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Top Ten Tuesday #21

toptentuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish in June 2010.

April 18, 2017: Top Ten Things That Will Make Me Instantly Want To Read A Book (topic originally done back in 2013 as top ten words/topics that will make me instantly want to read a book) — so yeah basically any topic or theme or ANYTHING (ie if X person recommends it) that will make you instantly want to pick up a book.

My reading habits have been called eclectic before, and that’s because I’m just as likely to have my nose in a Nancy Drew book as I am the Brothers Karamazov. My taste ranges from fantasy to science fiction, from Greek tragedy to modern poetry, and from Christian Fiction to YA Dystopian. That being said, yes there are somethings that will draw me to a book more that other things, and here is an un-ordered list of ten of those.

Top Ten Topics That Make Me Want to Read A Book

    1. Greek Mythology – I love Greek tragedy and try to fit at least 1 Greek play into my reading every year. But I also like to see Greek mythology remixed, retold, twisted or simply alluded to. It’s why I took a chance on Venom & Vanilla, even though I don’t normally like Urban Fantasy. One of my favorites in the category: Nobody’s Princess.

    1. Stephen R Lawhead – Lawhead is my favorite author. I have read every book by him, and own most of them. I especially like his Robin Hood and Arthurian retellings. My favorite book of all time is Dream Thief.

    1. Arthurian Retellings – If it has Merlin, Arthur, or the Knight of the Round Table in it I probably want to read it. I am an Arthur junkie. (Although I admit to not being able to get into the series Merlin, for some reason.) I already mentioned Lawhead’s retelling, an interesting one I read lately was Shadowland: A Tale From The Dark Ages.

    1. Dreams – I enjoy stories where the main character is drawn into their dreams, or lives another life in their dreams, or just where dreams play a major part in the real world. I’ve already mentioned how much I love Dream Thief, another one you may want to check out is Dreamlander

    1. Good Fantasy World Building – I don’t look for just any fantasy story, I want one I can loose myself in. Which is why The Lord of the Rings is awesome. Nothing takes me out of the story faster than a world in which the characters don’t seem to fit. But if I hear from other reviewers that the world building really drew them in, it’s a bet that the book is going into my TBR. Check out the The Midnight Sea(The Fourth Element, #1) for some great world building.

    1. Newbery – One of my major reading goals is to read through all the Newbery books. I fell really behind on this last year, but am hoping to get up to speed again this year. One of the best of the titles I’ve read so far is Holes.

    1. Archers – This one is especially true of comics, but two of my childhood heroes where Robin Hood and William Tell (thanks to two BBC series on PBS.) So when Lawhead came out with his Hood series I was tickled pink. And I also loved The Hunger Games.

    1. Philip K. Dick – Is another author I love and will read pretty much anything I can get my hands on. It’s crazy with the amount of books he’s written how hard it is to come across them second hand. Second Variety, is a short story of his that I am still thinking about (and creeped out by) years after reading it. My favorite novel of his is Deus Irae, which I’ve read at least twice.

    1. Nancy Drew & Hardy Boys 1st Edition – This one may sounds a little weird, but I look for and collect the original Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys books, it’s doesn’t have to really be 1st edition just the original copyright before they were changed. That’s right, the stories have been updated several times to change jargon and make them more modern. I recently picked up the original The Secret of Red Gate Farm.

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    1. Finished Series – I kinda hate having to wait for the next book to come out. So if I stumbled on an already finished series that sparks my interest I’d much rather read that. And if I can pick up the whole thing for Kindle at a good price that helps too. It’s why I read the Chronicles of the Nameless Dwarf, which was a total hoot. I also really enjoyed The Five Kingdoms series.

Runner up: Dystopian – I used to love dystopian fiction and this had been a reason to pick up a book, but now the market is SO flooded. It’s like everything has to have a dystopian setting.

Do you related to any of these? What is something make make you instantly want to pick up a book? Leave me a comment below.

March 2017 Book Pick Ups

The Deliberate ReaderI am so far behind in my book pick up posts that I couldn’t hope to catch up, so I just decided to start fresh by posting just last months books.

Since our move I kinda settled down on picking up anything but kindle titles and kids books. We just have less space, and I have less time for personal reading right now. Hopefully as we get more settled in and use to our new routine that will change.

For Kindle:

The Daemoniac (Dominion Mysteries Book 1)
Why I got it: Because Kat Ross is an awesome author and I want to read more of her books. Go follow her on twitter and then check out my reviews for her other books Blood of the Prophet and Queen of Chaos.

Ella Dethroned
Why I got it: You know I forgot I had picked this one up, I’m assuming it was from Instafreebie or Book Bub. It’s the prequel to a fantasy series, and has mostly 4 and 5 star reviews. It sounds exciting so I’ll give it a shot.

The Silver Skull Preview
Why I got it: This one is going up to the front of my TBR list because it sounds so intriguing. Add Steampunk, plus spies, plus a dash of fantasy and I’m am in. (I believe this copy is just a sample though, and I will probably end up buying the full book.)

ARC:

Who Counts?: 100 Sheep, 10 Coins, and 2 Sons
Why I got it: I got this children’s book through the LibraryThing early readers program. I requested it because it looked like a good childrens book about some of the parables of Jesus. However I had mixed feeling about it. Read my review here.

eARC:

The Waterfall Traveler
Why I got it: I am going to review this book for Xpresso Book Tour in May. It sounds like a good fantasy story, with rouges, fugitives, conspiracies and someone the power to travel through water. Also, the cover is just amazing.

Kids Books:

The Little Grumpy Cat that Wouldn’t (Little Golden Book)
Why I got it: I picked this up from my Goddaughter’s school book fair, partly because she loves Grumpy Cat and partly because this year is Little Golden Books 75th anniversary. And the thought of Grumpy cat in a Little golden Book is hilarious.

Happy Birthday, Bad Kitty
Why I got it: It was .99 cents at St. Vinny’s and I am a big sucker for collecting all the books in a series. Plus this gives me more to read than Bad Kitty vs. Uncle Murray: The Uproar at the front door, which is her favorite bad kitty book and therefore I have read it about 4,00 times.

Bad Kitty Goes to the Vet
Why I got it: Same reasons as above, but this one we got from the book fair.

Mary Poppins
Why I got it: .99 cent at St. Vinny’s and it a book I’ve always wanted to read. Now that my goddaughter is a little older I’ve started reading chapter books to her, like Winnie-the-Pooh and I think we’ll try Mary Poppins too.

The Shy Little Kitten (Step into Reading)
Why I got it: I remember reading this book as a Little Golden book when I was a kid. The step into reading version is just right for my goddaughter to practice her reading aloud.

Cinderella (Step into Reading)
Why I got it: A cheap thrift store pick up. And like I said before I like to collect books in a series, and we already have a bunch of Disney princess Step Into Reading titles.

The Sweetest Spring (Step into Reading)
Why I got it: Ditto what I just said, but even more so because this one is part of a series-within-a-series of Disney princess seasonal books.

Tink’s Treasure Hunt (Step into Reading)
Why I got it: Another Thrift store find, and who doesn’t love Tink?

Misc:

National Geographic Inside the Medieval World 2017
Why I got it: This is actually what I’m reading right now. I saw it on a supermarket newsstand and picked it up because I’m intrigued by the Medieval World and a century-by-century guide is a great tool for understand the pieces of history.

 

Pocket 2016: Another 881,818 words

If you’ve been a long time reader of my blog you’ve probably heard me rave about Pocket before. It’s a free book marking and reading service that allows to to book mark blogs and article for reading later across your device platforms. I use it all the time, and really prefer reading on the Pocket platform to reading on most blogs. It’s clean and easy to read and I can set the font and size to my preference.

Again in 2016 I made it into the top 5% of readers on Pocket. Reading 881,818 words or about 19 books worth. My top 3 topics were; Health, Books, and Current Events. See more in my 2016 Pocket summary.

If you like to read blogs and article online I highly recommend Pocket. It will clean up your to-read book mark list and give you one place to keep all those articles. Plus at the end of the year you’ll get your own summary and can see how much your online reading is worth.

December 2016 Book Pick-Ups

December 2016 Pick-UpsThe Deliberate Reader

Christmas is always a great time for new books. Most of the year I get books through Kindle deals, and thrift stores. But December is a time where I can count on getting a few new physical books. The last couple of years this means coloring books too. Although, it’s a big fad now and every publisher is trying to get one out for all their IP’s, I never gave up on coloring and have enjoyed it as a hobby since I was a child.

For Kindle:

The Destroyer
Why I got it: I’m on the author’s email list and he said the book was being offered for free so I thought I would check it out. Sounds like it has a lot of graphic sex in it though, and I may decide to abandon it, because that’s not really something I like in books.

The Missing
Why I got it: My Kindle First selection for the month. Which I now regret because most of the reviews are bad, and a mystery without a likable lead is not my cup of tea.

Ocean’s Justice: The Little Mermaid Retold
Why I got it: The Little Mermaid retold sounds awesome, and it was free.

Ocean’s Trial
Why I got it: The follow-up to Ocean’s Justice, it was also free. I found out about both through the author’s newsletter.

eARCs:

Mirain
Why I got it: This sentence “The princess drags her unwilling guards to investigate the reports of monsters in the far off corners of the realm.” That and it’s from Ravenswood Publishing and I have really enjoyed the experience of being part of their reviewer team.

Queen of Chaos
Why I got it: The 3rd book in the Forth Element Series. I read books 1 and 2 earlier in the year (read my review), and was offered the third as an ARC. I can’t wait to finish this exciting series.

ARC:

A Morning with Grandpa
Why I got it: I won it in the November batch of Early Reviewers books from LibraryThing.com. It’s a children’s book from a publisher that specializes in multicultural books for children. I haven’t had a chance to look it over, but it sounds interesting.

Book Fair:

I bought several of these book as gifts.
I bought several of these book as gifts.

A Bad Kitty Christmas
Why I got it: We love Bad Kitty, maybe a little too much. But well the book fair was right before Christmas, so we had to get it. Right?

Avatar The Last Airbender: Smoke and Shadow Part One
Why I got it: We also love Avatar, and I enjoy a graphic novel from time to time. But seriously if you haven’t watched Avatar the Last Airbender you are missing out.

 

Coloring Books:

Serenity Adult Coloring Book
Why I got it: A gift from my sister. 🙂 Was the only Firefly themed gift I got this year, despite having the card game and Yatzee on my wishlist.

Dot-to-Dot for Grown-Ups
Why I got it: A gift from my mother-in-law. While Dot-to-Dots aren’t really my thing this was it pretty interesting.

Misc:

Thou Spleeny Swag-Bellied Miscreant: Create Your Own Shakespearean Insults
Just a couple of the Shakespearean Insults.

Heart and Brain: An Awkward Yeti Collection
Why I got it: I love Heart and Brain, and my husband knows what I love, so he got it for me as a Christmas Present.

Thou Spleeny Swag-Bellied Miscreant: Create Your Own Shakespearean Insults
Why I got it: Actually this was a present for my husband, but he’s doesn’t really enjoy Shakespeare the way I do.

The Wise Man’s Fear
Why I got it: Because I needed it… I have been waiting to read this book for an eternity, and finally just decided to buy it for myself.

2017 Inspire Daily Desktop Calendar
Why I got it: My MIL gave it to us for Christmas.

October – November 2016 Book Pick-Ups

Oct/ Nov Book Pick Ups
The Deliberate ReaderWhat a crazy couple of months… Beside our move out to the farm being ongoing, my grandfather passed away on October 21st.

It was also a banner time for picking up books; from the Sci-fi and Fantasy Giveaway Party, to my birthday, to some thrift store finds, to discovering a site for free books. In fact, the book picks ups will continue when little bug’s school book fair begins on Monday, but I’m going to leave those books for the next pick up blog.

For Kindle:

Venom and Vanilla
Why I got it: It was my Kindle First selection in October. Normally I don’t like urban fantasy, but this one was tongue in cheek enough and mixed in Greek mythology so I went for it.
Everything, Everything
Why I got it: Pretty much every single book blogger I follow has raved about this book, so when it went on sale for $1.99 I picked it up.
Bitterwood (Dragon Age series Book 1)
Why I got it: BookBub, it’s dangerous… I try not to look over every email they send, but well I just can’t bring myself to unsubscribe. Also this book is about a world where human’s are enslaved to dragons, sounds right up my fantasy alley.
A Pirate’s Charm (Lore Book 1)
Why I got it: Ravenswood Publishers is having a holiday sale and all their e-books are $.99. Since they’ve been so good to me I decided to return the favor and buy a book from them. #TreatYourShelf.
So Wide the Sky (The Women’s West, Book 1)
Why I got it: I found out about Instafreebie when I did the Sci-fi and Fantasy party, and found a few other gems through it.
The Call of Agon (The Children of Telm, Book 1)
Why I got it: The cover got me, and the description is about dead gods, and their offspring with mortal women and seems full of mythological themes. #Instafreebie
The Forgotten Wizard
Why I got it: Another #Instafreebie that sounds like a good fantasy adventure story.

eARCs:

The Breedling and the City in the Garden See my review
Why I got it: It sounded like a good fantasy story, ended up being more historical fiction with a sprinkle of fantasy, but I enjoyed it.
The Last Treasure of Ancient England – Review coming Dec 7th
Why I got it: The author contacted me through my blog’s comment feature and asked me to review their novel. This is the first time anyone’s done that!

Sci-fi and Fantasy Party:

Why I got them: I participated in the genreCRAVE Science Fiction and Fantasy $1200 Giveaway. One of the ways to enter the giveaway was to sign up for a bunch of author’s email lists. As thank-you’s many of the authors sent out free copies of their books.

Immurement: The Undergrounders Series Book One
Feral – Many Lives Book 1
Rose Boy
Coal: Book of the Everleaf Series
Courtlight Series Boxed Set (Books 1, 2 & 3)
Gates of Heaven

Coloring Books:

A finished coloring page.
A finished page from Everything Beautiful.

Life in a Medieval Castle and Village Coloring Book (Dover History Coloring Book)
Why I got it: It was a birthday present from my husband.
Everything Beautiful: A Coloring Book for Reflection and Inspiration
Why I got it: It was a birthday present from my mother-in-law.
The Chronicles of Narnia Official Coloring Book
Why I got it: It was a birthday present from my mom… see any trend here. 😀

Misc:

The Puppet MastersThe door into summerDouble Star6 x H: Six Shocking Penetrations into the Unknown – Robert A Heinlein
Why I got it: $.99 Early Heinlien books. A pretty good thrift store haul.
Wee Sing Nursery Rhymes & Lullabies
Why I got it: Every Wee Sing book I find at a thrift store becomes mine. Multiple copies are okay, because then when you have a sing-a-long each person can have a copy. At least that’s my personal fantasy.
A Fairy Tale (Disney Fairies, Step Into Reading)
Why I got it: We have read the Great Fairy Race about 200 times, so another Step Into Reading book about the Pixie Hollow fairies sounds about right.
A Tale of Two Sisters (Disney Frozen) (Step into Reading)
Why I got it: Who has a six year old girl that doesn’t love Frozen? Since we have one at our house and this book was $.50 at the thrift store it made sense to buy it.
The Slow Regard of Silent Things (The Kingkiller Chronicle)
Why I got it: It’s been on my wishlist forever, so I used some of my birthday cash to purchase it.

That’s it! What have you picked up recently?

#TreatYourShelf With Ravenswood Holiday Sale

Ravenswood is having a $.99 Holiday Sale that will last through January 1st on all their e-books.

That means you can get Rags and Ruin, the best book I’ve read in 2016 for only $.99. Read my review here.  It also means that The Quest for Merlin, another book I enjoyed from Ravenswood, is only $.99. Read that review here.

Ravenswood has a ton of great Fantasy, Science Fiction, Young Adult (YA) and more. So check out their holiday sale and treat your shelf.

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September 2016 Book Pick-Ups

Dutch Barbie and Scottish Barbie seem to be settled into their new home.

Dutch Barbie and Scottish Barbie seem to be settled into their new home.

The Deliberate ReaderHmmmm… what a month September has been. We’ve been moving out to my grandparents farm, so that we can be around to help them out more. You certainly become aware of how many books you have when you move.

For Kindle:

Blood on the Tracks (Sydney Rose Parnell Series Book 1)
Why I got it: The Kindle First selection for the month.

Inherited Danger (The Dawning of Power trilogy Book 2) and Dragon Ore (The Dawning of Power trilogy Book 3)
Why I got it: September 7th was buy a book day. (See my list of Book’ish Holidays to remember.) I really liked the first book in this series and the other two were only .99 cents each, so I bought them to finish the series and celebrate Buy A Book day.

From the Library:

Bibiloburro
Why I got it: It’s a fantastic true story about a man who brings books to villages in the hills of Columbia, it’s a library on the back of a donkey (burro.) As soon as I heard about this book I had to see if the library had a copy. They didn’t, so I used their online for to suggest it.

Unnaturally Delicious
Why I got it: It sounded interesting. I picked it up because it is written by an Oklahoma State professor and they have a really great agriculture (ag) research department. I was hoping this book would have some good information in it about ag innovations and the way ag innovators have kept science ahead of the need to feed the world. However, I just couldn’t get into it and returned it to the library after reading only 1 chapter. 🙁

Amazon:

Bad Kitty Does Not Like Video Games
Why I got it: I pre-ordered this latest Bad Kitty title because it combines 3 things our family loves- Bad Kitty, Videos Games, and Reading. And I’ve read at least a dozen times sine we received it.

Audible:

The HobbitThe Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, and Prince Caspian
Why I got it: I was told that a good way to get into audio books is to listen to your favorites. So I used some audible credits to get three titles that I have been favorites of mine. So we’ll see if I can get into audio books via this route.

Misc:

Entrusted – Bible Study Book
Why I got it: Our church is participating in the Mid-Valley Women of Christ valley wide bible Study. Since it’s a short 6-week study I decided to give it a try.

Children of Eve
“God Isn’t Done With Me Yet…”
Your Money Matters
The Life of Jesus
Mighty Prevailing Prayer
Why I got them: These were my grandfathers, and a couple of them have hand written note by him in them. Plus there were some compelling titles about the runaway epidemic of the 1980’s.

Naawun bukupaali (The Hanga New Testament)
Why I got it: The 200th version of the New Testament that Wycliffe Bible Translators. Although I can’t read it, it feels like owning a little piece of history.

July/Aug 2016 Book Pick-ups

July/Aug Pick-UpsThe Deliberate ReaderSo July was busy, with a trip to New Mexico for a music department reunion, but it pale in comparison to August which was plain crazy. We had some family stuff that came up and took about 90% of my time and energy. That situation is still unfolding, so if I don’t blog as often as I had previously it’s because we are still working out a changing family situation. Buuuut on the up side I did end up with a lot of great kids books in the last couple of month.

For Kindle:

Rage
Why I got it: The Kindle First book for July. The picking haven’t really been up my alley for a while, but I guess if I need a mystery I have one more waiting on my Kindle.

Black Rain
Why I got it: The Kindle First book for August. August was frankly a blur and I don’t remember why I picked this.

ARC:

Space Dictionary for Kids: The Everything Guide for Kids Who Love Space
Why I got it: An Early Reviewer Book from LibraryThingMy husband likes watching astronomy videos on YouTube and is always trying to get Little Bug interested in space. While dinosaurs and ocean life are still her favorites she has been more interested in planets lately, and this dictionary looked very cool.

Prince Noah and the School Pirates
Why I got it: An Early Reviewer Book from LibraryThingI got this book to add to the summer reading for little Bug. It’s a little long for her, but it’s possible that now that she’s a 1st-Grader her tolerance for longer books will probably get better. (And it’s not really the length so much as it is the amount of words on each page vs. the action/interest of the pictures on the page.)

eArc:

Elemental Secrets
Why I got it: I’m doing a Book Tour with Xpresso Book Tours on Oct 20th for Elemental Secrets.

The Midnight Sea(The Fourth Element, #1)
Blood of the Prophet (The Fourth Element #2)
Why I got it: I’m doing a Book Tour with Xpresso Book Tours on Sept 21st for the two Forth Elements books. **Review SPOILER: I LOVED THEM!

Misc:

Flutterby Fly
Why I got it: Thrift store Serendepity book will be a yes every time. I love the Stephen Cosgrove, Robin James combination. These books are brilliant!

Hotel Deep: Light Verse from Dark Water
Why I got it: The author/illustrator of this book was at the Oregon State Fair. The Little Bug likes everything ocean themed so I picked this one up for her. (Signed Copy)

Sixteen Cows
Why I got it: The author/illustrator above also illustrated this book, a very cute cowboy/cowgirl story in light rhyme. (Signed Copy)

Curious George Around Town (6 Volume Set)
Why I got it: This set was deeply discounted for Amazon Prime day, It ended up being a little over $1/book. We love Curious George and didn’t have any of the books in this set so WIN!

Apples Grow on a Tree (How Fruits and Vegetables Grow)
Why I got it: Amazon’s big Prime day sale include 20% off of one book. This series is absolutely excellent and I’ve been trying to collect all of the books, but since they are a little expensive I used the sale as an excuse to get one. If you have kids and want to teach them how their food grows get this series!

#ReadABookDay and other Book’ish Holidays to remember

readittodaySeptember 6th is National Read A Book Day. It’s hard to keep up with all the different book’ish holiday’s. I did not know about this one, but luckily I have some author friends who posted about it on Facebook. Since there are so many day to celebrate books and reading I thought I’d create a list for all of us bloggers to reference.

Book’ish Holidays

1st Sat in February – Take Your Child to the Library Day

March 2ndRead Across America (Dr. Seuss Day)

1st Thursday in MarchWorld Book Day

March 25th – National Tolkien Reading Day

April – National Poetry Month

April 2nd – International Children’s Book Day

April 9-15th, 2017 – National Library Week

April 12thD.E.A.R Day (Drop Everything And Read/ Beverly Cleary’s Brithday)

May 1-7th, 2017Children’s Book Week

May 21st – National Readathon Day

May 25th – Towel Day

July 30th – Paperback Book Day

September Library Card Sign-up Month

September 6th – Read A Book Day

September 7th – Buy A Book Day

September 22nd – Hobbit Day

September 24 – 30th, 2017 – Banned Books Week

October 8 – 18th, 2017 – Teen Read Week

 

Oh and what am I reading on #readabookday? Rags and Ruin by Bob Dixon which I received from the great people at Ravenswood Publishing as an eARC.

If you love books and are on Pinterest check out my #WorldBookDay board:

Do you know of any Book’ish days that need to be added to my list? Leave a comment below.

Top Ten Tuesday #12

I STILL Haven't Read Yet...toptentuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish in June 2010.

August 23: Ten Books That Have Been On My Shelf (Or TBR) From Before I Started Blogging That I STILL Haven’t Read Yet…

Well seeing as how I started tracking and reviewing the books I read on MySpace in 2006, and then moving them to each new system… the “before I started blogging” clause is going to be ignored. 10 years is a looong time and I haven’t kept close track of my TBR shelf that whole time. So this list is just going to be of books I’ve had on the TBR for several years, one’s I’ve been meaning to get to but just haven’t managed to read yet.

I am participating in the 2016 TBR Pile Reading Challenge. I encourage you to take a look at that post. And maybe this will kick start me towards digging a little deeper into the TBR.

Top Ten Books I STILL Haven’t Read Yet…

In no particular order…

  1. The Borrowers – I remember the TV show from when I was a kid, so we picked up a couple of the books years ago at a thrift shop. I really have no excuse for not reading this book, except for I’m not sure where it’s at. I know we have it, but it escaped from the YA TBR shelf.
  2. The Kitchen Gods WifeI really enjoy Amy Tan, but somehow this book sunk to the bottom of the pile and has stayed there. One of those ones I know I’ll enjoy if I ever get around to it.
  3. Casino Royale (And the rest of the James Bond series) – My sister bought these for me, one at a time over a couple of years (of course she read each one, before sending them to me.) I feel bad because she sent me the WHOLE series and I’ve read one of them. 🙁
  4. The Forth Turning – I talk about this book ALL the time. If you ever mention anything about generations to me, I will bring up this book. It was a cornerstone of the curriculum when I did a church internship. But we only had excerpts. I keep telling myself I’ll read the whole thing one of these days. It’s really an important book and has a ton of good stuff in it. Maybe I should go get it off the shelf now…
  5. The Wizard of Oz – Yes, it’s true, I have not read the Wizard of Oz. And it’s been sitting on my shelf for a least 5 years. The only excuse I have is the other 200 or so books overflowing the TBR shelves.
  6. City of Illusions / Left Hand of Darkness – This time I actually have an excuse. I got these books before reading EarthSea, and well they have stayed on the shelf because EarthSea kinda ruined me on Le Guin (even though Lathe of Heaven was super fantastic and I still think about it every now and them.) I know that these are important sci-fi books that many TV shows, etc have been inspired by. I keep them around hoping I’ll feel like picking them up one day.
  7. Childhood’s End – Another important sci-fi classic that I just haven’t gotten around to. I think this one suffers from the same sort of fate that the Le Guin books do and that’s that I felt burned after reading the Rama series (my advice read Rendezvous with Rama, it’s a sure fire classic, and none of the rest.) I know the end of the series wasn’t written by Clarke, but still the let down of the Rama series was immense.
  8. Galaxies Like Grains of Sand – Another sci-fi classic that’s been on the back burner because of a different piece by the author. My husband and I both read The Long Dark Afternoon of Earth, and thought it was fantastic. So we sought out other Aldiss books. I wish I had read this before his short story collection, Super Toys Last All Summer Long (which the movie A.I. is based off of.) Unfortunately other than the title story the books is a bunch of veganism propaganda, which makes me afraid to read a book he wrote about 4 million years of man kinds future.
  9. A Princess of Mars – After reading Burroughs lesser known Venus series I meant to read the Mars Series, I actually loaded them all up on my kindle (it’s kind enough to remind me) in April, 2012. Until I was looking through my lists today, I had forgotten I had them. Oops! 😜
  10. King Solomon’s Mines – Let’s say ditto for this one, put it on the Kindle and then forgot about it. This despite the fact that my sister is a fan of H Rider Haggard I haven’t read any of his books.