I can’t not read. Yes, I know that’s a double negative, but I like the connotation of it more than “I have to read.” I have been forced by circumstances at various times in my life to not read, but after a while reading always finds a way back in to my routine.
I’m typically a read-before-bed kind of guy. It’s a good way to wind down so that when I do turn off the lights I can fall asleep quickly. That only works when I am getting to bed at a decent hour.
I also read to my kids. Two of them are old enough that they are perfectly capable of reading books on their own. But my Dad read to us each night until I was thirteen and I loved every minute of it. I try to find books that they like and love to hear them beg for another chapter.
I also “read” books on my commute to work each day. I have a subscription to Audible.com and can download two books a month with my plan. This is how I generally read epic fantasy. It takes a while to go through a 45 hour audio books if you stay disciplined and only use the commute time.
Here is what I am currently reading:
Avogadro Corp: The Singularity Is Closer Than It Appears (Singularity Series) by William Hertling
This book was written by a guy in an online writer’s group I am a part of and has been a great read. It’s a techno-thriller about how Artificial Intelligence could emerge in the near future. If you like the techno-thriller genre, I would definitely recommend this book.
The Ruins of Gorlan: Book One (RANGER’S APPRENTICE) by John Flanagan
I’ve been aware of this series for many years and had it recommended to me on multiple occasions, but something about the book cover just never clicked with me. It looked to generic fantasy to me. Rangers gave me D&D flashback and I envisioned a bad retelling of a D&D adventure.
But several weeks ago, a friend whose reading taste I respect said that this was the first middle grade series since Harry Potter that made her really care about the cast of characters. With that recommendation, I decided to give it a try. I’ve been reading this to my girls (11 and 9) and they have been enjoying it as much as I have. The 9-year-old had a hard time getting into it, but after a few chapters was hooked.
It isn’t a generic D&D adventure rip off. I like the world building and the characters. I am hoping that some of the side characters will get pulled in and have more fact time as we continue through the book, but so far it’s been really good. Plus it looks like there are already ten or so books in the series.
My one concern with the book is the POV. I’m a big fan of tight viewpoints – either third person limited, or first person. This one is certainly third person, but the viewpoint jumps from person to person in the same scene. I recognize it as a stylistic choice as opposed to lack of craft, but it still isn’t my favorite technique.
As for my commute, I have just recently finished the last book of the Wheel of Time series – A Memory of Light. By Brandon Sanderson and Robert Jordan. I hadn’t read any of the Wheel of Time books until Brandon was tapped to finish the series after Robert Jordan had died. I had met Brandon and had read his other books, so I was excited to see what he would do with the series. So I then started my year-long journey to listen to all the Wheel of Time books. At 40-60 hours each, it takes me about a month to get through one. With 14 books that adds up to a lot of commute hours. Brandon’s work on the series was amazing and if you like Epic Fantasy, the series is a definite recommend. Now that he’s done with that, I am hoping he will get back to work on the next Way of Kings book.
So, that’s what I’m reading right now. What about you? I would love to hear what your favorite books are. And, no, you don’t have to list mine as a courtesy to me. I’ll assume if you are here that you liked my books. 🙂