I’m in the middle of two fascinating books right now. Anna Karenina and The Nanny Diaries. The first, I read through literatureonline when I have free time. The second, I can only read on the metro, lunch break, and at home (of course). Studying English meant that I got to read a lot of cool books, but there was always pressure and homework. Now, I’m enjoying the excruciating ecstasy of waiting for my plot to unfold.

I want to know–do Kitty and Levin reconcile? What will happen between Anna and Vronsky? And will Nanny ever get her Harvard Hottie? It’s delicious. I think maybe the more so because I have to get reading done in nibbles here and there. But I read without pressure, without worrying about analyzing style, without writing papers, without knowing I’ll need to discuss it in class. If I get 5 pages or 50 read, the only thing driving me is my desire.

And these are good books, each in its genre.

So I’m a happy Mrs. Micah. But I’m really wondering—will Mrs. X doing anything about Ms. Chicago? Don’t spoil it for me. 😉

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Mike April 10, 2008 at 2:36 pm

Mrs. Micah,
I’m a fairly new reader of your blog, and as an English teacher I love your posts on books and reading. After reading “The joy of a good plot!” I just had to comment and to encourage you as a writer. My wife just recently fulfilled a lifelong dream to get a novel published. (I know, that’s a lot of people’s lifelong dream, but she worked so hard for so many years on it…and, well, I’m biased, of course…) Anyway, it’s finally in print. It’s titled “Little Lost River” by Pamela Johnston. You can find it easily on Amazon or any other book site, if you’re interested. Based on what you write about the books you like, I think you’d really like it.

Keep up the great posts. I’m a fan.


Mike in San Antonio

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