In my opinion as a writer you have only three main jobs; write, read, and keep yourself alive (so you can continue to do the first two). If you are not writing you should be reading; a lot. Read books from great authors as well as from terrible. Read genres you are not generally inclined to. In essence read everything you can, good, bad, and foreign. When you read, try to enjoy the book, but also think about why you did or did not like it and how it made you feel and why. How was it structured? What genre is it? Is there a sub-genre? What was the plot arc like? Why did it work or not work? All of these questions will help you grow. Below is some of what I have been devouring as of late.
2020 Reading Challenge
At the time of updating the 2020 Reading Challenge we are deep into a very strange year for the world. It is, in fact, near the end of July as I write this. The challenge this year has 27 books, the regular 26 plus 1 bonus book. Here is my reading list, in no particular order.
A book.... 1 of 27 - with 500 pages or more, 1000 Years of Irish Poetry, Hoagland 2 of 27 - you can finish in a day. The Gashlycrumb Tinies, Edward Gorey 3 of 27 - sitting on your to read list. Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates 4 of 27 - of poetry. Holocaust Poetry, Hilda Schiff 5 of 27 - a fantasy novel. Blood of Elves, Andrzej Sapkowski 6 of 27 - chosen on its cover. Where the Sidewalk Ends, Shel Silverstein 7 of 27 - by an author you know (have met). The Boy Who Walked Backwards, Ben Sures (Bonus Book)
Books currently being read
Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised, Henry Martyn Robert The Time of Contempt, Andrzej Sapkowski 21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act, Bob Joseph Community, Peter Block
2019 Reading Challenge
For my 2019 reading challenge I have kept the bar at 26 books. My wife and I created another list which made the challenge even more enjoyable. As I read the books from the list I will be keeping track of them here. Please follow me on Goodreads or Litsy for reviews and comments on each title.
1 of 26 - A book to help advance your career or hobby. Community The Structure of Belonging, by Peter Block 2 of 26 - A book chosen based on its cover. This Book Will Put You To Sleep, by McCoy & Hardwick 3 of 26 - A book you can finish in a day. It's Not How Good You Are, It's How Good You Want To Be, by Paul Arden
E.B. White and William Strunk: The Elements of Style Robert Brittain: A Pocket Guide to Correct Punctuation George Lois: Damn Good Advice for Creative People