Read Along Radio

This is our segment for writers who are also readers. I.E. it’s for all of you! This week we talk about a range of books, and we ask the question: can a writer read without studying writing style? Do we analyse the writing and notice the flow, or do we just tuck into the story?

What do you think? Please elaborate those thoughts in the comments. 🙂

Next month’s Read Along Pick: Wool by Hugh Howey. This dude has sold sooo many of his ebooks. Kevin picked it up to read and enjoyed it so much, we decided to make it our next pick.

“For suspense-filled, post-apocalyptic thrillers, Wool is more than a self-published ebook phenomenon―it’s the new standard in classic science fiction.

In a ruined and toxic future, a community exists in a giant silo underground, hundreds of stories deep. There, men and women live in a society full of regulations they believe are meant to protect them. Sheriff Holston, who has unwaveringly upheld the silo’s rules for years, unexpectedly breaks the greatest taboo of all: He asks to go outside.”

~Text from Amazon Page.


Show Notes

Books discussed in this episode of Write Along Radio – Read Along Radio:


Edible Ottawa

The Disaster Artist


Getting Things Done

A Vision of Fire



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5 comments on “Writers Reading Books: Read Along With Us

  1. Lucy Farago Feb 20, 2015

    I wish I could read without analyzing the writing. It would make reading far more enjoyable. I not only study the writing but I get mad when a well-known author makes the mistakes everyone else gets nailed for. I love audio books and have discovered I can learn more about writing styles when its read to me. I haven’t met an agent who hasn’t said, “read, read, read.” With reading comes learning.

  2. What I’m reading: Multiply by Francis Chan, Freedom to Worship by Terry Stafford, Visioneering by Andy Stanley.

    A couple of weeks ago I finished The Page Turners, Blood by Kevin T. Johns.

    Audible: Black Mass by Gerard O’Neill and Dick Lehr. I just finished Die Empty by Todd Henry too.

    As far as structure, I am not versed enough to read a book in that way. So for me it is really easy to read without analyzing the writing.

    Confession: I don’t read much fiction. In the past 2 years I’ve read 3 fiction books, Kevin’s Page Turners, Patrick Lencioni’s book The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, and The Advantage by Randy Ross and David Salyers. The latter two are business parables so I’m not so sure that is considered fiction.

    • Catherine & Kevin Feb 21, 2015

      No need for confessions. 🙂 I reckon that despite genre or type, good writing will stand out. What about audio books? Were those fictional or business?

      • Black Mass is a non-fiction book about Whitey Bulger and the FBI. I’m not sure if you’re familiar with who he is, but he’s an old Boston mobster who turned FBI informant but he wasn’t the usual type of informant.

        Die Empty is a book that talks about creating a rhythm of creativity so much so that the world is aware of your unique contributions to what you do. One practice is the habit of writing each day, creating habits in the creative realm so that when life is over you will have had all your creative contributions put out in the world.

        A big take away for me was when the author talks about how the graveyard is where the most wealth is. Because it’s full of books never written, businesses never started, and dreams never realized.

        Todd’s other book The Accidental Creative is just as good and is about the creative side too.

  3. Thank you for the book list.

    I’m reading two non-fiction books this month:
    I’ve just finished “How successful People Lead” – John Maxwell.
    I’m half way through “Made to Stick” – Chip Heath, Dan Heath.

    I highly recommend reading both.

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