There are times when all I want to do is write. I forego reading for weeks at a time sometimes, putting all of my energies into whatever book or short story I am working on. It’s not healthy to do so. I know that. Sitting at a computer desk pounding away at the keyboard without a relaxing reprieve is honestly detrimental to mental and physical health. Plus, reading is as important to the writer as writing is. But sometimes I don’t always get what I want. Sometimes, the muse is a bitch with an altogether too eager whip.
That said, I also go on reading binges. Those are inevitable as well. I will devour a book in a day, with many books read during a week.
I am entering into one of those reading binge times.
It’s odd. I can just sense it.
So, here are five books that I have in my To Be Read pile:
- The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle
- The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan
- The Warded Man by Peter V. Brett
- The Sorceror Stone by J.K. Rowling
- Dark Currents by Jacqueline Carey
All of them are fantastic. I know this because people have told me. As I’ve said before on Suvudu, I tend to not read series until they are finished. It won’t surprise you—or maybe it will—that I haven’t read the Wheel of Time series. I’ve been waiting for Robert Jordan & Brandon Sanderson to publish A Memory of Light. I also haven’t read the Harry Potter novels—I read the first book a decade ago but did not continue. I read The Painted Man years ago at the behest of Terry Brooks but with the third book in the series coming out, I should probably re-read it and finally read The Desert Spear to prepare for February’s The Daylight War.
I also don’t want Patrick Rothfuss to find out I’ve never read The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle. If the great bearded one found out, he’d probably disown our friendship immediately. That, or send me 10 copies of the book just to make a point.
And Jacqueline Carey’s new urban fantasy, Dark Currents, has been beckoning to be opened almost every night. She’s a helluva a writer with a wonderful imagination. I know it’s good without a word from anyone.
So what should I do? I ask you, the readers, to decide for me! Convince me!
And maybe some of you will join me.