Fan Friday Give Away
Writing is something I love to do, but before I ever became a writer I was a ferocious reader.
My sister and I had summer contests in middle school for who could read the most chapter books. Both of us usually ended up over 100 a piece. The library saw us coming and just knew they would be out a whole bunch of new titles.
What you read is extremely important for a writer. Yes, some books you read should be just because you love them. There are some purposeful reasons to read as well. You might find my list helpful.
How do I decide what to read?
1. The cover picture(tells me if they really are a high quality publisher- which in my mind means high quality writing), the back cover blurb, the first line of a novel.
2. Back Cover Blurb. I want to be engaged in the uniqueness of the plot and excited about the journey of the character.
3. Friend Referral. This is something that always gets my attention. If a friend loves it, I might love it.
4. The First Line. The first line of a novel is one of my determining factors, or sometimes the last line of the first scene. What I want to know is if this writer knows how to make me want to read more.
5. Award Recognition. The best sellers in my genre in both CBA and ABA get my attention. I try to read some from both lists. With ABA titles I may skim through any content I don’t want to read, but it is important to understand what is drawing readers.
So what is in my reading queue right now?
Here’s my next ten reads and how they got in my queue:
*Safe in His Arms (Under A Texas Sky) by Colleen Coble. Colleen Coble is one of my all time favorite authors. Her plots are fantastic. So naturally, her newest release is on my list.
Genre: Historical Romance Suspense (Thomas Nelson)
Genre: Romantic Suspense (Bethany House Publishers)
*Midnight Shadows by Carol J. Post. This book snagged me on the premise. (A woman on the run from her stalker must turn to the one man who believes her, but the same man already broke her heart.)
Genre: Romantic Suspense (Harlequin- Christian Fiction Division)
*Flight of the Earls: An Heirs of Ireland Novel by Michael K Reynolds. CAN ANYONE SAY, “COVER, COVER, COVER!” I’m excited about the story line of this book as well, but the cover is one of my favorites this year.
Gere: Historical (B&H Fiction)
When A Heart Stops by Lynette Eason. This book got me totally on the premise and the unique occupation of the heroine. (Medical Examiner Serena Hopkins has a secret that may put her next on a serial killer’s list. Can she trust an old high school crush with the truth? Or will she be the next to die?) Genre: Romantic Suspense (Publisher: Revell)
NOTICE: In selecting what I’m reading, I’m also reading a variety of publishing houses. It is important to get to know the different houses. I also read a lot in my own genre.
home front by Kristin Hannah. This book I found on last week’s best sellers on amazon. Then I read the premise and I really like this book.
Genre: Contemporary (Romance)
*Gone Girl: A Novel by Gillian Flynn. This book has been at the top of the best-seller list for weeks. It is in my genre and the villain is superb according to a friend. I may feel the need to skip some content, but I want to improve my villains and understanding of the market, so this is a must read for me. Genre: Suspense/Thriller
Writing Craft/Profession Books:
Kiss and Tell: How to Write A Romance by Susan May Warren. This book really focuses in on how to make to characters fall in love and layer a romance that your readers will love. As a rule of thumb, I read all of Susan May Warren’s Craft Books because they break down story elements so well.
Connections: Social Media and Networking Techniques for Writers by Edie Melson. This is a book I’m so excited to read because in the short time I’ve known Edie, she has taught me so much about social media and saved me boatloads of time!