Top Ten Books I’m Looking Forward To In 2015

Manners & Mutiny, Gail Carriger

From a High Tower, Mercedes Lackey

Jinx’s Fire, Sage Blackwood

The Voyage of the Basilisk, Marie Brennan

The Pyramids of London, Andrea K. Höst

One Last Thing, Kim Baldwin and Xenia Alexiou

A Case of Spirits, KJ Charles

Unbound, Jim C. Hines

(untitled) Rithmatist # 2, Brandon Sanderson

Pure Magic, Rachel Neumeier

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Top Ten Books I Want To Reread

Libriomancer and Codex Born, Jim C. Hines – book 3 is coming out in January, and I need to brush up on the first two; plus, they’re great reads!

Crown of Vengeance, Mercedes Lackey – it’s definitely a current Lackey favorite, and there’s so much to history to understand.

Redwall, Brian Jacques – I’ve just been wanting to reread the Redwall books for a while.

The Hobbit, JRR Tolkien – it’s about time.

Od Magic, Patricia McKillip – I want to check if this one’s actually romance-free, the way I remember it.

The Deathly Hallows Lectures, John Granger – I got so much out of this the first time around that I’ve been thinking about a re-read.

House of Shadows, Rachel Neumeier – it’s worth the time.

Ultraviolet and Quicksilver, RJ Anderson – just really great books.

 

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Diversity in YA

The Diversity in YA website and tumblr run by Malinda Lo and Cindy Pon is a great resource for finding diverse reads of all types. They feature book lists, guest posts and author interviews,  information about publishing, and data and statistics about YA books. This month they’re featuring middle grade books, and they have a giveaway. You should check it out!

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Banned Books Week

I was going to do a post on banned books this week, but then school took over my life. Maybe I’ll get to it this weekend, but school hasn’t let go of my life yet (and might not until the end of December…) In the meantime, Malinda Lo just posted an excellent blog post on not just banned books, but quieter, less obvious self-censorship. Check it out: http://www.malindalo.com/2014/09/have-your-books-been-banned/

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Top Ten Books On My Fall To-Be-Read list

I’m posting this now (September 2nd) instead of in three weeks when this topic is officially scheduled because the school year has started, and it just feels too weird to start a Fall TBR list four weeks into the Fall semester. I want to start reading my Fall TBR books now, even if it’s not entirely logical — after all, I can read whichever books I want whenever I want to and make the TBR lists match. But somehow the significance of the start of the school year trumps that. This time around, I’m categorizing my TBR list.

Serious Reading: Hild, by Nicola Griffith, keeps popping up in various contexts, and it sounds really good.

Nonfiction: This summer I went hiking with a couple of grad student friends and spouted off a few redwood tree facts of the type you pick up from reading numerous informational signs on hikes. They said that I was, after all, the local expert (as they’re both from out of state). Then later when I didn’t know something they tried to revoke my expert status and forgot that it was them who called me an expert in the first place. So, I decided that I need to actually become a redwood expert, and Coast Redwood: A Natural and Cultural History (ed. John Evarts and Marjorie Popper) is one of the books I found to aid me in this goal. Another non-fiction book I’d like to make some progress on is How Harry Cast His Spell, by John Granger.

Light Reading: I recently discovered the Mrs. Pollifax series (Dorothy Gilman) and I’m totally hooked. Next up is A Palm for Mrs. Pollifax. 9/26

Queer Reading: Sing the Four Quarters by Tanya Huff is next on the list in my fantasy with queer characters quest. 09/14/2014 Yep, queer characters!

Other Fiction: I’ve been putting off reading  Magic Flutes and The Morning Gift, both by Eva Ibbotson, though I don’t know why.

Books on my shelf at home: I started reading A Girl Named Disaster by Nancy Farmer  a while ago and really need to finish it!

Books from my library list: Downbelow Station by CJ Cherryh has been sitting in a list on my library account for a while. It’s science fiction (which I don’t read much of) and maybe has queer characters. Meh. I started reading it, but can’t get into it. Oh well. 10/09  I recently read Spellcast by Barbara Ashford, and now I want to read its sequel, Spellcrossed. (9/6)

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Top Ten Books I Really Want To Read But Don’t Own

… and can’t get at the library. Since I actually get most of my books from the library, at least initially, this is an important distinction.

Fairs’ Point, Melissa Scott

A Waltz for Matilda and Nanberry: Black Brother White by Jackie French

Anahita’s Woven Riddle by Meghan Nuttall Sayres — 09/26 I have this one now! I can’t wait to read it!

Whisper My Name, Jane Eagland

The Glass Sentence, S E Grove

The Castle Behind Thorns, Merrie Haskell

Accepting Me, Jo Ramsey

The Hip Girl’s Guide to the Kitchen: A Hit-the-Ground Running Approach to Stocking Up and Cooking Delicious, Nutritious, and Affordable Meals, Kate Payne

Danse de la Folie, Sherwood Smith

 

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Top Ten Books I’m Not Sure I Want To Read

(books you may have bought but aren’t sure if you are into it anymore, books you wanted to read but heard mixed things about, hyped books you aren’t sure about — basically any book that has you going, “TO READ OR NOT TO READ?”)

The Ribbajack by Brian Jacques. I like (used to love, but haven’t read in a long time) the Redwall series and the Castaways of the Flying Dutchman series, but I haven’t read any of Jacques’ other works. I found this one for 50 cents at the library bookstore and picked it up out of curiosity, but I’m not actually sure I’m all that curious.

Goblin Hero and Goblin War by Jim C. Hines. I read the first book in the trilogy, and liked it well enough, but didn’t find it particularly compelling either. I bought all three together, but I’m not sure if I’ll bother reading the last two.

Girl of the Linderlost by Gene Stratton Porter. I picked this one up at the used bookstore, and I’m just not sure any more why I thought it was worth buying. I guess when I read the blurb it sounds interesting, but when I look at the cover I that interest goes away.

Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson. This one was passed on to me by an acquaintance, and I was uninterested for a long time. Now, though, I’m getting more interested in Brandon Sanderson as an author, so I might start there, just because I have it. But the name is off-putting.

The Magic and the Healing by Nick O’Donohoe. This book sounded really good when I read a review of it, but in person it sounds a bit much like a little girl’s fantasy: “I’m going to be a vet for unicorns when I grow up, Mommy.” So I’m just not sure.

The Morning Gift and Magic Flutes by Eva Ibbotson. I really like A Song for Summer, and quite enjoyed A Countess Below Stairs. I’m simultaneously hesitating to and wanting to read these two, which are in the same vein. I’m not sure why.

 

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