L is for Literature

Welcome to a tour of my blogs written for the A-Z challenge.

Today is April 13th   and the Lusty letter L

I like books. All kinds of books: devils, vampires, mysteries, straight fiction, gay fiction. I’ll read it as long as it’s well written.

When Kristen and I spoke this evening, as usual the subject turned to books.  Our favourite topic after writing.

Kristen and I met through a writing group. When I noticed Room on her list, I knew I wanted to get to know her better and I’m pleased we have.

Room is a very controversial book that my book club rejected. Go figure.


The book  I was reading when I first wrote this blog  was of Air and Shadows by Michael Gruber. It’s not so much the subject matter of the volume that I’m enjoying, but the style which is narrative yet it flows and feels like he’s showing not telling.  I learned of this writer through my mystery class. Though this novel is not a mystery.

His name came up in class as he had been a ghost writer for a prolific mystery writer. After he stopped ghosting he went out on his own.  Another of his works is The Witch’s Boy  It’s listed as a children’s book but I question that. I read the book, a creative re tell of fairly tales.


 More recently I finished Husk



I’m not into Zombies normally but this is a thinking person’s Zombie book. See for yourself.

And better late than never – I finally discovered Jasper Fforde


In the author’s words

They are a series of books based upon the notion that what we read in books is just a small part of a larger BookWorld that exists behind the page.


What have you read recently?

Lovingly  reading your L posts

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8 Responses to L is for Literature

  1. I love a book that can paint a vivid picture for me and flows easily no matter the genre or subject matter. I adored Lolita but hated Shades of Grey which is the opposite of what I would have expected based on genre or subject alone.

  2. Enid says:

    I just finished Paul Auster’s Sunset Park and currently reading “The Expats” by Chris Pavone. Love Paul Auster’s books.

  3. Sherrey Meyer says:

    Recently finished reading Loving Frank, the historical novel based on the affair between Frank Lloyd Wright and his client’s wife, Mamah Cheney. Quite well written. And a memoir entitled Swimming with Maya by Eleanor Vincent, a story of love of a child tragically lost and how one copes with and survives that pain. Another well written book offering hope to others in similar circumstances.

  4. trev says:

    your interest in the dark side of fictional life is very knowledgeable indeed Sue…
    you can see that from the titles you have chosen here…
    as for the last book I have read from cover to cover was yours Sue..1900 .it was my first one too!
    I read blogs because I like short snippets of stories…
    I have gone into this with the group I blog with on a weekly basis… that I don’t read anything from cover to cover… yet I love playing with wordage and blogging stories all the time … have done for years!

  5. susanroebuck says:

    Sue, we have the same tastes! Room may have been controversial but the writing was great and the subject fascinating. Thursday character in Jasper Fforde’s books is so funny – I must read more of him. I haven’t read Michael Gruber but if you like him, then I will. One of my favorite books was Michel Graber’s The Crimson Petal and the White.

  6. I’m with you, if it’s well written I will read it. I put a couple of these books on my library request list. Thank you!
    Peanut Butter and Whine

  7. Elin Gregory says:

    I haven’t read ANY of those. I guess I’m allergic to literature. I’m part of the way through a book about shell shock, or PTSD we’d call it now. Harrowing stuff.

  8. VR Barkowski says:

    Room is a grueling, but an extraordinary book. I’m very intrigued by THE BOOK OF AIR AND SHADOWS. Thanks for mentioning it. I’ve never read Michael Gruber.

    The two novels I finished last week were White Night and Six Years. I read widely, because I enjoy different types of books for different reasons. Some books I read for the writing, others for story, still others for character. If a book has all three, like THE BOOK THIEF, it’s heaven.

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