Back to Reading…


Since dropping graduate school from my life for the time being, I have been reading. After the beginning of college eight years ago, I haven’t read much for myself. Apart from Harry Potter audiobooks while driving across the country (and Deathly Hallows the moment it came out), and the Twilight series at my wife’s insistence (my man card was duly handed in), my reading has for school and only school.

Now I’m halfway through the third book of Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy. It is definitely a great series, but now I was thinking of lining up some non-fiction to follow it up with. I was originally planning to slip in some other reading between the Dark Materials books, but by halfway through The Golden Compass that plan was nixed.

Still, what to follow these books with? I’m going to read The Beautiful Struggle by Ta-Nehisi Coates, a favorite blogger of mine at The Atlantic. After that, I was thinking of reading up on writing. Here are a couple of ideas:

  • Writing Down the Bones – Natalie Goldberg
  • On Writing – Stephen King
  • Grammar Girl’s Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing – Mignon Fogarty (this is more for personal reference.)

Any other suggestions out there?