We constantly hear that reading is like doing homework for writers. That the more we read the more we learn about writing. What works and what doesn’t work in terms of plot points, character development, story arc and several other aspects of writing.
Every editor and agent advises that to write well one must read, read and then read some more. Reading widens our writing horizon. It exposes us to a wide range of writing techniques.
I think my love for writing was fuelled by reading. As a child I was a voracious reader. Summer holidays would see me devouring large piles of books like a book monster. Somewhere deep down, this intense love created a desire in me to write my own stories. The only time I don’t read much is when I am writing the first draft of my manuscripts. This is a deliberate attempt so that I don’t subconsciously copy or get influenced by another writer. But, once the first draft is done then I am back to reading big time.
In the last few months I have read several books: Hunger Games Trilogy, the first book of the Divergent series, Millenium Trilogy, Anuja Chauhan’s ‘Those Pricey Thakur Girls’, Ashwin Sanghi’s ‘Chanakya’s Chant’ and now ‘The Krishna Key’ (both of which I found simply amazing), Anita Nair’s ‘Cut like Wound’ Sarita Mandanna’s ‘Tiger Hills’, Amish’s ‘Immortals of Meluha’ and ‘The Secret of the Nagas’, Randy Boyagoda’s ‘Beggar’s Feast’.
I have noticed that I am hardly reading any Middle Grade books. All the books I am reading are YA or Adult fiction. I need to get some MG books.
Like me are you all obsessed with reading. Any suggestions for good MG books? Do you make it a point to read books? What are you all reading now?