We all know that as aspiring authors, novice writers, etc. we should read extensively. This reading should be done both inside and outside our preferred genre. Easier said than done, though, on so many many levels. this year I’ve tried once to break out of my comfortable reading zone of YA fantasy. It hasn’t worked. At all. Example: I tried reading Damsels in Distress by Joan Hess. It’s a murder mystery. I bought it as a publisher’s remainder at B&N for like $5 with money I got for graduation with my master’s degree. I lasted 60 pages or so before I retreated for my comfort genre. This is just one of several books I started this year but didn’t finish. But it is the only one outside my genre. The next book I read will be in that genre.

Whenever I can get to that TBR list, that is.

That said, I’ll now post said list in hopes that it will get me motivated to read through them.

The List
The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
Lost in a Good Book by Jasper Fforde
The Well of Lost Plots by Jasper Fforde
Something Rotten by Jasper Fforde
Thursday Next: First Among Sequels by Jasper Fforde
Eldest by Christopher Paolini
Brisingr by Christopher Paolini
The Naming by Alison Croggon
Fall of a Kingdom by Hilari Bell
Graceling by Kristin Cashore
Godmother: The Secret Cinderella Story by Carolyn Sturgeon
Dragonspell by Donita K. Paul
Eyes Like Stars by Lisa Mantchev
The Only Grammar Book You’ll Ever Need by Susan Thurman and Larry Shea
Eats, Shoots & Leaves by Lynne Truss

So many books, so little time should also read “so little means.” Here’s my wishlist:

Wings by Aprilynne Pike
Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

Curse my phobia of library books that won’t allow me to borrow books to read for pleasure. (Research materials are another thing entirely.) Sigh.

OK, I’ll stop rambling now. But you tell me: Did I miss a book I absolutely should have on my TBR or wishlist? Is there something there you’d absolutely recommend against? What are your strategies for breaking out of your comfort reading genre? Would you like to see a list of what I’ve read this year? If so, when? This week? In December?

I’ll stop with the 20 questions now.