A Midsummer Reading Challenge 2017
A New Challenger Approaches - twenty of them, in fact!
"We're not even two months into the blog and you're already asking us to do something?!"
It's okay, everyone! If it makes you feel any better, I would've brought this up at the beginning of the year if I were doing then what I'm doing now. That said, what I propose will undoubtedly be a fun task to undertake - and one that will become an annual event.
That event is the official "'Trevor Writes' Reading Challenge!", an annual declaration from me to you regarding my reading goal for the year. Some of you may already participate in your own reading challenges, and to that I say you're in a much better shape than I, for I haven't participated in a reading challenge in years. Many years. However, one thing that you really should do as a writer is to read lots of books. Granted, I've always been a reader, and I've read a lot of fiction over the years, so taking on a formal reading challenge I think will be both fun and achievable.
Since we're already more than half-way through the year, my goal for the rest of this year will be to read 20 books. This may seem like a low number, but trust me, the 2018 goal will make up for it! I will be reading in the evenings each day and during any trips I may take - those long flights are good for something after all!
This blog post will also contain a list of the books that I read, with Amazon links for each of them so you can easily learn more about the book if the title interests you. Therefore, if you'd like to follow along with what I read, I encourage you to bookmark this blog post as it will be updated throughout the year.
Enjoy the books you've selected for yourself - challenge accepted!
Books I've Read in 2017:
- Lord of Light by Roger Zelazny
- It Can't Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis
- On Writing: A Memoir of The Craft by Stephen King
- Saturn Run by John Sandford and Ctein
- New York 2140 by Kim Stanley Robinson
- Red Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson
- Good Omens: The Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
- Sub-Human by David Simpson*
- Post-Human by David Simpson*
- Trans-Human by David Simpson*
- Human Plus by David Simpson*
- Seveneves by Neal Stephenson
- The Dead Zone by Stephen King
- Visions, Ventures, Escape Velocities by Jeff Foust**
- Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
- Dragon Teeth by Michael Crichton
- The Electric State by Simon Stålenhag***
1/1/2018 Update: I've added my remaining books - as you can see, I did not hit my original goal (unless you count the novellas that comprised #14, in which case I crushed it). However, I still intend on challenging myself with an even higher book count for the new year. Stay tuned for my official Annual Reading Challenge!
*These all link to the omnibus edition, which contains all four books in the Post-Human series.
**A collection of short stories.
***Narrative artbook - with a very enjoyable novella that is worth being on my list.