I do a fair amount of reading in my spare time. Though a lot of what I read is personal preference, I also read books I likely would never have picked up on my own through the review site, Pankhearst, and every day I also read between ten to thirty blog posts. I don’t read as much as I’d like (still), but it’s the best I can manage given my schedule and all the different directions life pulls me on any given day.
I’ve refrained from posting book reviews and book updates on this site because I’m relatively sure no one reads those posts, but … it’s my blog, I guess. And since I already know I’m not going to write a ton about being a ‘writer’, or how to write better, I figured … let the squees loose!
And today I have reason to be squeeful. The books N J ordered for my birthday finally arrived! My birthday was a few days ago, but I guess they were late getting shipped. Holidays and anniversaries are a really fun time in our household, because we are both bibliophiles, and love any excuse to buy another book. We use Amazon to create wishlists of books in multiple genres, and for our respective birthdays (or Christmas, our anniversary… hell, for Thanksgiving and Halloween too!), we just cherry-pick the titles that look the most interesting off of each other’s lists as presents. It’s especially fun in September because our birthdays are only a week apart, so we get double the books (as I will undoubtedly be reading whatever books she got, just as she will read mine).
In any case, N J got me eight books total, and their titles and genres span the board.
That giant book at the bottom (The Great Book of Amber by Roger Zelazny) is actually ten novels collected into one, so it’s 10x the gift, haha. I’m pretty excited about that one. Ever since N J read Lord of Light, she’s been raving about Zelazny, and I’ve heard awesome things about him as well, so can’t wait to pick up this gigantic omnibus (though I’ll be limited to reading it at home… it’s quite large, and would get damaged in any of my regular bags).
When Women Were Warriors is an LGBT (L) epic fiction about, well, warrior women. I’m pretty excited about this one too. It came recommended when I was looking for an LGBT that wasn’t straight-up erotica or just romantic fluff.
By now, everyone knows The Ocean at the End of the Lane. A town just recently renamed a street of theirs that is near the ocean to the exact title. Gaiman looked pretty pleased, and I’m looking forward to reading his newest novel. Though, holy moly, have hardcovers gotten expensive! Or maybe it’s just Gaiman’s books. I’m not a fan of the thick, uneven paper edges that I sometimes see in hardcover books, so even though the cover is pretty, the inside presentation is sort of a turn-off. But, I’m sure the story is great.
The first book I’m going to pick up from this box is Oh Myyy! by George Takei. I am so excited to read a humor title by one of my favorite internet celebs (and I’m a trekkie, so there’s a bit of a bias, I’m sure). The only other humor books in this vein that I’ve ever read have been George Carlin‘s books. I’m looking forward to it.
I got two books from Ray Bradbury. The first one The Halloween Tree I specifically wanted because I know he is an awesome writer, and I felt like reading a few themed novels in October for old Hallow’s Eve. It looks like it’ll be a fairly quick read. I added Something Wicked this Way Comes because it is quoted so much in the authorial community that I figured I better finally read it… (thanks for picking it out, N J!)
I didn’t actually know much about The Robber Bride, except that it was written by Margaret Atwood (whom I’ve never read before, but know of, and I want to read more women authors) and the cover looked cool. The title is also catchy. I think it’ll be a it of an exploration out of my comfort zone as a reader, so I’m looking forward to it.
Finally, N J got me The Campaigns of Alexander. I am a total sucker for the Penguin Classics series. I love the binding and overall presentation of all of the books in the series, and I want to read this one because it will help me with developing a character who I originally based off my juvenile understanding of Alexander the Great. As I’m no tactician, I hope the book will help me plan my own work a little bit better, to make it exciting. It reminds me that I still need to read The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli; another book N J recommended to me.
In addition to all of that stuff, the works I’m currently in the thick of are the Complete Works of Edgar Allen Poe, The Book of Jhereg by Steven Brust (N J’s favorite author), Open Door, a gothic YA fiction by Christine Locke, and Skin Deep Motives, an indie crime noir by Aaron Hilton. I’ll probably finish Skin Deep today, as it’s a pretty short read, and then pick up Takei’s Oh Myyy! before bed tonight.
I dropped a few books I was reading over at Pankhearst this month because they couldn’t hold my interest, but for the sake of reviewer integrity, won’t mention them here.
What are you reading?