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Readings & Reflections 

   I started a blog a few years back which was primarily focused on reviews of books I recently read. Most of the books had a thematic bond with the novel I was writing at the time. Even though my novel project is on an indefinite hold (someday I will complete it) so that I can instead focus on a memoir, I’m providing a link to my blog in case you’re interested in reading my musings. In addition, below you will find my original comments about the blog during my novel-writing period.


   I’ve recently undertaken an exhilarating new challenge in my life, writing my first novel, something I’ve dreamed of doing for more than forty years. While this will be a work of fiction, I’ve drawn from both my own experiences as well as individuals I’ve known to make for what I hope will be an interesting story. In the time that I’ve been actively pursuing this goal, I’ve become passionately involved in the project and cannot wait until my manuscript is complete, edited countless times, and ready for publication. I hope when this journey is complete you’ll take the time to read what I’ve written and will find it an enjoyable and rewarding experience.

    In hopes of making myself a better writer, of late I’ve been reading more extensively. Most but not all of the books I’ve read have been novels that have something in common with the theme of the book I’m writing. Some such as Catcher in the Rye and Giovanni's Room were first published more than fifty years ago. Others like Call Me By Your Name and Leave Myself Behind are much newer works. Some of these books I’ve absolutely loved; others I found disappointing. But all I believe have provided guidance and insights and hopefully made me a better writer.

   My blog is dedicated to my writings, readings and various other activities in preparing my manuscript.  At a minimum I hope that if you choose to follow my blog you’ll at least find a few books worth reading that you otherwise might have missed. Should you have any comments, questions or suggestions you’d like to share with me, feel free to contact me at Ed@EdHartnett.com. I’d very much enjoy hearing from you. Thanks for your interest.