All the Books!

Well, not quite all. But at least as many as I can dump here. I obviously got quite behind in my blogging during the months of April/May/June, so instead of stressing myself out over it, I’m going to list them all here. If there’s anything important or pertinent about a particular book, I’ll make sure to include it. So – without further ado…

22. Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card
3/10/14 – 3/20/14     416 pgs.

23. A Study in Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
3/4/14 – 3/29/14     176 pgs.
-This was read on my Kindle, so that page number count is an approximation. Also – a possibly little known fact I found out upon reading this book. This is the first of the many cases that Sherlock & Watson went out on, and they coincidentally received their first case on March 4th. I was beyond thrilled that I was starting to read this book on the anniversary of their first case.

24. Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson
3/21/14 – 4/27/14     1088 pgs.
-This is book 2 of the Stormlight Archive. I got to meet Mr. Sanderson the day I began reading it at an author event, where he graciously signed my copy and a couple of other books he wrote. This is the second time I got to meet him. He is a very prolific and engaging man, and it was wonderful to get first-hand information about the book, the series and his life. If you ever have the chance to meet him – DO IT.

25. The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo
4/28/14     224 pgs.

26. Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson
4/28/14 – 5/25/14     592 pgs.
-Borrowed from the library. Alas, this was not one of the signed ones of his I got. I need to add this one to my library. Because obviously. 🙂

27. The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angelberger
5/26/14     160 pgs.
-Cute short story about how a finger puppet saves a middle-schooler. Bonus because they give you instructions for how to make your own origami Yoda. (Yes, I’ve made one.)

28. Darth Paper Strikes Back by Tom Angelberger
5/26/14     176 pgs.
-Follow up to the previous story. I chose to read these because after all the long books I’d been reading, I needed light and quick. Also – origami Darth Vader. Win.

29. Elsie Dinsmore by Martha Finley
5/14/14 – 5/26/14     256 pgs.

30. Kenny & the Dragon by Tony DiTerlizzi
5/26/14 – 5/27/14     151 pgs.

31. Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
5/27/14 – 5/30/14     192 pgs.
-WARNING: THIS BOOK COULD CHANGE YOUR LIFE. Seriously, it had that effect on me when I first read it back in college. I had been going through a rough patch, and one day ran into my friend Chris. We got to talking about life, and towards the end of the conversation, he pulled out this book and started reading some passages from it. It was as though a lightbulb had gone off in my head – I needed to have this book, and I needed it NOW. As soon as I scraped enough pennies together, I made my way over to the campus store and bought it. The binding on the book is broken, the pages are bent, the words are highlighted and underlined, there are sticky-notes in it EVERYWHERE, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. This book was a tool that helped change my perspective on so many things in life, and I cannot recommend it highly enough. Since this book, I’ve bought everything Mitch Albom has written since because the way he handles words speaks so powerfully to me. I would LOVE the chance to meet him some day, even if all I get to do is say thank you.

32. Gated by Amy Christine Parker
5/31/14 – 6/6/14     352 pgs.
-This was quite different from any other YA fiction I’ve read to date. It’s actually set in real time, and uses real events that have happened to shape the story line. It’s about a girl and her family, who get sucked into a cult. I won’t go into too many details, but if you have ever had dealings with cults, or know of someone who has, this is a very good read. It helps you see just how easy it could be for any one of us to get pulled into something like that. Added bonus – one of my coworkers knows the author, and got me an autographed copy for the work I’d done for her.

33. Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman
6/6/14     113 pgs.
-I’d not brought enough reading material to keep me occupied while I was waiting one day, so what did I do? I hopped over to B&N for the hour and a half I needed to wait, and found myself a book short enough to read. It’s about a dad who goes out to pick up milk for his children’s cereal, only to find himself abducted by aliens and thrown on a wild and hilarious journey all through time and space (which got a little wibbly-wobbly there). Best quote of the book? “Where there is milk, there is hope.”

34. William Shakespeare’s The Empire Striketh Back by Ian Doescher
6/6/14 – 6/8/14     172 pgs.
-Star Wars + Shakespeare = The makings of an epic. I’m looking forward to taking this book with me when me and my best friend go to the local Shakespeare Festival to watch this year’s production of Hamlet. Maybe one of these years, we could get permission to have a reading of this sort be part of the pre-show entertainment?

35. Skin Games by Jim Butcher
6/9/14 – 6/14/14     464 pgs.
-The next in the Dresden Files series. I don’t want to say too much, because the series is so long now, to say anything might risk spoilers from previous books. I will say this – reading this cemented one of my all-time favorite fictional crushes. Michael Carpenter (click the link AT YOUR OWN RISK) – if I could find a guy like him, I would be a very happy girl.

36. A Voice in the Wind (Mark of the Lion Series, book 1) by Francine Rivers
6/15/14 – 6/23/14     497 pgs.
-This series is set in Ancient Rome following the days of the fall of Jerusalem. It follows a Jewish girl who is a slave to a Roman aristocrat family, and a captured German who has been made a gladiator. It is a very interesting read, and shows you what life would have been like during that time.

37. An Echo in the Darkness (Mark of the Lion Series, book 2) by Francine Rivers
6/24/14 – 6/27/14     432 pgs.
-A continuation of the previous book. I got the entire set of these (it’s a trilogy) as a birthday present from my brother and sister-in-law last October, and figured it was time to read them.

+++++

And that’s it! Whew! Let’s hope that now that I’m caught back up, I’ll be better at keeping this thing up-to-date.

Grand Total: 94

6 thoughts on “All the Books!

  1. I love fantasy but Brandon Sanderson and Robert Jordan’s book are so huge. The Wheel of Time series contains 14 books! Since you are reading Sanderson, I assume that you have read some works by his “mentor” Jordan. Whose books do you enjoy more? I need to read some adult fantasy, but I don’t know where to start. I love The Lord of the Rings and am looking for a fantasy series that is similar. .

    • I actually enjoy Sanderson’s books more. I’ve only read a few of Jordan’s books, and there were SO many characters and story lines, I got discouraged and gave up after the third book. I didn’t pursue them either, mainly because I’d heard that Jordan really struggled with some of the books in the middle of the series. It wasn’t until Brandon Sanderson was chosen to finish his series and the decision was made to split the last book into three books instead of one massive tome that I decided I’d eventually give it another chance. I wanted to get to know Sanderson’s work first though, and I’m in the middle of doing that now.

      If you’re interested in reading some of his stuff but don’t want to tackle The Stormlight Archives books first because of how big they are, I’d recommend Warbreaker (which is a stand-alone novel, so you’re not committed to too much). The Mistborn Trilogy is also very good, and one I’m partial too, since that’s what I chose to read of his first. Other good recommendations of his works are the Alcatraz books (4 total, but very quick reads; it is a YA series) and The Rithmatist (also YA, the first in a series).

      I hope you’re willing to check him out, and let me know why you think of him.

      And for the record, I’ve also read GRR Martin too, but had to give up after the third, mainly because I found it depressing. I’m actually trying again with it, and about a third of the way into the first. If you’re brave enough to try it, my only caution is – don’t get too attached to anyone. You never know when Martin might off one of his characters!

  2. I’m reading The Empire Striketh Back now. And you’re right, Michael Carpenter was pretty awesome in the latest Dresden. I’m glad he got more of a role in this one, since it had been awhile.

    (Jim Butcher! Eeeeeee!)

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