Books on My Fall To-Be-Read List

Once again I’m taking a topic from Top Ten Tuesday on The Broke and Bookish. This time, the books that I want to read this fall.

  • 20312458A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin. I’ve been putting this off for a while, and I’m not even sure why. I think I’ve just been on a short book kick? And I never did finish rereading the whole series beforehand. (Thanks, Wikipedia!)
  • Walt Disney: The Triumph of the American Imagination by Neal Gabler. I’m currently reading this, but it’s danged long (though not as long as Dance) so this will take me a while to read this.
  • Seconds by Brian Lee O’Malley. I have it, it’s sitting on my shelf, I’m gonna read it this week, I swear.
  • Extras by Scott Westerfeld. I’ve also been putting this one off, because I loved Tally and she’s not the main character here, as far as I can tell from the description. But I want to hand the whole book stack over to other people to read, so I’ve got to finish the series first.
  • Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel by Sara Farizan. Not only did I go to Lesley with Sara but her first book, If You Could Be Mine, was truly excellent. I can’t wait until this one comes out in a couple of weeks.
  • The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson. I mentioned last week that I need to read more Sanderson. And I will. Perhaps on an upcoming plane trip…
  • Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater. I also mentioned last week how much I want to read the next in her Raven Boys series. This also comes out in a couple of weeks. October is a good month this year.

Those are the books I plan to read this fall. will I get to all of them? Probably. Will I kick some out in favor of another one I decide I want to read more? Also probably. And obviously I’ll be filling in my months with more than that.

What books do you plan on reading this fall?

Reading List: A Storm of Swords, The Uglies, Sailor Moon

The new season of Game of Thrones aired on Sunday, and that re-inspired me to continue to rereading of the whole story. I dropped off on that partway through A Storm of Swords, not because the story isn’t interesting the second time around – far from it, I’ve picked up on so many things I didn’t notice/forgot in the slew of information. It’s actually because I was finding it too stressful to read again. The first time, I didn’t know what horrible thing were going to happen to my favorite characters – now I know, and I’m full of dread as I anticipate someone getting killed/raped/kidnapped/beaten up. But, I must make it through! (and I must read A Dance with Dragons...)

I’ve also started Uglies, the first book in another young adult series by Scott Westerfeld. So far Westerfeld is showing the same amount of writing skill as he did in Leviathan, but I also got so much more enjoyment out of Alek and Deryn’s characters. Let’s see if I wind up enjoying Tally and Shay as much.

I’m also finally going to pick up the third volume of Sailor Moon; I bought it a while ago, but it’s been sitting on my shelf, unread. I need to get through it so I can finally justify buying volume 4!

What do you plan on reading this week?

What I’m Reading: Dragons, Rabbits, Dragons

I’m making more headway through A Clash of Kings. It’s slower going than I thought it would be, but only because I keep getting distracted by shorter things I want to read. Again, rereading this before the new one comes out is proving to be an excellent idea. Things that I thought happened later are actually happening in this book, which means there are definitely some plot points that I’ve forgotten entirely. I’m excited to start in on A Storm of Swords soon – that’s when we start to see the story from Jaime’s point of view as well, and pretty much the biggest plot reveal I’ve seen so far happens towards the end of this book.

I’ve also read The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, as you can see from the post I wrote yesterday. I thought that this was the last Kate DiCamillo book I had left to read, but a look on Amazon shows me there are a few more that I didn’t even know existed. Time to add some more novels to my wish list…

I also started in on Dealing with Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede. This is the first in a teen fantasy series that is really just so funny. Princess Cimorene is bored with the usual things princesses must do, but isn’t allowed to do anything fun like fencing or magic or cooking. When she’s told she has to marry a prince, she runs away and volunteers to be a dragon’s princess – after all, being held captive by a dragon is perfectly acceptable for a princess, so her parents can’t possibly object. Wrede pokes some good-natured fun at fantasy/fairy tale tropes. For example, the prince she’s supposed to marry takes his time coming to “rescue” her because “it will look better” if he defeats the dragon after a good number of knights have already tried. And at the same time, it’s a really interesting plot. I may write a longer post on the book when I finish working through it again.

I’ve also read a few manga, one of which I absolutely abhorred: Ai Ore! I should have the review up within a week so you can see exactly why it made my skin crawl.

And now my usual question, what have you been reading?

What I’m Reading: Swords and Thrones

Didn’t have the time to post this last week. I’m going to try to regularly put this up on Monday, seems like I’ll be a lot more consistent with that than Saturday.

I started going through Reading Like a Writer by Francine Prose, another book that suggest for my MFA. This book specifically shows you how you can learn to write by reading other people’s work. Prose gives examples from other authors and helps us see how they might have constructed sentences and paragraphs, and figure out what choices they may have made with things like word choice. I’ve only gotten a few chapters in, but it’s very interesting.

I’ve also read the two volumes of Spice and Wolf I bought from the dying Borders near me. Again, I really enjoy this manga series. If I get the chance I want to take a look at the anime and light novels, too.

This is also for the MFA, but I’ve begun Robin McKinley’s YA fantasy, The Blue Sword. I’ve decided I want to look at this, and maybe the prequel story The Hero and the Crown to see what she does right or wrong when it comes to world building. So far, I think The Blue Sword pushes too much information on you right off the bat, and it makes chapter one a bit boring. It gets more interesting after that, though.

I haven’t started it yet, but I want to get to rereading A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin, since he’s FINALLY releasing the fifth novel in his fantasy series, A Dance with Dragons, in July. I love those books, so I am very, very excited that I’ll get to see what happens next.

What have you been reading? And what’s on your to-read list?