Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Writer's Pen Wednesday: What are you reading?

I like to consider myself an avid reader, but honestly, I haven't read as much as I used to in a long time. In fact, during college, I took time off reading for pleasure, mostly because I was reading so much for my writing courses. And I can count on one hand how many of the books I was forced to read that I actually enjoyed (Three. Lucy Gayheart by Willa Cather, Emma by Jane Austen, and The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri).

Lately, I've had a hard time focusing on just one book, and because of Kindle, I can play Rory Gilmore, without the back pain.

I read a lot more nonfiction than I used to, which is surprising. When I was in high school, you couldn't pay me to read a nonfiction book! I'd gotten enough of that in school!

Without further ado, my Currently Reading file from

  • Divergent Series Complete Box Set by Veronica Roth
    • I loved Divergent, thought Insurgent was dull as watching paint dry, and that's making it hard to get into Allegiant.
  • Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
    • I'd tried to read this in high school, but it was a really thick book, which made it hard to hold. Kindle is making it easier. 
  • Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton
    • I've never read anything by Michael Crichton, but I've been a fan of the Jurassic Park movies for years. I'm enjoying it so far.
  • Captivating by John and Stasi Eldredge
    • My college Bible study read this, but I didn't have the money to get it at the time, so I didn't join in. It's really a fitting study for where I am right now: Trying to find my place in this world.
Also, my Recently Finished list.
  • Have Your Cake and Lose Weight Too by DaNelle Wolford
    • I follow DaNelle's blog, Weed 'Em and Reap, and saw that her book was only $1.99 last week. It was an easy read, talking about the specifics of a Traditional, Whole Foods Diet. 
  • Heaven is for Real by Todd Burpo
    • I believe in supporting Christian films (especially since they're not as bad as they used to be), and after seeing the film version of this book, my dad loaned me his copy of the book. It was thought provoking.
  • The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
    • I wanted to be ready to see the movie (which I haven't done yet), but suffice it to say, I won't be able to visit Amsterdam without sobbing uncontrollably now. 
These are the books that have captured my interest. It's been a long time since I've read and finished something, which is horrible, and slightly discouraging as an author. I don't want people to think of my writing as difficult to read. I want to be the writer like John Green, where you just start reading, and the next time you look up, you're 3/4 done with it.

That's why I opted to remove Sugar & Spies from Amazon and Smashwords. It wasn't anywhere near where it should've been. I hope to actually find a small publisher to help me through my current mystery, once it's done.

  • What books do you like to read?
  • What can you recommend?
  • Could YOU make it through the Divergent series?

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