In his book On Writing, author Stephen King comments: “If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.” So as a writer, whenever someone asks me, “what are you reading?”, I feel like I should have a response. However, I must confess that I really don’t read a lot. It’s not for lack of trying, but for lack of finding books that really interest me. The theme of the Buccaneer Blogfest week 3 is “What You’re Reading”. Not being much of a reader, I am at a handicap, but during the week I will share the literary cream rising to the top of my Kindle Fire. The prompt today invites authors to talk about the last books read and those currently on residing on their nightstand or eBook reader.
Saga — In addition to writing novels, I have a couple of comic projects in the works. I’m not a huge fan of comics in general, but I have been enjoying Saga, the new Image comic series by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples. It’s a Romeo & Juliet space opera with quirky writing, lots of action, and beautiful visuals. Definitely check this one out, even if you don’t love comics.
A Game of Thrones & A Clash of Kings — I loved the Game of Thrones television show and am trying to stave off post-season withdrawal by catching up with the books. I haven’t read fantasy since I was a teen devouring Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series. (I never did finish that one and I’m surprised that it is still chugging on — to what end?) I recently finished the first book in George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series, A Game of Thrones, but I didn’t feel that it offered much beyond television series. However, I’m a few chapters into the follow-up, A Clash of Kings, and I’m enjoying it more because the television show strays from it for the story to feel fresh. As a writer, I appreciate what Martin does with perspectives with his character based chapters and I hope to incorporate something similar in a horror book I’m planning for National Novel Writing Month 2013.
Zombie Bible: What Our Eyes Have Witnessed — This is the second installment in Stant Litore’s Zombie Bible series. Stant blends zombie action with Bible stories to produce thoughtful horror. What Our Eyes Have Witnessed deals with Polycarp, a prominent figure in the second-century church as he defends against zombie hordes invading Rome. What I love about Stant’s series is that it is more than just zombies plopped down in a Bible backdrop; rather, he gets to the heart of spirituality of faith. What Our Eyes Have Witnessed has some enlightening things to say about community, forgiveness, and healing.
This Is My Body: Ekklesia As God Intended — Keith Giles is an amazing person who I’m looking forward to interviewing on my blog in the near future. He’s the co-founder of Pacifist Fight Club, a group focused on non-violence. He also has a motel ministry assisting the poor in Orange County California. I’ve enjoyed his books in the past and wanted to catch up on his latest, which deals with embracing an authentic church community.
Now, let me pose the same question to you: What are the last three books you have read and what is on your current reading list? Comment and share. If you are goodreads, be sure to friend me!