An e-mail from a book festival site alerted me to the article from Publisher’s Weekly regarding the top-selling fiction and nonfiction books for 2010 (http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/print/20110103/45644-the-2010-decision-bush-larsson-tops.html). Out of the ten fiction selections, I have only three left to read thanks to Stieg Larsson capturing five of the slots with his three stories–The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest. Additionally, I’ve read The Help by Kathryn Stockett and A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick and posted blog entries in 2010 about most of these: http://richardmorrisauthor.wordpress.com/2010/08/31/why-we-read/, http://richardmorrisauthor.wordpress.com/2010/09/02/more-why-we-read/ and http://richardmorrisauthor.wordpress.com/2010/04/26/keeping-our-memories-intact-and-keeping-them-honest/. I’ve not yet read Little Bee by Chris Cleave, The Confession by John Grisham, nor The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein.
I remember that my wife read the five books before I did: she read A Reliable Wife because it was set in 1907, the year in which the central event in Well Considered occurs, but in a different part of the United States — and what a contrast the books provide in picturing that year! She read The Help because it was about race relations in the time and the area of the country where she grew up. Well Considered is also about race relations, but is set in Maryland and spans from 1907 to 2005. Sybil Steinberg characterized The Help in The Washington Post’s Book World/washpost.com as ”A story of social awakening as seen from both sides of the racial divide.” This equally describes Well Considered. We’ve both read the Larsson trilogy and seen two of the movies. We found the books more entertaining–if that’s the proper word to describe Larsson’s riveting depiction of sadism, violence, and brutality against women–and probably would not have understood the movies if we had not done the reading.
I’d like to get back to posting about what we’re reading, in addition to other happenings. This involves time management because I really need time for research and writing. The spring and fall 2010 book festival circuit absorbed much of my time: http://richardmorrisauthor.wordpress.com/2010/09/20/the-fall-book-festival-season-has-begun/, http://richardmorrisauthor.wordpress.com/2010/09/28/not-a-romance-novel/, http://richardmorrisauthor.wordpress.com/2010/10/05/a-capital-idea/, http://richardmorrisauthor.wordpress.com/2010/10/11/watching-the-world-go-by/, and http://richardmorrisauthor.wordpress.com/2010/11/10/charleston-charleston-made-in-carolina-some-dance-some-prance%e2%80%a6/). A short but intense period followed during which I learned how to get Well Considered and Cologne No. 10 for Men on Kindle: http://richardmorrisauthor.wordpress.com/2010/12/09/well-considered-and-cologne-no-10-for-men-are-available-on-kindle/. Thankfully, Thanksgiving to New Year’s left me with some highly productive writing time, although it was thoroughly mixed with family and church activities. My new writing is based on vacation explorations of last summer (and that’s all I will tell you): http://richardmorrisauthor.wordpress.com/2010/08/14/a-mallard-on-the-cuyahoga/. Now, I’d like to learn how to better balance my time for new writing with my blog activities and promotion of my previous books. But I’m not sure yet whether I am claiming this as a New Year’s resolution. Maybe it’s just a wish for the new year. Here’s another one: Happy New Year!