Another winter not shredding but reading.

“Writing is not thinking written down after all of the thinking is completed. Writing is thinking.” – Donald M. Murray

If you’ve been following my blog, then you know that I figured this would be a great place to list all of the books that I read from 2013 to the present, I have broken these into multiple posts six months apart, and I’ve discovered that I read an average of 35 books a year. About 3 per week followed with a week off without any reading, digestion, and reflection period, if you will. 

Lately, I’ve been reading many essays and books on grammar and writing and writing instruction.  I spent four months teaching teen writing recently, and I’m glad that the librarian who asked me wouldn’t take no for an answer. I tried to pawn off every Portsmouth Writers’ Salon member for the job on her, but she insisted it had to be me

When I finally agreed and asked why it had to be me, I have never published one work of fiction. 

As a working writer, I’ve had bylines in magazines, newspapers blog posts, but I’ve mostly done marketing writing, including press releases and email newsletters. 

Her answer surprised me, “you are young and close to them in age. You skateboard, you are cool, and they will relate to you.” 

I guess I couldn’t argue with that, and viola, I was now teaching teenagers. 

Without further ado, in order of oldest to most recently read:


Can’t and Won’t by Lydia Davis

The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan

Joyland by Stephen King

A Short Guide to a Happy Life by Anna Quindlen

Gwynne’s Grammar by N.M. Gwynne

The Elements of Style by William Strunk, Jr. and E.B. White (1959 edition)

The Gotham Writers’ Workshop Writing Fiction  by Gotham Writers’ Workshop Faculty

Eats, Shoots, & Leaves by Lynne Truss

A Guide to Writers Homes in New England by Miriam Levine

Snoopy’s Guide to the Writing Life

Webster’s New American Dictionary (1960 Edition)

The Transitive Vampire by Karen Elizabeth Gordon

Reading Like a Writer by Francine Prose

Sin and Syntax by Constance Hale

The Collected Stories by Ray Bradbury

Dancing Girls and Other Stories by Margaret Atwood

Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed

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