Recently I’ve been watching a lot of Hannah over at A Clockwork Reader on YouTube, and I noticed that she reads several books at once. Like, sometimes four at a time.
Holy Productivity, Batman!
I’m the complete opposite. I read one book at a time, and this can often be a problem for one big reason:
I’m a completionist. Once I start a book, I feel compelled to read it in its entirety, even if I absolutely hate it. So if I’m hating a book, I put off reading, and it takes me a long time to get through the book and move on to the next.
So, I’ve decided I’m going to try out Hannah’s approach this week, and I’m reading three books. Here they are:
1. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
This book needs no explanation on why I’m reading it. As a matter of fact, why aren’t you reading it too?!
I’m re-reading the Harry Potter series at the moment. Like probably most millennials, I’ve read the Harry Potter Series multiple times. I’m a huge Harry Potter fan.
However, I’m focusing on analyzing this time. They say that the best way to become a better writer is to read and study what works and what doesn’t. I figured I would start with one of the most beloved series of all time.
2. A Writer’s Notebook by Ralph Fletcher
I’m not going to lie, I’m not sure what to expect from this book. It was a Christmas gift from my mother, presumably because she knows that my main hobby is writing.
Isn’t it so sweet of her to send this to me? 🙂
I believe that this book is geared more towards younger writers because the back cover says “Ages 8-12”. But honestly, this book clocks in at a whopping 138 pages, at what looks like 16 point font (LOL), so I should be able to knock it out pretty quickly in case it turns out to be a little beneath my abilities.
Regardless, I’m hoping that there will be a few nuggets of wisdom within this book that I haven’t heard before.
3. On Writing by Stephen King
A bestselling book, written by a bestselling author, about writing bestselling novels?
You better believe I’m on this like white on rice.
I’m not a huge Stephen King fan, but it’s undeniable that the man is one of the most popular and influential writers of our time.
I’m hoping to learn his secret to writing page-turners and being a commercial success.
I’ll let you know if I learn anything worth sharing.