Saturdays. There's something sweetly wonderful about waking on a Saturday morning, pouring yourself a cup of steamy coffee, pulling together your breakfast of choice, and hunkering into your favorite chair with that book you've neglected to touch throughout the week.
For the month of October I'll be sharing my Saturday reads, and more specifically, a few authors I'm particularly fond of for their writing style and authentic and unique voice. Being a confident writer takes more than just writing often, but it requires reading often too. I hope you'll enjoy these authors, pay attention closely to their writing, and along the way discover a richer experience as you read.
Saturday Reads of the 20th Century
Years ago I selected this novel on a whim, entirely unaware of it's place in history as an American Classic. For those of you who enjoy historical fiction this would be my first recommendation. Author Betty Smith's writing is written from the perspective of a young girl coming-of-age during the turn of the century. There's something extraordinarily brilliant about her writing that takes the seemingly normal moments of a childhood evolving into young-adulthood, and holds your attention from the first word to the last.
A more difficult read for those of us with weak stomachs, but I believe an important read nonetheless. I first read this book as an assignment in my 11th-grade english class and it's impact remains nearly 10-years later. Upton Sinclair's writing is gritty, honest, and uncomfortable to say the least. His writing unveils Urban America as it existed in the turn of the century, exploring poverty, corruption, and an extremely horrific picture of the Chicago stockyards and its practices. This would not be my choice if you're looking for a light read, but if you're okay with a heavy subject this piece remains on my list of favorites.