Update #2 – Reading to write

I read somewhere that to write well you needed to read. It makes sense because it’s fairly obvious. What isn’t obvious though is how difficult it is to balance that, when there’s a slight creep of guilt whilst reading a book, “I could be writing my own work”, I’m sure many aspiring writes feel the same.

So I thought it’d be useful to make a reading shortlist, and share it here. If nothing else it adds a bit of colour to the blog. Here’s a short blurb about why I’ve picked each one, don’t worry this won’t become a book review blog. Hopefully this will see me through to summer.

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BFI Film Classics Series Blade Runner by Scott Bukatman

Film criticism and theory is a very keen interest of mine, as is sci-fi. This series of books from BFI are of perfect length and depth of subject to engage my inner theorist without becoming to onerous.

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

It’s on every single top 100 list, lists that I generally like to ignore, but it has also come personally recommended.

Neuromancer by William Gibson

The latest in my chain of sci-fi novels, off of the heels of Do Androids Dream and Flowers for Algernon, this was one of those ‘if you liked these you should try this’.

Grimm Tales by Philip Pullman

Mythos from Fry and Norse Mythology from Gaiman (plus Fry’s Heroes…why are people revisiting the classic tales all of a sudden?), were highly enjoyable, I’ve read The Brother’s Grimm tales so wanted to see how Pullman, a legend, made them his own.

Homo Deus by Yuval Noah Harari

I originally bought Sapiens just so that I could read Homo Deus. Whilst I enjoyed Sapiens, I felt it laboured the points, hoping this will be a bit punchier.

The Road by Cormac McCarthy

Similar to Brave New World, ‘one of the modern classics’, and the favourite of people I know.

Film as Film Understanding And Judging Movies by Victor Perkins

Heralded as a must have bible for film theorists, the pinnacle of critical theory for the medium, so I thought i’d give it a go. It’s a book I’ve already started and need to keep dipping in and out of as it’s taxing to read.

The Complete Maus by Art Spiegelman

Again, an apparent must read, after going through others like Watchmen, Sandman, V for Vendetta I’ve made it to Maus.

Heroes by Stephen Fry

I really enjoyed Mythos.

Daredevil Born Again by Frank Miller & David Mazzucchelli

Big comics fan, but let down by the latest season of Netflix’s Daredevil, hoping a trip back to some of the source material will help scratch that itch.

Planet Hulk Omnibus by Greg Pak

Really enjoyed World War Hulk so wanted to give this a try.

Thoughts welcome.

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