MyTBR #44 Reading Fast and Slow, and a visit to Dr. Lecter

On this week’s TBR Podcast we were joined by (mostly) non-fiction author Roland Denzel, and we talked about how our reading speeds have changed over our lives, and thought about why and how it is different in various reading situations.

For my own reading, with my son I continued with a few more stories from M is For Magic, Neil Gaiman’s selection of middle grade/young adult short stories.

And I’m almost finished enjoying Robin Lythgoe’s As The Crow Flies, and will finish it next week.

But I took a pretty major detour based on my reading of editor/publisher Sean Coyne’s blog posts leading to the upcoming book The Story Grid. If you want to be an editor, understand how a story-level editor reads a book, or are a story nerd like he is (and I found myself tending that way as I read it), then start at the beginning and read every (long) post. The book comes out soon.

I mentioned that because it got me to read Thomas Harris’ bestseller The Silence of the Lambs. I watched the movie way back when it came out on DVD and enjoyed it (I can enjoy a psychological thriller more than a straight horror movie, in general), but had never read the book. Coyne used it as his example for showing how his Story Grid process charts every scene and plot turn of a book, as well as the key points of the particular multi-faceted genre. So it was intended as reading for the purpose of learning… but the book is pretty spectacularly well done, so I really just read it for fun and came back to Coyne’s posts about it afterward with the book fresh in my mind. Highly recommended either way.


Yes, if you happen to buy one of these from Amazon based on my recommendation links, they’ll throw a few cents my way as a thank you. Or go get the book out of the library (I love my library), buy it in a used bookstore, or borrow it from a friend. If it catches your eye, you’ll find a way.