Originally this was going to simply be a reading list of books I’ve enjoyed over the last few years, but really what authority do I have to ask you to read anything? Probably as much authority as I have to put out a weekly blog about writing … so, well, yeah.
I think a lot of very prominent authors have said it before and very well; read everything you can. I won’t bother reiterating that because you probably already know that.
Instead, let me try to articulate my own experiences with reading.
I think in some writers – oh, alright, myself – there is a preoccupied fear of not reading the right books. You know what the right books are, don’t you? Those ones that book clubs all discuss and laugh about together, or else wax lyrical about the themes and subtext of each and every word. The right books…
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