Theme week: Books in Context

It’s nearly July, and people above the equator are sitting on the beach and reading. But books are not read in isolation. There’s always something going on in your life, and that will color your perception of the book. And the environment you read in changes your view of the text.

We’ve noticed that people love theme weeks, when all the posts from Monday through Friday are on the same topic. Our most popular theme weeks have been our flash fiction weeks, when our writers treat us to a very short story.

With all that in mind: Next month, we’re going have another theme week, but we’re also going to try something different.

So it seemed appropriate to all of us to do a week on the subject.

  • Date: 15–19 July 2013
  • Length: Whatever you like, but 500–1000 words is suggested.

The format is a bit different for this one. Rather than write a review, we want to hear about where you read the book and why.

So pick a book you’ve read recently, and tell us why you read it. Tell us where you read it–on the beach? On the train on the way to work? And, lastly, tell us what was going on in your life at the time. Maybe this book helped you escape from a sticky situation at work, or inspired you to change your life.

To sign up, leave a comment here, or you can use the site’s contact form to get in touch.


Neil Fein is a freelance editor who specializes in novels. If you’ve written a manuscript or are getting close to finishing, you can get in touch with him here. He rides his bicycle as much as he can, and he paints when he damn well feels like it. He’s also a musician who plays in a Celtic fusion band, as well as a folk band.

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