January 21, 2012

My Reading List

As you may have to come realize, I love reading and, well, actual BOOKS. I prefer to get a few, or a bunch and then read them once I have them, rather than wait. In terms of size, etc..nothing beats a paperback, but if it's a book I want to get right away, or keep for many decades, I'll nab it in hardcover.
Also, I like them to 'match' : I want all of a series in either paperback or hardcover. It would look odd to me to have the format 'change' during the series. And that goes for cover design, too - if it's a series, I want all the volumes to look similar and 'match'

I'd thought I'd mention that I am writing a story of mine own. It is a fantasy. But! It's not like a Tolkien, a Rowling, or a Paolini where it's 'hero, quest, villain'. The..."approach" I'm following is similar to that George R.R. Martin has taken with his Song of of Ice and Fire series. And, to a lesser degree (because I haven't read it yet), but also Brandon Sanderson's Stormlight books.

My story will be a fantasy, but I'm hoping to offer something different and new to the table. I'm not setting out to prove myself, but that's the method of writing I'll be attempting here. I've had some ideas since I was about 6 or 7, and well, now I'm laying the dots down, building the world, and then start the actual writing. I'm estimating the story (now forseen as a short story, and potentially a novel later) will be finished between 2015 and 2020. This factors research, characters, revision, proof, etc...

Anyway, back to the reading list though!

Anyway, at the time of this post, I'm currently reading Song of Ice and Fire Book 4 by George R.R. Martin. Here is what will keep my hands, eyes and brain busy for the next little while...

Song of Ice and Fire Book 5 by George R.R. Martin (Currently, 5 out of 7 books are out. He is writing Book 6, and there will be 7 total. If all 7 were out now, I'd list 6 and 7 next. But as it stands...)

Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins
(Hunger Games, Catching Fire and Mockingjay)

Millennium Trilogy by Stieg Larsson
(Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Girl Who Played With Fire and Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest)

Dark Tower series by Stephen King
(Gunslinger, Drawing of the Three, Waste Lands, Wizard and Glass, Wolves of the Calla, Song of Susannah and Dark Tower)

Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan
(Eye of the World, Great Hunt, Dragon Reborn, Shadow Rising, Fires of Heaven, Lord of Chaos, Crown of Swords, Path of Daggers, Winter's Heart, Crossroads of Twilight, Knife of Dreams, Gathering Storm, Towers of Midnight and Memory of Light.)  

Hopefully by that time, Song of Ice and Fire Book 6 (Winds of Winter) should be out by then. If not, well, the reading list will lessen a bit. I'll read single novels. (maybe a couple by Stephen King, some Dickens, the Steve Jobs bio, etc...). The next series I'll get into will be Jack Whyte's Camelot Chronicles I've mentioned previously, and a new one, which is Stormlight by Brandon Sanderson. The first book, Way of Kings, is already out. He hasn't started on the second one yet, and he projects the series will be 10 books long.

As you can see, I won't need to visit a bookstore anytime soon. But we all know I will...

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