It’s the start of the brand new year, and like many, I take stock of how much I read last year and how much I want to read this year. My goal last year was 52 books, one for each week. Considering my writing deadlines, and then the fact that we ended up moving nearly 4000 km, I was really pleased that I managed 56. The moving – packing, selling the house, buying the new house, renovating….well, it was stressful and time intensive.
This year, unless something really wonky happens, there will not be any moves. (I have told my husband I am not moving again until retirement. Considering I don’t plan to retire until I’m too old to write, you get the idea.) So I’m hoping that total will be closer to 100. I do participate in the e-harlequin reader challenge, so it’s also for a good cause.
The great thing is, while I read lots of books for “Just Because” reasons, I also read for work. I read craft books – for example, last year I read Save the Cat and I adored it. I have a couple more in my tbr including Vogler’s The Writer’s Journey.
But more than that I have a whole shelf of books for research.
I’m researching World War II at the moment and from a Canadian perspective. My non fiction books include Halifax at War, Juno Beach and Hell and High Water. I’ve already read a few to get my juices flowing though not Canadian – mainly Dick Winters’s story Beyond Band of Brothers and also Brothers In Battle, Best of Friends by Babe Heffron and Bill Guarnere. Band of Brothers changed my life quite literally and while it is focused on Easy Company, there is a universality to the brotherhood that can be translated into any company of men under such circumstances. My girls and I are reading The Diary of Anne Frank next. I have never read it and so we are going to read it together – as soon as we finish Little Women – probably this week.
But I also have other books that are fiction that I’m looking at delving into for inspiration. So much of writing means being able to put myself into that world, to relate to my characters. So immersing myself in the era, touching those feelings with my own, is the objective so that when I write MY characters, I can draw upon those feelings.
In my tbr is Suite Francaise, The Kommandant’s Girl, Rachel’s Secret and Such Sweet Sorrow (the last 2 my Christmas prezzie from my Critique partner).
All in all I have lots of reading, but I’m really looking forward to getting into it!