Ninja Writer Book Club: 2/24/2017

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Here are some books that Ninja Writers are reading this week. Take a look, add some books to your TBR list. Next Tuesday, come on over to our Facebook group and let us know what you’re reading.

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My contribution this week is Steel: And Other Stories by Richard Matheson. I really love mid-century science fiction, and this collection of stories is that genre at its best.

I’m also reading The Great Gatsby, after binge watching Z: The Beginning of Everything on Amazon. Both are amazing. I had no idea how much Fitzgerald took from his wife. So interesting. I’m writing a story using the same narrative structure as The Great Gatsby (my book is narrated by someone who is not the protagonist), so I wanted to take another, deeper look at it.

I have an assignment from my MFA mentor to read some picture books for this packet. I was super excited to come across a copy of Skippyjon Jones at a thrift store this week. I saw the author and artist, Judy Schachner speak at the SCBWI conference a couple of years ago and she is fantastic. She talked about how she makes a journal before every book she writes. She brought one to show and it was so inspiring to me. I actually came home from that conference and started my own journal for the middle grade book that I’m just getting around to writing now. There’s a picture in there of a little girl standing in front of a completely chaotic kitchen that changed the whole trajectory of my story. She talks about her pre-book journals in this video.

The first full week of The 1000 Day MFA finished last weekend and lots of Ninjas shared their short stories. We’re having so much fun with this program. Having a structure for reading and writing has been even more helpful than I expected it to be. It’s set up so that anyone can join us at any time, so if you want to come be a part of it, we’d love to have you. (Just sign up at Patreon at the $10 level or above and you’ll get a link to our private Facebook Group.) Try it for a month. You can stop anytime. (But I don’t think you’ll want to!)

Non-Fiction

Children’s Books

Classics + Literary

Horror

Mystery + Thriller

Speculative

YA

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Ninja Writer Book Club: 2/17/2017

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Here are some books that Ninja Writers are reading this week. Take a look, add some books to your TBR list. Next Tuesday, come on over to our Facebook group and let us know what you’re reading.

(The links here are affiliate links. If you click one and buy something, you’re supporting Ninja Writers. Thank you!)

My contribution this week is Chuck Wendig’s The Kick-Ass Writer. It’s basically a collection of lists of nuggets of advice. Wendig is foul-mouthed, so if that’s a turn off for you, you might want to pass. But really, you want to add this one to your list. The advice in it is golden.

This week I’m also reading from the 2016 Best American Short Stories. It was curated by Junot Diaz. I’m also reading Steel and other Stories by Richard Matheson. It’s 1950s sci fi at its very best. Matheson’s book What Dreams May Come is one of my all time favorites.

Non-Fiction

Classics + Literary

Historical

Mystery + Thriller

Romance

Short Stories

Speculative

YA + Middle Grade

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Ninja Writer Book Club: 2/10/2017

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Here are some books that Ninja Writers are reading this week. Take a look, add some books to your TBR list. Next Tuesday, come on over to our Facebook group and let us know what you’re reading.

(The links here are affiliate links. If you click one and buy something, you’re supporting Ninja Writers. Thank you!)

My contribution to the list this week is Ray Bradbury’s Zen in the Art of Writing. If you haven’t read it, you really should. It’s about as perfect a writing inspiration book as there is out there. Lots of craft advice in there, too, especially about where ideas come from.

I’m working toward an MFA at Sierra Nevada College (writing for children and young adults.) Working toward an MFA in writing requires SO much reading! Here’s what I read this week.

I’m also reading A Tale Dark and Grimm by Adam Gidwitz . It’s a fun middle grade read, and it really is dark and Grimm. The author uses himself as a third person narrator who breaks the fourth wall and talks directly to the reader now and then (he really wants to make sure that no really little kids are around before he tells the gorier details of the stories.)

I’m reading some of the short stories in The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty. She’s a master of subtlety in character development. Here’s an example you can read, Lily Daw and the Three Ladies.

Non-fiction

Classics + Literary

Historical

Memoir + Biography

Romance

Short Stories

Speculative

YA + Children

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Ninja Writer Book Club: 2/3/17

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Here are some books that Ninja Writers are reading this week. Take a look, add some books to your TBR list. Next Tuesday, come on over to our Facebook group and let us know what you’re reading.

(The links here are affiliate links. If you click one and buy something, you’re supporting Ninja Writers. Thank you!)

My contribution to this week’s list if The Imagineering Workout by The Disney Imagineers. It’s an older book, written in 2005, but full of such fun and engaging exercises. It’s not precisely about writing, but is definitely part of my writing craft library now anyway.

I’m working toward an MFA at Sierra Nevada College (writing for children and young adults.) Working toward an MFA in writing requires SO much reading! Here’s what I read this week.

Blubber by Judy Blume. I haven’t read this book since I was in the third grade. I’m slightly shocked at how intense the bullying is in it. Blubber is a middle-grade book, and an example of how dark middle grade can go (and has gone, for a long time.) It’s also still very relevant, despite the fact that it was written in the 1970s. Reading it now, as an adult, I noticed the parents’ behavior in a way I didn’t as a kid.

Zen in the Art of Writing by Ray Bradbury. Another one for your writing craft library, if you don’t already own it. I’m also reading a Bradbury short story every day from Bradbury Stories. It was neat to read both in tandem, since he talks about writing those stories in Zen in the Art of Writing.

I found a copy of the 2007 Best American Short Stories at a thrift store and snapped it up. It’s curated by Stephen King. I’m not ripping through this one–I’ll read from it throughout the semester. The first story was amazing, though. Also, King’s forward about choosing the stories was thought-provoking.

Non-Fiction

Literary + Classics

Romance

Short Stories

Speculative

Thriller

Young Adult (and Children)

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Ninja Writers Book Club #6

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Every Tuesday is Book Club day at the Ninja Writers Facebook group.  Ninjas post about the books that they’re reading or a book that has inspired them or that they loved. It’s so much fun, and I always end up with a list of books that I can’t wait to read. I thought it might be fun to actually link to those books here on the blog every week. Click any of the covers to be taken to its Amazon page.

Here are the books from this week’s Ninja Writers Book Club Tuesday. If you’re looking for something to read this week, here’s a great place to start!

(These are affiliate links. If you buy using one of them, a few pennies will go toward supporting Ninja Writers. Thank you so much!)

This week I added Better Off by Eric Brende, The Bride Collector by Ted Dekker, and the first book in Sherilynn Kenyon’s League series to my TBR pile. What about you? Share it in the comments!

Non-fiction

Thriller + Mystery

Children’s + YA

Romance

Speculative

Christian

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Ninja Writers Book Club: Week 5

Ninja Writers Book Club #5: Here's what we're reading this week.

Every Tuesday is Book Club day at the Ninja Writers Facebook group.  Ninjas post about the books that they’re reading or a book that has inspired them or that they loved. It’s so much fun, and I always end up with a list of books that I can’t wait to read. I thought it might be fun to actually link to those books here on the blog every week. Click any of the covers to be taken to its Amazon page.

Here are the books from this week’s Ninja Writers Book Club Tuesday. If you’re looking for something to read this week, here’s a great place to start!

(These are affiliate links. If you buy using one of them, a few pennies will go toward supporting Ninja Writers. Thank you so much!

Non-Fiction

Young Adult

SFF + F

Historical

Horror

Mystery + Suspense

Romance

Literary

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Ninja Writers Book Club: Week 4

Ninja Writers Book Club Week 4: Here's what the Ninjas are reading this week!

Every Tuesday is Book Club day at the Ninja Writers Facebook group.  Ninjas post about the books that they’re reading or a book that has inspired them or that they loved. It’s so much fun, and I always end up with a list of books that I can’t wait to read. I thought it might be fun to actually link to those books here on the blog every week. Click any of the covers to be taken to its Amazon page.

Here are the books from this week’s Ninja Writers Book Club Tuesday.

(These are affiliate links. If you buy using one of them, a few pennies will go toward supporting Ninja Writers. Thank you so much!

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Non-Fiction

Young Adult

Romance

Historical

SF + F

Humor

Literary + Classics

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Ninja Writers Book Club: Week 3

Ninja Writers Book Club: Week 3. Here's what the Ninjas are reading this week!

Every Tuesday is Book Club day at the Ninja Writers Facebook group.  Ninjas post about the books that they’re reading or a book that has inspired them or that they loved. It’s so much fun, and I always end up with a list of books that I can’t wait to read. I thought it might be fun to actually link to those books here on the blog every week. Click any of the covers to be taken to its Amazon page.

Here are the books from this week’s Ninja Writers Book Club Tuesday.

(These are affiliate links. If you buy using one of them, a few pennies will go toward supporting Ninja Writers. Thank you so much!)

Non-Fiction

Young Adult

Suspense

Romance

Speculative

Graphic Novels

Literary + Classics

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Ninja Writers Book Club: Weeks 1 + 2

Ninja Writers Book Club -- Weeks 1 and 2. Here are the books that Ninjas are reading for the last couple of weeks.

Every Tuesday is Book Club day at the Ninja Writers Facebook group.  Ninjas post about the books that they’re reading or a book that has inspired them or that they loved. It’s so much fun, and I always end up with a list of books that I can’t wait to read. I thought it might be fun to actually link to those books here on the blog every week. Click any of the covers to be taken to its Amazon page.

Here are the books from the first two Ninja Writer Book Club Tuesdays.

(These are affiliate links. If you buy using one of them, a few pennies will go toward supporting Ninja Writers. Thank you so much!)

Non-fiction

Memoir

Young Adult

Romance

Mystery and Suspense

SFF/F

Horror

Literary & Classics

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