Monthly Archives: July 2013

I just discovered this cool feature on Amazon, which allows you to see the most commonly highlighted parts of a Kindle book. Yeah, it’s a little NSA/Big Brother-ish, but as a writer, it’s incredibly interesting to see what resonates with readers.  In the case of Cheer: A Novel, here’s a sampling:

“Parenthood doesn’t improve one’s character, it exposes it.” (That’s probably my favorite as well…)

“As you go through life, if you don’t like your cards – if you don’t like the way your life is going – remember that your life is in your hands. You can always, ‘Go fish.’ Just like in the game! And your life can change, just like your cards.”

“Whenever I thought about Riley and where he was, I became unnerved. Where is he? I wondered. Is he looking down on me? Is he waiting for me? Will he forgive my transgressions if we’re ever reunited? Worse than negative responses to these questions is the very real possibility that I might never, ever know.”

Speaking of highlighting books, I re-read Rules of Civility, this time in book (rather than audio) form.  I kept pen in hand and highlighted the $*%! out of it — what a masterpiece!






Since it’s #fridayreads in Twitter land, I thought I’d let readers here know about a book that I recently finished and loved.  Actually, there’s more to it than that.  I listened to the audio version of Rules of Civility and loved it so much that when it was over, I immediately started reading the hard-copy version, pen in hand.  It’s a stunning book — an engaging story told in lyrical language.  As a writer, what I find particularly inspiring is that this is Amor Towles’s first published novel.  He apparently spent years working on another book that went nowhere before writing Rules of Civility.  It kind of makes me feel better about losing six months working on Fly Girl.

If you decide to read it, let me know if you love it as much as I do!



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