Books I Should Be Reading

For someone who loves words and pretends to make a living by writing books, I am astoundingly ill-read, especially if we’re talking about anything written after 1950. Case in point: I just spent an hour watching Bob’s Burgers reruns instead of looking for my Kindle and reading literally anything. And it’s not for a lack of having things to read. In fact…

… here’s a list of everything I should be reading right now.

DangerRAMA, Danger_Slater Danger gets top billing here because I am very much in man-love with him and I’ve been looking forward to this book ever since I heard he was writing it. Every story he writes is the greatest story ever, and this has THREE of them. I am both ashamed and appalled that I have not yet picked up DangerRAMA.

Scattered Together, Stephen Schwegler To be fair, I did read Scattered Together a couple times… when I was editing it. I haven’t actually picked up a real finished copy yet, though, so it’s kind of like it never happened.

Swear, Hakim Bellamy I’ve only actually heard Hakim read once, but it was enough to make a permanent mark. I picked up Swear as soon as it came out, started reading it, and then misplaced it during the move. Definitely something I need to finish. As sweet as he is in person, Hakim is angry as hell on the page and I love it.

And now, with apologies to the authors below, I’m just going to list the rest because, quite frankly, I am not Samuel Snoek-Brown — I think he might be made of magic — and I’m running out of ways to say “these people are awesome and I really need to read their shit.” And, let’s face it, if I was any good at following through on things this wouldn’t be a list of books I’m totally gonna maybe start reading soon, now would it?

Lizzy Speare and the Cursed Tomb, Ally Malinenko

Life Cycle, Dena Rash Guzman

White Space & Other Stories, Sawney Hatton

Zombie/Apocalypse 2012: A Political Horror Story, Ian McClellan

Why God Why, Matt Rowan

Thunderbird, Jon Konrath

Whatever Don’t Drown Will Always Rise, Justin Lawrence Daugherty

And now, just to give some hope to those listed above, here’s a book I did actually read.

Murmuration, Ryan Werner For the record, though, Ryan mailed me a copy and then I read it in an airport when my flight was delayed for two hours at midnight. Because I apparently need to be forcibly given books and then trapped somewhere without cable if I want to actually read them.

Take a lesson from that, all you other writers out there.