Writers Are Readers: Beach Week Edition

I am sitting on a comfy couch in the top floor of a beach house, enjoying the chunk of time that exists between my son’s bedtime and my own. I’ve only been here a day, but I’m already diving into my beach reading. Some people might like to read one book at a time, but I have stopped doing that. I’ve started reading one book per format/device. Here’s what I’m reading while I’m here.

1. (Audiobook) The Case of the Damaged Detective (5-Minute Sherlock Book 1) by Drew Hayes

I’m only one hour and twenty minutes into this audiobook, and I’m enjoying it. I’m a fan of Sherlock reboots and new twists, and this does not disappoint, as far as the premise goes. It’s fun and lighter than some of his other stuff, but the writing is solid. In fact, I’ve read enough of his books that his writing is familiar, like getting wrapped up in a warm blanket.

2. (Paperback) The Anatomy of Story: 22 Steps to Becoming a Master Storyteller by John Truby

I started this one a while ago. I’ve been reading bits and pieces here and there, rather than going straight through. I probably won’t read much of it this trip because I’m loving my other reads too much!

3. (Kindle – Phone App) Destroyer (The Void Wraith Saga Book 1) by Chris Fox

I’ve been watching Chris Fox’s Youtube videos on writing and marketing, and when he described his book as Mass Effect-inspired, I thought it was right up my alley. I can definitely see the parallels between this story and the video game series, and I’m enjoying seeing where things are similar, and where there are marked differences. I’m a little over half-way through, and I’m pretty sure I’m going to keep reading the series. The chapters are short, the story flows, and the first few chapters are fast moving. I’m hooked.

4. (Kindle – Actual Kindle) The Frozen Sky (The Europa Series Book 1) by Jeff Carlson

Another book that’s exactly my kind of book. It has a true sci-fi feel. The story is about making first contact with intelligent life on Europa. You’re dropped right into the middle of action, and there are a lot of good questions raised.

5. (Kindle – Actual Kindle) Unnamed Beta Read

This last one is a beta read for a member of the Hourlings, my writing group, so I won’t disclose the title. It’s turning out to be a strong Book 2 in the series so far!

How many books do you read at once? What’s your current read?

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