Reading is something all writers have to aspire to. The more writers read, the more they’ll understand about how the publishing game has worked in the past, what structures work, what plots do nothing. Reading gives writers the audience perspective, something that’s of great importance when starting or editing any project.
For someone with as varied tastes as myself, it’s not easy picking out what to read. Unlike many people, I’ll stop reading a book if it doesn’t appeal to me or if I’m just not in the mood. A great example of this is Mike Carey’s Felix Castor books; every time I try to read The Devil You Know, I find myself in the wrong mood and unable to get out of the first chapter. That doesn’t mean I won’t read it, that just means I’ve been trying to read it at the wrong times. Continue reading