What I’m reading:
Dystopian Young Adult Novels.
I’m actually quite excited to be exploring this genre. It’s not something I read much about before I picked up The Hunger Games. My favourite area is fantasy and good old historical fiction—provided they’re excellently written. I grew up homeschooling and reading really, really good books by excellent authors who knew words and how to wield them. It’s good, being exposed to excellent writing. But it’s bad, in a way too. After you’ve gobbled book after book of exceptional quality, you have no taste for lukewarm, insubstantial, frothy, twaddle. So I’m picky about what I read.
I know good writing. I love good writing. I’m addicted to good writing.
The books our mum gave us for our school work were all good books (with the exception of George Washington’s World and Martin Luther—yes mum; they were awful). With so many books for school, I didn’t used to be a frequent-library-goer. But I graduated school. I love books. And I’m a writer. So…I started to acquaint myself with the library.
We get on really well.
After I devoured the Hunger Games trilogy, I started poking around that genre. Dystopian. It’s incredibly interesting. The ideas and concepts the authors weave into their dystopian novels are real and worth thinking about. So here I go, I thought, and started borrowing out a lot of books.
Right now I’m working through this list I found on pinterest: “What-to-read-if-you-loved-the-Hunger-Games.”
Why did I choose that list? Because The Hunger Games are excellently written and that’s the kind of books I want to read: books with good writing.
I’d already read The Giver and most of the City of Ember (the movie is pretty good!). So my first choices? Trapped and The Scorpio Races.
I loved The Scorpio Races…almost as much as I loved The Hunger Games. So far it’s been my best and most-loved find.
Next: Fever Crumb and Uglies. My first disappointments. While I didn’t adore Trapped (the writing wasn’t too bad, but the story-line didn’t excite any thrills), it passed my intense, picky scrutiny. Fever Crumb scrapped by, mostly because of the incredible world the author painted, but Uglies was really disappointing.
But never give up, right?
Next…Divergent by Veronica Roth. Matched by Allie Condie. Cinder by Marissa Meyer.
I think reading is important, especially for want-to-be-published-authors like me. We can’t stick to “safe” books, the ones we know will be great and well written. We have to poke around and taste and try new books, from different genres, tenses, points-of-view, and styles. Besides, there are a lot of new authors making their debut appearances in 2012. And, surprise or not, some of them are promising to be quite good.
How do you find new-good-writing if you don’t try new and different books?
So what are you reading? Comments!!?!