- How can you know what's selling in your genre if your not reading it?
- How can you grow as a writer if you're not exposing yourself to new styles of writing?
- How can you expect to be feed by a system if you're not buying in to it?
- Is this working for me? Why or why not?
- What makes it fit into its genre?
- What sets it apart from others in the genre?
- What techniques are they employing (e.g. sentence structure, word choice, point of view, etc.)?
The Book Smugglers: They review many of the latest and greatest in speculative fiction and paranormal romance. They are very thorough with their reviews and even participate in and share information from many industry events like Book Expo.
Flashlight Worthy Books: Flashlight Worthy covers all genres and gives great book recommendations for all age groups and interests. They compile handy lists based on themes and age groups, which have also been good for helping me find new books for family.
Of course we are always making recommendations on this blog for great books on writing, because books on the craft are still important. However, it is the books in our genre of choice that we need to support most and that can teach us what we need to know to break into the industry.