What I’m Reading 21st January


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It’s Friday, and this week’s reads are old ones found on my Kindle or Kobo ‘To be read’ pile or are re-reads. Again, I’ve got three great reads on the go: a work read, a fun read, and a me-time read. The me-time one…? Yeah, it’s a bit different.

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The Work Read

I’m still working my way through this book by my old screenwriting instructor at UCLA Extension, Karl Iglesias. 13% in, and I’ve had multiple lightbulb moments and so many memories of the great lessons from his class.

Writing for Emotional Impact on Kindle (£4.99 )

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The Fun Read

Nightfall by Anne Stuart

Anne Stuart never disappoints! I can’t stop turning the page to find out the truth, even though I read this book about five years ago. I may not remember the truth behind the murder of the hero’s wife and kids–he’s the only suspect–but I do recall this same ‘can’t stop reading’ feeling from back then.

I’m 34% in (start of Act II (a), if you’re interested in story structure), and I know that the deeper I get into this book, the less likely I am to sleep. This story is a masterclass in holding the reader’s attention, maintaining tension without reader fatigue, and creating empathy for a questionable hero.

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Nightfall on Kobo (£4.59 on Kobo)

Nightfall on Kindle (£4.59 on Kindle)

The Me-Time Read

I finished reading Ahead of the Curve by Jenny Rushmore, and I can’t wait to try out some of the sneaky sewing alterations I’ve learned through her invaluable book.

But it’s on to a new ‘me-time’ read… something a wee bit more sneaky than fiddling with patterns to make them fit. This week I’m going with one of my favourite subjects: spies!

I don’t just love them in the books I read and write or the shows I watch–looking at you, Burn Notice. I love all things spy-related.

John Braddock, a former CIA case officer, shares the basics of game theory and how it applies to situations spies may or may not have been involved in.

A Spy’s Guide to Thinking on Kindle (£2.31 or free with Kindle Unlimited)

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I’d love to hear your reading plans for the next week…

Until next time, take care, and happy reading!

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7 responses to “What I’m Reading 21st January”

    • Susan T. Braithwaite – Glasgow, Scotland – Royal Navy veteran from Scotland. My journey into writing started with a screenwriting certificate program at UCLA Ext. Since then, I've worked as a freelance content writer, erotica author, proofreader, professional beta reader, and content editor. I'm now working hard on my dream writing career: romantic suspense author. When I'm not writing, I can be found drinking too much coffee, obsessing over yarn, and planning world domination with my husband, jezbraithwaite.blog, and our squirrel army.​
      Susan T. Braithwaite says:

      I know. Why is it going so fast? Where’s the pause button?

      • Susan T. Braithwaite – Glasgow, Scotland – Royal Navy veteran from Scotland. My journey into writing started with a screenwriting certificate program at UCLA Ext. Since then, I've worked as a freelance content writer, erotica author, proofreader, professional beta reader, and content editor. I'm now working hard on my dream writing career: romantic suspense author. When I'm not writing, I can be found drinking too much coffee, obsessing over yarn, and planning world domination with my husband, jezbraithwaite.blog, and our squirrel army.​
        Susan T. Braithwaite says:

        🤣

  1. Stefanie Neumann – Hamburg, Germany – The Art of Awareness – a bright light on the path of beingness. Basically I am… well… me! That contents: Dreamer. Visionary. Connector. Peacefounder. Adventurer. Teacher. Lerner. Artist. Embodied Spirit. … Born as a highly sensitive person and empath I am using these gifts to bring awareness into the world through authenticity. This comes with a natural, strong tendency for clarity. I am in love with creative expression, drawing my inspiration from a colourful, wide range of interests. People often describe me as open-hearted and friendly. What I learned from life on earth: You cannot think an experience. But you can thank for it. ************************************ Die Kunst der Gewahrsamkeit – ein helles Licht auf dem Pfad des Seins. Im Wesentlichen bin ich… nun ja… ich! Das beinhaltet: Träumerin. Visionärin. Vermittlerin. Friedensgründerin. Abenteurerin. Lehrerin. Lernende. Künstlerin. Verkörperter Geist… Als hochsensible Person und Empathin geboren, nutze ich diese Gaben, um Gewahrsamkeit durch Authentizität in die Welt zu bringen. Dies kommt mit einer natürlichen starken Neigung zur Klarheit. Ich bin in den kreativen Ausdruck verliebt, wobei ich meine Inspiration von einer bunten Palette an vielseitigen Interessen beziehe. Menschen beschreiben mich oft als offenherzig und freundlich. Was ich vom Leben auf der Erde gelernt habe: Man kann eine Erfahrung nicht denken. Doch man kann für sie danken.
    Stefanie Neumann says:

    Well, I am admiring you for having a reading list, as you know.
    As you also know, personally I do not have one… But I love to see your enthusiasm and also, quite interesting to see that book from your teacher. Very intriguing.

    • Susan T. Braithwaite – Glasgow, Scotland – Royal Navy veteran from Scotland. My journey into writing started with a screenwriting certificate program at UCLA Ext. Since then, I've worked as a freelance content writer, erotica author, proofreader, professional beta reader, and content editor. I'm now working hard on my dream writing career: romantic suspense author. When I'm not writing, I can be found drinking too much coffee, obsessing over yarn, and planning world domination with my husband, jezbraithwaite.blog, and our squirrel army.​
      Susan T. Braithwaite says:

      Thanks, Stefanie!

  2. Susan T. Braithwaite – Glasgow, Scotland – Royal Navy veteran from Scotland. My journey into writing started with a screenwriting certificate program at UCLA Ext. Since then, I've worked as a freelance content writer, erotica author, proofreader, professional beta reader, and content editor. I'm now working hard on my dream writing career: romantic suspense author. When I'm not writing, I can be found drinking too much coffee, obsessing over yarn, and planning world domination with my husband, jezbraithwaite.blog, and our squirrel army.​
    Susan T. Braithwaite says:

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