A writer MUST read. Period. Stephen King once said, “If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.” A writer can’t expect to become anything close to proficient if they don’t first study the objects they hope to create and examine the greats who’ve preceded them. They are to treat every book like a textbook, with the scrutiny and reverence it deserves.
Because I am a writer, we’ve just established that I’m also an avid reader. When you don’t catch me writing with my pink Mac in hand, then I’m probably out on the backyard hammock reading while simultaneously failing at my attempt to tan unwilling skin. And in the hope of keeping track of everything I’ve read (starting now), I’ve decided to begin writing book reviews. I will receive and consider review requests, but keep in mind that since my preferred writing genre is fiction, it is safe to assume what I read is also mostly fiction- though I do enjoy the occasional non-fiction/memoir piece.
To give you an idea of what I read, I’ve jotted down a list of a few authors I absolutely adore and that I make sure to keep tabs on- wouldn’t want to miss out on their latest novels, now would I?
- Patricia Briggs
- Cassandra Clare
- Mary Higgins Clark
- Kelley Armstrong
- Suzanne Collins