All writers should read. That’s just a simple fact. If you don’t have time to read someone else’s work, then why in the name of the Infinity Gauntlet would you ask someone else to pay to read your work? That wouldn’t make any sense. Now, my reading list is always enormously long, and it accrues more titles faster than I cross them off, but here’s what I want to read in the remainder of this year.
Brave New World by Alduous Huxley
Wool by Hugh Howey
Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
Pentecost by Joanna Penn
Undivided by Neal Shusterman (not yet out, will be released this fall, October, I believe)
If I finish all of those I have a much longer list to get to. I won’t try to list all of the books that I’ve read so far this year because quite frankly I have no idea what I read when, but there are a few notables that I recommend:
Out of the Silent Planet by C.S. Lewis – I just finished reading this a couple days ago. It’s one of the most unique space travel books I’ve read, and is really different for C.S. Lewis. I recommend that every Lewis fan read it if for no other reason than to appreciate just how truly diverse his writing talents were. The man had an ability to jump between different genres and styles like no other.
The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel – Really solid apologetic work by a formerly skeptic journalist who studied his way into Christianity. This is more or less just about the reliability of the gospel record and not as much about creationism vs. evolution (which he talks about in another book I’ve yet to read), but it was quite fascinating.
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury – I think of Bradbury is a kindred spirit to me in several ways, not just because I like dystopia (which is what F 451 is), but also because the way he describes his writing process is nigh a perfect description of my own. Fahrenheit 451 is about a dystopian future wherein books have been outlawed and firemen don’t put out fires, but rather are charged with burning books. The story revolves around Guy Montag, a fireman who begins doubting the integrity of his career. Too much misuse of God’s name, but otherwise a phenomenal book, and very eye-opening.
I have loads of other books to get to, but that’s what my year as a reader has looked like and (hopefully) will look like.