Writing is a lot like making soup…

Writing is not just a process of creation. It is also a process of self-discovery. Cristina Istrati

Working on the final revision (before sending to editor #1) of Damn Ray Reviews. Check ‘table of contents’. 


  1. “Idaho”, Emily Ruskovich
  2. “Big Magic: creative living beyond fear”, Elizabeth Gilbert
  3. “Hot Milk”, Deborah Levy
  4. “Here I am”, Jonathan Safran Foer
  5. “Ripples on the pond”, Sebnem E. Sanders
  6. “Born a crime”, Trevor Noah
  7. “The Book of Hidden Things”, Francesco Dimitri
  8. “Next year in Havanna”, Chanel Cleeton
  9. “The mother of all questions”, Rebecca Solnit
  10. “Negroland”, Margo Jefferson
  11. “What you don’t know”, Joann Chaney
  12. “The subtle art of not giving a f@ck”, Mark Manson
  13. “The Axeman’s Jazz”, Ray Celestin
  14. “The kind worth of killing”, Peter Swanson
  15. “Faithful to death”, Jonas Mostrom
  16. “The Woman in Cabin 10”, Ruth Ware
  17. “Midnight at the bright ideas bookstore”, Matthew Sullivan
  18. “Mocka”, Tatiana de Rosnay
  19. “Alex”, Pierre Lemaitre
  20. “Everything I don’t remember”, Jonas Hassen Khemiri
  21. “The stranger in the woods”, Michael Finkel
  22. “Need to know”, Karen Cleveland
  23. “The Contract: between heaven and earth”, John W. Howell, Gwen M. Plano
  24. “Artemis”, Andy Weir
  25. “Bitch doctrine: essays for dissenting adults”, Laurie Penny
  26. “You are a badass”, Jen Sincero
  27. “Fall down 7 times, get up 8”, Naoki Higashida
  28. “In the Calyx”, Libre Paley 
  29. “The Treatment”, C. L. Taylor
  30. “Blame”, Jeff Abbot
  31. “The owl always hunts at night”, Samuel Bjork
  32. “Vit krypta”, Mariette Lindstein
  33. “Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death”, James Runcie
  34. “Blindness/or Blind End”, Jorn Lier Horst
  35. “Small Town Kid”, Frank Prem
  36. “The Japanese mind”, Roger J. Davies, Osamie Ikeno
  37. “Sleeping Giants”, Sylvain Neuvel
  38. “Colder: a collection of poetry and prose” , River Dixon
  39. “Fields of lies”, Sabina Gabrielli Carrara
  40. “Homo Deus: a brief history of tomorrow”, Yuval Noah Harari
  • Reading list
  • About Ray

!! All my posts until 18 July are scheduled. Then I’m going to the beach … Vacation Mode 😜💃 and get back only 25/ 26 July to blogging. 

“If there is a magic in story writing, and I am convinced there is, no one has ever been able to reduce it to a recipe that can be passed from one person to another.” John Steinbeck

Each recipe is different! ‘Cook on’!? 😂

Next post – “The Pearl Territory”, chapter 14 – #dialogue


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49 Responses

  1. alexraphael says:

    Well obviously Alex is the best book on there haha

  2. Victoria Ray NB says:

    Why? Do you like the book or just the name? 😂 I think all 40 books r well written and almost on the same level. I have to say I liked Idaho a lot bcz it’s very strange (different) style of writing. Btw I skipped rating/ going with plain text reviews

  3. Jina Bazzar says:

    Loved that quote of Steinbeck’s! And have fun on the beach!

  4. Scarpoe says:

    Enjoy the beach. I want lots of pics.

  5. So thrilled you included The Contract, Victoria Ray. I loved that review. Best wishes on this one. You are getting ahead of me in that you are publishing faster than I can read. 😂

  6. Oh yes. Enjoy the beach.

  7. masercot says:

    Enjoy your vacation, Ray. I don’t have to ask if you’ll be bringing a book…

  8. Mr. Wapojif says:

    If you pour the soup over your writing as you work, then it’s especially like soup.

    My writing would be hearty leek and potato, I feel.

  9. librepaley says:

    Looks like a great eclectic selection – can’t believe I still haven’t read “The subtle art of not giving a f@ck” by Mark Manson. But summer looms. Have a good break.

    • Victoria Ray NB says:

      Expect lots of “f@cks” 🙂 with diff meanings 😂😂 and yessss, still 2 months ahead of us!!! ☀️

  10. ortensia says:

    I loved the post.there was something vibrant in it…..may be the perspective of the beach👙☀️😉I won’t say enjoy yet because I feel we ll talk again before you leave😘

    • Victoria Ray NB says:

      Thank you 🕺 Yes, beach sounds dreamy… I scheduled post until 18 July 😂 because no way I’ll blog there 👙🧘‍♂️🍹🍒 🌊 & I still have 5-6 days before I’ll leave – my mum arriving 😂 soon 😱

  11. Hyperion says:

    You are a reading and writing machine Ray. That’s an impressive list. My eyes are too lazy. I read a chapter and take a nap, rinse, and repeat. I enjoy the beach a lot so please run around in the sand and sea for me. Thank you! 😁

    • Victoria Ray NB says:

      Haha 😂 I wouldn’t say I’m writing machine, but… I scheduled blog posts until 15th of July 😂 so maybe I am 🙂 sure, no problem, planning to spend all free time near sea/sun

      • Hyperion says:

        Please try to have fun and don’t worry about all of us Ray Fanboys, we’ll be fine since you have all your posts lined up until 15 July, it will be like you are still there cranking out high level entertainment for us even though you are at the beach working on your killer tan. 😎

      • Victoria Ray NB says:

        Exactly my point haha… ah, life is really easy when your posts are scheduled 2 weeks ahead lol 😂 but now – I’m super exhausted 😩

      • Hyperion says:

        Oh wow 😲 I bet you are exhausted Ray. I need a full day just to do one post. I think I might need a vacation just to recover from writing all those posts in advance. Remember not to drink too much beer and fall asleep on the sand in the sun or you might wake up Red Ray. 😉

      • Victoria Ray NB says:

        Red Ray…ah I need that haha 😂

      • Hyperion says:

        😎 I can see it clearly now.

      • Victoria Ray NB says:


  12. kinkyacres says:

    Steinbeck…hmm……nice quote…….but why do I remember the name?

  13. I hope you are thoroughly enjoying your vacay

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