I survived the launch of A Time to Speak! The pre-ordered paperbacks FINALLY shipped this week and now . . . Amazon is out of stock again. :/ I’ll just assume that means I sold so many, they couldn’t keep them IN stock long enough to change the status on the Amazon page. Still, Barnes & Noble, Book Depository, and other stores have A Time to Speak in stock. The Lifeway Bookstores should have them on the shelves very soon (if not already.)
But, now that the launch is over and I met my deadline for book three (title reveal coming soon) . . .
. . . it’s time to read.
I read all the time as a kid. I’m sure you did, too. Then I was surprised how hard it was to read books while in college. I figured, when I graduated, I’d have more time. Then I went to grad school, and then I started freelance editing, and then I received a contract offer from Enclave Publishing that included deadlines for books two and three.
- Because you know you want to.
- Because it will help you write better.
- Because . . . why did you want to be a writer in the first place? It probably started with being inspired by a book.
- Because it will show you what your competition is.
If you want to create the best chocolaterie, what do you do? Eat the chocolate at other stores. You immerse yourself in chocolate (no, not literally . . . though that’s tempting.) So if you want to write the best book, you need to immerse yourself in words! In story!
Okay, enough of that.
How did I find time to read?
I scheduled it in. Sounds so drab, doesn’t it? But I turned Saturdays into reading days. Hubby and I agreed to make sure there’s at least one reading night a week. And suddenly I started going through books. One a weekend, sometimes even one during the week and another on the weekend. And I watched my writing grow stronger (not to mention that my imagination got stirred faster than a Kitchen Aid on extra high.)
So I’m posting my reading list for the rest of the year. If I don’t get through all these books . . . *shrug* . . . okay then. If I do . . . awesome! At least I’m trying. Every year I set a goal on Goodreads for a number of books I want to read in a year. It keeps me on track. This year’s goal was 40. I’m at 34!
I’m sharing my list because I hope it inspires you — whether you’re an author or not — to read more and to keep reading and to make it a priority. (Tweet this) Most of the books on my list are in the Young Adult category since that’s what I write and plan to continue writing.
Some books on my reading list aren’t releasing until later this month, or other (like Bellanok by Ralene Burke) are on my Kindle.
Now it’s your turn. What books are on your list to read before the end of the year? (Tweet this) Share the list in the comments! And come back and give a report when you’ve read through some of them! 🙂 Maybe you’ll find a reading buddy below who has the same books on their list as you do!