New Achievement Unlocked: January’s Required Reading

I’ve finished reading Strunk and White’s The Elements of Style and I’ve completed the Audiobook J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit.

The Elements of Style is required reading for writer of any type, not only is it jam packed with useful, insightful and timeless information on writing clearly, concisely and efficient it is surprisingly hilarious at times and for it being basically the grandfather of English textbook, it doesn’t take itself to seriously and manages to make some really funny, really nerdy grammar jokes. I recommend any aspiring writer read it if you have not already.

I use to look down on audiobooks, until I listened to a free copy Ender’s Game on audible. That’s all it took, one audiobook and I was hooked. It’s like downloading information directly into your brain, and the best part is you can do it pretty much anywhere while doing almost anything.

After spending a large majority of my life as a fan of the Fantasy genre I had never read Tolkien’s The Hobbit. Back in college I attempt read The Lord of the Rings but honestly I couldn’t get into it. However consuming the audiobook of The Hobbit was a completely different experience and I have to say I was smitten with both the story and the characters of The Hobbit.

I’m now starting Characters & Viewpoints by Orson Scott Card, and I am going out on a limb and trying out an audiobook title that I have had my eye on for awhile A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan.


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