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Aug 11

My Book Hangover

Stephen King once said that “books are a uniquely portable magic.” With the world of eBooks and eReaders, this statement couldn’t be more true, and yet, I’ve found myself reading less these days. Even worse, I have a book hangover. (I blame Patrick Rothfuss.)

Book HangoverI’ve been way behind in posting about what I’m reading, as well as behind on reading in general. That’s the problem with being a writer. Sometimes I get so caught up in writing and editing, that I forget that reading is part of my job as well. This is a flaw I plan to fix! So what did I read in June and July?

In Fiction:

  • Allegiant by Veronica Roth
  • Skin Game by Jim Butcher
  • Labyrinth: The Novelization
  • Enter the Death Circus by Holly Lisle
  • Kindred by Octavia Butler
  • The Conviction by Robert Dugoni
  • The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss

In Non-Fiction:

  • Let’s Get Digital by David Gaughran
  • Let’s Get Visible by David Gaughran
  • Wonderbook: The Illustrated Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction by Jeff VanderMeer
  • Dragonwriter: A Tribute to Anne McCaffrey and Pern by Todd McCaffrey
  • The Art of War for Writers: Fiction Writing Strategies, Tactics, and Exercises by James Scott Bell
  • Style that Sizzles & Pacing for Power by Jodie Renner

So in two months, I read seven fiction novels and six non-fiction novels, for a grand total of thirteen novels. I remember as a kid reading 13 novels in 13 days. 🙁

Currently I’m having a bit of a book hangover due to Patrick Rothfuss‘s The Wise Man’s Fear. This author never ceases to amaze me with his ability to weave a tale so in-depth that I struggle to find my way out of it once I’m done. And now that it’s time to pick up another book, I find myself stuck thinking about The Wise Man’s Fear.

How many books have you read this year? Is it more or less than you’d hoped? And what was your last book hangover?
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About the author

Raven Oak

Bestselling science fiction & fantasy author Raven Oak is best known for Amaskan’s Blood, Class-M Exile, and the collection Joy to the Worlds: Mysterious Speculative Fiction for the Holidays.

She spent most of her K-12 education doodling stories and 500 page monstrosities that are forever locked away in a filing cabinet. When she’s not writing, she’s getting her game on, enjoying cartography, or staring at the ocean.

She lives in Seattle, WA with her husband, and their three kitties who enjoy lounging across the keyboard when writing deadlines approach.

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