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These are all books I enjoyed reading. I hope you like them. Do you have some suggestions for me? Just email me book titles you like!

BIRD BY BIRD - by Anne Lamott. Find out why Anne Lamott is one of the hottest writers out there right now! She tells you all about her writing journey and what you can do to write better.

ON WRITING - by Stephen King - outstanding! I highly recommend this book. One thing I learned - NEVER write Mr. King a letter with the words "really cool" in it - these are definitely NOT his favorite words. (Sorry, Mr. King! - I wouldn't have ever done it if I had read that page in your book first...) If you were ever curious about his accident - you know, the one with the van... he writes about it in here too. He really almost died. I am SO glad he is better now. Are you reading his latest series about The Gunslinger? If you aren't, you need to be.

I think Stephen King is one of the greatest writers ever. Guess what? There is a place in the book where Stephen King actually asks budding writers to send him a manuscript. It was such a great gesture on his part. I'll bet a LOT of people sent samples of their work. It probably was impossible to read them all. Now people aren't supposed to send in your writing exercise, even though it says to in the book.

I wonder... maybe he will still look at one or two in the future.... depends... I think he said once he wanted to retire? I don't think he ever did it... because I keep hearing about yet another project he is doing. I think he does deserve a break, and I'm glad if he is taking it a little bit easier.

THE ARTIST'S WAY - by Julia Cameron - how to break free of your artist block and get going with your true, artistic life. Read Chapter One and you are already on the way to becoming a writer or artist. You will be more in touch with your feelings. A good book. If you have gone your whole life thinking, "I am going to do that thing someday..." maybe this book will help you actually do that thing.

CETAGANDA - the further adventures of Miles Vorkosigan (I've ALMOST read all of these now...) TAPEBOOK FORMAT - the better to clean with... Miles as Detective... another intergalactic mystery - will Miles figure out who is trying to upset the balance of power? Everything could be a trap - and you are there. Wow - twelve tapes. I will be hard put to finish before it's due.

HOLES - by Louis Sachar - really good. An adventure - and you don't know how it's going to end up. A real page-turner. They put this on as a play in Junior High School at Auburn, Kentucky last year.

THE HARRY POTTER BOOKS - all of them. Super-great books. Absorbing. A treat. Did you see the latest movie? I'm so glad that Ms. Rowlings decided to write these.

Julia King's series.What a great bunch of books, starting with "The Beekeeper's Apprentice." It's all about Sherlock Holmes and his female apprentice.

What I'm reading now:

12-07: The Sword of Truth books by Terry Goodkind. I am on book #3, Blood of the Fold. Good books. It is hard to get into at first, but then it becomes good. You learn more and more about the characters as the series goes on.

I am also listening to a tapebook called The Art and Science of Problem Solving by Bill Gibson. I like this so far. He gives ways to slow down and consider changes and what is really happening around you. It's great for people like me who think they know what is going on. (that was a little joke there)...

Often, I have found out that there is a lot more going on in some problem situations than I realized at the time. This book helps you think out possibilities and get the help of others to solve these kinds of problems and others - in fact, this system can be used in business and in your personal life too. It helps you think out different points of view and tells you concrete ideas and ways not to put your foot in your mouth or be your own worst disaster-monger.

You have heard the old adage - there are three points of view to any one given situation - yours, mine, and the truth? Well, Mr. Gibson has a system to help you try to figure out those other two points of view. Really. At least so far, so good. I am on tape # 4 out of 6. I gave these a rest lately and am looking for a good detective tapebook to listen to now.

I finished book three of The Farseer series by Robin Hobb. These books are really good! They are fantasies, all about a member of the royal family of the Six Dutchies... treachery, fate, bravery, and lots more. Right now the kingdom is at war with strange fighters who are attacking the coast and turning prisoners into "forged" creatures who pillage their own country after returning to it. What a strange and interesting book. I never know what is going to happen next. I highly recommend this series so far. The books are called Assassin's Apprentice, Royal Assasin, and Assassin's Quest.



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