As we head toward the close of the year, I’m thinking about what I want to read next, likely after Christmas. There’s a shelf and a half of to-read books, and the library. On top of that, I’ve started 3 books in the last year which I’m not sure I want to finish. The most recent one is old and quite dry, and I’m not sure how long it’s going to hold my interest. I know I’ve read quite a bit the second half of the year, especially in October when I wasn’t writing in preparation for novel writing month. Floral and cookbooks are not included, as they are more instructional.
- Ink Exchange (Wicked Lovely, Melissa Marr)
- Fragile Eternity
- Radiant Shadows
- Darkest Mercy
- The Frog Princess, E. D. Baker
- Castle in the Air, Diana Wynne Jones
- Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
- The Battle of the Labyrinth (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Rick Riordan)
- The Last Olympian
- The Lost Hero (The Heroes of Olympus, Rick Riordan)
- The Son of Neptune
- The Mark of Athena
- The House of Hades
- The Blood of Olympus
- The Demigod Files (companion book and short stories)
- The Throne of Fire (The Kane Chronicles, Rick Riordan)
- The House with a Clock in Its Walls (John Bellairs)
- Peter and the Shadow Thieves (Dave Barry)
- Lemony Snicket: The Unauthorized Biography
- Marika, Andrea Cheng
- Cleopatra’s Daughter, Michelle Moran
- Madame Tussaud
- High Rhulian, Brian Jacques
- Eight Cousins, Louisa May Alcott
- The Valley of Amazement, Amy Tan
- My Life in France, Julia Child
Looking at this list, I’m sure for some people–like me before I wrote so much–this isn’t very much. Just two books a month. However, it’s hard to do both. Overall, this is a good year for me in the reading department. I’m happy with both of these two things: (a) my main reading material is still fantasy; (b) these days I read non-fantasy, as well, for a more rounded approach.
For the next read, I’m thinking either the next Kane Chronicles (which I have), or a stand alone book.
What’s your next read?