Monday, November 20, 2017

Here's what I'm Reading This Week

Hey All! I thought I'd start doing a weekly post about what I'm reading for this week. All the links will be to Amazon, and just a heads up. I don't make anything off of it. I'm just sharing what's on my Kindle this week. However if you do want to support my writing please consider becoming a Patron on my Patreon page.

I'll be suggesting between 2 to 5 books. Depending on what I'm reading on a given week. This week I have 4 books for you, that I think you might find interesting.

If you are subscribed to my Newsletter Bit's and Pieces, you'll already know most of this info. As I shared some of it yesterday. However for those of you who aren't I'm going to be sharing some of books I'm reading and what I think of them so far.

First up, A little Zen!

Zen For Beginners by Daniel D'Apollonio

This is one that I'm just getting into and according to my Kindle I'm 38% into it. I think this is a great book for those just getting started, and as I've been studying Buddhism for awhile now. It's really helping me to understand a lot of the core concepts. I grew up in the Christian church but it was never a good fit for me. I disagree with a lot of what the church does and says. However as I've been exploring and finding my spiritual path, and Buddhism has really been calling out to me, right along with Humanism. So This is worth the money if you want to learn about different ways of thinking. This book is currently just 99 cents USD.

I will say that because this book is more focused on the Zen aspects of Buddhism it doesn't cover the whole subject like the book I read earlier this year called Buddhism by Michael Williams which covers Buddhism as a whole and all the different aspects and sects of Buddhism in a lot more detail than I have read so far in this book. However I do think it's been a great read so far and I'll be doing a more indepth review at a future date.

2k to 10k: Writing Faster, Writing Better, and Writing More of What You Love by Rachel Aaron

This is a book that I've only just started to get into this past weekend. According to my Kindle I'm only 14% into it so far. However I can say that this book has already given me some awesome insight into how to improve my words per day and my overall writing process. I really can't wait to get into it a lot deeper and and learn even more stuff. This book as given me a lot to think about already and I'm sure it's going to give me even more before I'm done reading it. If you're a writer, an author, or a blogger, then I would totally suggest you get this book and start reading it right now it's only $2.99USD on Amazon. So you really have no reason not to get it today.

You Are a Writer (So Start Acting Like One) by Jeff Goins

This is a book that I've been working though for awhile now and I'm almost done with it. Kindle says I'm 76% done with this book. It's by Jeff Goins and I have to say that I've really gotten a lot out of this book. It's very insightful and has a lot of great advice for writers. It has a very positive message for both aspiring writers and for writers who have been at it for awhile now. I've been actively writing for just over 4 years, and I really wish I would have read this book when I was first getting serious about being a writer. I'm going to be reading one of his other books soon called Real Artist Don't Starve. I haven't started it yet. But I will be once I've finished this one. This book is currently only $1.99USD on amazon. I would pick this up if you're serious about being a writer that wants to make a career out of it.

This next book is for entertainment reading. I like to have a mix of books that I read. I prefer to have a couple on writing, a book or two on self improvement, and at least one or two books I read just for fun. Although I sometimes read books out of genres I wouldn't normally read just to see what's out there. Which is the case for this book. It's romance novel that I decided to read because well I've never read that kind of book before and I wanted to see if there was anything I could learn about writing romance because I feel it's important skill as a writer to have, because human connection is something we have to translate to the page as writers.

This is an adult Romance novel so it's not for anyone under 18 years old.

Ménage A Cowboy by Jenny Klaire

I've only just started to read this book Kindle says I'm 5% into it at the moment. So I can't say to much about it, but I have read some other stuff by Jenny Klaire and she is an excellent writer. She does an awesome job of just throwing you into the story and grabbing your attention. Like I've said before this isn't my normally reading area. I tend to stick to sci-fi, urban fantasy, and that kind of faire. So this is really new to me. However I am learning while I read and it's really helped me to understand how to write and translate the human connection that's so important for any kind of story. The fact that the book is in first person only helps to reinforce that connection. You get to see what her character is thinking and why that character makes the choices she does in the story. I have really liked what I've read so far. I would really recommend you pick this one up in the Kindle Store. It's only 99 cents USD right now.

There you have it. It's what I'm reading this week. I hope these suggestion are helpful to you. Again I don't make anything if you buy one of these books. I am just sharing what I'm reading at the moment. However if you do want to support my writing. Please consider being a Patron on My Patreon Page. Also please consider signing up for the newsletter. I'll be having specials and updates you won't find anywhere else.

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