Perk 2 to being an Author: READING

The second perk I listed in the 9 Perks to Being an Author was READING: “Reading any books—in any genres (but mainly speculative fiction)—is market research, of course, so it’s part of my “job”.  (And dressing in corresponding costumes is encouraged.)

I’m a compulsive reader.

If there are words, I will read them—billboards (though they’re boring), the book my airplane neighbor’s reading, the cover of magazines in the grocery store, even the fine print warnings on shampoo bottles while I shower. And yet, I find so little time to get to my actual book list.

The last writer’s conference I went to, author and speaker Karen Whiting said, “If [writing] is a calling from God, then [writing] is a sacred time…. It’s a commitment to God.”

I truly believe I’m called by God to write, but I realized I didn’t treat it as a sacred time. I loved writing and reading so much that I automatically assumed I shouldn’t be doing it. Where do we get these ideas that we shouldn’t be doing what we enjoy? Is it just me?

I treated writing and reading as a reward after I finished more important things like cleaning, cooking, and errands. Now that my vision has cleared, I am wholly committing myself to honing my craft and deepening my knowledge. Part of that comes through reading. How can I understand my market if I don’t read it regularly? How can I recognize good writing from bad if I’m not reading it?

Part of my commitment involved making it a goal—a task, even—to read at least a book a month. So, out of ambition and a wacky love for list-making, I’ve put together an “Autumn Reading List” and plan to make a new list every quarter of the year.

Autumn Reading List

  1. City of Bones, by Cassandra Clare
  2. Safely Home, by Randy Alcorn
  3. Ender’s Game, by Orson Scott Card
  4. The Mark of the Lion Trilogy, by Francine Rivers
  5. The Superlative Stream, by Kerry Nietz (book 2 of the Dark Trench Saga)
  6. The Hobbit, by J. R. R. Tolkien (for re-reading purposes)
  7. A Game of Thrones, by George R. R. Martin


What books are on your reading list for the rest of 2013? Have you read any on my list? 

See the other posts in my “Perks to Being an Author” series:


4 thoughts on “Perk 2 to being an Author: READING

  1. I am the same way! I read everything!
    As far as on my reading list, I have tons, but it fluctuates.

    An ARC of Sanctuary by Pauline Creeden
    Merlin’s Blade by Robert Treskillard

    After that, I’m looking at my book club’s choice for Sept, but that is as far as I can think ahead at this moment. 🙂

  2. I just finished reading Ted Dekker’s Eyes Wide Open series. It was so good! He had me questioning everything and then by the end it all connected! A book that was just recommended to me was Foreign to Familiar: A Guide to Understanding Hot And Cold Climate Cultures.

    • Very cool! Ted Dekker has an awesome way of connecting so many plot points without the reader guessing them. One of his admirable traits. Foreign to Familiar sounds very neat, especially with where you’re at right now. 🙂

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