Books, podcasts, tv shows … oh my!

A little late, but I have had a whirlwind couple of months. Here are my July recommendations!

Audiobook: I have recently rediscovered my love of audiobooks. There is something magical about listening to a story; I think that as a reader, you pick up so many different nuances and emphasis from the narrator. It does help when the narrator is the author himself. This month I loved re-listening to Stardust by Neil Gaiman. If you love stories about mythical lands, hero quests with a bit of a love story; this is the audiobook for you. And, in my ever humble opinion, Neil Gaiman’s voice is divine and lyrical and is a must to listen to!

Book: Well, it has been on by TBR pile since it was released, and it was my turn to pick a book for my local book club. The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang. I picked this as most of my book club dosen’t read romances, and I thought this was a good introduction. Everyone loved it and thought it was cute! If you want to read a gender twist on the story of Pretty Woman with a great three dimensional female lead, than I highly recommend reading it.

Movie: Always be my maybe (Netflix). If you haven’t watched this fabulous rom com with the greatest ever Keanu Reeves appearance, you have been living under a rock. Watch It! The memes are with it.

Podcast: Chernobyl. I listened to this podcast before I saw the series – to be honest it is on my to watch list – which is getting bigger and bigger, thank you Stranger Things. The podcast is a great companion to the series, it explains how they merged people, why they chose specific accents and the science behind the explosion.

What have you been watching, reading or listening to???

Any recommendations you would like to share?

Stephen King – On Writing

Tales from the Master himself, Stephen King.

There are some books on writing that teach you more than just writing, Stephen King’s On writing is one of those. I stumbled across this book a few years ago and dutifully bought myself a copy, where it lived on my bookshelf (with a few others of its kind) just collecting dust. Last year I decided to get serious about my writing – and learn more about the craft.

The hype around the book is true, King has created a masterclass into some of his key points about writing and has given the reader an insight into his writing career. Through the highs and the lows of his life.

You sometimes forget that even King had to start somewhere – I particularly appreciated the way kept his rejections letters as a reminder.

I know there have been various posts on why this book is a must read for King fans and for writers – I will caveat this as this advice may not be suited to you. There is no right or wrong way to write- as long as you write.

The top three points that resonated with me- trust me, this was a hard pick, and to be truthful, this points work for me now. The next time I re-read this book, other points may jump out.

  1. Write with the door closed.

Give yourself time to create your world. Don’t worry about the rejections and the judgments that you are continuously imagining. That comes later. It will not be perfect, but you can’t edit a blank page.

  1. Have an ideal reader.

Not everyone will love your writing. You will have people who wont like your genre, your characterisations or your plot. It is not your job to be a people pleaser. I adored the fact the King’s ideal reader is his wife Tabby, and that she critiques his work.

3.  Write, write write, read, read, read.

Do you have a draw full of half finished manuscripts and stories? It was only when I did my recent move (with my parents urging me to take the last of my boxes) that I realised I had a handful of notebooks with half written stories a reminder of how I had spent my teenage years. It also reminded me of why I wanted to write. Daydreaming about far away worlds and kickass heroines was a big part of my childhood. And who doesn’t love losing themselves into someone else’s world.

Have you read On Writing? Do you have any takeaway points?

Seven of my favourite books

There is currently a decent reading trend happening on Facebook. I am not a huge facebook fan but I thought I would participate in here. After all this is my world.

7 of my favourite books. No explanation. No other words.

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Some of these have been taken from my childhood, others are more recent discoveries. All of have influenced me in some way.

Do you have seven favourite books you would like to share, or just one?