I’ve been gathering background material and hyperlinks to news stories relevant to my novel’s topic. I’ve also identified the setting locations. I want to develop a bunch of characters and the main plot & subplots before November.
11. Elevation – Stephen King (2018)
The latest from legendary master storyteller Stephen King, a riveting, extraordinarily eerie, and moving story about a man whose mysterious affliction brings a small town together—a timely, upbeat tale about finding common ground despite deep-rooted differences.
Although Scott Carey doesn’t look any dif…[Read more]
10. Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy (1896)
Jude Fawley, the stone-mason, whose academic ambitions are thwarted by poverty and the indifference of the authorities at Christminster, appears to find fulfillment in his relationship with Sue Bridehead. Both of them have fled from previous marriages, and together they share a ‘two-in-oneness’ rar…[Read more]
9. All the Light We Cannot See – Anthony Doerr (2014)
WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE
From the highly acclaimed, multiple award-winning Anthony Doerr, the beautiful, stunningly ambitious instant New York Times bestseller about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World…[Read more]
8. Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage – Haruki Murakami (2013)
Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage marks a new direction in Murakami’s fiction: a return to the lyrical realism not seen since his 1987 novel Norwegian Wood, but set against the social realities of contemporary Japan.
In high school, Tsukuru Tazaki…[Read more]
7. Quiet – Susan Cain (2012)
At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over working in teams. It is to introverts—Rosa Parks, Chopin, Dr. Seuss, Steve Wozniak—that we owe many of the great con…[Read more]
6. Texasville – Larry McMurtry (1987)
With Texasville, Larry McMurtry returns to the unforgettable Texas town and characters of one of his best-loved books, The Last Picture Show. This is a Texas-sized story brimming with home truths of the heart, and men and women we recognize, believe in, and care about deeply. Set in the post-oil-boom 1980s,…[Read more]
5. The Stone Sky – N.K. Jemisin (2017)
Humanity will finally be saved or destroyed in the shattering conclusion to the post-apocalyptic and highly acclaimed NYT bestselling trilogy that won the Hugo Award three years in a row.
The Moon will soon return. Whether this heralds the destruction of humankind or something worse will depend on two…[Read more]
4. The Obelisk Gate – N.K. Jemisin (2016)
Continuing the trilogy that began with the award-winning The Fifth Season
Winner of the Hugo Award
Shortlisted for the Nebula, Audie, and Locus Awards
The inaugural Wired.com book club book
New York Times Notable Book of 2015
This is the way the world ends, for the last time.
The season of endings…[Read more]
3. The Fifth Season – N.K. Jemisin (2015)
“Intricate and extraordinary.” – New York Times on The Fifth Season (A New York Times Notable Book of 2015)
The start of a new fantasy trilogy by Hugo, Nebula & World Fantasy Award nominated author N.K. Jemisin.
THIS IS THE WAY THE WORLD ENDS… FOR THE LAST TIME.
A season of endings has begun.
2. Around the World In 80 Days – Michael Palin (1989)
In the autumn of 1988 Michael Palin set out from the Reform Club to circumnavigate the world, following the route taken by Phileas Fogg 115 years earlier. He had to make the journey in 80 days – accompanied by a BBC film crew – using only forms of transport that would have been available to…[Read more]
28. Dav Pilkey – Captain Underpants and the Perilous Plot of Professor Poopypants (2000)
New York Times bestselling author Dav Pilkey’s Captain Underpants soars to greater heights with the breakthrough fourth book-now in full color!
George and Harold are fourth-grade buddies with a penchant for practical jokes. When the boys’ latest prank drives…[Read more]
27. Paige Cooper – Zolitude (2018)
WINNER OF THE 2018 QUEBEC WRITERS’ FEDERATION CONCORDIA UNIVERSITY FIRST BOOK PRIZE
LONGLISTED FOR THE 2018 SCOTIABANK GILLER PRIZE
FINALIST FOR THE 2018 GOVERNOR GENERAL’S LITERARY AWARD FOR FICTION
A GLOBE AND MAIL BEST BOOK OF 2018
A QUILL & QUIRE BOOK OF THE YEAR
Fantastical, magnetic, and harsh—these a…[Read more]
26. Stephen King – The Outsider (2018)
An unspeakable crime. A confounding investigation. At a time when the King brand has never been stronger, he has delivered one of his most unsettling and compulsively readable stories.
An eleven-year-old boy’s violated corpse is found in a town park. Eyewitnesses and fingerprints point unmistakably to one o…[Read more]
25. Hermann Hesse – Siddhartha (1951)
Here the spirituality of the East and the West have met in a novel that enfigures deep human wisdom with a rich and colorful imagination.
Written in a prose of almost biblical simplicity and beauty, it is the story of a soul’s long quest in search of he ultimate answer to the enigma of man’s role on this…[Read more]
24. John Crowley – Little, Big (1981)
John Crowley’s masterful Little, Big is the epic story of Smoky Barnable, an anonymous young man who travels by foot from the City to a place called Edgewood—not found on any map—to marry Daily Alice Drinkwater, as was prophesied. It is the story of four generations of a singular family, living in a house tha…[Read more]
Two days done and I’m right on my target word count. This year will be an adventure because, though I have many ideas noted, I’ve not prepared a proper outline to follow. Also, I have ideas for the beginning and middle but no clue how the tale will conclude. I’m hoping for some kind of brainwave to hit me towards the month’s end. Wish me luck!
23. Jeff VanderMeer – Acceptance (2014)
The third and final book in VanderMeer’s acclaimed Southern Reach Trilogy.
It is winter in Area X. A new team embarks across the border, on a mission to find a member of a previous expedition who may have been left behind. As they press deeper into the unknown-navigating new terrain and new challenges-the…[Read more]
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