What are you reading right now?

Now, I can't track down the quote, but some fellow once said that in order to write well, you must read first. Whether or not you agree with that, I thought it would be interesting to compare reading lists. We have some interesting folk here, and I'm looking for recommendations. The rule is this: what you most recently read, or are reading right this moment. Here're mine:


Fiction: Kitty and the Midnight Hour by Carrie Vaughn. Adorable urban fantasy with lots of werewolves.


Nonfiction: Postwar by Tony Judt. I've been reading a lot of histories lately. This one is the history of Europe since WWII, and it's just fantastic. I've also been doing a lot with reading Chinese history for work, and that has obvious benefits for writing a story that is mildly Asiatic in origin (as much as it's anyplace).


Online: Addergoole by Lyn Thorne-Alder. Magic school story with massive cuteness and massive creepiness. This story does not do things by halves.


I just finished re-reading Blood & Iron, by Elizabeth Bear, and am looking greedily at the pile of Jim Butcher lent to me by a friend (both the Alera series and the Dresden series). I'd recommend both highly.


Online, I'm reading Peacock King by Irkdesu, Above Ground by A.M. Harte, Strange Little Band by Nancy Bauer, Strong Heart by Capriox, and Shadow Unit by Elizabeth Bear and several others.


I don't read a lot of non-fiction, when not researching. Currently, my non-fiction is knitting patterns on Ravelry.com ;-)


~Lyn


I was reading Ember by Bettie Sharpe, and then I finished that. Then I read Zombie Punter by Zoe E. Whitten, and I finished that too. I guess the only thing I'm reading now (as I have been for the past 2, 3 years) is Jim Zoetewey's Legion of Nothing. I'm also supposed to be reading Gavin William's No Man an Island, but I've been stuck on that for quite a bit now.


Woot! Thanks for reading my story, Eli!


Currently I'm reading The Devil's Marionette by Maurice Broaddus and New Moon by Stephenie Meyer. I'm getting my short story fixes with The New Bedlam Project and Necrotic Tissue. Oh, and in weblit, I'm still reading Tattoo by Candace McBride (aka: harmony0stars)


On the short list of my TBR pile is Raiju by Karen Koeholer, Tormentor by Steven L. Shrewsbury and King Maker, Maurice Broaddus' first book in an Urban Fantasy series (Also his first departure from his horror and dark fiction work.) I've actually got something like 20 novels on my TBR stack, but every time I try to take off time for reading, my muse guilt trips me back to the keyboard. (-_-*)


Also, thanks for the plug for Addergoole, Wystie! :-)


Well about a week and a half ago I finished Stephen King's "On Writing," followed that up with Elmore Leonard's "Get Shorty" and just this morning finished "Dead Until Dark" by Charlaine Harris. I got a great deal on 8 of her books in the Sookie Stackhouse series on my Kindle, so I'm probably just gonna plow through those.


I have been very remiss in my online reading and fully intend to get back into the swing of things this summer. I am woefully behind on "The Surprising Life and Death of Diggory Franklin" by Gavin Williams and "Chatoyant College" by Clare Miller. After I have caught up, I'm not sure where I'll head.


I'm reading Lamb:the Gospel According to Biff by Christopher Moore, The Forest of Hands and Teeth, by Carrie Ryan (I think)


Currently I'm reading Justin Cline's "Shepherd", and other than that I'm reading my textbooks :( I'd love to read more on here when school is finally out (another month, yay!), and I plan to start with "Above Ground" and "Ember".


Currently I'm re-reading a few things simultaneously: The Fellowship of the Ring, the novels in Walter Jon Williams' Dread Empire's Fall series, and I intend to read C.S. Friedman's "Feast of Souls" soon (because of a book club).


I've been meaning to read Kim Stanley Robinson's "The Years of Rice and Salt" for a while now, but just haven't. Jim Butcher's "Changes" is also on my soon to be read list.


Online, I'm reading Tales of MU, Tapestry, Peter and the Vampires, The Surprising Life of Diggory Franklin, and a few others...


@Amber: I read Lamb in December. I enjoyed it. In fact I heard Christopher Moore interviewed on NPR just this week.


Let's see.


Fiction: I'm re-reading the second to last Harry Dresden book in the hopes that by the time I'm done the Amazon/Publisher snit-fit will be over and I can buy the bloody thing for my e-book reader. :P


Nonfiction: I just finished One Bullet Away: The Making of a Marine Officer by Nathaniel Fick, which is written by a lieutenant who made officer just as the Twin Towers went down... and am working on Helmet for a Pillow, which is also about the making of a Marine, but from WWII. The similarities and differences between these two accounts of the same process is really fascinating.


Online: Still reading Daron's Guitar and The Chronicles of Minor Sutherland.


mcahogarth - Turn Coat is on my stack right under High Lord's Fury and above Princeps' Fury! It's going to be a Jim Butcher Week!


I'm reading Tasakeru. I heard good things about it, so I figure I'd give it a gander.


Just started Pam Houston's Waltzing the Cat. Before that, The Center of Everything, by Laura Moriarty, and before that, South Wind, by Norman Douglas. Plus of course something I'm writing a review for here. Next book will be whatever grabs my fancy at the moment.


--Shelley


uhm, I actually just realized the other day that I haven't been reading much of anything of late aside from online fiction. So this morning I found a jem in my grandmother's book shelf: The Rocket's Shadow by John Blaine (it was published in 1947...) I like to read from a veryyyy wide spectrum...yeah. X_X


Wysteria! I LOVE Kitty and the Midnight Hour. I'm a real fan of the series. Can't wait for the next book. Carrie Vaughn was the entire reason I wanted to do a story with a shapeshifter as a main character.


Currently I'm not reading anything. I was looking to read American Gods by Neil Gaiman soon, and I have yet to finish The Monkey Wrench Gang by Edward Abbey.


As far as online stories go, I've been meaning to catch up on the City of Roses. Hell, I still need to catch up with MY story. :P


I'm reading Jim Zoetewey's Legion of Nothing on a regular basis.


I just finished Empire of Law, which was good but needs the sequel soon!


I wish Queen of 7 would update more often, I love that story.


I keep getting behind on Intimate History and then catch up in big gulps.


I miss the Mutants.


I read Tales of MU but with considerably less attention than I used to -- I don't get enough of the characters I like, such as Two and Dee, and the ongoing slow pace of the various plots makes it hard to have sustained interest. I was thrilled with the storyline where Two summoned a demon, Mack's Dad showed up, Mercy wanted to breed her -- and then the usual Steff, Amaranth, Ian soap opera bogged everything down. Now there's a murder mystery and that's slowed down by endless chapters of Mack worrying about being blamed, Amaranth trying to solve the legal issues, talking to the lawyer, lather rinse repeat. A single chapter displays AE's talent, but the over-all story just isn't thrilling to read anymore. I much prefer Star Harbour and Void Dogs, they stick to plots a little better -- but they haven't updated in forever.


I just finished Wicked, Flower Children, Tunnel in the Sky and the Sign of the Book for paper books, so yeah I read a lot.


Since I've set myself a challenge to read 100 books this year, I'm constantly reading loads!


Actually re: how reading can improve your writing, I wrote a little blog post about it a while back which may be of interest to you.


Currently reading?


Offline: Cat's Eye by Margaret Atwood

Non-fiction: The 7 Basic Plots (tough going....)


Online: The Antithesis by TL Whiteman is AWESOME. Amazing writing and world-building. I've fallen behind on all the other serials I really enjoy, but longstanding faves are Strange Little Band, Addergoole, The Peacock King... and others.