I just finished listening to “Carrie Soto Is Back” by Taylor Jenkins Reid. She’s one of my favorite authors I discovered in the last few years, and this one did not disappoint. It’s about a retired female tennis star trying to make a comeback to defend her record for winning the most Grand Slam titles. I’m not a huge tennis fan, but I really enjoyed the matches in this book. At times, Wizard would hear bits of the book, and he kept getting sucked in, LOL. I was surprised how engaging all the tennis matches were, especially on audio where it can be easier to lose track.
Sometimes authors really piss me off for being this good Okay I don’t really get mad, I admire their skill and work. I’ve always believed that any insecurities I feel in my own skill and talent is my problem. If I ever write a book just for fun, it’d be either a women’s fiction with this kind of emotional insight, or another fun, yet emotional cozy-like mystery series. I say cozy-like because I can’t color within the lines on cozy mystery. It’s just not in my author’s “voice” to do it. But my Samantha Shaw Mysteries broke the rules and did pretty well despite that.
Total aside here. Wait this is actually the second time I’m off topic of reading, but who’s counting? Anyhow, I hired my agent after I published my first Samantha Shaw Mystery. I arranged a meeting with her when I was in New York to see if we were the right fit, and she said something along the lines of, “I read your first book, you can actually write.” I spurted whatever beverage I was drinking, and pretty much once I could stop laughed and wiped away the tears, I hired her. I’d hire her again if I needed representation. I appreciate that kind of bluntness.
But I’m not writing at the moment so that’s just a passing thought on genres I’d write just for my own enjoyment.
In other reading, I read nearly all of the cookbook I recently bought. The author had a lot of stories of his own life in there (all somewhat related to cooking) and I enjoyed those. Plus I like reading recipes that interest me. I plan to try the pizza dough recipe in there this week. I’ve never made pizza dough so who knows what will happen.
I haven’t read any physical books yet, but I pulled three out of a still packed box and hope to read them soon. By the way, we’re keeping those boxes packed until we redo the office some day long in the future.
That’s my reading this week, what are you reading and/or listening too?