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I’m reading as much as I can on my kindle. I’ve found it to be cheaper, not rely upon my wife allowing me to have a light on in the room, and overall a pleasant experience with turning pages.

I tend to bounce around a little on my reading, based upon self-growth or escapism (fantasy/scifi). Normally I try to do 2 escapism for every one self-growth, but my recent foray into progressive fantasy greatly split up my equation.

My current reading list is located here:

While obviously the books listed aren’t all that I’ve read, those are what I’ve read that I can recall at any given time without greatly thinking back in my life. On to the list!

Currently reading:

The story Grid: What good Editors Know by Shawn Coyne

The Creative Writing Student’s Handbook by Hartigan et al.

Into the Labyrinth by John Bierce (maybe, feels shallow after the first 15 pages).

Percy Jackson: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan (You reallyyyy notice that it’s YA literature. I’m trying to get through the series so I can relate to my students).

The Land: Founding by Aleron Kong (Good lord the exposition at the start. I stopped after 8 pages, hoping if I went back it’d be less of a wall-of-text).

Wonderbook by Jeff VandeerMeer

Just Read:

All Cradle books by Will Wight (1-8). I’ll likely write a review, but after a slow start it really blasts off. Got very hunger gamesy in the last 2.

The Divine Dungeon by Dakota Krout (1-5). Loved the series and humor presented, then received the worst ending I swear to god. Always write with your ending pre-formed.

Arcane Ascension #1+2 by Andrew Rowe (#3 in a month). I will definitely write a condensed review of the first two books. Excited for this series (if it continues!).

Relentless by R.A. Salvatore (Legend of Drizzt #33). I have in fact read every book that has Drizzt in it, and I don’t know if it’s Salvatore or my own taste for writing, but the books are really plunging off the cliff in their ability to bring a story together. No review.

The Origin of Names, Words, and Everything in Between by Patrick Foote. I’m a sucker for word origins or etymology. This was a fun and quick read.

The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros. Very interesting way of writing and her descriptive abilities are incredible. She’s a big author for middle/high school teachers in San Antonio (where she lives).

The Call of the Wild by Jack London. Read it in a day, wonderful damn book. Really makes you reconsider the loyalty your dogs show to you. My three are little bastards.

The Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr. I’ll probably add this to a “must-read” for future beginning authors. Very difficult to get through without some advanced English knowledge, but very valuable. Very. Very (you’ll get the joke when you read the book).

The Kingkiller Chronicles #1+2 by Patrick Rothfuss. Man can this guy write. I feel this nebulous plot floating around, and everytime I thought I had it, it was gone. I’ll likely write a review of the third book after it releases (who knows when). The mixture of hard and soft magic systems is very interesting.

That’s all I’ve read in the last few months. Krout and Wight really caught me up in their stories for quite a bit of time (really only a few weeks but haven’t had much time to read).

Let me know if you think I’m way off the mark on my reading.

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I'm a high school English teacher in Texas. I also hold degrees in radiography and radio and television broadcasting. Though I obtained certain knowledge and skills from my prior degrees, I do not currently use them.

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