Read, read, read…

Part of what makes me tick, makes me who I am is the books that I read. Over the years I must have read hundreds of books – for pleasure and study. Yet, I have few books in my possession that I read before I came to New Zealand.

So, since the beginning of 2009 I have been keeping the books I read. I don’t know how others feel about books but the loss of all those great lost stories rankles with me. Isaac Asimov (Foundation yeah), Stephen J. Donaldson (vertigo anyone?), Tolkein (God damn hobbits), Clive Barker (he really blew me away!) were some of the great writers I grew up with.

Recently I’ve been on an on-going spending splurge of up to $nz30 each week on adult and YA fiction about the darker side of life: vampires, witches, werewolves, demons, incubus, succbus, angels, hunters, Moroi and Strigoi, Lamia, and of course those pesky humans that love, hate, worship, sneak around and get to be lovely meals…

Here’s my top ten list of fiction I have read in the past year:

10. The Downside Ghosts (Stacia Kane)
9. Millennium Trilogy (Stieg Larsson)
8. Night World (L.J. Smith)
7. The Twilight Saga (Stephenie Meyer)
6. The Black Dagger Brotherhood (J.W. Ward)
5. Guild Hunter Novels (Nalini Singh)
4. Angel (L.A. Weatherly)
3. House of Night (P.C. and Kristen Cast)
2. Vampire Academy (Richelle Mead)
1. The Georgina Kincaid Books (Richelle Mead)

Lisbeth Salander

I would super highly recommend these books to read. Every one of them gave me an adventure and experience I loved and remember. Plus, as someone once told me ‘You should write as much as you can. But you should read even more’. Reading both entertains me and takes me to those fantastic places I can’t even imagine. Strengthening my own imagination and leading my thoughts to places, crazy places – some like those I read about!

So, the moral is: Keep reading

Vanguard – Newborn word count: 90283


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