Category: Reading Lists

Author Raychel Rose Shares Her Inspiration for “The Sea of Ghosts”, As Featured in PSYCHOPOMPS: SHEPHERDS OF THE DEAD

It’s fun to have author Raychel Rose guest blogging with me today, as I have enjoyed working with herin conjunction with a new anthology of short stories, which you can can pick up on Amazon: Psychopomps: Shepherds of the Dead. Her story “The Sea of Ghosts” caught my interest because it features a more sinister version of a mermaid–or is she? Rose keeps you guessing … Read More Author Raychel Rose Shares Her Inspiration for “The Sea of Ghosts”, As Featured in PSYCHOPOMPS: SHEPHERDS OF THE DEAD

Author E.W. Farnsworth Shares His Inspiration for “Mobile Dusters”, As Featured in PSYCHOPOMPS: SHEPHERDS OF THE DEAD

It is my pleasure to have author E.W. Farnsworth guest posting on my blog today. He is one of several authors who has contributed to an anthology I am excited to be a part of. You can pick up Psychopomps: Shepherds of the Dead on Amazon, including his story “Mobile Dusters”, which expresses a post-apocalyptic interpretation of who guides us toward death–computers, aliens, and our own … Read More Author E.W. Farnsworth Shares His Inspiration for “Mobile Dusters”, As Featured in PSYCHOPOMPS: SHEPHERDS OF THE DEAD

Writing and Fiction Podcasts I’m Loving in 2015

These days I prefer listening to my reading, as opposed to absorbing books, news, and articles with my eyes. I discovered this while pursuing my initiative to sit less and move more. We’ve probably all heard by now that sitting all day is terrible for us, and as writers we tend to sit plenty! To fight this, I now load up my iPod with audio … Read More Writing and Fiction Podcasts I’m Loving in 2015

These 19 Frequently Challenged Books Might Surprise You – Banned Books Week 2014

I’m often surprised by which books are frequently challenged or banned in our society. For example, take these 19 books the American Library Association reports are frequently challenged: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou Brave New World by Aldous Huxley Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George The Face on the Milk … Read More These 19 Frequently Challenged Books Might Surprise You – Banned Books Week 2014

On Why We Love Reading the Classics

Even though I read and write a lot of future-focused fiction, so many of my favorite books would be classified as classics. I thought that just made me old-school until Edith Wharton enlightened me today. Edith let me know I just have a taste for stories with ‘irrepressible freshness’. True, her ‘classics’ were different from those works I now think of as classics, but it still … Read More On Why We Love Reading the Classics

My Top Steampunk Books of All Time – Reading List

Steampunk is a newish trend, but some of the titles on my top steampunk novels have been out for quite some time. Here’s my recommended steampunk reading list: The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare The Parasol Protectorate series by Gail Carriger The Clockwork Century series by Cherie Priest Infernal Devices by K. W. Jeter Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld The Difference Engine by William Gibson and Bruce Sterling

My Top Mystery or Suspense Books of All Time – Reading List

Not all mysteries and whodunits are created equal. As far as my top suspense novel recommendations, I compiled this reading list of the classics in this genre. Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Canon Doyle Myriad short stories by Edgar Allen Poe And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie. I love this authoress’ life of personal mystery. Miss Marple Series by Agatha Christie The Thirty-Nine Steps by John … Read More My Top Mystery or Suspense Books of All Time – Reading List

My Top Fantasy Books of All Time – Reading List

I am often asked which fantasy books I recommend. Here’s my suggested reading list of the top fantasy books of all time! The Once and Future King by T.H. White The Lord of the Rings (and The Hobbit) by J.R.R. Tolkien The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle The Forgotten Beasts of Eld by Patricia A. McKillip Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through … Read More My Top Fantasy Books of All Time – Reading List

My Top Sci Fi Books of All Time – Reading List

A lot of friends and acquaintances ask me for my top sci fi book recommendations, so I compiled a reading list of what I consider the classics. Time Machine by H.G. Wells 1984 by George Orwell Anthem by Ayn Rand. If you couldn’t get through the thousands of pages for Atlas to shrug, you may like that this one is only about 100 pages. … Read More My Top Sci Fi Books of All Time – Reading List