Also, after this week’s awesome news, which was pretty much like the entertainment gods saying “Happy early birthday, Michelle!”, this slipped my mind.
Here’s where I stand:
As You Like It by William Shakespeare
Dracula by Bram Stoker
The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole
Endymion by Dan Simmons (Just started)
The Ancient by R.A. Salvatore
Long Lost by David Morrell (currently on loan to my roommate)
A Coral Kiss by Jayne Ann Krentz (Screw it. Life’s too short to read romance novels you don’t like.)
If on a winter’s night a traveler by Italo Calvino
Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert Heinlein
The Alloy of Law by Brandon Sanderson
The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss
The Pirate Queen: Queen Elizabeth I, Her Pirate Adventurers, and the Dawn of Empire by Susan Ronald
Techniques of the Selling Writer by Dwight V. Swain
Scene & Structure by Jack Bickham
Characters and Viewpoint by Orson Scott Card
The Writer’s Journey by Christopher Vogler
EntreLeadership by Dave Ramsey
Story by Robert McKee
I’m more than halfway done!
It’s been slow going, partly because I’ve been editing and then plotting out a new WIP, partly because a lot of these books are outside my normal genres (or are just plain huge, as in the case of The Wise Man’s Fear), and partly because I kept discovering new writers and recommendations from friends that I just had to read right NOW. (See: The Parasol Protectorate.)
In fact, that new stack you see just to the right here are books that have been added to the “unread stuff on my shelf” over the past two months. (Including a birthday gift from my roommates. GUESS WHICH ONE THAT IS.)
However, it’s progress, and it’s also broadening my horizons. I’m insanely glad I made myself sit down and read The Shadow of the Wind, and the nonfiction books I’ve finished so far have been really, really helpful in terms of studying the craft.
Are there any books you didn’t think you’d like that you ended up loving once you read them?