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Your Friday Five

NaNoWriMo - I haven't even read these books - edition.

Here at Southeast Library, we are halfway through our National Novel Writing Month "Get Unblocked" writing workshops facilitated by our wonderful neighbors at Capitol Hill Arts Workshop.

This week's session, "Let's Do the Time Warp Again," focused on creative ways to use chronology, timeframe, and opposing conventions to enhance one's writing. Each of us talked about a recent book whose structure and chronology had us hooked from page 1. Here are the five that most piqued my interest. 

Countdown City by Ben Winters

Part two of The Last Policeman series, this mystery follows the investigation of a missing person... all while an asteroid is set to destroy the earth.

To Hate Like This is to be Happy Forever by Will Blythe

In this case, the title has me hooked. I am not much of a sports fan, but a recounting of the heated rivalry between these two schools sounds like quite a fun read.

Autobiography by Morrissey

I love that our workshop discussion of fiction writing included a shout-out for the autobiography of 80's rock band the Smiths lead singer, Morrissey. Sounds like his account of his own life is every bit as compelling as his lyrics and the most enjoyable of novels.

Telegraph Avenue by Michael Chabon

I so enjoy the novels of the tried-and-true Michael Chabon. They are such a fun ride, and I could easily put The Yiddish Policemen's Union on this list. In his most recent book, Chabon explores the relationships connected to the owners of a record shop in Berkeley, California. 

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

Our workshop leader Hannah and I talked about our interest in stories with characters with a range of emotional skills and aptitudes. For me, Born on a Blue Day by The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time put me inside the head of individuals who have a hard time understanding the emotions of others. Sounds like The Rose Project offers some of the same.

For a full list of the books that we discussed in the workshop, check out our instructor Hannah's blog about the class.