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Reading Update!

Folks, I have decided. 2015 is the Year of Endings and the Year of Trying New Authors (awkward title but work with me here). I am quite pleased with what I have been reading this year.

When I said endings, I meant that I am going to try my darnedest to finish all those trilogies whatnot that I have read everything of except for the concluding novel. I don’t know why I do that. Perhaps because I hate it when stories end? I don’t know. Either ways, I have been finishing some (a very few) series and they are:

  1. Newsoul trilogy by Jodi Meadows
    This was good but ultimately did not win me over. I mean, it just feel a bit too juvenile for me maybe because I have been reading more complex fantasy novels. For those who like lite fantasy/sff this ought to be good. Details are scarce though and the ending is hideously happy (hah).
  2. The Hollows series by Kim Harrison
    The concluding book was good but I really disliked the time jump at the end. Dare I say, things became a bit too maudlin and sentimental for my tastes. I would have preferred to leave Rachel and her coterie in a somewhat more ambiguous place than the whole ever after realized. Still, it was a good ride and Jenks remained my favourite character.

And um, that’s it. I’ve only finished two. I did say it was a few and I rhymed! Haha.

I am working on some others though:

  1. The Mad Man’s Daughter
    I’m currently reading the final volume in this trilogy and it’s too early to say how I like it but I have high hopes.
  2. Glasswright series by Mindy Klasky
    There are five books in this series and I’ve just finished the third one. I like it well enough though not to sing accolades of it. I will finish this other two books probably before the end of next month.
  3. Crown of Stars by Kate Elliott
    This series has seven whole volumes and each of them are very, very thick. I am determined to finish the series this year though it may take me the entire year to do it. The world is dense and requires careful reading at times but the payoff is great.

These are the ones I’m going to pick up this year no matter what:

  1. Dreamblood by N. K. Jemisin
    I have to read the second one in this duology to complete it.
  2. Seven Realms quartet by Cinda Williams Chima
    I’m going to make it happen! I’ve been waffling over this one way too long.
  3. The Lynburn Legacy by Sarah Rees Brennan
    Yep. I have all three now. I can read the trilogy gleefully.
  4. Light by Laura Whitcomb
    The second one in this duology needs to be read so I shall read it.
  5. The Goblin Wars by Kersten Hamilton
    I have to hunt down book #3, purchase it, and then reread the first two. I enjoyed them though, quite a lot, so rereading is not going to be a pain. In fact, I’m looking forward to it.
  6. The Whatnot by Stefan Bachmann
    This is a companion novel to The Peculiars and thoughΒ  not a direct sequel, I do believe it answers some questions leftover from the first novel. I own this so no reason for me to not read it.
  7. The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
    I have to finish this one. I can’t read Bracken’s new book until I finish it.
  8. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
    I have no excuses. None at all.
  9. The Archived – Victoria Schwab
    I’ve decided I can’t read any more V. Schwab until I’ve read this one.
  10. The Ascendance Trilogy by Jennifer Nielsen
    Yep.
  11. Partials Sequence by Dan Wells
    Just that last book.
  12. The Agency by Y. S. Lee
    I’m excited for this one!
  13. Ironskin by Tina Connolly
  14. Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
  15. The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater
    (The Raven King!!! *hyperventilates*)
  16. The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
    Okay, so, my love for this series has largely flagged but I am so looking forward to completing it.

Whew.

I seem to be talking a lot about series lately. I just want to finish them all is what I’m saying. Sadly I’m probably going to be starting more series this year than I finish. But EH. I refuse to let that get me down. Standalones are so awesome but I understand why they’re not as popular. As a writer, I understand why you’d want to linger over the world but as a reader…I don’t understand. Heh.

However, this is also the year of trying out new authors/books that I want to. So far, I have read:

  1. George Orwell
    I read 1984 and hated it. Gah, I hated it so much. I read The Animal Farm when I was in Fiji and living on a farm and I remember it gave me the heebie jeebies. I should have learned my lesson then. Orwell, folks, is not for me.
  2. Kate Chopin
    I read The Awakening and some other short fiction by her. Loved them all though the short stories become to run into each other for very long. All stories felt like they were one.
  3. Jose Saramago
    I read The Elephant’s Journey and liked it A LOT. I mean, it’s not the most exciting book but it has so much charm and wit, I couldn’t help liking it.
  4. Ali Smith
    I read Hotel World and liked it. The prose is a bit overwhelming but I would like to try another book by her before I announce my verdict.

I’m trying/going to attempt:

  1. Dai Sijie
    Okay, I’ve already read one of his books so his work is not exactly new for me. However, it has been quite some time since I read the first book. I ‘m currently reading Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress and it’s amazing.
  2. Teju Cole
    I read a New York Times piece by him and fell headfirst madly in love. I was lucky enough to get a book by him for review and it shall be the first one of his works that I read. The book in question is Every Day is for the Thief.
  3. Toni Morrison
    I have been meaning to read her books for a long time. I’m starting with Beloved I think.
  4. Amy Tan
    Joy Luck Club is finally going to be read.
  5. Mia Yun
  6. Patti Kim
  7. Soseki Natsume

Probably more but I’m afraid I’m being a bit too ambitious. I should probably do other things with my life than just read. Right? Right. Anyway, are any of these authors/books familiar to you? Have you read any of them? Thoughts? Arguments?

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5 thoughts on “Reading Update!

    1. Yes! It’s not *that* ambitious cuz I only have the last books of those series left to read! Haha. But I probably will get carried away by newer trilogies…siiigh.

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  1. I am so behind in the Lunar Chronicles but will catch up someday. I had a bad experience studying Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck which may mirror how you feel about Orwell lol. Although friends have recommended Steinbeck’s short stories and Orwell’s essays over some of their well known works. Ahh I have a copy of Beloved which I will read at some point too.

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    1. Haha. I’ve been meaning to read Steinbeck but his stories do not appeal. I only have a faint academic curiousity over his works. I may try Orwell’s essays but never his fiction again. Ever. I hear Beloved is an emotional read which makes me scared. :\

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  2. Lol! I’ve only read the first chapter of Beloved and it was intense. I really want to read The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison but I have to track down a copy first.

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