Sunday, May 11, 2014

Writing Advise: Read a Lot

Among all writing advise there is one, which I find the most compelling one: Write a lot, read a lot. I'm trying hard to write a lot, keeping up with my daily writing goal and most of the days I'm succeeding. Well, reading is a whole different animal. Still, I do what I can.

Here's my bookshelf:

Books I have (and want) to read because they are part of the culture. Books kids read in high school and I missed just because they were not on our reading list. I have to catch-up on these books:

  • The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger (tick)
  • The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway (tick)
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (tick) 
  • This Side of Paradise by F Scott Fitzgerald 
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • Of Mice and Man by John Steinbeck
  • Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  • Frankenstein by Marry Shelly
  • War of Wolds by H.G. Wells
  • Fahrenheit  451 by Ray Bradbury
  • Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  • Sanctuary by William Faulkner
  • Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
  • Etc.

Some books I actually read in German, but to get the original language I probably want and need to read them again:

  • The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy (all five books of the trilogy)
  • The Innocent Abroad and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  • The Time Machine by H. G. Wells
  • One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez - I read the original and I would really love to see how they translated the Spanish
  • The Lord of the Rings by J.R. R. Tolkien
  • Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote
  • Snow Falling in Cedars by David Guterson
  • Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
  • Gone with the Wind by Maragret Mitchell
  • Etc.

Of course, I also want to keep up with emerging good stuff:

  • A Short Stay in Hell by Steven L. Peck (tick) - this was a writing tip from writing excuses and I love it!  
  • Amped by Daniel Wilson (tick)
  • Odds Against Tomorrow by Nathaniel Rich (tick)
  • Time Keeper and The Five People you meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom (tick, tick)
  • Myth Man by Alex Mueck
  • Shambling Guide to NYC and Ghost Train to New Orleans by Mur Lafferty
  • Empire State by Adam Christopher
  • Etc.

Additionally, further advise from fellow writers who already made it is part of the reading list:

  • On writing by Stephen King
  • Beginnings, Middles and Ends by Nancy Kress
  • Crafting Unforgettable Characters by K.M. Weiland
  • 500 Ways to Tell a Better Story by Chuck Wending
  • Etc.

And last but not least, there is the long, long reading list and so little time:

  • Robot Dreams and Foundation Series by Isaac Asimov
  • Anything from Philipp K. Dick
  • The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
  • Catch 22 by Joseph Heller
  • Plot Against America by Philipp Roth
  • A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
  • Slaughter House Five by Kurt Vonnegut
  • Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson
  • Perfurme by Patrick Süskind
  • Neuromancer by William Gibson
  • Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh
  • Cider House Rules by John Irving
  • Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  • Kiss the Girls by James Patterson
  • Starship Troopers by Robert A. Henlein
  • Enders Game by Orson Scott Card
  • The House of Spirits by Isabelle Allende
  • and many, many more

Happy reading

Your writer in a foreign land

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