Books Read List, How Do You Organize Your Books, and Insecure Writer's Support Group Day

Here we are, for Insecure Writer's Support Group Day!

October 6 question:
In your writing, where do you draw the line, with either topics or language?

The awesome co-hosts for the October 6 posting of the IWSG are:
Jemima Pitt, J Lenni Dorner, Cathrina Constantine, Ronel Janse van Vuuren, and Mary Aalgaard!

Ooh, now that's an intriguing question. I do have some personal limits with regard to language (bluntly: swearing is fine but blasphemy is not (though I'm fine with reading it; I just won't write it)). I don't have any self-imposed limits on topics, but there are quite a few topics I simply haven't attempted yet because I haven't had stories come to me in those realms. I'm still mildly surprised at myself anytime I have an idea for a dystopian story! I never expected to write in that genre...

I posted a List of Books Read last month; the next batch to be added to the list is as follows:

A Breath of Snow and Ashes by Diana Gabaldon (reread)
An Echo in the Bone by Diana Gabaldon (reread)
Lord John and the Hellfire Club by Diana Gabaldon (reread)
Lord John and the Private Matter by Diana Gabaldon (reread)
Lord John and the Succubus by Diana Gabaldon (reread)
Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade by Diana Gabaldon (reread)
Lord John and the Haunted Soldier by Diana Gabaldon (reread)
Lord John and the Scottish Prisoner by Diana Gabaldon (reread)

Otis Spofford by Beverly Cleary
The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary
Ribsy by Beverly Cleary
Muggie Maggie by Beverly Cleary

The Nature of Middle-Earth by JRR Tolkien edited by Carl F. Hostetter

The Scottish Fairy Book: Habetrot the Spinstress (available at

The Madness of Crowds by Louise Penny

essay about Cormoran Strike by Robert Galbraith (available at

The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Andersen (reread)
The Ice Maiden by Hans Christian Andersen

short story by RM (beta read)
short story by RB (beta read)

Baby-sitters Club Super Special 10: Sea City Here We Come by Ann M Martin

Banana Spaghetti by Ann Cameron
The Littlest Bear by Eve Bunting and Nancy Carpenter
Olivia and the Fairy Princesses by Ian Falconer
Even Fairies Need Glasses by Sienna Williams and Natalie Smillie
The Fantasy Football Wall by Ann Bryant

I Am Going by Mo Willems
The Pigeon Has to Go to School by Mo Willems
The Pigeon Wants a Puppy by Mo Willems

Horrid Henry and the Mega-Mean Time Machine by Francesca Simon (read by E)
Pirate Pete Potty (read by E)
Fing by David Walliams (read by E)
Dear Mr Henshaw by Beverly Cleary (read by E)
Super-Saver Mouse by Sandi Toksvig (read by E)
Neige par Emilie Vast (read by E)
various French books

A Few Words on the Soul by Wisława Szymborska (poem; translated from the Polish by Stanisław Barańczak and Clare Cavanagh)

I have to do this because Blogger has royally messed up the List widget and I can't update the list at the bottom of the blog anymore.

Do you keep track of the books you've read? On Goodreads, or elsewhere?

Do you look at others' Books Read lists? What do you notice most in other lists?

I'm thinking of updating my Books Read Over the Year statistics post at the end of the year, and would love to know what to feature! Numbers? Totals? Books sorted by genre? Book covers?

What would you like to see?


cleemckenzie said…
I like how you make the distinction between swearing and blasphemy--also that you're ok reading it, but not writing it. Interesting.
Leigh Caron said…
I read some things to stretch my mind, but some of the stuff veers sideways far too far for me to even consider writing.
That is quite the list of books you've read!
Hi Deniz - you are an amazing reader. I wish I'd kept a list of books I've read - and must rectify it ... via Goodreads, or did you see Chrys Fey's post on StoryGraph ... but it's interesting. Cheers Hilary
Michael Di Gesu said…
WOW... that is some read list! Congrats. I wish I could put myself down long enough to be able to read more. it is hard for me to stay that focused for so long...even if the book is amazing!
Diane Burton said…
Reading fills the well of our creativity. I don't understand writers who are too busy to read. You certainly aren't one of those.
Sarah Foster said…
I like how you mentioned that you haven't written about certain topics because those stories haven't come to you. I feel the same way--a lot of my ideas were totally unexpected and I feel any topic is possible if the story felt right.
Julia Quay said…
I'm impressed you got through all those Outlander books in one month. I got through one and am not sure about committing to the next one.

Reading is the best, though.
Julia Quay said…
Forgot to mention that yes, I keep a running list of what I've read each year. And another ever-growing list of books I want to read. My favorite non-writing activity, after reading, is playing around with those lists.
Olga Godim said…
I write reviews on Goodreads for most books I read and I also keep files with those reviews on my computer. But I don't list them on my blog. That would be too long a list, as it stretches back for years.
Deniz Bevan said…
Thanks so much, everyone! I know it looks like a long list, but a lot of these are children's books -- very short!

I love playing with my lists, too, Julia!
And Storygraph sounds right up my alley, Hilary, as I've never felt quite comfortable or well-represented on Goodreads, thank you for the tip!