How about a reading update?

Back at the beginning of the year, I resolved to read more. You see, I have been telling myself for many years that I am a writer at heart and, in fact, the primary purpose of this blog was to flex my writing muscles while showing off my knitting. Yet, in all honesty, I hadn’t been reading very much. And since they tell us that reading is to aspiring writers as a mountain stream is to thirsty hikers, I set my goal this year to read a book a month. Surprisingly, it appears I am ahead of the game. So far I’ve read:

Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell (well written, accessible, thought provoking)

Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen (absolutely amazing and thoroughly satisfying)

Stardust by Neil Gaiman (wow.)

American Gods by Neil Gaiman (double wow.)

Bodies by Susie Orbach (clinically dense, but paradigm shifting)

Overcoming Overeating (clinical but what I needed to read at the time)

Lessons from the Fat-o-sphere by Kate Harding and Marianne Kirby (fun and enlightening)

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (holy shit this guy is just… wow.)

And currently, I’m reading:

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card (loving it!)


The Name of this Book is Secret by Pseudonymous Bosch (I’m reading this to Isaac and we are both enjoying every minute of it. Go now. Go get this book. But DON’T read it, it’s dangerous!!!)

Still ahead of me is the release of the next book of the Wheel of Time series (to be finished by Brandon Sanderson and to be three books instead of one–SQUEE!), in addition to:

Zoe’s Tale by John Scalzi
Bad Monkeys by Matt Ruff
A Bad Spell in Yurt by C. Dale Brittain
Soon I Will Be Invincible by Austin Grossman
Wings of Wrath by C.S. Friedman
Little Brother by Cory Doctorow

Already I feel the stories coming together in my head, ready to be spun into something new. I can’t wait for November and NaNoWriMo.

Dear Reader, how has your summer reading been?