Thursday, 14 November 2013

Writers tip - writers need to read many different genres

Writers should be reading many different genres. Much like we can't really live on bread alone - as delicious as bread is our bodies do need other nutrients, and our brains need other nutrients too. Besides, reading othe genres expands our characters and settings and makes us better writers.

As a reader, I purposely choose to read a book that is different to the last. As a writer, I purposely choose to read a book that is different to the last

Here is a list of books I've read so far this year.

  1. The Joy Luck Club - Amy Tan (currently reading)
  2. Robocalypse- Daniel H Wilson
  3. The Husband - Dean Koontz
  4. The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins
  5. Catching Fire - Suzanne Collins
  6. Mockinjay - Suzanne Collins
  7. Treasure Island - Robert Louis Stevenson (partway through)
  8. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo - Stieg Larrson
  9. The Girl Who Played With Fire - Stieg Larrson
  10. ABBA The Name Of The Game - Andrew Oldman, Tony Calder, &Colin Irwin (non fiction)
  11. The Mystery Of Mercy Close - Marian Keyes
  12. Stormbreaker - Anthony Horowitz
  13. I Am Number Fore - Pittacus Lore
  14. The Power Of Six - Pittacus Lore
  15. I Am Memory - Ann Brasheres
  16. The 600 Pound Gorilla - Robert Campbell
  17. Linger - Maggie Staifvater
  18. To Kill A Mockingbird - Harper Lee
  19. Warm Bodies - Isaac Marion
  20. Quentins - Maeve Binchy
  21. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial - William Kotzwinkle
  22. One For The Money - Janet Evanovich
  23. Glitches - Marissa Meyer (short story)
  24. The Girl Who Could Talk To Zomibies - Rusty Fischer
  25. Blood, She Read - Sara Hubbard
  26. Various writing and marketing tips text books and ebooks
That's just a little over one book per fortnight. Not bad for someone who also works 22 hours per week at a day job and writes about 20 hours per week.

Reading list for the rest of the year looks like this:
  1. Gone - Barb Han
  2. Amped - Daniel H Wilson
  3. Clockwork Angel - Cassandra Clare
Any suggestions on what I can add to my 2013 To Read pile? Just drop me a line in the comment box.


D L Richardson is the author of speculative fiction. She has three teen novels and one short story anthology published. Her first novel reached number 2 at OmniLit and number 38 at Kobo Books. Her second reached number 1 at OmniLit. Little Red Gem is her third novel and recently won 2nd place Best Books of 2013 Paranormal Cravings. She lives in Australia on the NSW south coast with her husband and dog.

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  1. The Sisters Brothers is my favorite book. I think you should read it. I did!

  2. I'll check it out. Thanks for the tip!