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My Weird Reading
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My reading habits are odd. For one thing, I spend more time writing than reading.

I won't read a book by someone I know. I can't bear the thought that I might not like it.

I don't read books anything like books I'm writing or thinking about writing. I'm a sponge. A mimic. A regular mockingbird. I tend to sound just like what I'm reading. If I'm unconsciously imitating someone else's style, (which I am)I'm going to make sure it's someone working in a different genre.

In fact, I avoid authors writing in similar genres...period. I don't want to know who I'm "competing" with. I don't want to be influenced, or intimidated, or have my own ideas in any way affected. If it's been done, don't tell me. I'll be doing it my own way anyhow. Is that nonprofessional? Probably.

I will read literature from a pertinent historical period to get the flavor.

So what have I read recently:

  • Pick-Up -- Charles Willeford
  • The Crazy Kill -- Chester Himes
  • I Married a Dead man -- Cornell Woolrich
  • The Deep Blue Goodbye -- John D MacDonald
  • Dark Corners of the Night -- Paul Cain
  • Framed in Guilt -- Day Keene
  • Eve's Ransom -- George Gissing
  • The Haunted Hotel -- Wilkie Collins
  • The British Barbarians -- Grant Allen

    I'm also working on:

  • The Autobiography of Benvenuto Cellini
  • Varieties of the Religious Experience - William James

    Make of it what you will.

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