Day 6: Wherein I ramble about books

In the interest of not flooding anyone’s reader, I’ve decided that I’ll still do the daily Project Good, but unless I have something particularly interesting to say on the subject, it will be just the intro to the post. I’ve been wanting to update my reading list and talk games and nerdery, but multiple posts a day just seemed… UGH. That being said, today’s Project Good:

6. A piece of literature is being written that will eventually change your perspective on life.

This proves to be a good segue. I’ve been reading a lot lately, especially since I’ve discovered that the public libraries here in town offer the ability to “check out” ebooks and audio books online. Go to the website, check out what books you want, download and the licenses are good for 7-14 days. WIN. Audio books are a love of mine. Well, the good ones anyway. As a knitter, I love being able to queue up a book and work on a project while I get lost in the story. This gets me into trouble though as I now have SO MANY books to listen to in addition to my never ending pile of books to read. I have been on a huge YA kick lately though. Both my To Read pile and my To Listen To pile are full of YA goodness. (even if a few are re-reads) I just finished listening to Beautiful Creatures and am starting Beautiful Darkness. It’s made me pick up my physical copies of the books as well just to go back and highlight/note sections. Yes, I am one of THOSE readers. If it’s something that I will lend someone at some point I try to just use post it flags, but often my books wind up with highlighted sections and notes in the margins, along with post-its everywhere or folded down pages (I know, I KNOW. Sue me, my books are well loved, ok?)

To Read (the current pile, subject to change on a whim):
People of the Book – Geraldine Brooks
HORNS – Joe Hill
Mistborn Trilogy – Brandon Sanderson
The Stolen Throne/The Calling – David Gaider
The Graveyard Book – Neil Gaiman
Eyes Life Stars – Lisa Mantchev
A Map of the Known World – Lisa Ann Sandell
(Plus a handful of grammar and writing books such as Eats, Shoots & Leaves and On Writing)

To Listen To:
Beautiful Darkness – Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
If I Stay – Gayle Foreman (re-read. I’m curious to see if it’s as powerful in audio)
White Cat – Holly Black
Delirium – Lauren Oliver (re-read)
Incarceron – Catherine Fisher
Sapphique – Catherine Fisher
Will Grayson, Will Grayson – John Green & David Levithan
Wonderland – Joanna Nadin

Really looking at my lists has brought a few things to light. One, I really, really, really enjoy YA books. Two, Though I am not the biggest fan of fantasy novels, I always try to read them. I feel, for some reason, as if I should enjoy fantasy novels, yet I often don’t. braces for the outrage I try, I really do, but more often than not I just can’t do it. Normally I can breeze through a book in a day or two. Fantasy novels? WEEKS. And that’s assuming that I don’t give up part way though. I’ll often start one, read 100-150 pages and walk away from it for a few days or a few weeks and try again. I loved what I played of Dragon Age: Origins and the books came highly recommended by both The Boy and Roger. My secret? I own both novels, but haven’t finished either. Warbreaker? Completely adored it. Mistborn? Can’t get further than 200 pages. I just don’t know what it is about them! I’m hoping that maybe the audio book thing will help. If it’s something in the written word that I can’t get over, perhaps listening to it will help? I’m just worried that if I hit that point where I would have walked away from the novel that I will just space out on listening.

What about you? Any genres or authors you feel like you SHOULD read, but just can’t get in to? Or am I the only crazy one?

2 thoughts on “Day 6: Wherein I ramble about books

  1. Seriously need to finish up Wheel of Time or should I say catch up. But I know when I do I’ll be left waiting to finish so I’m thinking I’ll wait for Brandon Sanderson to finish up Robert Jordan’s epic masterpiece.

    R.I.P. Mr. Jordan and thank you for the epic adventure!

  2. I am this way also about many, many fantasy novels, especially most of the ones considered the “classics.” I never did manage to make it through the Lord of the Rings trilogy — I read the first book and watched the third movie and called it good. I think it’s the epic scale that many of them feature that I just can’t get into — I’m much more of a human-scale story person.

    Come to think of it, that’s why I could never really get into the Dune books past the first one, or the Ender series past the first one (though I LOVED _Ender’s Shadow_) or Asimov’s Foundation series, though I did manage to get through _Prelude to Foundation_.

    I like origin stories a lot, though, regardless of genre, probably because of the usually necessarily tight focus on the character’s development.

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