J is for John Dies at the End #AtoZChallenge

ImageOkay guys, this is a pretty big one for me as far as things that have inspired my writing. I’m gonna start with a little back story.

In the six years after high school I read exactly two books, Angels and Demons by Dan Brown and Amazonia by James Rollins. Both of them were good books, two of my favorites to this day, but they didn’t inspire me to seek out more reading.

About three years ago a friend recommended a book, John Dies at the End, to me because it was written by one of the editors of cracked.com, a website I spend a lot of time at. I picked up the book and was immediately hooked. I am honestly not even sure how to describe what happens and the dialogue consists of exactly how my friends and I speak to each other at times.

In short it is the first book I ever read that seemed like it was written for me and my friends, not just all people ages 20-65. There’s nothing wrong with writing for a wide audience, but there’s something special about thinking another author is speaking at your level. That book ignited my reading and although I’m still not a speed reader I’ve managed to finish at least one or two books a month since then.

Not only did John DIes inspire me to read more it also made me think about writing. It what got me started and to this day it is still one of the funniest books I’ve ever read in my life.

While I’m on the subject, now is a good time to remind you guys that I am giving a copy away. All you have to do to enter is follow me on twitter (@alexnaderwrites) and then tweet this message: Follow @AlexNaderWrites and RT this for a chance to win A copy of John Dies at the End in paperback

Or you could buy it right now by clicking on this picture:


2 thoughts on “J is for John Dies at the End #AtoZChallenge

  1. I currently have this book in my house; my husband read it and I’d meant to but, well I read a zillion other things. ANYWAY, did you know there is a movie and it came out already in January?! We knew the movie was being made but somehow completely missed it had been released. I think it was shown at Sundance so maybe it had a limited release. Paul Giamatti is in it.

    I know what you mean about connecting with a book. I used to read a lot of generic stuff–nothing against Dan Brown, but some of those bestsellers, they aren’t going to have the niche qualities that genre fiction has, and you have to search a bit more for that. I bet you would like China Meiville’s books too. He’s incredible.

    • I did know there was a movie, but I haven’t had time to check it out yet. There is also a second book “This Book is Full of Spiders”. It is very good, but more suspense, less comedy.

      I don’t mind Dan Brown, but he’s not my favorite and I actually have a book by China Meiville that I haven’t read yet. Perdido St Station I think?

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