‘Tis the Season To Be Jolly

I love to read.  When I go to the bookstore, I head for the notebook/sketchbook section, then mystery, then non-fiction (I love psychology books).  I know what I want and don’t stray from that.

But, at the library, I’m more adventourous.  I’ll try anything at least once.  This year I asked two librarians to pick out their favorite books, so I could give them a try.

  • I never thought I’d like Sci-Fi, but I really enjoyed the Harry Dresden Files.  Some other books caught my interest as well.  So, I’d like to thank the librarians for doing that.

I want to continue to expand my reading experience some more.  Since I love horror, thriller, suspense, romance, drama movies, I don’t see why I wouldn’t like the same genres in books as well.

So, I gave myself a challenge.  I’m on the lookout for interesting books to read.  I’ve found five people on Absolute Write that had interesting books in their sigs–four were horror and one was a memior from a guy’s perspective over a break-up.  Two books I’ve found on wordpress.

I”m buying these seven books, and if I like them, I could potentially become a fan of these authors and buy their other ones.  That’s what every writer wants, right?  To have a fan base.

It helps that I’m getting a Kindle for Christmas; I wanted to start my challenge earlier, but it seems like everyone is going the ebook route.  To document my challenge, I’ll add these to my book review section.  Tell your writer friends to check out my blog later on to see if they were the ones chosen.

I’m definitely checking out sigs and blogs to find more books to buy.  So, also tell your writer friends, who self-published or traditionally published (I’m not picky on matters like that.  An intriguing story in an intriguing story no matter how it got into my hands), to leave me a comment of one or two sentences of what the story is about and link to a blog or website about more information of the book with this post.  I can’t find all the authors on my own; I need help.

I love suspense, psychological thrillers, mysteries, etc.  But, I’m willing to give anything a try.  The whole point of my challenge is to get out of my comfort zone.  What’s the worst that could happen?  Maybe I wouldn’t enjoy the book, but it’d still be a plus for the author because they received a book sale and more exposure on the web.

Can’t wait for Christmas, so I can buy these books!!!  I already have seven in mind, but with a Kindle I’ll need more than that!

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby

7 thoughts on “‘Tis the Season To Be Jolly

  1. If you get a chance, read anything by Guy Gavriel Kay. He’s a fantasy author, but he’s also an amazing storyteller. Try Tigana, or The Fionavar Tapestry (a trilogy starting with The Summer Tree). Also, he won awards for The Last Light Of The Sun. You may not enjoy fantasy, but he writes great characters, and The Fionavar Tapestry will almost certainly make you cry.

  2. Hey Withloveweovercome,
    Thanks for being the first one to post on here. I will add one of these books to my list and later write a book review. Thanks again for the suggestion.

    Keep smiling,

  3. UPDATE:
    As of Jan. 8, 2012 I’ve brought 5 out of the 10 books so far on my challenge. I don’t think the memoir has been published yet, so I guess I can say 5 out of 9. I just finished reading my 2nd book and will put the review up tomorrow. All this week, I’ll keep reading and posting with the books I have.

    I’m still on the look-out for the other ones; can’t find on Amazon. If anyone wants to offer suggestions on their books or other author’s books, I’m open to expanding my reading challenge still.

    Keep smiling,

    • Hello PS: I Luv U,
      I begin teaching a creative writing course this Wednesday actually. It’s for 10 weeks Mondays and Wednesdays both 2 hours. Then, hopefully if I can continue to get people to sign up, I can make it a full-time gig.

      May I ask what’s MSASW?

      Keep smiling,

  4. Pingback: Book Review: Under Heaven By Guy Gavriel Kay | yawattahosby

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