My backlog of books read has gotten pretty huge, and I’ve been doing a terrible job of keeping up with the reviews. Honestly, I’ve been doing a terrible job of keeping up with everything…the thing is, I’m pregnant, I’ve been nauseous literally all the time since the week after I found out, and even though I’m in the second trimester now, I haven’t yet had that day my friends who have had kids before tell me about where you wake up and magically feel ok and can eat normal food again and stuff. My stomach can’t even take tea right now, other than small cups of this one white tea with peppermint. I actually miss tea more than chocolate. And that’s saying something.
On the plus side, my retail job has been slow, and I’ve gotten sick at work enough that they generally don’t make me do too much that involves moving around. So I am getting quite a bit of reading done.
Also, my husband is amazing because he hasn’t once complained that I haven’t been able to cook a meal for months, other than noodles and canned chicken boiled in chicken broth to make cheater chicken soup for myself. Even though it means he’s essentially been living on frozen pizza and chicken nuggets. I picked a winner. But I digress.
So, in the interest of getting caught up so I can have a fresh start with this blog for 2015, here’s what I’ve read since vacation, in as close to the order I did it in as I can remember.
50. Doctor Who: The Shakespeare Notebooks by Justin Richards. I’ve long had a soft spot for Shakespeare, so this timey-wimey parody was a fun read. Though I think I would have honestly enjoyed it more if I’d been more familiar with certain of the plays that were mentioned. If I were to read this again, it would probably be in fragments, as I read the plays referenced.
51. The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson. First in the Stormlight Archives series, and one I’d planned all year to save for the slower autumn time at work. As a result, even though it’s a thick epic fantasy, I got through it fairly quickly. I loved it, though I honestly wasn’t expecting otherwise, since I’ve loved every single book I’ve read of his so far.
52. Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson. The sequel to the previous book, still loved it. I think this pretty much cemented Kaladin as my favorite character in the series so far. My only regret about reading this was now I have to wait impatiently for the next book in the series, just like everyone else! (Among others. I’ve also badly been wanting a sequel to The Alloy of Law, and am quite excited to see that he is working on one.) Fortunately, I have three more of his books in my possession that I have yet to read, not counting what will end up on this list.
53. A Matter of Magic by Patricia C. Wrede. I was interested because I loved the Enchanted Forest Chronicles, and the premise was magic in Regency-era England. And you know I’m a sucker for that time period, thanks to Jane Austen. There wasn’t actually that much of a resemblance to Austen, since the main character was a London street urchin who disguised herself as a boy for survival reasons/ended up apprenticed to a magician whose cart she broke into, and the plots were more whodunit than romance. (I say plots, because this Kindle book was actually 2 books in one, Mairelon the Magician and The Magician’s Ward.) A fun read overall.
54. The Story of Owen: Dragon Slayer of Trondheim by E.K. Johnson. I actually sort of “know” this author, via a mutual friend, though we’ve only ever chatted online via Twitter or LiveJournal comments. So it’s been fun to follow along and see the success she’s having with her first published book, even though I didn’t get around to reading it until months after the release. It was a fun read overall, I loved that the narrator was a musician (and a later important supporting character was a flutist! Yes, I’m biased). I will definitely be picking up Prairie Fire when it comes out. Also, I should probably thank my hockey-loving husband, because since the story is set in Canada, all of the sports references were hockey, and I found them a lot funnier than I would have in my previous days of being willfully clueless about sports. (Especially since one of the teams he dislikes the most is the Detroit Redwings. But you’d have to read the book to understand why it’s funny.)
55. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. A re-read, and a big enough part of holiday pop culture that I don’t need to sum up the plot. But it was December by this point, I was at work, and I wanted something festive. (I read this in its entirety there and had time to start the next book on the same day.)
56. Which was… The First Christmas Carol by Marianne Jordan. Essentially the same plot as the previous book, but set in Bethlehem on the first Christmas. I probably shouldn’t have read this one back to back with Dickens, but again, I wanted something festive, and this was already on my Kindle from being a previous freebie. I should probably check and see if there’s any more free Christmas books on there, because I pretty much ran out of options after this.
57. A Winter’s Knight by Elizabeth Cole. Another Kindle freebie, which turned out to be more of a short story than a novel. And also not Christmas. Just winter. (Now I’m in the mood for Narnia.) Basically, a fluff Regency-era romance. Which was decent enough for what it was, at least it was clean, but I wouldn’t read this again.
58. The Ugly Stepsister Strikes Back by Sariah Wilson. Another one I got for free at the time. It’s basically a modern, YA retelling of Cinderella, with a few twists. The “ugly” stepsister, Mattie, was likeable (as was Ella), and though I can’t say the plot was unpredictable, it was an enjoyable ride to get there.
59. The Princess of Egypt Must Die by Stephanie Dray. A short story, but since I enjoyed Lily of the Nile, I thought I’d check it out. I’d never heard of the princess in question, but it was an interesting read. (Also, this one is still free on Kindle.)
60. The Buggy List by Cortney Rice Gager. Another fluff read that was free at the time, basically, but I figured since I’m pregnant myself, why not? I probably wouldn’t read it again, but it was enjoyable enough to pass a few hours at work.
61. Georgiana Darcy’s Diary by Anna Elliot. Obviously, a takeoff of Pride & Prejudice, but set afterwards and focusing on Darcy’s younger sister. And Lady Catherine de Bourgh’s attempts to force eligible bachelors on her. Several of the characters from the original story pop up–Darcy and Lizzie, of course, since it’s set at Pemberley, but her cousin Anne, Caroline Bingley, and Colonel Fitzwililam also play significant roles.
62. Pemberley to Waterloo: Georgiana Darcy’s Diary, Volume 2 by Anna Elliot. Yes, I managed to snag both volumes when they were still free. Go me. A continuation of the previous story, but this time, Georgiana and Kitty Bennet get caught up in the events surrounding Napoleon’s defeat at Waterloo. I actually found this one more interesting than the first one, due to the tie-ins with historic events. And it was also fun to see a continuation of what became of certain characters.
And since I finished that last one on Monday, that gets me caught up. Until I finish the next book.
Edit: Ooh, I can’t believe I almost forgot this one! Somehow, it didn’t end up in the Kindle collection. I know I read it after the Christmas Carol books, but I can’t remember exactly which books it was between, so let’s just call this…
63. Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson. This one falls under more of a YA, in a future version of America where there are people with superpowers (called Epics)…but they’re the bad guys. And it’s up to a group of ordinary humans, who call themselves Reckoners, to try and stop them. The plot focuses on David, a teenager whose father was murdered by Steelheart on the day he first took over Chicago, who has dedicated his life to finding the Epic’s weakness so he can finally be killed, and his quest to join the Reckoners. It looks like I read this one just in time, too, since the sequel is coming out in January!