I fell into a reading and writing rut recently, and whenever that happens, books about books always help me get back into it. I really enjoyed these four:
1. Plotted: A Literary Atlas by Andrew DeGraff and Daniel Harmon. Books visualized as maps. Fascinating even if you haven't read the selected works.
2. In Other Words by Jhumpa Lahiri. I'd previously read a little about Lahiri's obsession with Italian and enjoyed getting a fuller picture. And I loved seeing the original Italian and translated English pages side by side. (Interestingly, she didn't translate her own book.)
3. Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke. Rilke's letters to... well, a young poet. But at times it feels as if he's writing to you. This is one I'm sure I'll return to when I need some encouragement.
4. Why We Write edited by Meredith Maran. This collection of author interviews reminded me that there are endless ways to be a writer, and that success comes in many forms. A reassuring & inspiring read.
What have you been reading lately?