Elon Musk by Ashlee Vance
One of the books that is carrying over from last month though I am extremely close to finishing it. The biography of the real-life Tony Stark (that’s Iron Man for those of you who aren’t familiar with the Marvel Universe) by Ashlee Vance is wonderful so far. Musk is the greatest innovator of our time and his story really does encourage and inspire.
Everybody Writes by Ann Handley
A book on how to get better at Content Writing. That’s different from the creative writing that you see in fiction books. Content writing is, well, this. This post. This blog. All that sort of stuff. The book comes with great reviews and was a Wall Street Journal bestseller.
On Writing by Stephen King
I have often seen this book described as not a “How to Write” book, but more a “Why to Write book”. It is always present on lists for recommendations to aspiring writers to read, whether they be creative writers, content writers or otherwise.
A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin
The second book in A Song of Ice and Fire and sequel to A Game of Thrones. It’s another book that was on my reading list last month that I never got around to making progress on. Hopefully this month will be different.
The Midnight Circus by Erin Morgenstern
I didn’t manage to read a single page of The Midnight Circus last month even though I’m already two-thirds of the way through it.
Complete Fairy Tales by The Brothers Grimm
I love fairy tales and this is a book that I imagine will be on the reading list for quite a while since it’s over 700 pages long and made up of over 150 stories. I have put it in the children’s section although the stories do have a certain grim element to them (couldn’t resist!) that makes them appealing to adults also.
Goosebumps #5: The Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb by R.L. Stine
A story about a mummy from the greatest children’s horror series ever written. What’s not to look forward to?
Goosebumps #6: Let’s Get Invisible! by R.L. Stine
A story about a mummy…wait, wrong one. I wrote out a sentence to describe this book, but it seems to have disappeared. You could almost say it has turned invisible. Ooh, SPOOKY!
Never Say Die by Anthony Horowitz
The return of Alex Rider! I was surprised to see that Horowitz went back to write more in the Alex Rider series, given that he tied up the story with such a nice and pretty bow in Scorpia Rising. That being said, if there’s one writer I trust to keep a series interesting and exciting, it’s Horowitz. I am VERY excited about reading it.
The Weirdstone of Brisingamen by Alan Garner
The Weirdstone of Brisingamen is one of those books that shows up on a lot of writers’ favourites lists. I know Neil Gaiman rates it highly and there were another couple of lists I have seen it on.
Jason and the Golden Fleece by Apollonius of Rhodes, translated by Richard Hunter
The only classical work on this list. Also known as The Argonautica, it follows the story of Jason in his quest for the Golden Fleece (probably guessed that from the title anyway) as well as featuring Medea. It was written in the 3rd century B.C. and should make for a great read for any fan of Classics.
That’s the reading list for this month. I know I won’t get all of them read but it’s always good to set a goal. I have a couple of book reviews that need writing from last month and they will be coming along shortly. For now, that’s it and I’ll be back again soon.
Ian, Over and Out