Friday, February 28, 2014

Melanie's Spring Reading List 2014

Does anyone else thing my lists are getting weirder? Taken by themselves, none of these books are odd, but the whole list just really seems off from what I usually like. Perhaps I am evolving...My list is also getting shorter, partly because some of these books are crazy long, and partly because I am writing more. (well, hopefully. I haven't gathered any actual statistical evidence)

The List
Endpapers for Words of Radiance
Illustration by Michael Whalen
Doesn't this make you
want to read it??????
1. Words of Radiance! It comes out in less than a week, so you'd better hurry if you're going to read The Way of Kings, which weighs in at 1,280 pages. Brandon Sanderson is a prolific marvel, and my current writing hero.

2. Speaking of hurrying, I'm in the middle of The Wise Man's Fear, which which is a much more manageable 994 pages. I'm currently on page 769. It is the second book in the Kingkiller Chronicles, and this is the first time in almost 1500 pages that I've been bored. But I am. I don't think Patrick Rothfuss enjoyed writing the part I'm reading, and I will be happy to get through it.  

3. The Art of Wishing by Lindsay Ribar. I can't remember who recommended this one to me, but what a cute sounding book, especially after all the high fantasy I've been reading lately. Margo is a high school girl who finds a genie--and falls in love with him!

4. The Ocean At the End of the Lane--Don't shoot me, but I am not particularly a Neil Gaiman fan, but this title has sucked me in. I've tried to fight it, but a book with a title that awesome needs to be read.

5. Scarlet I've liked a few steampunk novels in my life, but they never sound good the first time I hear about them. This book is no exception. However, in the past couple of weeks, SO many people have fangirled over this one, that I've decided to add it to the pile.

6. Steelheart Have I mentioned that Brandon Sanderson is my current writing hero?

7. All's Fair in Love, War and High School--If Brandon Sanderson is my writing hero, Janette Rallison is the queen. I love that woman and her hilarious stories. This one is my favorite, I think, so I've decided it is time to reread it.

I'm not reading as much as I used to, but I've got room for more. Ideas???


  1. Have you read Cinder yet? That's the one in the series before Scarlet...

  2. Good luck to you with your writing/reading endeavours.

    Thank you. Love love, Andrew. Bye.

  3. Melanie, I don't think your list is weird at all. You are just a well-rounded reader. :)

    Great list as usual. I'll have to add a few of these to my never-ending TBR pile.

  4. Cinder is *excellent* and Scarlet is on my to-read list as well. Steelheart was fabulous. If you haven't read Sanderson's The Rithmatist, you have to read that, too (maybe first. Different kind of book than Steelheart. Has a steampunk feel.) You need to read The Rithmatist in paper, though, as there are illustrations that are key to understanding some of the plot/magic system (and just nifty cool) that I found myself going back to over and over.

    Good luck getting through your pile. Mine is HUUUUGE! :)


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