Good writers read. So, let’s share what we’re reading with each other each month.Send in what you’re reading with a short thumbs up/down blurb and a photo (.jpg) of yourself and we’ll post on the third Monday of the month.
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|I’m currently reading You Don’t Have to be Famous – How to Write Your Life Story by Steve Zousmer. I will be teaching a class in creative writing for 32 inmates at the Vista Jail starting 11/18 and find this book has several suggestions I can implement. I’ve taught Bible studies there for over 12 yrs, but a class in writing will be a stretch. I’m counting on the Lord to ‘show the way’.|
|I am reading Eragon. I am working on a pre-teen novel and it’s great to get dialog and character study.
So far it’s a thumbs up.
|I try to keep two books going at a time, one non-fiction and one fiction. Here’s what I’m reading and/or just recently read:
|I’m trying to read one book from each of the best selling detective/spy/thriller authors and analyze their voice and technique. So in the last month I’ve read books by Michael Connelly, Richard Castle, James Patterson, Vince Flynn, David Baldacci, Tom Clansey, Sue Grafton, W.E.B. Griffin, and Brad Thor. My favorite by far was Thor’s The Last Patirot which reminded me of the movie National Treasure. I also finished the Twilight series (had to know what the kids are reading), a biography – Francona: The Red Sox Years, something from the NY Times Bestseller’s list: Quiet (why being an introvert isn’t bad) by Susan Cain, and started Divergent (thanks to a tip from Joanne Bischof at the conference :). I also picked two titles from 100 Must-Read Books: The Essential Man’s Library. I loved The Art of War by Sun Tzu, written in the 6th century BC and was amused when the thriller I was currently reading quoted it twice. I wasn’t such a fan of The Price by Machiavelli which was a tough read even in the “modern” translation. But now I not only know the origin of the term Machiavellian but also “Old Nick” as a synonym for the devil.|