My April 2017 Reading List

I have a confession…

I only finished one book in March.

Shame me! Throw sticks and stones at me! Spit at m–wait, wait, wait. Let’s not get carried away. Also, probably don’t throw sticks or stones. I’m thinking that doesn’t sound like fun.

Yeah, so…if you’ve been following along here at Ye Olde J. E. Martin Books blog, you’ve caught on by now that I’m ramping up for the release of Book Two. At some point. In the future. Perhaps somewhat near. Or maybe far. Anyway, less than 100 days.

That means I’m busy. SUPER busy. And with that whole vacation thing that just popped up, I’m busier than the normal amount of busy I was before.

From my March reading list, I managed to finish XOM-B by Jeremy Robinson. My review for it is up over on Goodreads. If you’ve taken in many zombie and/or robot books or movies, you can pretty much guess the plot. I think 20 years ago, it would have been a bit more visionary, but I enjoyed the journey anyway. I don’t necessarily mind knowing the tropes, as long as you can present them to me in a fun way.

Yep. That was my book. My one whole book.

Which brings me to another one-book month:


  1. Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett – I’m not even 50 pages into my re-read of this one, but I’m remembering immediately why I wanted to read it again. I’d love to try my hand at writing a book like this one day!

That’s it. Just the one. I think it’s probably all I’ll be able to get through, with everything else I’ve got going on. I’m not even positive I’ll get all the way through this one.

But in the spirit of optimism, these will remain on the (unpictured) list of high hopes and dreams:

  1. Soulless (Parasol Protectorate Series Book 1) by Gail Carriger – A recommendation from my dad, which was also mentioned very shortly thereafter by an author friend of mine. If it gets high marks from those two folks, I’m guaranteed to enjoy it.
  2. Outlining Your Novel: Map Your Way to Success (Helping Writers Become Authors Book 1) by K.M. Weiland – This is one of the first writing books I read when I started getting serious about writing. I’m excited to re-read it, now that I’m closer to having two published books under my belt. I think I’ll find it easier to remember and apply the new knowledge I pick up from this read-through since I’m more familiar with the craft of writing now than when I first read it.

What about you? What are you looking forward to reading this month?

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