Tonight is not a night to catch up on my reviews, too late at night. So, I am going to talk about books in general.
An upcoming review is for A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray. I read it last night at work, and I found it very engrossing. I am looking forward to reading the sequel, Rebel Angels, soon. It is a young adult book with a blend of history and fantasy. The sequel is marketed as historical. There are fantastic elements to it, though.
I completed the second book in Jack Whyte's Dream of Eagles series. It was wonderful. I am really enjoying this series so far. I have too many books on the go, or I would probably be reading book 3. I have heard that it slows down, but I am going to be wishful. I always start these series excited, and then they fizzle. It is like the authors get too comfortable and the writing suffers as a result. I hope this continues to attract my attention.
There are a few blogs that are planning to read more classics, they are setting themselves goals. I have a goal, but not classics. My goal is to read all of David Gemmell's novels by next year. I would say this year, but there are a lot of them and I have to track them all down first. I prefer the second hand approach. I will have the review up for the book I just read of his soon. Troy: Lord of the Silver Bow. I am a sucker for Troy and Arthur novels.
But, I will go along with the classics, too. By the end of the year, I have to read an Austen novel (considering I own all of them, they were a gift) and Rebecca by du Maurier. And, for Christmas, I am buying myself War and Peace because everyone is reading it and I have always wanted to. There, anything above that will be an added bonus. Heather made me think, though, I would also like to read Alcott. I have three of her novels, Little Women, Little Men, and The Eight Cousins. Okay, so reading one of them would be good too. I have read Little Women before. It was one of those books I read back when I was little, my first classic. I will see what happens. I read classics for university, of course, but always the obscure ones. (I am a big fan of The Scarlet Letter, though, which I read two years ago for school)
Anyways, everyone should pick one book that has been taunting them from their to read pile forever and read it by the end of the year. I did mine, I have had The Skystone by Jack Whyte forever, and now that I have finally read it, I loved it! I also have had The Historian for a while, and I am almost done that. It is such an accomplisment to have those done. I must look at my to read pile and see if there is something else that has been sitting there for too long and read it.
End of my ramblings. Will try and write a review tomorrow.