Reading is a refuge, an escape, a guilty pleasure, a doorway to other worlds, a way to live through others. And reading also helps me become a better writer.
Thinking ahead to 2019, I’ve put together a list of books I want to read
- Survive by Vera Nazarian. This is the fourth book in the Atlantis Grail series, and whenever it comes out, know I’ll be up all night reading it. I’ve never loved a series so much.
- Power Mage series by Brian McClellan. This was highly recommended, and I don’t remember by whom. Whoever it was I trust their opinion. We’ll see if I end up agreeing.
- Fable Haven series and Five Kingdoms series by Brandon Mull. These were also highly recommended by the same now-forgotten person.
- Scarlet, which is the second in the Cinder series by Marissa Meyer. Cinder was so creative and riveting I’ve got to see what happens next.
- The Far Pavilions by MM Kaye was recommended as a great example of setting as almost a character in the novel.
- Icarus Deception by Seth Godin, hopefully as an inspiration to my writing.
- Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor has been on my list for three years. I accidentally read a book with a similar title, thinking it was this one. Now it’s time for the real thing.
- Plainsong by Kent Haruf was cited as a great example of mannerisms that show character.
- The Robber Bride by Margaret Atwood was recommended as an example of dialogue that increases suspense.
- Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch was recommended to me as “fantasy that is fun.”
- Configured by Jenetta Penner
- The Paper Magician by Charlie Holmberg
And as an added bonus, The Timechart History of the World. This oversized book present world history in timelines, showing dates, key events, and figures, complete with illustrations. Just the thing to get lost in while learning some history and looking for a little worldbuilding inspiration.
That’s what I’ll be reading next year. What about you?