Being Part the First:
In Which I Declare My Official “To Read” List
During the past three years of grad school, I did very little writing and very little reading. I finished one novelette-length short story. I read two novels (both “Wheel of Time” books, and actually only half of the second), half of another novel and a few small volumes of short stories.
Since graduating a few months ago, I’ve upped the amps on my writing. But my reading is still continuing at roughly the same pace. Largely, I’d felt so deprived of writing while I worked on grad school that I wanted to focus my free time on writing, at least until I was in the thick of my novel and making solid progress (i.e. at least until I had actual draft wordcount on the novel, and not just background stuff). But my slow reading these past few years hasn’t stopped a tsunami of excellent fiction from exploding into my consciousness. It’s for that reason that my “To Read” list has grown into something of an unmanageable behemoth, and an unstoppable juggernaut. To make anything like a dent in that list I’d have to take a few months off from work and dedicate a lot of time exclusively to reading. Which… ain’t gonna happen.
At some point, I’m going to pivot some of my time to reading a little more again. Because it’s not like other writers are going to stop writing awesome books just because I haven’t had time to read them. And if I don’t read those awesome books, I might die unfulfilled.
Right now, my “To Read” list is broken into four parts, and looks like this:
I. Books I Own
Elantris by Brandon Sanderson
The Way of Kings¹ (signed) by Brandon Sanderson
The Name of the Wind¹ by Patrick Rothfuss
A Storm of Swords by George R. R. Martin
A Feast for Crows by George R. R. Martin
The Guide to Writing Fantasy and Science Fiction by Philip Athans with introduction by R. A. Salvatore
The Writer’s Digest Guide to Science Fiction & Fantasy by Orson Scott Card and the Editors of Writer’s Digest with introduction by Terry Brooks (this is a combo volume of Orson Scott Card’s How to Write Science Fiction & Fantasy and Writer’s Digest’s The Writer’s Complete Fantasy Reference) Continue reading