Wordful Wednesday for September 19, 2012

For a while there, after The Great Gatsby and before Headhunters, I wasn’t feeling particularly motivated to finish my 2012 Reading Challenge. Ten more books in five months seemed like … well … it seemed like a lot of books. But suddenly, here we are in September with only eight more books to go … and that doesn’t seem like nearly enough.

I want more words!

I’ve gotten so many fabulous-sounding suggestions from readers that I’m already thinking ahead to my next novel, even though I’m currently in the middle ofΒ  – and really enjoying – The Paris Wife.

Today’s word is alacrity: cheerful readiness or promptitude

In other words,

I’m not scared of Gatsby anymore. These days, I look to my virtual bookshelf with alacrity.

I wish I could take credit for this amazing bookshelf, but I found it on tanorth.tumblr.com


13 thoughts on “Wordful Wednesday for September 19, 2012

      • Likewise… Bergman would be one of my all time favourites (yes, I use English spelling, being English) … I don’t know if you are a fan of Nick Hornby and his book, High Fidelity, but Bergman would be top of a top 5 list in my book.

      • Oh, you and I are going to get along just fine, I can tell! Ingrid’s quote was the inspiration for this blog (see my “I talk too much” page for more) and, and, AND I LOVE Nick Hornby! High Fidelity is a favourite, though I’m also partial to About A Boy as well.

  1. Amb, I love it, such a delicious word, now I will be searching for a way in which to use it today. Too early at the moment, but after reading your post, I feel I can start my day with alacrity πŸ™‚

    I had planned to read Gatsby soon,…perhaps should I put it off? I read it years ago and it seemed like time for a revisit, but you lead me to believe maybe not?

    • Nicely done Bonnie!! First commenter to use the word today, whoohoo!

      Oh no! Don’t let me keep you from Gatsby, especially if you’re thinking of reading it before the movie hits theatres this Christmas. Honestly, most folks I talked to really enjoy the book. And I do think the writing is gorgeous – I was just in the wrong headspace to appreciate the characters at the time, I think.

    • Hi Cecile! It’s one of my favourites of the Wordful Wednesdays I’ve done so far, too! Great minds think alike πŸ™‚

      You can find the books I’ve read so far by clicking on the “View Books” link in the “2012 Reading Challenge” icon on the right side of the homepage, and you can see what I’m currently reading on the “Words on a Bookshelf” page.

      I actually don’t have a list of what I’m planning to read next posted anywhere, but that’s a great idea! Thanks for the suggestion, I will work on getting that on the site in the coming days πŸ™‚

  2. A funny thing happened to me when I started writing more: I started reading less, which is really surprising because it has been, throughout my life, a deep and enduring comfort to me. I’m thinking I’ll need to create a list, as you have done, and turn reading into a challenge to bring it back into my life in a meaningful way. I’m off to find your list now πŸ™‚

    • I think that’s a fabulous idea! I was in a similar situation, reading was a real comfort for me as well but I had fallen into the habit of reading really light, superficial stuff. Which is fun sometimes, but I felt like something was missing …

      Keep me posted on how it goes with your own challenge, I’d love to hear about what you’re reading πŸ™‚

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