Since the publication of The Truth About Awiti, I rarely have time to read for pleasure… and man, do I miss it. These days I find myself researching and reading materials for my current work-in-progress. And I’ll be honest. Sometimes reading for a purpose just isn’t as fun. It’s work.
It’s been said many times that the best way to become a better writer is to read more books. Of course finding the time to read is the real challenge. So when I chose to read a book for enjoyment over the holidays, I didn’t make the decision lightly. I knew I wanted the novel to be as far away from my genre as possible, so I looked to one of my first loves: YA fiction and fantasy.
I kept hearing about a novel called Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. The fangirl reviews and promises of page-turning fantasy won me over. When the novel arrived (complete with beautiful black-stained pages), I started reading it right away. In my opinion, black-stained pages are a sure sign of adventure, and Six of Crows didn’t disappoint.
I began the novel with little expectation except to be swept away from the current demands of being a new author. I wanted to forget about my work-in-progress. I hoped the novel would take my mind off future submissions (and rejections). I simply wanted to enjoy being a reader again. And I did!
Not surprising since Six of Crows has racked up numerous praises and reviews (love the gifs—take my money!) But what was surprising to me was how much I was learning in the process. Hello magical diverse characters! Hello epic world building! Hello perfect pacing and dialogue!
My biggest takeaway from Six of Crows (aside from it being a classic dark adventure and waiting anxiously for book two)—make time to read for fun. Perhaps it’s a bit easier to absorb (and appreciate!) the writing process while reading for enjoyment. And perhaps, simply relishing the visceral joy in storytelling is the real lesson.
(My fangirl review of Six of Crows is available on Goodreads.)