Janice Williams Loves Austin And sometimes I write about it.

July 13, 2008


Filed under: At home,Austin,Reading — Janice @ 11:31 pm

I finished two books in the last few days and now need to find another one to get involved in.

Yes, I finished Sarah Bird’s “How Perfect Is That” and loved it. I want to write a post about all of her books and how she is the only author I have ever bought every book they ever written and read them all. I was keeping up with Grisham for a long while, but he got ahead of me Sarah has only written six masterpieces so I have been able to keep up with her more easily. This new one is fun and funny and very quick paced and took turns that I truly did not expect. I had read the excerpt in Texas Monthly, which is from the very beginning of the book, and I was glad that the whole book was not centered around the super-wealthy Republicans of Austin. No, it went back to the Seneca House, the boarding house where the character had lived in college. What I really loved was that the house and the characters were really introduced to us back in Alamo House (her first novel), in a way. They were different people this time with different names, but it was still like meeting up with old friends.

I also finished “Snapshot” by Ryan O’Reilly. He’s another local author and this is his first book. I am very jealous that he wrote it and got it out there. It is a “road” story like “On the Road” and he has wonderful descriptions of the terrain and the beauty around him. The characters were not as well drawn and the situations were sometimes too “shallow” (for lack of a better word), but I was never bored and I read it straight through in about two days, so it was obviously intriguing. I will look forward to his next one that he is working on right now. I know the first one is always the most autobiographical of an author’s work and then the next one can be a more complete novel.


  1. Eat Pray Love, by Elisabeth Gilbert… it’s an autobiographical look in to her 12 month self exploration to Italy, India, and Indonesia… I found myself laughing with her, wanting to taste that incredible homemade pasta in the shanty of Italy, crying b/c I had no idea she knew anything about me b/c we never met, but I swear she was writing about me on a few of those tear stained pages…

    I love imagery, and being able to feel when I read…

    but my all time favorite book is Norman MacLean’s “A River Runs Through It”… autobiographical, as well, and simply beautiful scenery… you’d enjoy that one, for sure!

    Happy Reading!

    Comment by Christy — July 14, 2008 @ 10:46 am

  2. Sarah is one of my favorite authors, too – as well as a friend! Glad I found your website this past weekend. I think I’ve ready every posting on your blog and I am glad to know where you are. Maybe we’ll run into each other at some local music – I LOVE that part of your website!

    Comment by Paula — July 16, 2008 @ 10:48 pm

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