I woke up early this morning and couldn't sleep. So after tossing and turning for awhile, I decided to grab a book and start reading. The book I chose was Editing Made Easy by Bruce Kaplan; I picked it up from the library because I wanted to brush up on editing. Editing Made Easy looked like such a short, easy to read book that I thought it was a great place to start. And it turned out that in this case, looks didn't lie: I finished reading it after only a couple of hours of reading (and taking notes).
Kaplan covers the basics of copy editing. His goal is to make your writing, whether it be newspaper, a nonfiction book, a blog post, fiction, or whatever else you're writing, effective and simple. He gives examples of common writing problems and shows how to fix them. Some of the chapters are basically just lists of words, so those ones weren't fun to read. But otherwise this is a great resource that you can read cover to cover to learn more about editing!
*As of September 24/15, I am not taking any more requests from authors to read their books. I currently have too many books to read. I'll update this if/when that changes.*
I currently have 164 fiction books just sitting in my room to read (although that doesn't stop me from randomly picking books up at work or buying them on Kindle!). I've been keeping track of them on a paper list for years. This blog shares what I read as I attempt to get "the List" down to a more manageable number.
If you'd like to know what books are on the List, check out my Goodreads shelf devoted to them - it's my physical list digitized! I've also got a shelf for every book I've reviewed here on this blog.
Not everything I review here is actually on the List. Some books come from the library, some books are nonfiction (which are not included on the List), some books are on my Kindle (which have never been included on the List), and some books are given to me by friends and family.
Note: as of April 12/14, I am not going to add the *spoiler* warning I used to when I'm giving away details of books. I want to talk about the books I've read in whatever detail I'd like. So if you haven't read a book I'm reviewing, you might not want to read the review.