Archive | August 2017

Reading Goals and Book Recommendations

My goal this year is to read a lot more books. I barely read 50 books last year, so this year I upped my goal to 125, hoping to read 150. I’m doing well and seem to be on track to blow past my aspirations. So far I’ve read 98 books. I’m tracking everything on Goodreads.

I’m currently writing an erotic romance novel, and next I’m writing a pulp science fiction novel. I felt like I hadn’t read enough of either of those genres to do them justice. As a writer, I wish I’d have read more books throughout my life. All I can do is try to make up for it now.

Some romance highlights have been the Baal’s Heart trilogy, Rattlesnake by Kim Fielding, and Erica’s Choice by Sami Lee. Also two books by T.J. Klune were completely amazing: The Lightning-Struck Heart (Tales From Verania, #1) and Wolfsong (Green Creek, #1).

As I finish up my romance novel, I’ll be moving on to reading more science fiction. I’m currently reading Dune. I’ve already read some Octavia E. Butler and Ready Player One (which I liked okay).

Other reading highlights have been some Neil Gaiman books, American Gods and Anansi Boys, and a nonfiction book, Creating Freedom: Power, Control and the Fight for Our Future by Raoul Martinez.

Eventually, I also want to write and draw a graphic novel, so I’m reading a ton of comics too. I can recommend Big Questions by Anders Nilsen and Hey, Wait… by Jason.

So that’s what I’ve been up too. I’ll do another update like this at the end of the year. Thanks for reading.