Thursday, March 24, 2011

Once Upon a Time V - Reading Pool

I was not going to post a pool of books because I hardly ever read from said pool, but I needed to dig some fantasy out anyway, so then I started thinking... And, well, normally people enjoy my lists. So, here is my possibilities. I own more books that can work, so there might be changes, but since my books are in two places, these are the books reside the same place as me.

My Pool of Possibilities:

The Poison Throne by Celine Kiernan - Memory reviewed this and intrigued me. I very rarely splurge on series anymore, so I decided to buy this one instead of reading it from the library.

Fortune's Fool by Mercedes Lackey - A lot of my books I have dug out of storage are parts of on-going series. (You can read my review of The Fairy Godmother here and One Good Knight here.)

Radiant Shadow and Darkest Mercy by Melissa Marr - By reading these two I will have a completed series. Both sad and good at the same time! (Review of Wicked Lovely and Ink Exchange. I can't seem to locate a review of book three.)

Empire of Ruins: The Hunchback Assignments III by Arthur Slade - Steam-punk, really, but that's still fantasy, right? (Review of The Hunchback Assignments... Did I not review book two...) ASIDE: Don't want to start a series? READ JOLTED!!! - COMPLETED May 8, 2011

The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker by Leanna Renee Hieber - What's a challenge without new series started for any I might, possibly manage to finish? I have names running around in my head, but can't remember where I heard of this before...

Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness - I am one of those crazy people that doesn't love this series, but I did really like the first book... I figure if I read this it will mean another finished trilogy! (Review of Book 2 and I guess I never reviewed book 1...) - COMPLETED May 24, 2011

Steal the Dragon by Patricia Briggs - I recently read Masques and Wolfsbane. I reviewed Masques here, but haven't reviewed Wolfsbane yet.)

The King's Daughters by Nathalie Mallet - I read The Princes of the Golden Cage a few years ago and STILL haven't read this... Slacker! I was so excited about it, too! I even reviewed it here.

The Reckoning by Kelley Armstrong - I don't like this trilogy quite as much as the Women of the Otherworld series, but it is still worth reading. (Review of book two here and book one here.)

River Secrets by Shannon Hale - I loved The Goose Girl, but was less than impressed with Enna Burning. Still, the fourth book is out and I still haven't read this one, so I really should! Especially since I have read most everything else she has written and have been stalled on this series since 2007...

The Infinity Gate by Sara Douglass - I was crazy excited for this book and then never read it! Last year was an off reading year, so hopefully can get back to a few things this year. It will mean another finished trilogy, too, and I LOVED this trilogy (so far). (Review of The Serpent Bride and The Twisted Citadel.)

Fool's Fate by Robin Hobb - I love Robin Hobb, but for this reason I read her way too slow! I own everything by her and have only read some of it, so this is something I need to fix! Oh, wow, I haven't read a book in this trilogy since 2007! (Fool's Errand review here and apparently I never reviewed book two. I am a terrible reviewer!) - COMPLETED June 19, 2011

Black Powder War by Naomi Novik - I was at the bookstore once and they had this really awesome sale. I saw the first three books in this trilogy, and I grabbed them purely because they looked good. I used to do that... Not so much now... And, well, I still haven't read book 3! And, yes, I own the whole series... Review of His Majesty's Dragon and I never reviewed book 2...

Carpe Corpus by Rachel Caine - Normally I save this series for the fall, but I am falling behind and need to catch-up. I am scared to see what I have managed to review from this series as this is book 6! (Book four review and book one review. This seemed like such a good idea at the time, but I am regretting showing how much of a slacker I am!) I am finding reviews... I label bad. Here is the review of book 2.

The Return of the Shadow by J.R.R. Tolkien - I have been meaning to read this series for years! - COMPLETED May 13, 2011

Dark Moon of Avalon by Anna Elliott - I really liked the first book in this series, but I found this one a bit slow when I tried to read it last year. I really have to try again because book three is out later this year. Twilight of Avalon review.

Sea Glass by Maria Snyder - I stalled in this series. I really liked the first book, but not as much as her Study series, which I never reviewed any of the books in... That's odd.... I did review Storm Glass, though!

The Wise Man's Fear by Patrick Rothfuss - The sequel to The Name of the Wind. I loved that book and thought I reviewed it, but maybe not... *sigh*

Books on my eReader:
A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness - COMPLETED April 16, 2011
The Hundred Thousands Kingdom by N.K. Jemisin - COMPLETED May 26, 2011

Short Story Collections:
Dreams Underfoot by Charles de Lint - COMPLETED April 11, 2011
The Dragon Book edited by Jack Dann and Gardner Dozois
Terribly Twisted Tales edited by Jean Rabe and Martin H. Greenberg - COMPLETED April 6. 2011

Buddy Reads:
The Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison Allen - Marg - COMPLETED April 21, 2011
The Shadow Hunt by Katherine Langrish - Jenclair - COMPLETED April 6, 2011
The Very Best of Charles de Lint - Carl - COMPLETED June 19, 2011
Sister Red by Jackson Pearce - Chris - COMPLETED April 2, 2011
Among Others by Jo Walton - Iliana - COMPLETED April 7, 2011
Enchanted Glass by Diana Wynne Jones - Memory and Ana - COMPLETED April 25, 2011

Reading Swap Books That Will Work:
Sunshine by Robin McKinley
Queen of the Darkness by Anne Bishop
Melusine by Sarah Monette
Touched by an Alien by Gini Koch

Library Books:
Charmed Life by Diana Wynne-Jones - COMPLETED March 28, 2011
Nightschool: The Weirn Books - Volume 2 by Svetlana Chmakova - Read book 1 earlier this year. - COMPLETED May 7, 2011
Ursula by Fabio Mo and Gabriel Ba - Maybe? - COMPLETED April 23, 2011
Ghostopolis by Doug TenNapel - Graphic Novel - COMPLETED April 26, 2011
Princess of Glass by Jessica Day George - Really liked her other book in this series, so got the library to buy me this one. - COMPLETED May 25, 2011
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum, Eric Shanower, and Shottie Young - Graphic Novel - COMPLETED April 12, 2011
Trickster: Native American Tales by Matt Dembicki - Graphic Novel - COMPLETED April 25, 2011
Paronormalacy by Kiersten White - Seen a few positive reviews. - COMPLETED May 9, 2011
Dragon Seer by Janet McNaughton - Loved Earthly Knight by her. - COMPLETED May 10, 2011

And, well, probably books that are not on there... So, this is a lot of books. If I could read all of them, that would decrease my TBR pile by a lot! I probably won't, though... If nothing changed, it is 44 books and three months, so it is possible. I just know things will change and books on there will not interest me when the time comes.



    (Can you tell I'm a tad in love with your list?)

    I really ought to go through and make a pool for myself, too. Also, I seriously need to start CROWN DUEL.

  2. I'm starting to feel the same way about making reading lists too. I make the lists, don't read ANYTHING off of them. Trickster is a book that I definitely plan on reading soon. Happy reading!

  3. Yaay, thanks for posting your possible potential reading pool! It makes me feel better that I am so bad at reviewing books I really like,too, that I am not the only one! lol

    i loved all the Fool series by HObb, by the way, and cried at the ending. Fabulous fantasy books, both the Assassin series and fool Series. i almost want to start reading them again, they were so good. And I own The Poison Throne, and think I'm saving it for RIP :-)

    Fabulous list, lots on it that is very interesting, Kelly!

  4. Anonymous4:15 AM

    Oooooooooooooh. That sounds like a marvellous pool! I hope you'll enjoy loads of the books on there the coming few months! (Though if you do read books not in the pool, you'll be reading other books on your TBR pile and still be reducing it, right? So either way you win?)

    (And I'm going to see if blogger OpenID has decided it likes me yet.)

  5. one thing I have learned is that kelly can read ALL she has listed int he time of OUaT! Amazing amazing amazing !!! I Know you will enjoy always do! :o)

  6. That's a fantastic list. I love Robin Hobb too. I've only read her Assassin series so I must get to the Fool series as I know it'll be wonderful. Happy reading!

  7. Haha, your post made me laugh! I also fail to review often, but my problem is more avoidance than forgetting:)It sounds like you are just excited for the next book and forget to post a review. What a great quality way to be.

    Although you may not read from the pool you have done a service to the commons. What a wonderful list of books. I think I will be coming back here often to get inspiration for reads. I am always on the look out for good fantasy!

  8. Your pool of books is quite extensive...I'm sure you'll end up reading at least one or two from it!

  9. So many incredible books on your list!! And it looks like you're well covered in terms of actually fulfilling the requirements. I hope this is a fun challenge for you!

  10. You put a lot of thought into that list! Can't wait for our buddy read.

  11. What a wonderful list…and I’m tickled pink to see that one of mine is included in it! Thanks, Kailana!

  12. So many great books in your list! I can't decide where I should comment first. Anything by Sarah Addison Allen, Robin McKinley, Shannon Hale, Diana Wynne Jones or Sherwood Smith is a good thing because they're my favorite authors. I was trying to decide if the Chaos Walking trilogy can be included in this challenge because I have copies of those books but I haven't gotten around to them yet.

    I hope you enjoy reading your picks, looks like you have a lot lined up. It's going to be a fun challenge. :)

  13. Anonymous3:32 AM

    I want to start on the Patrick Ness books (I have The Knife of Never Letting Go sitting somewhere at home ... interesting that you say the first one was good but no so much the others...) Also, I agree with you on the Shannon Hale Books. I really still LOVE Shannon Hale, though. But, yeah, Forest Born and Enna Burning weren't as good as Goose Girl. My favourite is Book of a Thousand Days and I haven't yet read River Secrets but will likely do so. As for Maria Snyder - you know, I really loved Poison Study and was really eager to read more, but somewhere along the line I just kind of got less enthusiastic about it (sad,how that happens). Got to start reading those soon, too.


  14. Well, you've no shortage of books to choose from. ;) Of course, I've no doubt that if you put your mind to it you could actually read them all before OUaT is over. :D

    I've only read two of books you have listed--Monsters of Men (of course, I'm one of those rabid fans so I really hope you'll read it and fall in love!) and Nightschool 2. But I do have some of those on my potential reads list, too. Like River Secrets--I can't believe I haven't gotten around to reading that yet either. And I'm just like you--I adored The Goose Girl, but didn't love Enna Burning quite as much (still loved it, just not as much).

  15. Wow! You have so many books in your reading pool that I want to read as well...I can't wait to read the reviews of what you actually read. Good luck with this challenge!

  16. Wow, I feel like such a slacker when I see the Once Upon a Time lists everybody else has been building! Love your list!

  17. You've got some fantastic looking books to read there Kelly!

    Also now my work week from hell is over I promise to get back to our Plain Kate review!

  18. Your pile is, to put it simply, quite amazing. I hope you get through all of the books on there!

  19. I did NOT know there is another Shannon Hale book. I must read it!

    Amazing list of books!

  20. *Memory: lol I am glad that my reading pool makes you so happy! I am so excited about all of them, so I am having a hard time making up my mind!

    *Vasilly: I know. I am terrible for not following lists, but I enjoy making them...

    *Susan: Not the only one by far, I would think. :) I really need to get back in touch with Hobb. I own all of her books, but have read so few!

    *libritouches: As long as they are from my TBR and not from the library. :)

    *Pat: ha ha, thanks!

    *Cath: The Fool trilogy is all sorts of awesome. I loved her from the very first book!

    *jess: Maybe it is that... It sounds better that way. :) I hope you find lots of great selections from my pool, though!

    *Staci: I know. I considered narrowing it down, but then changed my mind...

    *Meghan: Thanks!

    *Chris: I am looking forward to our read, too!

  21. *Nathalie: I really really need to get around to reading your book soon. I was very excited for it, but then just never got around to it...

    *Chachic: What I have read by them so far has all been wonderful, so I am looking forward to more. :)

    *Sharry: I read the Study trilogy back when it came out... Back then I actually FINISHED series... Now I read too many and get lost in them sometimes...

    *Debi: I know. I need to get around to Monsters of Men and see what I think one of these days!

    *samantha: Thanks!

    *Jenny: Normally I refrain, but I got inspired... Mainly because I had to rearrange things in order to find some of these books in the first place!

    *Darren: Sounds good!

    *April: Thanks!

    *Rebecca: When it came out it had really horrid covers. They rereleased it, though, and now it matches.


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