A real perk of blogging about all things bookish has been the opportunity to meet new writers, to learn more about their writing process, and share in the joys of their success. One of my favorite authors/bloggers,Beth Kephart, has a new book, Nothing But Ghosts, being ushered into the world this week.
Luminous– that’s the word which always comes to mind when I read Beth’s writing, whether it’s in her books or her daily blog posts. It’s like a Debussy prelude on the piano, or a Monet watercolor ~ imbued with delicate, intricate passion. She encourages me to look at the world more closely, to see past the surface of people and things into the deepest part of their existence. To look for the beauty, even when it’s sometimes hidden so deeply.
If you don’t know Beth, now would be a good time to meet her. As Nothing But Ghosts makes it’s debut, there are numerous virtual events to celebrate it’s release. Visit her blog, read her interview at Presenting Lenore, attend the book party on June 30, hosted by My Friend Amy. Get hold of a copy of Nothing But Ghosts and lose yourself in her beautiful writing.
Of course, some of my favorite writers were well before the time of book blogging. But that doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate them in cyberspace. Stephanie, of The Written Word, is hosting an Everything Austen Challenge– that’s Jane Austen, of course. To participate, simply choose six Austen-themed books or movies to read/watch in the next six months.
While I rarely participate in challenges, this just seems like too much fun to pass up. I’ve read each of the Austen novels more than once, but I’ve chosen to read Sense and Sensibility again, and watch the movie adaptation with Emma Thompson and Kate Winslet. I believe I even have the movie’s soundtrack on CD somewhere to listen to while I’m reading <smiles>. I’ll also be reading The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen, which has been languishing on my TBR pile for some time, and I plan to watch Lost in Austen, a British TV miniseries which looks like great fun. For some time, I’ve intended to read Stephanie Barron’s series of mysteries with Jane as Detective, and this is the perfect time to read the first, Jane and the Unpleasantness at Scargrave Manor. Finally, Jane Austen Ruined My Life, a novel by Beth Pattilo.
So many wonderful new reading opportunities…aren’t books grand?