Over the last couple of years I’ve accumulated a fair number of books that I never got around to reading. The pile keeps growing and I finally decided to gather them all up and make a pile and start reading through them. I love to read and I have been terrible at reading anything new. I seem to want to read the same old things over and over again because it takes less brain power. But, enough. It’s time to get back at it.
Books. Many books.
I have books from a bunch of different genres here – from straight nonfiction to fantasy to pop fiction. So, in no particular order, here’s what I have.
The Magicians Trilogy by Lev Grossman. I’ve been told that this is sort of like Harry Potter for adults and even Scot (who is picky about fiction) liked them so I’ve been meaning to get to them forever.
Enemies at Home and Master and God by Lindsey Davis. The former is the second in her historical mystery series featuring Flavia Albia. The Flavia Albia series builds off her 20 book Marcus Didius Falco series, which I love. I enjoyed the first Flavia Albia book so I’m looking forward to the second. The latter book is also historical but not mystery; it’s straight fiction set during the reign of Domitian.
The Yard and The Black Country by Alex Grecian are historical fiction set in Victorian London. I picked them up last year when I was in Houston visiting my friends Trista and Dan. We stopped at a mystery book shop called Murder By The Book that was a great place to browse for new mysteries to read. These two are what I chose to buy. They look fun!
The Dark Knight Returns and Superman Earth One (Vols 1 & 2) See, I even have graphic novels/comics on my pile! I read the first volume of Superman Earth One a couple of years ago and really loved the art and the story so I’m looking forward to re-reading it and moving forward with the story. The Dark Knight Returns is a classic I’ve never read. Time to remedy that.
The Imager Trilogy by L.E. Modesitt, Jr. Scot bought these books for me a couple of years ago for Christmas or birthday – I can’t remember which – and I never read them. I have enjoyed good fantasy since my teen years and Modesitt is a prolific and well regarded author that I’ve never gotten into so this should be a treat.
The Heather Wells Mysteries by Meg Cabot. Yes, that Meg Cabot, she of The Princess Diaries fame. These are fluffy pop fiction with a mystery twist. I’ve read the first three of these books but not the last two. It’s been eons since I read them, though, so I’m planning to re-read from the beginning. Sometimes a good beach read is what you need.
Fire and Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore. These two novels are a continuation of the world Cashore created in Graceling. I loved Graceling and I’ve also read Fire – which were both amazing. I started Bitterblue but didn’t finish. These were some of the finest YA I’ve read in a long time and I will be blogging about them in depth when I finally finish Bitterblue. I’ll probably reread Graceling and Fire in the process, too.
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith. This book was big about 10 years ago. Now, it’s been made into a movie. I love the original Pride and Prejudice so I’d really like to read this twist on it. Maybe I’ll even proceed on to Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters.
The Red Queen by Philippa Gregory. Ok, I’m not sold on this one. This book was a gift and I enjoy the time period but I’m not sold on Gregory’s twists on it. The Other Boleyn Girl made me want to throw things. We’ll see.
The Woman Who Died A Lot and The Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Fforde. The former is the latest in his Thursday Next series of books which I love but are almost impossible to describe. Science fiction crossed with alternate history crossed with literary fiction would be the closest I could come. They’re well written, funny, and engrossing. The latter book is meant to be YA fiction. I love Fforde so I’ll give it a try.
The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling. I will read this knowing that many people didn’t really like it all that much, it’s kind of depressing, and it’s clearly not Harry Potter. But I’m curious so I’ll give it a go.
That about does it for fiction. But I do have some non fiction I want to read. And they are:
Holy Sh*t: A Brief History of Swearing by Melissa Mohr. This should be fucking awesome.
Living With Intensity: Understanding the Sensitivity, Excitability, and Emotional Development of Gifted Children by Susan Daniels and Michael M. Piechowski – this was recommended to us by Liam’s therapist a year ago and I never read it. Oops.
Elizabeth and Leicester: Power, Passion, and Politics by Sarah Gristwood. I know quite a lot about the reign of Elizabeth I and her relationship with the Earl of Leicester but this is more in depth on that relationship rather than Elizabeth’s reign as a whole.
Blood and Roses by Helen Castor. This is an interesting book. It’s about a family during the Wars of the Roses. But it’s not about the Yorks or the Lancasters, it’s about a family that worked hard to earn landed gentry status and how they weathered the ups and downs of the Wars of the Roses. The story is told via a remarkable cache of letters that was found. This one should be really cool.
Elizabeth of York by Alison Weir. I will read anything that Weir writes. I started my love of her work with her biography of Eleanor of Aquitaine and I still think her finest work to date was her book on Queen Isabella. This book details the life of Elizabeth of York – the mother of Henry the VIII – and deals with a time period of English history that I’ve long found confusing – The Wars of the Roses.
Humans: From The Beginning by Christopher Seddon. Recently, when the announcement of the discovery of H. naledi was made, I realized that it’s been 15 years since I really knew what was going on in the world of human origins. (Christ, I’m old.) Anyway, I decided it was time to brush up on what I knew and any new discoveries and how theories have changed since I was in college. Hence, this book.
Some of these books will be quick reads; others will take much longer. I still have school reading to do as well so the idea that I’m going to tackle this whole stack in the space of the next year is silly. Still, it’s time to start whittling it down. Now, I just have to figure out where to start!