What Are You Reading?
Obviously, I haven’t written in a long time. All of my spare time lately has gone to critique group, including any reading time. I’ve been sort of beating my head against a wall trying to revise based on critique comments. Reading current books (and not-so-current books) is really important to growing as a writer. Reading would also help my sanity. So I need to relax and read a book.
I’d like to pick up the sequel to The Way of Kings. The size of that book was hugely intimidating, but my best friend recommended it. I forced myself to open the pages, and I was hooked. With my critical writing brain, I saw holes in the worldbuilding. The extra prologues/interludes from the POVs of characters who never showed up again drove me crazy. However, the world was richly created. The characters were deep and real. I thoroughly enjoyed it and think it’s a great example of the slow reveal (feeding bits of information over time until finally showing what happened).
I’m also working through The Ranger’s Apprentice series. I really like this series, even with it’s corny humor. It’s just fun. Although, I wanted to give the publisher/author a stern talking to for cutting off Book 5 in the middle of the story. There’s a normal chapter ending and then—poof! no more. No closure of any arc. Not even a To Be Continued kind of thing. I guess by the time a series gets to Book 5, it can break some rules.
What books are you reading right now?