Past and Present Reads: Weekly Tweets: The First 100 Books

     At the moment marks my Twitter-versary—my
anniversary for 100 straight weeks of tweeting about novels that alternate
between the previous and current. Under you’ll discover a “tapestry” of the primary 100
books that I highlighted in my Sunday tweets. 

     This week additionally
marks my first publish at
Previous & Current
weblog. Right here to rejoice with me is fellow author and blogger, MM Finck.
She has been by-lined at
Author Unboxed
and leads
Ladies Writers,
Ladies’s Books
’s Interviews. Thanks, MM, for
stopping by to ask me the questions readers need to hear!


Tori, congratulations in your 100-week milestone! I’m glad to search out in a single helpful
spot all the past-and-present books you’ve tweeted about to date. Have you ever truly
learn all of them?
although not within the order through which I tweeted about them. I learn largely in hardcover
and commerce paperback codecs—and plenty of by means of Audible (as a result of listening to tales makes my lengthy commute to work enjoyable!).

What an exquisite number of authors, intervals,
and themes are represented right here. Have you ever repeated any authors within the first 100

Are you able to imagine that? It means that different readers additionally take pleasure in books that shift
between the previous and current. That mentioned, among the many subsequent 100 tweets, I will probably be excited to characteristic once more a few of my favourite authors—these akin to Karen White and Beatriz Williams.    

                            (Interview continues beneath.)


Apart from your love of historical past, what
impressed you to be an fanatic of novels that shift between the previous and current?
years after William Martin’s BACK BAY was revealed in 1979, I purchased the novel and was enthralled. The story follows a number of generations of a
Boston household and their connection to a misplaced silver tea service crafted by Paul
Revere as a present for George Washington. I later found many books with an analogous construction, like early works by Sarah McCoy (THE BAKER’S
DAUGHTER) and Jenna Blum (THOSE WHO SAVE US); each of those novels alternate
between modern-day and that of World Battle II—an period I discover fascinating. I’m intrigued by how past-and-present novels can take a look again with the good thing about distance in assessing a time passed by. This holds true whether or not the novel spans 10 years, 70 years, or 300.
The tapestry of all 100 books is
visually attention-grabbing. Are you able to presumably choose a favourite cowl?
I distinctly recall once I first caught the excitement about A FINE IMITATION. I
was unfamiliar with debut writer Amber Brock on the time, however I knew immediately
I had to learn any guide with that title
and that cowl. I used to be thrilled to be taught Amber’s novel shifted between the previous
and current, and it turned out she additionally lives within the Atlanta-metro space. She’s one
of many authors I’ve had the pleasure of assembly throughout occasions at FoxTale E book Shoppe.
Would possibly we anticipate something new together with your weekly
tweets sooner or later?
will discover extra guide covers displayed in upcoming tweets. I would attempt a three-week
sequence on a selected writer’s past-and-present novels. I’m considering perhaps books
by Susan Meissner and Kate Morton? And, I’ll be tweeting underneath a brand new hashtag
now: #PastPresentReads.
Okay, prepared for my hardest query,
Tori? Which of the primary 100 books was your greatest learn?
That basically is hard. If I used to be pressured to drop all the things this minute and begin studying one once more at present, I’d in all probability choose up guide #100. Apart from its stunning
writing, THE LAST PAINTING OF SARA DE VOS blends so lots of the issues I am drawn to in fiction . . . a historic interval
from centuries previous (right here, the 1600s); a second storyline, this one set within the
Fifties; yet one more narrative thread within the trendy period—one which’s fueled by the
recollections and regrets of characters who’ve aged; the portrayal of girls’s roles over time; an underlying love story; and, after all, a compelling object or
occasion that ties all the things collectively: on this occasion, an incredible piece of artwork.

Thanks, Tori! I stay up for seeing what books you characteristic subsequent.
Thank you, MM, for being my first weblog visitor!

     In closing, I’ve to say, I by no means anticipated
my weekly tweets would keep it up for practically two years and working. I had already
learn 52 of those books earlier than I started, and I assumed I’d tweet every week for one 12 months and be carried out. However, the extra books I learn, the extra I discovered. I made a decision to maintain

Please see my Sunday tweets
@ToriLWhitaker. And, observe this weblog for periodic critiques and different stuff for lovers of historical past and books.

NOTE ON THE TAPESTRY:  On Twitter, I inadvertently tweeted WEEK #36 twice,
with two totally different books. Okay, I should have had a late night time the Saturday
earlier than. LOL. (It’s superb it solely occurred as soon as!) Then, for WEEK #66, I occurred
to retweet librarian Sarah Johnson’s glorious weblog publish the place she lined a number of past-and-present books. Her
publish couldn’t be pictured in my tapestry above, so the 100 cowl pictures ended up
night out. I encourage followers of historic fiction to observe Sarah’s beloved weblog,
Studying the Previous.  

At the moment’s visitor, MM Finck, is a author, essayist, and gives question letter teaching
and developmental modifying as 
The Question Quill. She leads Ladies
Writers, Ladies’s Books
Interviews and Brokers’ Nook segments.
She is the competition chair for the Ladies’s Fiction Writers Affiliation Rising Star Writing Award. Her girls’s fiction is represented by Katie Shea
Boutillier of the Donald Maass Literary Company. She is lively on 
FbTwitterGoodreads, and Litsy (@MMF).


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