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Writing about Marathon Reading

As usual, I have been reading like a maniac, also because I have so many books to read right now, I can make an igloo out of them. I went to two book sales, and for about 100 usd have got about a 100 books, on top of the books I already had on my reading shelf.

I just finished Of Mice and Men last night, and went to bed crying, convinced I could never ever write that well, and am wasting my time learning to write.

I am also wading through My Name is Red, it is a wonderful, but slightly laborious reading. I am halfway through, and I keep going back to it every once in a while.

When I’m tired, I thumb through The Winter Queen, and love how this guy writes a mystery novel in such beautiful language. When I put stuff in the microwave, for my functional, edible, and intermittently delicious cooking, I have a book handy near the kitchen. Last month it was a charming little book called Portofino, and now that I have finished it, I am looking for a suitably light replacement from my shelf.

Of course, there is the mandatory book that lies around in my bathroom, that I read while waiting for the water to heat up, for the face pack to dry, and er….while on the throne! This month’s book is The Shape of Fiction, so I can take it one short story at a time.

I’m living my dream, just reading, reading, and reading some more. Er,….and also writing the best way I can, when I can fit in times in between reading…

Damyanti Biswas

Damyanti Biswas is the author of You Beneath Your Skin and numerous short stories that have been published in magazines and anthologies in the US, the UK, and Asia. She has been shortlisted for Best Small Fictions and Bath Novel Awards and is co-editor of the Forge Literary Magazine. Her next literary crime thriller, The Blue Bar, is represented by Lucienne Diver from The Knight Agency, and was published by Thomas & Mercer on January 1, 2023.

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