It’s Monday, which means I’m updating the blog with details of my reading for the next seven days.
I’ve already made my choices for this week’s reading. Unlike last week, there was no dithering about which books to read. I went into my reading room, made my selection and that was that.
I’ve chosen three titles: Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey, The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan, and Before you Write a Word – essential skills for the first time novelist by James McCreet.
I bought The Opposite of Loneliness because I was moved by the story of Marina Keegan who was tragically killed a few days after her graduation. Here’s what the blurb says:
‘Marina Keegan’s star was on the rise when she graduated from Yale in May 2012. She had a play that was to be produced at the New York International Fringe Festival and a job waiting for her at the New Yorker. Tragically, five days after graduation, Marina died in a car crash.
As her family, friends and classmates, deep in grief, joined to create a memorial service for Marina, her unforgettable last essay for the Yale Daily News, ‘The Opposite of Loneliness’, went viral, receiving more than 1.4 million hits. She had struck a chord.
Even though she was just 22 when she died, Marina left behind a rich, expansive trove of prose that, like her title essay, captures the hope, uncertainty and possibility of her generation. The Opposite of Loneliness is an assemblage of Marina’s essays and stories that articulates the universal struggle we all face as we work out what we aspire to be and how we can harness our talents to make an impact on the world.’
My final book, Before you Write a Word, is written by James McCreet who is also my tutor on the MA Writing at Sheffield Hallam University. I’m still plugging away writing my first novel, so it’ll be good to have a refresher about how it should be done.
If that’s not enough, I will dip into some short stories.