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Read Top Rated Books on Book Country

Posted by June 19th, 2014

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We selected 10 new books to be featured in the Top Rated carousel on the Read and Review page. The insightful feedback you give to your peers help make Book Country such a wonderful and supportive community for writers. We are excited to share with you the books that garnered so much positive feedback!

  1. Running Home by K Bieker
  2. Heathered by Anna Spargo Ryan
  3. And The Last Shall Be First by Tom Wolosz
  4. Red: Pride by Joe Niewierski
  5. Rerun by Tori Brooks
  6. Just Another Love Letter by Rebecca Hodgkins
  7. Twilight Path by Charl F. King
  8. London Comfort by Henry Scott
  9. The Secrets of Shadows by Tabetha Waite
  10. The Dragon and the Phoenix by Michael Guarneiri

We hope reading these great books and their feedback inspires you!

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3 Reasons Why Writers Should Read More by Justin Keenan of Rooster

Posted by May 20th, 2014

JustinKeenan“If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.” Stephen King’s writing advice goes straight to the point: Writers should read more. It’s advice you see repeated everywhere, in almost every workshop and author interview. But what are those tools exactly? What is it that reading teaches you that you can’t learn just from classes, or from your own writing?

Reading teaches you what good language sounds like

Annie Dillard has a wonderful anecdote about a great painter she once met: “I asked him how he came to be a painter. He said, ‘I liked the smell of the paint.‘”

As a writer, words are your paint. Boiled down to its simplest form, writing is the act of moving words around on paper until you like the way they sound, and if you don’t love the visceral experience of working with words, you have no business being a writer.

Just as the musician trains her ear by listening to music, the writer trains her ear and develops her voice by reading. The more the writer reads, the better she knows her tools. At the very least, reading helps you sharpen your ear for language, showing you how to eliminate awkward constructions, needless verbiage, and lifeless clichés. Continue reading

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