Except for editing and the final touches, I have more or less finished my Collins work (which incidentally is showing on the Amazon site although the information is not completely accurate at the moment). This leaves me free to concentrate on my VERY IMPORTANT MA assignment. To this end, I am currently reading What I was by Meg Rosoff having enjoyed her very interesting and Carnegie Award winning novel Just in Case.
I realise both books may not be to everyone's tastes but her style is mesmerising. She creates really interesting voices in her work which I really like. I'm also hoping to read some other texts- The World According to Humphrey, Finding Violet Park and others, in my efforts to widen my experience of novels in different genres and for various age groups.
As an English specialist, I am familiar with lots of books for the school age market but I'm toying with a few ideas for my assignment and I always find reading books helps me with my writing, so that's what I'm doing!! As Stephen King said in his wonderful book On Writing: If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.”