IWSG, ROW80, New Releases, and Banned Books Week

Banned books week is on!

Here's a list of challenged books from the last few years. I'm not sure who's doing all this challenging, but I do hope they're at least reading the books before they challenge them. I mean, what possible objection could anyone have to Auden's The More Loving One?

I'm over at Jessica Bell's today!

And A Round of Words in 80 Days is back on! I've been keeping up with my draft typing. But I'm finally losing that it's-the-first-draft-but-this-book-is-AWESOME-SQUEAL! stage. Now I can see all the flaws, and it hurts.

Today is also, coincidentally, Insecure Writer's Support Group Day, hosted by Alex J. Cavanaugh. I'm as insecure as they come. But I love Neil Gaiman's Rule No. 8 for writing: "The main rule of writing is that if you do it with enough assurance and confidence, you’re allowed to do whatever you like. (That may be a rule for life as well as for writing. But it’s definitely true for writing.) So write your story as it needs to be written. Write it ­honestly, and tell it as best you can."

I've gotten two new books this week, one that's new for me, and another that's a new release:

I'm reading alternate history fiction for the first time: Harry Turtledove's Ruled Britannia.

Interesting to see Shakespeare as the main character!

And there's a new anthology out, featuring Kait Nolan!


What are you reading, for Banned Books Week or otherwise?
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