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?

4 Comments on “What Are You Reading?”

  1. You should also read Sanderson’s “Warbreaker’. It’s a stand alone novel and not anywhere near as long as the Stormlight Archives books. It has some plot holes, but the extremely memorable characters, color-based magic system, and amazing world make up for the flaws (for me anyway). I’m also reading the Emperor’s Edge series by Lindsay Buroker and it’s very enjoyable with its quirky cast.

    • I have Sanderson’s Steelheart on my list, too. I’m usually too critical when I read (I’m used to trying to find all the flaws in my story). When I turn off that part of my brain, I enjoy things so much more.

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