Top Ten Tuesday – Syllabus for X 101

Yes, yet another meme I’m going to try and keep up with.  I found this one thanks to some blogs participating in Bout of Books 14 (which just wrapped up).  Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the Broke and the Bookish and is a meme where they put up a prompt for top ten fill-in-the-blank, and anyone who wants can respond with their ideas for the prompt and then you add your post to their Linky. Continue reading

Bout of Books – It’s a Wrap

Yesterday was the final day of Bout of Books 14, and the end of my first time participating in Bout of Books.

Overall, I finished nine books (I managed to finish Under the Vale by Mercedes Lackey, No True Way by Mercedes Lackey, and Freedom’s Choice by Anne McCaffrey), read through three-quarters of Tamora Pierce’s Battle Magic, and managed over a quarter (and at least one chapter per day, as I wanted) for Reaper’s Gale by Steven Erikson.

In sum total, I read 164 chapters, keeping in mind that in the books I chose, some chapters were three page prologues and some were forty-page monstrosities written in what I suspect to be size 8 font, and of course most were more normal in length.

The total number of pages read amounts to 3,705 pages, and all but one of the books were mass market paperbacks (the lone hold out was Trade-sized).

Phew, but I read a lot.  And now I feel like I can slow down again, and go back to a much slower pace.  Hope everyone else participating had as much fun as I did.  Thank you very much, Bout of Books, I’m already looking forward to January and Bout of Books 15.

Bout of Books – What to Read Next Challenge

It’s the final day of Bout of Books 14 and there’s one more challenge to wrap it up, hosted by Sarah Reads Too Much.

This challenge was to select three books read this year that you would recommend people read.  Not that I need to add to my TBR list, but all of the recommendations will be compiled by the wonderful hostess so that anyone looking for book recs can access it.

Unfortunately for me, I’ve been somewhat disappointed by a decent number of books I read this year (a hazard of rereading when you’re older, sadly) so it took me a while to come up with some suggestions.  However, they are:

Gardens of the Moon by Steven Erikson (high/EPIC fantasy) – the first book of the Malazan Book of the Fallen series, this is not a book or series to take on lightly.  There are ten books in the main saga (MBotF), none under 600 pages, and at least seven other books in spinoff/sequel/prequel/inquel series and counting.  However, this was a reread for me, and it just keeps getting better with each reread.  There’s just so much to the whole series, and going back to reread with the knowledge of what comes later really does just make the whole experience better, and I always find something I missed on previous reads.

Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch (urban fantasy, police/crime drama) – the first book of the Rivers of London series, this book is known as Midnight Riot in the U.S.  The story of a policeman who gets tangled up in the supernatural, the voice is very natural and unique.  I’m not normally one for first-person narratives, but Aaronovitch makes main character Peter Grant sound so very natural, it’s really easy to slip right into his mind, although I have to admit that some of his thoughts did jerk me out (being as I’m not a (very) heterosexual man).  It probably helps that this is much lighter fair than my above recommendation.  Also, I highly recommend listening to the audio book as read by Kobna Holdbrook-Smith as his reading of this series is fantastic.

The Girls at the Kingfisher Club by Genevieve Valentine (fairy tale retelling) – my final recommendation.  This story is a(n expanded) re-imagining of the fairy tale “The Twelve Dancing Princesses”.  This wasn’t a ‘can’t put it down’ book, but the setting (the 1920’s) was so believable, and I never once doubted the premise, however fantastical.  If you like the 1920’s, fairy tales, or family stories, then I can’t recommend this highly enough.

Even if you’re not participating in Bout of Books – or this particular challenge – do you have any must-read books from this year?

Bout of Books – Update the Sixth

Update for Saturday August 22:

I read one or more chapters from

Reaper’s Gale by Steven Erikson
Freedom’s Choice by Anne McCaffrey
Battle Magic by Tamora Pierce
Under the Vale by Mercedes Lackey
No True Way by Mercedes Lackey

And I finished

Changing the World by Mercedes Lackey
Finding the Way by Mercedes Lackey

Final day to read.  Hopefully I’ll finish at least two more books.  I know I won’t finish Reaper’s Gale, though.  Haha.

Bout of Books – Road Trip Challenge

Today’s challenge is a road trip, hosted by Steph in Wonderland.  The challenge was to come up with four or five places you’d like to visit and then find either a book that takes place there or is written by an author who lives there.  Also, it has to be a book you’ve read or want to read.

My Book Road Trip:

Japan: Cloud of Sparrows by Matsuoka Takashi (takes place mainly in various parts of Japan)
Israel: The Red Tent by Anita Diamant (takes place in Ancient Israel/Canaan)
London: A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness (takes place in London, among other locales)
Washington (state): Moon Called by Patricia Briggs (takes place in the Tri-cities area of Washington)
Oregon (state): River Marked by Patricia Briggs (takes place in Oregon along the Columbia River)

What books represent where you want to travel?

Bout of Books – Update the Fifth

Update for Friday August 21st:

I read one or more chapters from the books

Reaper’s Gale by Steven Erikson
Battle Magic by Tamora Pierce
Changing the World by Mercedes Lackey
Finding the Way by Mercedes Lackey
Under the Vale by Mercedes Lackey
No True Way by Mercedes Lackey

And I finished

Crossroads by Mercedes Lackey
Moving Targets by Mercedes Lackey