The start of year enthusiasm has shifted into the rest of the year reality and I’ve been able to adjust my goals and find a groove for January.
Reading four books a week is doable for me, but it requires a bit of push. I’m much more comfortable reading two or three books a week, so I’m glad to relax into that pace this week and enjoy the breathing room.
Winter of the Wallflower
Last week the group read Dangerous by Amanda Quick. This read is a breath of fresh air with great pacing and dynamic characters. I’m still reading this book because I got a bit behind last week so I’ll have a better update next week on my feelings about the novel as a whole.
The reading scheduled for this week is That Scandalous Evening by Christina Dodd.
We have a bold, artistic wallflower who dares sculpt the likeness of her crush out of clay and causes quite the scandal. It reminds me a bit of A Scot in the Dark by Sarah MacLean, which is quite the compliment. I love a scandalous art plot thread and a novel featuring artistic protagonists.
Stacking the Shelf
Thanks to Netgalley and 8th Circle Press for the advanced review copy of Tiffany Reisz’s The Pearl.
Seems like I’ve stumbled into a bit of an artistic theme this week. Tiffany Reisz’s Godwicks series starts with The Red, which centers on a heroine making a deal with a mysterious stranger to save her art gallery.
A particularly important painting from The Red is featured in The Pearl, and a new deal is made.
It was exciting to learn that The Pearl is inspired by Arthurian legend and having just read another Camelot inspired erotic novel — Sierra Simone’s American Queen — it’ll be fun to compare and contrast how these two writers play with these characters of legend.
The Listening Path by Julia Cameron is a shorter version of her classic twelve-week Artist’s Way program. The foundation of the program is still centered in morning pages and artist’s dates, but Cameron includes walking into the mix as well.
Listening is the central theme of the course. The exercises and readings are focused on guiding participants towards a mindful awareness of their inner and outer words though attentive listening and expanding awareness. This theme has always echoed in Cameron’s works, but it feels like a natural step to give listening a central focus in this book.
If you’re curious about The Artist’s Way program, feel free to read my review by clicking here.
What Are You Reading This Week?
So now that you’ve seen my list, let me know what you’re reading this week! I’d love to hear from you in the comments.
Have a happy Monday, friends!