, First Impressions. I’ll be heading out on book tour following publication next week and I need to refresh my memory of details I know readers will ask me about.

Finally, I get the opportunity once in a while to read advance reading copies of novels slated for future publication. I’ve written blurbs for a couple of novels and there are two more on my nightstand that will be getting a big thumbs up from me. First is The Memory Painter by Gwendolyn Womack, a multi-layered meditation on the mystery of memory that had me riveted from cover to cover. I’m partway through The Secret Wisdom of the Earth by Christopher Scotton, a coming of age story set in a coal-mining Kentucky town. It’s not the sort of book I would have picked for myself, but I’m so glad to be reading it. The prose is pure poetry in places, and the plot is definitely thickening. (Note: download a free excerpt of The Secret Wisdom of the Earth.)

Charlie is the New York Times bestselling author of The Bookman’s Tale whose new novel—First Impressions: A Novel of Old Books, Unexpected Love, and Jane Austen—is published this month by Viking. Like his previous novel, First Impressions is a compelling mystery set in the word of rare books, English literature, and the English countryside. Charlie’s plays for children have been seen in over 3000 productions worldwide. He is a former antiquarian bookseller who has collected the works of Lewis Carroll for over 30 years.

Follow Charlie Lovett via his website, Facebook, and Twitter.

Don’t forget to enter to win a copy of First Impressions.

Book Club Discussion: The 13th Gift

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As soon as the Halloween candy has been stashed away, I’m in full holiday mode. I eagerly plan my menu for Thanksgiving, imagining the bliss on my friends’ faces as they taste each dish. That happy feeling continues throughout December. Which brings us to our last October book club selection The 13th Gift by Joanne Huist Smith. […]

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Panic Reading Digital Library Books

The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez audiobooks

This post contains affiliate links. Panic reading. That’s the new term I learned this weekend, thanks to some Facebook friends. It how you read when your digital library book loan will expire in less than a day. Ok, I added the one day part–but you get my drift. The fear of losing access to the […]

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Review: First Impressions by Charlie Lovett + Giveaway

First Impressions by Charlie Lovett

I’m the book nerd that loves to read stories that revolve around books. I binge read First Impressions: A Novel of Old Books, Unexpected Love, and Jane Austen by Charlie Lovett and enjoyed every word. I wasn’t sure about the novel at first because I’m not (gasp) a Jane Austen fan. First Impressions will appeal to anyone who loves […]

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What’s On Your Nightstand: Alex Marwood

Serena Mackesy ,author. CREDIT Geraint Lewis

I love reading mysteries and thrillers and often wonder what authors of those genres like to read. Today we have Serena Macksey, who pens thrillers under the pen name Alex Marwood, sharing the books on her nightstand. Take a peek with me and I think you’ll find some new books to add to your to-be-read […]

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