Reading to Write

January 8, 2020

Writers write, but good writers read. 


I've heard this piece of advice multiple times during my tenure as a writer. But in 2019, while still dealing with a number of life issues that kept me from writing as much as I would like, I decided to rededicate myself to the art of being a reader. 


I wound up reading 30 books in 2019, not including cookbooks. I also listened to seven audiobooks, all narrated by the amazing David Tennant. There were a few other books that I started reading, but didn't finish for one reason or another. My complete list is below, in case any readers are curious. 


As a result of all of my reading, I truly feel like my writing has gotten better - and my critique group agrees. I have a stronger writing voice, and my characters and worlds are much more developed. And I now have a much stronger idea of what kinds of books are sold in my primary writing genre - young adult fiction. 


I plan to continue reading in 2020, and I will update my list of books here as I go. Also, in order to get back into the flow of writing regularly, I will do my best to write reviews of the books I review this year. 


What books are you reading? 



Jennie’s Books Read in 2019

Throne of Glass by Sarah J Mass
The Loneliest Girl In The Universe by Lauren James 
Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
Cinder by Marissa Meyer
A Million Suns by Beth Revis
Delirium by Lauren Oliver 
Pretties by Scott Westerfeld
The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
Imposters by Scott Westerfeld 
Far Away by Lisa Graff
The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi 
The Wicked King by Holly Black
Everless by Sara Holland 
Give The Dark My Love by Beth Revis 
Evermore by Sara Holland 
You are a Badass by Jen Sincero 
The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware
Scarlet by Marissa Meyer 
This is How You Lose The Time War by Max Gladstone 
The Cabin At The End of The World by Paul Tremblay 
The Nickel Boys by Colston Whitehead 
Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware 
Specials by Scott Westerfeld
Cress by Marissa Meyer 
Legendary by Stephanie Garber
Embrace Your Weird by Felicia Day
We Were Liars by e. lockhart
The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black 
Children of Virtue and Vengeance by Tomi Adeyemi 
Imaginary Friend by Stephen Chbosky 


In process: Home: An Anthology of Love and Adoption edited by Eric Smith 


Audiobooks Listened to in 2019

A Hero’s Guide To Deadly Dragons by Cressida Cowell (read by David Tennant)
How to Ride A Dragon’s Storm by Cressida Cowell (read by David Tennant)
How to Break A Dragon’s Heart by Cressida Cowell (read by David Tennant)
How to Steal A Dragon’s Sword by Cressida Cowell (read by David Tennant)
How to Seize A Dragon’s Jewel by Cressida Cowell (read by David Tennant)
How to Betray A Dragon’s Hero by Cressida Cowell (read by David Tennant)
How to Fight A Dragon’s Fury by Cressida Cowell (read by David Tennant)


Attempted but didn’t like enough to finish

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare
Everything Is F*cked: A Book About Hope by Mark Manson
You Are A Badass at Making Money by Jen Sincero


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