How to build a reading list around a subject – and discover the best titles about the allure, tragedy and majesty of mountaineering

I’ve discovered a great site for building a reading list around a subject – Book Shepherd. It invites authors to list their personal favourite titles in subjects that they’re passionate about, whether through personal experience or diligent research. If you’re a writer, you can find what’s been written in your genre or subject area, and discover books that have made a deep impression on your favourite authors and might have influenced their work. (Psst… my Nail Your Novel workbook has sections for organising your research.)

If you’re a reader, you can, obviously, follow your nose to delightful titles you’ve never heard of.

I’ve just contributed a list, based on years researching high-altitude mountaineering. It began as burning curiosity and became my novel Ever Rest. That reading journey took in countless travelogues, factual books, websites and memoirs – and probably every novel that features a mountaineer. Certain titles really left their mark on the story and characters. Here they are. Do come over, either to check them out or to begin your own personal odyssey.

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  1. #1 by acflory on March 25, 2022 - 10:57 pm

    Book Shepherd sounds like what I wish Goodreads were. Ugh, awful sentence but you know what I mean. Will check it out and thanks for the headsup.

    • #2 by Roz Morris @Roz_Morris on March 26, 2022 - 7:14 am

      Hi Andrea! I certainly do know what you mean!

      • #3 by acflory on March 26, 2022 - 7:34 am

        I did check the site out and I’ve asked for some clarification. Fingers crossed. 🙂

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