Writing Means Reading

Just a quick thought while I have the time and access to a computer while I’m on break. I just took a moment to make a list of the books I’ve read so far this year. I’m at twenty eight. That’s a book roughly every nine and a half days. Not bad, but could be better. But i also need time to write and eat and pet my dog and shit. Good thing I don’t have kids to neglect, because they’d get neglected.

Some of the books on this list are re-reads, because good books are worth a revisit, and great books are worth more than one. I put them in order by series and awesomeness. The top three series are clearly a cut above, but the rest of them are all kind of tied for fourth place so far. I’m currently trying to slog through The Centaur by John Updike, but it’s just not catching me by the short and curlies as of yet.

The Kingkiller Chronicle – Patrick Rothfuss

The Name of the Wind

The Wise Man’s Fear

The Gentleman Bastards – Scott Lynch

The Lies of Locke Lamora

Red Seas Under Red Skies

The Republic of Thieves

The Magicians Trilogy – Lev Grossman

The Magicians

The Magician King

The Magician’s Land

The Farseer Saga – Robin Hobb

Assassin’s Apprentice

Royal Assassin

Assassin’s Quest

Fool’s Errand

Golden Fool

Fool’s Fate

Fool’s Assassin

Fool’s Quest

The Calamity Trilogy – Brandon Sanderson




The Stormlight Archive – Brandon Sanderson

The Way of Kings

Words of Radiance

Good Omens – Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett

American Gods – Neil Gaiman

The Expanse Series – James S.A. Corey

Leviathan Wakes

Caliban’s War

Abaddon’s Gate

Cibola Burn

Nemesis Games






10 thoughts on “Writing Means Reading

  1. Bloody hell, that’s going some.
    The only one out of that list that I’ve read is Good Omens, back in the early 90s. It had some good bits but I wasn’t impressed by the ending (some of Terry Pratchett’s early Discworld books also suffered from similar problems of ‘and then even bigger magic came along and everything was ok after all’).

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  2. I’ve been meaning to pick up some of Sanderson’s work. All of my writing buddies rave about his books, but it’s one of those things where I have four kids to contend with and diapers are higher on the necessity list than my books. *sad face*


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