Here we are with question of the week thirteen!
QOTW 13: What’s On Your Reading List?
If you’re anything like me, you’ll never get around to reading every book on your to-read list. That’s why at DIY MFA I believe in reading with purpose and encourage you to focus on books in four main categories: comps, contextual, contemporary, and classics.
As I mentioned previously, I have far too many books. It’s really to the point at which, if I were to be in my office when a serious earthquake hits, I’d probably die, buried under my to-be-read pile.
So it’s good that Gabriela limited this exercise and gave it some critical DIYMFA context 🙂
Because I’m working on multiple books in fantasy (and various sub-genres/categories, thereof) and science fiction, I’ve tried to line up a varied comp reading list.
- One’s Aspect to the Sun – Sherry D. Ramsey (Canadian author, science fiction)
- The Towers Trilogy – Karina Sumner-Smith (Canadian author, fantasy)
- The Worldbreakers Saga – Kameron Hurley (American author, fantasy)
- Binti – Nnedi Okorafor (American author, science fiction)
- Signal to Noise – Silvia Moreno-Garcia (Canadian author, science fiction)
Some of these books are award-nominated and/or the authors are award-winning 🙂
These are books I’m reading to teach me something specific about craft/genre.
- The Second Cadfael Omnibus – Ellis Peters
My epic fantasy series is based in a world that is (I know, I know) derivative of medieval Europe, one of my characters is a postulant monk, and herbalism plays a role in the novels.
- The Night Angel Trilogy – Brent Weeks
I’m loving Weeks’s approach to worldbuilding. His world is a mash-up of European and Asian elements (and probably some others I’m not aware of, yet).
- Under My Skin – Charles de Lint
He’s a Canadian author of urban fantasy. A couple of my novels are YA urban fantasy. It’s good to learn from a master 😉
- Children of Earth and Sky – Guy Gavriel Kay
I would just love to be able to craft a story like Kay. His was one of the only books that moved me to tears.
- Fish Tales – Sherri S. Tepper
Just love where her books go in terms of plot and character. Science fiction with a hefty helping of social justice.
- The Madd Addam trilogy – Magaret Atwood
- The Book of Negroes – Lawrence Hill
- All the Light We Cannot See – Anthony Doerr
- The Girl on the Train – Paula Hawkins
- Quantum Night – Robert J. Sawyer
- The Kalevala, the Finnish National Epic Poem (in translation)
‘Cause part of my heritage is Finn 🙂 And there’s magic and all sorts of cool stuff.
- The Pickwick Papers – Charles Dickens
Because I discovered I quite like Dickens 🙂
- The Secret Garden – Frances Hodges Burnett
- Boxen – C.S. Lewis and W.H. Lewis
- The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
‘Cause I never finished it in school—yeah, I know.
So there you go. You’ve had a peek at my TBR list.
I’ll be back tomorrow with my next chapter update.