It’s so much fun to go visiting on other people’s blogs. They keep them so nice and tidy and up-to-date, unlike mine which tends to gather dust bunnies while I write a new book and can’t think of anything interesting to say.
I’ve always loved the Bare Necessities column that Rebecca Joines Schinsky posts on her wonderful site, The Book Lady’s Blog–and when she and I emailed earlier this week and she invited me to submit a list of books I was influenced by while I was writing The Stuff That Never Happened, I was delighted.
But which books to mention? I’m always impressed when other people can bring in titles like War and Peace and Ulysses to explain their penchant for–oh, I don’t know–watching South Park reruns, but I didn’t have time to go reread a bunch of classics just so I’d look smart. (I’m not that smart, especially in the summer.) Let’s just say that Vanity Fair was off the table. Instead, I picked genuinely lovely contemporary books that I have adored, books that made me laugh and made me think as they explored the fascinating ins and outs of unhappy marriages and the secrets that are often at the heart of them.
I hope you’ll go and see Rebecca’s wonderful blog and settle there and read other people’s fantastic lists of the books they love and why they love them…and then, of course, I hope you’ll want to read The Stuff That Never Happened, which just happens to be coming out in paperback on Aug. 2nd!