What Are You Reading?: August 12th

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What are you reading this week?

I will be honest and say that I did not finish both of my books from last week.  I seem to have mislaid one of them.  There has been a lot of packing and moving things around this week, and I think my book got moved from where I put it in the process.  It will turn up, and I will just have to read it once it does.

I finished A Crabby Killer on Wednesday, and I enjoyed it.  I wish I hadn’t waited so long to get around to reading it, but I’m glad that I have gotten the chance to read it now.

A Warrior's Journey: CoverThis week, I am reading A Warrior’s Journey, from the Dragonlance: Ergoth Trilogy, by Paul B. Thompson.  It is the first book in the series.  I would have read this one last week, but as I said above, we have been doing a lot of packing up and moving things around, and I did not know where this book was until the middle of the week.

Ad Astra: CoverI also have Ad Astra by Kevin O. McLaughlin on my reading list.  It is the first book in the Adventures of the Starship Satori series.  Kevin is in many of my writing groups online, and when I saw his book was up for grabs during a free promotion, I picked it up.  If you are reading this, Kevin, I’m sorry it has taken me this long to get around to reading it.

Both of these books should be quick reads for me.  They are both in genres that I absolutely love (fantasy and science fiction, if the covers didn’t give you a big enough hint), and this week should be moderately quiet, so I should be able to lose myself in a good book.

So, what are you reading this week?

What Are You Reading?: August 5th

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I’m taking the time this week to really enjoy two fiction books.  One of them is a recent publication, and the other is a trade paperback that I picked up years ago from a library book sale.

A Crabby Killer is from the Mooseamuck Island Cozy Mystery Series by Leighann Dobbs.  A Crabby Killer is the first book in the series, and I have been looking forward to reading this one for a while.  But, I’m a stickler for reading in the order that I bought the books, so this one had to wait.  But, since I now have three piles of books to read, and this one happened to be on the top of one of the piles, I *ahem* decided that I could read this one now.  I can’t wait to crack this book open this week!  

A Hero’s Justice is from the Dragonlance: Ergoth Trilogy by Paul B. Thompson.  It’s book three in the series.  I read the first two of the series years ago, and I may not remember enough about them to really get into this book, but I have had this book for a long time, and I really should finally read it.  It’s been out so long that Amazon didn’t even have a paperback version of it up for sale anymore.  I had to link to the audio version.

I would have added a third book, but we have a lot going on this week, and I’m honestly not certain that I will finish these two books before next Saturday.  We shall see.

What is on your reading list this week?

What Are You Reading? – July 29th

I almost forgot this post–again!  Life has been so hectic lately that keeping up with weekly habits has fallen to the wayside.  Daily habits–yeh, I got those handled, but if it’s something I have to do weekly, I am currently forgetting them with regularity.  I’m hoping my new bullet journal fixes this problem for me.

Anywho, this week, I will be reading two more books.  K9 and the Missing Planet by David Martin and 5 Secrets of Story Structure by K. M. Weiland.

 This is the final book in the K9 series, and though they are intended for children to read, they have been fun to read.  I love anything Doctor Who.  And I mean anything.  I grabbed most of the Doctor Who series recently, so I will be reading a lot of them this year.

5 Secrets of Story Structure is a freebie that I got for signing up for K. M. Weiland’s newsletter, and her website and newsletter are an amazing source of writerly advice and information, so I have enjoyed reading those.  I’m expecting the same feeling when I read this book.  That and hopefully some insight on how to structure my novels.

So, that is my reading list for the week.  What are you reading?

What Are You Reading? – July 22

Moving right along into the books that I am planning to read this week.  Last week’s books to read only took me like a day to read through, then I spent another day or two playing with some of the prompts in one of them.  This week, I am reading another nonfiction book on writing and another science fiction comic from the K-9 series.

Unleash Your Inner Creative Writer in 30 Days is a book that I have had for a while now.  Another one that I purchased and added to “The Pile” but never got around to reading.  I’m also reading K-9 and the Zeta Rescue, but I can’t find a link for it anywhere on the internet this morning.  It’s an old book.  I found it crammed in a box in the Children’s Section of a library book sale.  And being the Whovian that I am, I snagged it, brought it home, gave it a good archival cleaning, and put it in a Mylar protective bag.  I figured I’d give it a read this week for the first time.

That’s what is on my reading list.  What’s on yours?

What Are You Reading? – July 15th

I still haven’t quite finished K-9 and the Time Trap, but I am only a few pages away, so I’ll be able to finish that today.  This week I will be reading two more books, one is a nonfiction book, and the other is another book from the K-9 series.

The first one I am reading is 101 Writing Prompts for Fantasy and Science Fiction Writers, Volume 1.  I have had this book for a while now, and I haven’t even cracked the cover on it.  I’m hoping to try a few of the prompts out this week when I am doing my writing exercises.

The second book I am reading this week is K-9 and the Beasts of Vega, which isn’t available on Amazon.  It’s an older book, so I am not even certain if it’s available in digital format.  I found my copy at a library book sale several years back.

I’m sorry this is short this week, but I have a lot of projects in the works, and time spent online is time spent not working on them.

What Are You Reading? – July 8th

I spent a lot of time this week trying to decide what I wanted to read in this upcoming week.   I missed, I think, two weeks of reading due to the renovation of our bathroom.  The kids and I were displaced from the house because the water was turned off, and with my middle son in an unfamiliar place, my tablet became his lifeline to normality.  He does not handle change very well, so I let him have my tablet to play his alphabet and number games to help him handle the change.  He did well, but bedtime was upsetting every night as he had to sleep somewhere other than his room.

That being said, reading and writing were not high on my priority list.

I am getting back on track this week, however.

 This coming week, I will be reading Chris Fox’s newest release, Relaunch Your Novel: Breathe Life Into Your Backlist, which I am hoping will give me some insight on re-releasing the fiction on my J. C. Cauthon backlist under new pen names and possibly new titles (with a lot of edits to be done internally).  I see some of the issues that I need to handle without anyone’s help, but I will admit that I do not have a clue how to relaunch a book and have it seen.  As for the pen names, even I find it confusing when I am releasing Urban Fantasy, Science Fiction, pure Fantasy, and Nonfiction all under the same name, so I am planning to separate them under four different names, with J. C. Cauthon continuing as the nonfiction pen name.  I will announce the other names as soon as I have decided what I want to use.  I’m thinking about variations of my own name just so everyone can find my books.

As for K-9 and the Time Trap, what can I say?  I am in the mood for some science fiction, and since I am a Doctor Who fan, through and through, I figured, why not? I’m not sure how long this book is as I haven’t even found it yet (I know I own it, but it’s on one of these book shelves somewhere.  I’ll locate it later today.), but I’m certain it will be a fairly quick read for me as I read the final Harry Potter book in less than a day.

That is what I will be reading this week.  What is on your to-read pile this week?

What Are You Reading?: June 17th

I changed up the title a little, mostly because a lot of the nonfiction books that I have lined up to read have titles that are about a mile long, and I could not find a way to list them in the title without truncating said title so much that you could not determine what book I was talking about.  Anywho…

I finished up last week’s books sometime around Wednesday, and I spent the next two days thinking of ways to apply those techniques to my writing process for a week or two to see if they added to my production or subtracted from it.  I will start testing those on Monday, when my writing routine picks back up.  (I rarely write on the weekends.  I use Saturday and Sunday to schedule announcements, format books, make book covers, and so on.)

This week, I will be reading Successful Self-Publishing:  How to Self-Publish and Market your Book in Ebook and Print by Joanna Penn and Fat Girl Hiking by Juniper Shaw.

I chose Joanna Penn’s book because I am beginning to up my game when it comes to publishing, both nonfiction and fiction, and I needed more information on how to make my adventure as successful as possible.  I love her podcast, and I listen to it as often as I can.  Especially when I need the inspiration to get off my behind and get to work.

Fat Girl Hiking is a review request from a brand-new author.  Juniper asked me to read her book and leave an honest review almost a month ago, and due to school getting out, kids in general, and life, well, I haven’t gotten to it yet.  So I am adding that to my reading list for this upcoming week.

What are you planning to read this week?

What Are You Reading?: Outlining Your Novel & 5,000 Words per Hour

This week, I am pulling two more of my nonfiction books off the shelf to read.  I won’t be on-the-go so much this week, so I will probably finish them much more quickly than I finished last week’s books  (which I finished up at 5 AM this morning).

I have had several people recommend that I read Chris Fox’s 5,000 Words Per Hour from his Write Faster, Write Smarter series, since I am such a nut for keeping up for my word count.  Hopefully, once I read this, I will be able to get my daily word count up, and hopefully, that word count will be high on the fiction-side of what I write.  I have been working on too much nonfiction lately.

I grabbed K. M. Weiland’s Outlining Your Novel simply because I was trying to outline a novel, and it was not going well, so I grabbed one that had good, positive reviews that sounded like it worked with my writing process.  We will see, though.

So, those are the two books on my reading list this week.  If I remember to, I will update my two read books on my Goodreads profile (which I tend to neglect), and I will have reviews for those written as soon as I can.

I hope everyone has a great weekend!

What Are You Reading? – Week of June 4

So, I am trying this new thing to get me to read more because, honestly, I haven’t been doing a great job reading books as much as I used to.  Okay, let’s me honest.  I haven’t read a book in almost two months.

That is so not me.

So, every Saturday, I will post what I will be reading in the upcoming week.  I will also be writing reviews for them as soon as I can, but I don’t know when they will be posted on the blog here, yet.  I have a lot of catch-up to do with my reviews.

This week, I will be reading The Successful Author Mindset: A Handbook for Surviving the Writer’s Journey by Joanna Penn and Lifelong Writing Habit: The Secret to Writing Every Day: Write Faster, Write Smarter by Chris Fox.

I purchased both of these in the e-book format simply because it’s easier for me to keep up with one tablet reader than it is for me to keep up with two paperback books, especially with as much as I am on the go with the kids.  And considering how hard I am on paperback books, I really didn’t want to mess up one of them by shoving it in my bag over and over again when I have to get up and walk a child into an appointment or something along those lines.

So, anywho, this is what I am reading this week.  I’m hoping that these two books will get me back on track so that I can get back to writing.  I have let myself be out of the game for far too long.