reading is almost the greatest exercise for the mind, the next best thing is writing a book, but there aren't many people who have the nerve, the persistence, and the eloquence to capture a nation with a single sentence. these are necessary, but eloquence comes with experience. lol.
i read EVERYTHING, lol. i am into a book called On Writing, by Stephen King. you need one of two things in order to like this, a fascination with writing, or with Stephen King, i have both. lol. the book is awesome, it talks about a lot of aspects of writing and it has early short work in it as well.
i am in the middle of Dragonlance Chronicles once again, and i have to say it is awesome! it is a 3 book trilogy, but my collector's edition is about 1200 pages of pure adventure, with some fantasy aspects. it's nice to read in front of the fire with a good drink and someone to lay with.
i am in the middle of a lot of books, so i thought i would name off the two on the very top of my head
also, i am writing a book that should be out soon, and if i may say so, it is pretty good. it's called Scattered Warriors, a trilogy, but the first book is the one that is coming out soon. it depicts the life of a young man struggling to overcome the gripping aspect of war: death.
the M/C blindly follows orders until they continue to warp his mind by keeping him away from his great loves, another character in the book, and independence despite his adulthood.
fighting against the odds, the M/C discovers what love really means, and what it really means to be a warrior. it's an tale of epic proportions. lol.