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Friday Five: Five Books on my October TBR List

October is going to be a super busy month for me. I’m thisthisclose to finally finishing The Glory Girls of Stockyard County … which needs to be retitled since I’m taking out the livestock auction setting … and I’m rewriting a picture book plus gearing for NaNoWriMo, (National Novel Writing Month,) and running a marathon. But as part of my career reinvention quest, I also need to start reading more. Because, you know,


So here are the five books I plan on reading in October:

hope was here1.  Hope Was Here, by Joan Bauer, the book that made me fall head over heels in love with the young adult genre. I try to re-read it once a year, but it’s been a while. Time to break out my dog-eared paperback.


on writing2. On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft, by Stephen King, the best kick-in-the-pants you can get before taking on NaNoWriMo. I’ll only read the second half, though, which is more craft related.


he sat3. She Sat He Stood, by Ginger Hanson, a book Jeri Smith-Ready recommended to me that focuses on “how to incorporate body language, props, and setting into scenes to give your dialogue more depth.” Sounds interesting and at .99 a great deal! I wanted to read Get Happy, by Mary Amato, but I’m craving another craft book.

As for my fourth and fifth book … that kind of depends on what I end up writing for NaNoWriMo. (Guess that’s an important decision to make soon, huh?) For now, I’m going with:

51mQlP0NY5L__SX316_BO1,204,203,200_4. Hoodoo, by Ronald L. Smith, since I just met him at the Baltimore Book Festival and he seems super cool. Plus, you now, the book sounds super cool as well.

And …

41LpB+S8UEL__SX331_BO1,204,203,200_5.  The One Thing, by Marci Lyn Curtis, because I chatted with her at the Just Write conference, she, too, seems really cool, there’s pink and green on the cover, (I’m a sucker for pink and green,) and the book sounds lovely.

But again, if I end up writing a new adult novel … which is based on somewhere I used to work and will be borderline scandalous … then I might switch the last two to December.


QOTD: So, what are you reading in October? And are you doing NaNoWriMo?



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