Tuesday, 3 April 2012

The importance of reading

I must admit that when it comes to reading, I'm very picky. If something doesn't already have good reviews, I'm not probable to pick it up. As a writer, I know, this is NOT good. I wish I wasn't so picky. I know that reading is very important when it comes to honing one's writing skills. You read something good to learn how to apply successful techniques, and you read something bad to learn what techniques you should avoid.


And with that in mind, I have recently forced myself to read whatever I can get my hands on. With my limited student budget, I refrain from buying anything unless I know I will love the novel, but I'm using the university library as well as borrow from friends, and this has turned out to be a good thing. Not only have I read things that significantly differ from my own writing preferences, but I have come to realise that I am a hell of a fast reader! I've never really thought about it before, but after I finished the trilogy of the Hunger Games in less than three days, my friend pointed out, and I quote: "How fast do you read?!"

Right now, I'm in the middle of the ten-novels-long series A Princess' Diaries (which seriously annoys me, I might add, although I've always loved the film adaptation), and I have borrowed Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice from the library, seeing as I have yet to read that classic.

Do you have any recommendations? 
Whatever you recommend, I will read it! (I might even write reviews of them here on the blog!)

So keep writing and reading, folks!


  1. Hmm... I like the Bartimaeus Trilogy. Then there's also the Kingkiller Chronicle - the Name of the Wind & The Wise Man's Fear. Any book by John Green - especially The Fault in our Stars. Stuff by Tennessee Williams (I prefer The Glass Menagerie). Agatha Christie's Poirot/Miss Marple novels. And for the mystery fanatic in you, try and find the book 'The Shakespeare Curse'.

    Happy reading! :D

    1. I'll probably give them all a try in the near future! :D