Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Is too much of a good thing bad?

My list of "books I plan on reading" continues to grow by leaps and bounds. This isn't all my fault either! Let's look at what I'm dealing with.

Currently Reading:
The Magic of Recluce (Recluce series, Book 1) - So I'm re-reading a great book from my high school years. It's a great start to a series that I never had time to finish. I've read only the first couple books because L.E. Modesitt Jr. never made it easy to figure out which book was which in the series. With the onset of Internet popularity it's been easier and easier to find out what I need to read next. Expect this review shortly.

Read a little of, and will finish:
The Stand: Expanded Edition: For the First Time Complete and Uncut (Signet) - I will finish this! I am really enjoying the book but didn't want to tackle a 1000 page book in a week. I'm halfway tempted to see this as my next review, but 900 pages to go. =\ And on my Nook that is about 2700 next clicks.

Blacklisted by History: The Untold Story of Senator Joe McCarthy and His Fight Against America's Enemies - I'm incredibly slow on historical books. They aren't always as exciting. Your imagination isn't used as much, and I like using that part of my brain. I'll probably start over since it's sorta applicable to our current situation - I'm not calling anyone communist, but it's being thrown around like crazy. No political stuff until I post a review, please. =)

The Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression - Same thing as above! I'm slow to read, but applicable to today.

Books I own(will own shortly) that are on my list:
Wolves of the Calla (The Dark Tower, Book 5) - Got at Borders a couple weeks ago. Been trying to do new authors instead of reading all seven books like I did with the Robert Jordan.

The Princess Bride: S. Morgenstern's Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure - Been waiting to purchase this one for a long time, and suddenly it appears on our doorstep! My wife decided to join a book club and purchased six new books. A couple of those ended up being books for me!

The Passage - This is the second book that Leah picked up for me. I don't know much about it, and I'm not sure I want to read any of the reviews. The one praise that Leah mentioned was, "If you loved the Stand, you'll love The Passage". We'll see if it's any good.

Best Served Cold - My wife has gotten better at picking Fantasy than I am. She found a Joe Abercrombie book for me at BN and picked it up. He has since moved into my list of elite authors that deserve to be read more than once. Best Served Cold is one of his books that I haven't read. It's another long one so I didn't want to start and be attempting 3 600+ page books at the same time.

The Neverending Story - I found a BN gift card from Christmas that I totally forgot about! Exciting day! So instead of purchasing Blu-Rays I'll finally pick up the novel that one of my favourite childhood movies was based on. w00t! I even had a cat named Falcore..... sure, it's great to name your cat after a flying dog.

Rest of the recluse series - I think there's nine books for the series and I'm finishing up book one.

Books that I can't see myself finishing, or picking up again, but might:
The Dragon Factory - 24 meets CSI meets NYPD meets meh.... zombies, Nazis and weapons should make a great story, but this one was found a little lacking. I might try again, as I said in a previous post, but am not sure.

Graceling - I don't have anything against the book, but I have so many others that are more engaging than the first hundred pages were for this.

Aspire Higher: Winning On and Off the Court with Determination, Discipline, and Decisions - I enjoyed Avery Johnson as a coach, and as a player, but as an author? not so much. No offense, but his desire, as shown in this book, seems a little more self-serving than motivational.

:rolling dice: come on good times!



  1. Never a bad thing when it comes to books!
    I really enjoyed Princess bride!

  2. I was obsessed with the film version of The Princess Bride in college (who wasn't?), but it wasn't until later that I read the book. The book is SO MUCH BETTER. Hope you enjoy!

  3. All the more reason to look forward to it! Speaking of college... if they only would release of book version of PCU..... or Real Genius?