First January Book Haul from the Library

I visited my library today and came back with several good books to read. I plan to read The Artist’s Way first, and the rest will be added to my ever-growing TBR list.

Manhunters — How We Took Down Pablo Escobar by Steven Murphy and Javier F Pena

Man Hunters - How We Took Down Pablo Escobar - Steven Murphy and Javier F. Pena

Manhunters was on the new bookshelf at my library. Published November of 2019. This book caught my eye because I love to read gangland crime stories. It’s subject, Pablo Escobar, is one of the most famous drug traffickers in history. A true gangster.

I picked up this book because it tells a true story. I enjoy reading true stories because I feel it provides me inspiration for my fiction. I enjoy writing about crime and criminals and seeing the world through the bad guy’s point of view. So books like this are always of interest to me.

Crusades — The Epic History of the Wars for the Holy Lands by Dan Jones

Crusades — The Epic History of the Wars for the Holy Lands by Dan Jones

This book was also on the new bookshelf at my library. Published October 2019. I have already checked this book out previously and read through half of it. It wasn’t exciting for me to finish in one checkout and I had to return it to my library because renewals weren’t allowed. I do like to finish books I start if at all possible so I picked it up again.

I enjoy reading about history, especially wars. I find the history of men to be fascinating. As a Catholic man, I have always found the Crusades interesting. There seems to be so much disagreement as to what took place, so I pick up different books on the subject. As always the truth is somewhere in the middle.

The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell

The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell

This one I believe was a recommendation of Books with Emily Fox. I enjoy watching her YouTube / BookTube channel. I trust her reviews. She shows good taste and has a fantastic way of presenting herself. I chose this book because it has a Jesuit Priest as it’s protagonist, again I am Catholic, coupled with a Sci-Fi theme. I thought that it sounded original and worth a read.

The Artist’s Way — A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity by Julia Cameron

The Artist’s Way — A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity by Julia Cameron

I have heard many great things about this book. It comes highly recommended by so many people I can’t even name them. From what I hear this is one of these best industry books on creativity and writing. I am looking forward to learning some lessons from this book.

I enjoy reading industry books because I want to improve my writing craft as best as possible. Writing is a craft and thus we authors need to hone our skills. The best way to do this is through practice but being taught is a close second.

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