June 9th, 2012 by Ken Scholes
Theme Week:  My Reading This Summer (if I Ever Finish Requiem)

Howdy folks and Happy Saturday!

It’s theme week around here at Genreality and our topic is…summer reading.  Now, I know I’ve confessed here before, my reading time took a real nose-dive once I started writing more.  It was even more crippled when the girls were born.  And when I’m working on a book, I find myself drawn to other wells to take in Story.  Movies, television, sometime times video games.  Always music. And my reading is nearly always non-fiction when I’m on a book.   But I’ve been trying to add back in at least a little fiction to my life.  And I know that once I hit the “full-time” button, I’ll be able to budget my life with a bit more balance and reading will be at the top of the list.

That said, I can’ t really recommend much for YOU to read this summer because I’m a bit out of touch.  Well, other than MY books and the books of my friends here at Genreality.  Hell, all my writing friends’ books for that matter.

But I DO have some books I want to make time for.  It’s an ambitious list but that just means this could also be my fall and winter reading list as well.

First up, I want to read The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.  A lot of people are raving about it and since I’m seriously considering a YA novel as my next project once I wrap The Psalms of Isaak, I want to spend some time reading YA…starting here.

Next, Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card.  I came late to Ender’s Game…read it for the first time this year, actually.  I can see why it’s considered a classic.  And I’ve heard over and over again that Ender’s Game was really intended to pave the way for the follow-up.  Both went on to win Nebulas and Hugos in back-to-back years.  So I want to read this one.

Third:  I want to finish Robert Charles Wilson’s Julian Comstock.  I’ve started it twice and only put it down due to Life Craziness.  I’ve loved his other books and when Tor sent me to ALA a few years back, I had the chance to hang out with him a bit.  Super guy.

And last on the fiction list:  Stephen King’s Under the Dome.  Another book I’ve started, enjoyed, and then set aside.  He’s always a good read for me.  Once a writer earns my trust as a reader, I’ll keep reading them and usually, enjoying them.  And he’s taught me a lot about writing.  His book On Writing is something I frequently give out or recommend to new writers.  I’m way behind on what he’s got out there right now but I just keep telling myself it’ll be useful when I have vast tracts of time in which to read.

Then, of course, there is non-fiction.  I’ve heard of it for years and finally, I’m going to read Rilke’s Letters to a Young Poet.  It’s come highly recommended so I’m looking forward to picking it up.

And those are the best laid reading plans of mice and Ken.  If I needed to add one more book to my list, what would YOU recommend?


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One comment to “Theme Week: My Reading This Summer (if I Ever Finish Requiem)”

  1. Diana Peterfreund
     · June 15th, 2012 at 5:02 am · Link

    I read Speaker for the Dead first, and it’s still one of my favorite books. VERY different from Ender’s Game, which I didn’t read until many many years later.

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