With writing, reading is part of building your craft. You read to stay current with publishing trends, to expand your knowledge of world building, grammar, sentence construction, vocabulary, the list goes on and on. As an author I love books, and I read a lot.
So, I’m terribly embarrassed when I find an established author whose work is amazing and somehow have never read—even though two of her books have been sitting on my bookshelf for the last year.
Yes, I’ve been doing a lot of beta reading and my time is limited. But those aren’t good excuses.
This last weekend I finally picked up one of the Patricia Briggs books I have. A little free time appeared in my day and too many friends have told me I need to read her.
Oh my gosh, why haven’t I picked up her books before?! She’s fabulous!
I had planned on reading a chapter or two of her DRAGON BONES novel. Ha! Six chapters later I finally closed the book. The only reason I managed to do that, is because my cat got in the way and I saw how late it’d gotten. I really am embarrassed I haven’t read her work before. I have a pretty extensive to-be-read pile, but Patricia Briggs works will be taking over all the free time I have for a while.
I’m a devourer of books. Which means I tear through them, and I’ll need to set my alarm to make sure I don’t stay up to silly hours of the night reading. As much as I’d like to stay up, I can’t do it with the kids needing so much of my attention during the day.
I will also be looking on my shelf to see what other authors friends have lent me, and I haven’t read yet. Who else have I been missing?