November Reading Update

As usual, I’ve been absolutely useless in updating Goodreads. But, I have been reading quite a bit, although more magazines, Medium articles, and non-fiction than reading fiction.

Both of the books I mention in this post I bought on Kobo (i.e. no affiliate links), and I must say, for the amount they cost, they are really worth every cent and more.

The magazines I got on Amazon, though, as Pocketmags did not seem to have them (usually my go-to for international magazines and specifically craft magazines). The other magazines I read were the ones that I actually work on* and that was more to do with work than leisure.

The Renegade Writer Library by Linda Formichelli & Diana Burrell

Consisting of The Renegade Writer and From Pitched to Published, I did not get them just on a whim (hint hint), but also as a way to learn more about the publishing and writing industry. Knowing that the two authors has been in the writing business so long is also comforting, as I know how quickly things change especially in the magazine world. (Basically there’s never a dull moment.)
I would say that this is really a volume you should look at getting if you’re a freelance writer for websites and magazines, or even just an occasional writer for these mediums, or you’re thinking of becoming a freelancer.

The Story Solution: Re-write Your Life by Sean Platt & Johnny B. Truant

This is not usually the type of book I buy (except if it’s a Jon Acuff book), but I listen to their podcast almost every week — okay, sometimes I binge — and find that they really know what they’re talking about and have good advice. I have, over the past few months, struggled a bit with Life Stuff and got this book about in the middle of it all.

At the most basic level, it asks you where you want to be in your life. However, it doesn’t stop just there, but takes you through exercises, that also lets you figure out how to tackle getting the life that you want.


Piecework, published by Long Thread Media (Fall 2019)

Okay, how on earth did I not know that this magazine existed? And has existed for over a decade?

The magazine focuses not only on different types of needlework and sewing, but also brings you a lot of history about the different crafts, the culture surrounding them, etc. It’s the magazine I never knew I always wanted. It’s one of the few magazines that I can picture myself reading in one sitting and then reading again immediately in case there’s a detail that I missed.
The articles are of a very high quality, and so is the beautiful projects that is featured in the issue. I can’t wait to get my hands on the next one!

The Simple Things, published by Iceberg Press (October 2019)

Another magazine I had no idea existed, this issue of The Simple Things reads to me like a cross between Breathe and something like Woman & Home. I’ve yet to page through some of the back issues, but I can say that this can also go on my TBR pile.

Which books or magazines are you reading at the moment? I would love to know!

* I work for a South African publisher of 11 magazines, on the advertising side of things, as a copywriter.

By Carin Marais

Bibliophile, writer of speculative fiction, non-fiction, and maybe-fiction, language practitioner, doer of stuff.

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