A question proposed by the Forward Motion Writing community Merry-Go-Round Blog tour for the month of July: what books are on your nightstand. Like many others, I do not have a nightstand. My bedroom is just too small. However, I have a 4" tall bookshelf in my living room that I call "To be read". As I sit here and write tonight, I see this shelf packed full of all the books I want to read. Each one seems like it should be next. The decisions are tough at the end of each book.
My tastes in books vary widely. I have classics, women's fiction, young adult fiction and lots of craft books. On the list right now is the Artemis Fowl series, the last two Jodi Picoult books, the Demon-hunting Soccer mom books, several books by Ally Carter, Sue William Silverman's memoirs plus craft book and other craft books. There is no rhyme or reason to this collection.
I just finished reading Goth Girl Rising by Barry Lyga which was quite interesting. Lyga can write a teenage girl like no other man I have ever read. I learn a lot everytime I read one of his books. He nails the mind-set of a girl messed up by the circumstances of her life. If you want to write in the first person or like young adult, give Barry Lyga a try.
I am currently reading Things we didn't say by Kristina Riggle. She is a local author from Grand Rapids, MI. She will be doing an author sign this Thursday in a local bookstore a little north of my hometown. She is a wonderful speaker and educated about things aspiring authors would like to know. She will be answering questions about the process and this book in particular.
Not on my shelf: World War Z by Max Brooks. I believe this is the next book to read. It is for a friend but I want to read it first. So, what is everyone else reading these days?
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