I am a reader, not a writer, and reading is essential for me. Reading a book is like visiting old friends and making new ones. Books are good because the writing is good. I think that to be a good writer, one must be a good reader.
- With that in mind, what are all you good writers reading right now, or have just finished?
- What book could you read over and over again, and why did you make that choice?
Here is my list:
Right now, I am reading “Absolute Proof” by Peter James. It has an intriguing premise – what would absolutely prove the existence of God? An investigative reporter, Ross Hunter, is confronted with this question. He receives a phone call from an unusual man who says he has just such proof and will share it only with Hunter. The subsequent thrills, investigation, and mystery take Hunter all over the globe and put his life in jeopardy. Peter James a definitive storyteller and this book has me glued to the pages. One note, it is available in the U.S. only as an Audible audio book, but the owner of my local bookstore, The Book Carnival, ordered me a hard copy from England.
I also just finished “Six Four” by Hideo Yokoyama, with Japanese translation by Jonathan Lloyd-Davies. It is a l-o-n-g book, but every word contributes to the total picture. It is a universal story of crime, family, conflict, and duty all centering around one man who works in a police department in Japan. The pace is slow at first, but it comes to a frantic, desperate, and shocking end. I learned a lot about Japanese culture while reading, and my complete review is posted on “Looks at Books. (https://3no7.wordpress.com/2018/11/09/six-four/ )
The book I would read again and again is “Murder on the Orient Express” by Agatha Christie. It is such a classic story with twists, turns, and surprises, even after eighty-four years. Every time I read it, I find some new little detail that I had overlooked; it is Hercule Poirot after all.
Now, your turn — What are you reading and what are your favorite books?