Sunday, July 3, 2022

Reading 12 Books in 2022 Update

There are people out there who have read 12 books already this month! And here I am proudly declaring I aim to read 12 books in the entire year of 2022. Well, that's the way it is. Spare time is very limited and I manage about an hour a day for reading (that doesn't take into account the hours spent reading for research).

Reading is very important to me as it allows me to not only detox after a days work, but it is a great way to unconsciously study the craft. The word choices people make; the way they structure sentences and paragraphs, and how it all ties together to create suspense, pacing and narrative flow.

My goal for this year is to complete all the current Lin Anderson Rhona MacLeod books. I'm on book 9 right now and the rest are waiting patiently on my shelf. I took a brief detour to read the first two Colin Dexter Morse books - tough going; the character is initially very unappealing and the style of writing also took some time to get into. 

I was compelled to read MW Craven's latest Poe and Tilly book, The Botanist, which I thoroughly enjoyed and finished in a couple of days, but I am focused now on finishing Paths of the Dead and the rest of Lin Anderson's books - just in time for her new standalone book, The Party House, due out next month.

I'm a little behind where I need to be, so hopefully I can find some time to devote purely to reading - perhaps a little less time watching MCU movies, or the latest Only Murders In The Building episodes.

Dirty Little Secret is available now. From Sorrow's Hold is out on July 12th.

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