Monday, June 16, 2014

Looking Forward: An Update

In January, there were 47 books next to my door, now there are 37, and many books-in-progress scattered around my room.

Since my last post, I’ve finished the following from my original list: Unsouled (Neal Shusterman), The Emperor of Nihon-Ja (John Flanagan), Deadlock (Mark Walden), The Artemis Fowl Files (Eoin Colfer), and The Atlantis Complex (Eoin Colfer).

I enjoyed them all. In fact, all of them are on my Favorites shelf right now.

But what will it take to make that 37 a 27? Take a look:

1. Return of the King, by J.R.R. Tolkien

This was on the last list—but this time I am going to force myself to read it. I really will. I will be on a vacation, isolating myself from any other books which could possibly attract my fancy, and then nothing will prevent me from getting to the end of Aragorn’s story. And the hobbits, too. I guess they’re important.
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2. Mothership, by Martin Leicht and Isla Neal

I’ve already posted about Mothership, and I liked it so much that I bought it and its sequel, A Stranger Thing. Usually I’m not the kind of person who reads books about girls with babies and sexy aliens taking over the planet, but it sort of sucks you in and you can never leave it because it really is that funny. I can’t wait.

3. The Throne of Fire, by Rick Riordan

I have actually read this one. I have no recollection of how I obtained it, or what I was thinking when I bought it, but I recall it to be mildly amusing and slightly disappointing. We shall see what I think all these years later.
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4. Lady Thief, by A.C. Gaughen

If we’re going to be completely honest, Scarlet completely enveloped me in its emotional trauma and action scenes and lonely female character. So I anticipate I will enjoy Lady Thief just as much. (By the way, yesterday was the anniversary of King John signing the Magna Carta in 1215, which limited his power, on account of desperation that led to all this Robin Hood business.) (Funnily enough, there have been no other King Johns since then.)

5. Shadow and Bone, by Leigh Bardugo

I love the fake-Russia this world takes place in, and I love the story that surrounds it. The third book comes out in just a few weeks! I got the book free from the library, and even though I have a love-hate relationship with the Darkling (whose villainous merit I doubt; he should not put his emotions in such danger) I cannot wait to read it again. It’s a beautiful story. Surprising, sometimes. Amusing. You should check it out.
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6. The Girl, the Apprentice, and the Dogs of Iron, by Dave Luckett

I seem to recall buying this book with my father, perhaps in first or second grade. It’s the sequel to The Girl, The Dragon, and The Wild Magic. It’s 115 pages. For a younger audience perhaps, but I try to do the honor of rereading a book before I decide to get rid of it.

7. North! or Be Eaten, by Andrew Peterson

It’s a funny series, better for kids, but also deep and dark and mysterious. Mom originally found On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness in one of those buy-Christian-stuff-for-Christmas magazines, and it was humorous and engaging for a sixth grader. It’s a little less fascinating six years later, but I still want to get through it, so I can read the third book (also in my pile): The Monster in the Hollows.
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8. The King Must Die, by Mary Renault

I have no idea what this is about, but my copy has a minotaur on the front, and such an imposing title begs for a read. We’ll see what happens.

9. The Complete Works of Edgar Allen Poe

This is perhaps the one book that I’m most afraid of reading. I got it as an award last year—and though I’m curious to actually read them all, it is also an imposing book. It’s like, four inches thick and has a big black raven on the front. I’ve read the short stories for school, the ones everybody knows, like “Tell-Tale Heart,” “The Raven,” “The Pendulum.” My grandpa sang a rendition of “Annabel Lee” once when he was visiting, and we got it on video. But I don’t wonder what else Mr. Poe has stored in that big black book of his.

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10. Cinder, by Marissa Meyer

I don’t know whether I’ll like this book or not. I believe it was bought for me because I asked, but I’m not convinced it shall enthrall me. It turns out that about 60% of my books are about the same thing, and so we shall see how well I accept it.

The goal is to get rid of these book piles before I go to college—we’ll see how well that gets accomplished.

What do you look forward to reading in the near future? Share below!

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