I wanted to take a little time to look at what I hope to read and review this year.
First off, I want to read some more of the fantasy books I purchased during 2016 and 2017. I would like to finish the Lunar Chronicles series, the Throne of Glass series, and the Grisha series. I also have in my queue right now Blood of the Queen by Amalia Dillon (the sequel to Honor Among Orcs that I read last year), Seekers by R. A. Denny (book 2 of the Mud, Rocks, and Trees series), and The Silver Thread by Emigh Cannaday (book 2 of the Annika Brisby series). I need to read more of the many dragon fantasies I have and a lot of these books about the various interpretations of the Fae and Elves. Also, I would like to read more of Alex Bledsoe’s Tales of the Tufa, The Orphan Queen, and The Mirror King. And then, there are a bunch of Emily Martha Sorensen books I want to get to.
In Audiobook fantasy, I want to listen to the rest of the Heartstriker series – next up there would be No Good Dragon Goes Unpunished, and more of the Legend of Drizzt. Also, I have lots of Ryeria Chronicles books that I haven’t even started, more adventures of Fred the Vampire Accountant, the Red Queen series, and many more that I don’t even remember right now.
At the moment, however, I am listening to The Gulag Archipelago by Aleksander Solzhenitsyn which, unfortunately, is not fantasy at all, and moreover, is three long volumes. I will probably have to listen to some lighter stuff in between volumes. I am also reading a bunch of non-fiction list books right now – The Universe Around Us (a really old book about astronomy and related subjects; it’s main value is as a look back at what were hot topics in science 90 years ago), The Victorian Internet (a history of the telegraph), and Emile (Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s classic book on the philosophy of education). I want to read at least another 50 books from my list this year, but don’t know which ones will actually make it. I am fairly seriously planning to read Little Dorrit, Science of Life, A New World History of Art, and Darwin’s Dangerous Idea. I notice that many of the books on the list have developed an annoying habit lately of being multi-volume works – like the afore-mentioned The Gulag Archipelago and The Essays of Montaigne which is currently at the top of the list.
I don’t know how much Science Fiction I will get to this year. I would like to read Dune, House Harkonnen, another book from the list, since Dune, House Atreides that I read last year was so good. I would like to finish The Variant Saga, The Treemakers Trilogy, and possibly the Renegade Star and Eric Olafson, Space Pirate series. I have a lot of sci-fi stored away somewhere, but because for a long time I was putting my sci-fi and fantasy together in the same category, I am not even sure what all of them are.
There are about 11.2 million (ok, slight exaggeration here) cozy mysteries I want to read – cozy cat mysteries, cozy witch mysteries, and cozy food mysteries, as well as the little old lady sleuth mysteries. And this is not to mention the many more serious mysteries I also have.
What else? There are some historical fiction series I would like to finish, or at least read/listen to more of. The Outlander series, for example. And the Peacemaker series. And I would like to read The Glassblower series because the covers are so pretty.
Let us not forget all those request-to-review books. I have just been told to expect another 8 – 12 books in the Nate Temple and Feathers and Fire series by Shayne Silvers, and I am on the advance review team for these. Also, there should be at least one more Winston Radhauser mystery out later this year from Susan Clayton-Goldner, and I am also signed up to review those. Whew! I hope I have time to get to all this other stuff I want to read.
And last, but not least, there are the books in the ‘other non-fiction’ category. Many of these are historical, or semi-historical in nature. Two that I can think of that I want to read this year are Oranges and Sunshine and Religion and the Decline of Magic. And another book or two about writing would not be a bad idea. Structuring Your Novel or Creating Great Character Arcs by K. M. Weiland maybe.
I hope I will get to many other books as well, but at this point, I don’t know just which ones will rise to the top of the pile.
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