What (some) Writers read when not writing – A Holiday Guide



This past weekend our local writer’s group, The Writer’s Idea Factory, got together for a Christmas party and a “match-your-number book exchange.” 

Following is a list of some of the favorite books the Writers in our group brought for the exchange—in no particular order:

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel (Connections across time; International bestseller)

The Lost Child by John Hart (Thriller with jaw-dropping twist)

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (Young-adult novel about teenager whose friend was shot and killed by a police officer)

Hemlock Bay by Catherine Coulter (FBI thriller)

Stone’s Fall by Iain Peers(Historical mystery novel)

The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell (Combines speculative fiction with deep philosophical inquiry)

Gerald’s Game by Stephen King (Psychological thriller)

The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Moshin Hamid (Novel—the aftermath of 9/11 on a young Pakistani man chasing the American dream on Wall Street)

Hounded by Kevin Hearne (First novel in an urban fantasy series)

Liberty by Stephen Coonts (Espionage thriller)

Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (Fantasy Novel)

The Distance Between Us: A Memoir by Reyna Grande (Life before and after illegally immigrating from Mexico to the US)

And (maybe expected)  two books on writing—

On Writing by Stephen King

If You Want to Write by Brenda Ueland

Happy Browsing, Reading, and Holidays 

Author: Patricia Schudy

Patricia Schudy is the author of the non-fiction book, "Oldest Daughters: What to know if you are one or have ever been bossed around by one," published in 2017. She is a former nationally syndicated, youth-advice columnist (Universal Press Syndicate/Andrews McMeel) and a free-lance writer of more than 200 bylined features. Her articles have appeared in regional and national publications including Better Homes and Gardens /Meredith Publications, the Kansas City STAR Magazine and the National Catholic Reporter. She is a member of the Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi), Colorado Independent Publishers Association (CIPA), and the Northern Colorado Writers Association. The oldest child in her family-of-origin’s five siblings, she learned through research that most of the studies about first-born children had focused on males. But what about oldest females? That question led to the writing and publication of Oldest Daughters: What to know if you are one or have ever been bossed around by one. The author is the mother of five adult children, the grandmother of eight, and currently blogs at www.oldestdaughter.com. “Relationships are integral to who I am and what I choose to write about.”

One thought on “What (some) Writers read when not writing – A Holiday Guide”

  1. This was so fun, Pat- both the book gift exchange and reading your list here! Thanks for summing these up. This is a handy list I may return to when I finish the book I got. Happy Holidays!

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