One of the largest recommendations other authors mention about writing is to not forget to read.
I have found Goodreads to be a great site to track and collect what books I read. My user page can be found here. If you are a fellow Goodreads user, feel free to add me. Starting in 2009, I made a “shelf” to give myself an easy way to track what books I read in a given year. (This will be interesting to see what happens with some of my favorite books that I re-read on a semi-regular basis.)
As we roll into the new year, I just finished adding my last couple of updates for the year to Goodreads. Managed to get a couple of books read over the Christmas holiday and finished the second yesterday. I tagged the book with “Scifi” and “Read in 2009.” Last, I took a look at the number of books that are on the “Read in 2009” shelf: 52
52 books in 2009! Wow! That is a bit more than I expected. Doesn’t seem like a book a week, but that is how the math worked out. This is also counting NaNoWriMo in November where I think I only read one book during the whole month. It’s kind of cool to look over the list though. For the most part it is a mix of Scifi and Fantasy with a few randoms thrown in. The list is mostly fantasy though as I consider that my “home” or favorite genre.
If I had to narrow it down to a single book as the favorite one I read this year… which there are a number of incredible books I read this year, it would have to be “The Name of the Wind (Kingkiller Chronicle, #1)” by Patrick Rothfuss. I just can’t remember another debut book that grabbed my attention in quite that way. It was actually quite inspirational in finally working on my own novel. Another great mention of the year is the “Night Angel” trilogy that I read by Brent Weeks, along with Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn trilogy. Guy Gavriel Kay would be another notable discovery thanks to Shane over at Novelnaut.
In a way it boiled down to a year of great discoveries in the literary world. Discovered a few new authors, discovered new books that had been out a while, discovered the joys (and pains) of writing something novel length, and now discovering the pains (and joys) of editing something novel length.
I’m looking forward to the discoveries that 2010 brings – I hope you do as well!