Reading is a large part of my life. I enjoy everything from a good murder mystery, to a steamy romance novel, and everything in between. I read the classics (granted not as many as I should) and I read pop culture items. I read news articles, and I read blogs. I read about child development (well because it’s been a long time since I’ve dealt with a young child). I read about writing and writer’s lives and writing habits. I even occasionally read about celebrities (but not that often). The point is that I read a lot, and one thing I have found is that you can learn something from everything that you read (even if you can’t believe everything you read). You can learn how to be a better writer by reading, even if what you’ve read is poorly written. You can learn how to deal with different stressful situations, how to build the perfect fort for playtime with a toddler, and you can learn how scary the real world is at times. So for today’s post, I would like to talk a bit more about the things I have read this week.
Last week I wrote about my beta reading experience (if you missed the post you can find it here). Mistral Dawn is a fantasy romance novelist and you can find her books on Amazon by following these links: Taken By the Huntsman or Bound By the Summer Prince. Both are great fantasy romance novels filled with wonderful descriptions of the land of Fairie as Mistral envisions it and some pretty hot love scenes. They both also lay out a world where everyone is accepted for who they are, regardless of what labels may be applied to them. She does a wonderful job of making the reader think about social issues without coming across as preaching to the masses. In short, both of her books offer more than sex scenes, and have a way of totally engrossing the reader. I highly recommend them.
In the last week, I have also met another writer who is preparing to release her second book. Julie Nicholls also writes fantasy romance and you can get her first book on Amazon at Demon Within. In this first novel, Julie takes us into the life of Kai, a former slave who has won his freedom. Within the pages of her book you will find mystery, lies, secrets, romance, and of course some steamy love scenes. I particularly enjoyed how Julie weaves the different character’s individual stories into one and I am eagerly waiting the arrival of her next book titled Angel Within which is due to be released soon.
In the last week I also finally got around to reading Ready Player One. This book was released back in 2011, and has been on my to read list for a couple of years now. I have to say that I really enjoyed this novel. As a child of the 80’s it was a blast from the past set in the future. Ernest Cline gives readers a future dystopian world where most of humanity spends the majority of their time inside a virtual reality game world. One of the creators of the “game” passes away and his will reveals the existence of an “Easter Egg” inside the game, and states that the person who finds the egg first will inherit his massive estate including billions of dollars. What follows is simply nerd heaven. If you were a part of the 80’s, (and even if you were not) it is well worth the read and highly entertaining.
Last, but certainly not least, I have been reading Plot & Structure by James Scott Bell. This book is part of a series that Writer’s Digest has published over the years in their Write Great Fiction series. It is one of the books on my to read list that I hope will help me gain the necessary skills (and confidence) to finally sit down and write a book (or if I’m lucky, several books). I’m only a couple of chapters into the book, but I have already learned a couple of things, so Yay!
I would love to hear what you’ve been reading! Please feel free to share in the comments below!