Expanding My Reading List
One advice that I always see popping up, is that inspiring writers must read in-order-to understand the language that they seek to control.
For the unsuspecting writers, we probably feel compelled to read the great masters…Hemingway, Wolf, Shakespeare..this list can go on and on. I for one don’t mind reading the masters of fiction, but I’m going to be honest here, sometimes they put me to sleep.
I remember the first time that I picked up The House with Seven Gables; I was told that it was an excellent read, and that I would enjoy it. Umm…, sorry to disappoint (okay, not really sorry), but when I picked it up (I was 12 years old exploring the library) the book confused the snot out of me.
It wasn’t until I was older that I realized that I could enjoy the book, but it was something that took time.
To this day, I have expanded my reading library, I’ve read Thrillers, Romance, Mystery, Fantasy, and plenty of non-Fiction books.
So I wanted to share some authors and some stories that I found interesting.
Gena Showalter (Romance)
Series: Lord of the Underworld
In this series, she manages to mix Greek Mythology, with Theology while surrounding her action pack stories with romance. I could have sworn that I’ve learned more about Greek mythology and who were related to whom by reading her books than I could have on my own. Of course I should also say that I never really had an interest in reading more about Greek Mythology , but I will say I am intrigued now.
Aside from the mythology, she great with cliff hangers, complex plots and building tension between characters. All of her books from the Lord of the Underworld are page turners.
Sue Grafton (Mystery)
Kinsey Milhorn / Alphabet Series
Pace, and keeping the reader on their toes is something that she knows how to do very well. Aside from that, I have YET to solve a mystery before I get to the end of the book. Things are always not what they seem, and that is what I appreciate in her stories.
(Fiction / Romance)
The only reason why he’s not 100% listed as romance is because he doesn’t follow the usual formula for Romance stores. His endings are unsuspecting, and of course would make any person who has a heart shed a tear (or at least shake their heads). I don’t mind watching movies that are made from his stories, but I seriously have to talk myself into it first; as he can really pull on your emotional strings.
George R. R. Martin
Game of Thrones: First of 5 part series (4 or 5 parts I believe); the world that he created was so vast that he had to give a map on the front and back cover of his books. Not only that, but he also gives you the coat of arms for each family, and a run down of names and who is related to whom. While it took me 2 times to get through the story (I don’t recommend listening to this story, you MUST read it), I am so ready to get to the following books.
His use of characters are refreshing as he’s not afraid to destroy them. Just when you think you’re getting close to a character and what they stand for…BAM!
I have tons more I want in sharing with you, which I will, but now I’m interested in finding out who are your favorite authors and stories?