What do writers read?
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The best writers read. A lot. Reading books aids an author in many ways. It helps to explore ideas and to find similar books in the same genre as the writer is writing. It provides an understanding of what is out there and how a manuscript that is being written compares to books by other authors.
It also helps with reading critically, exploring new styles, tricks and techniques that could be used in your own writing. While reading, the writer can question why others wrote something in the way they did. How could it have been explained better? Was that scene necessary? What exactly makes this character so well written? What was the author’s thought process and how can it help me with my own writing?
Here are some recent highlights from my reading list. These books were my inspiration and guided me through writing Sābanto.
“Unauthorized Bread” by Cory Doctorow
“Paid For” by Rachel Moran
“Brave New World” by Aldous Huxley
“Animal Farm” by George Orwell
“1984” by George Orwell
“The Windup Girl” by Paolo Bacigalupi
“The Wars” Timothy Findley
“Of Mice and Men” by John Steinbeck
“The Cold Millions” by Jess Walter
“The Book of Negroes” by Lawrence Hill
“ZeroZeroZero” by Roberto Saviano
“Chicago” by David Mamet
“Second Life of Nick Mason” by Steve Hamilton
“The Godfather” by Mario Puzo
“The Sicilian” by Mario Puzo
“The Godfather Returns” by Mark Winegardner
“The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald
“Hero Found” by Bruce Henderson
“The Handmaid’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood
“The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins
“Les Misérables” by Victor Hugo
“War Horse” by Michael Morpurgo
“To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee
“Fahrenheit 451” by Ray Bradbury
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