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Top Ten Books on my To-Read List

Today I’m talking about the books I’ve been waiting to read the longest. Otherwise known in some cases as books that interested me an I forgot about.  I’m going by my Goodreads list here. I suspect there are some books I’ve wanted to read that are older than the list. I’m doing a combined fiction and non-fiction list because that’s what I have. I’m also dropping some books because I don’t really care about them any more.

1. When Every Month is NaNoWriMo by Larry Brooks.

Probably still something worth reading, though I have no intention of attempting 50,000 words every month.

2. Bitter Winter by Jaye L. Knight.

When I first put this on my to read list, it was nameless Book 5. I don’t even think Book 3, Samara’s Peril had a title yet. Bitter Winter still isn’t out, and though I’m not complaining, I will order the paperback the first day it is available.

3. Haphazardly Implausible by Jack Lewis Baillot.

It’s out of print and not cheap. But I love the title and I did love Brothers in Arms, also by Miss Jack.

4. Hebros by Nicole Sager.

I probably won’t read it. I didn’t love the Heart of Arcrea enough that I feel like reading more in the world. Just because there’s only so much time I can spend reading.

5. Orphan’s Song by Gillian Bronte Adams

I almost bought this at the Omega Writers Conference, but I thought I would wait for an opportunity to get one with the new cover. I wish I had bought it instead of the novel I did get for myself. Would have been more interesting. The rest of Gillian’s books are also early on my to read list, but I won’t duplicate them.

6. The Word Changers by Ashlee Willis

It takes place inside a book and the allegory sounds fresh. Still want to read.

7. The Shadow Things by  Jennifer Freitag.

I had no memory of this, but I want to read it. Realistic historical fiction in post-Roman Britain that’s centered around the arrival of Christianity? Yes! And there’s good reviews from people I respect.

8. Our Accidental Adventure by Ness Kingsley

It sounds as fun as when I added it to the list. But I really ought to finish Our Intrepid Heroine before starting another of Ness’s books. And given that I was reading that book with my brothers, and we’re all busy, it’s gotten stuck. I’ll have to finish it alone, because I do want to know is she kills the dragon or not.

9. Honor by Rachel Rossano

It’s been a long time since I read Duty. I know I like it, but romance, even in this  medieval fantasy setting, isn’t something I go rushing after.

10. The Christian Imagination compiled by Leland Ryken

I really really want this. It’s actually on my Amazon wishlist, not good reads, but when I saw it I couldn’t leave it off.

Bonus: The Tough Guide to Fantasyland: The Essential Guide to Fantasy Travel by Diana Wynne Jones

I’ve wanted this since I found it existed, but it’s not easy to find at a reasonable price. Oh well, It probably won’t help me write anyway.

 

Go check out the link up at thatartsygirl.com if you want to see what books a whole lot of other people haven’t read.

Alternatively you could stay here and leave a comment. What books have you wanted to read for a long time? Are any of them the same as mine?  Have you read any of mine?

Top Ten Reading Goals for 2018

Hello my friends,

Today I decided to take part in the Top Ten Tuesdays Link up. I do have a few other ideas for blog posts, but they’re more or less stuck. I lost the notes for one and I haven’t come up with the core element for another. So resolutions it is.

I’m not always much of a New Years resolutions person. I’ve heard enough stories about people giving up on them while it is still January, so sometimes I don’t feel it’s worth doing. That’s probably to my loss because plans have to be made sometime and the beginning of the year isn’t a bad time. So my reading goals:

  1. Read less books. Yes, this sounds like a strange one, but over the last couple of years, I’ve been stuffing my mind with so many stories that they’ve just become a muddle.
  2. ​Read slowly and deliberately. The only reason I’m able to read so many books is because I skim and don’t leave time to absorb them. I don’t take the book in properly. It’s a bad habit I’ve had for many years, and it only got worse with digital books.
  3. Only read when I’m done with other work. This is probably the biggest one. Reading has been the bane of my productivity. It’s been taking up time belonging to other things. It’s the reason I didn’t write this post earlier in the day. The only exceptions to this is reading the Bible and listening to audio books. Depending on the work I’m doing listen can help me along.
  4. Read more blogs. I used to follow quite a few other writers, but I’ve got busy and not kept up with them. It’s more for networking than learning that I need to do this, but I know there’s a lot of things worth reading out there.
  5. Write more reviews. This isn’t a new goal, but it’s a common failing. I know reviews are worth a lot to authors, but it’s so easy not to write them. Yet it’s isn’t difficult to write a very short review for the majority of books. I like giving my whole multi-sided opinion and recommendation for a book, but I don’t always have to. I’ll likely not do review for the books I could care less about, but I should attempt the ones I’m not sure how to feel about. Writing makes the thoughts clearer.
  6. Read a SpecFaith article at least once a week. There’s a lot of good in here.
  7. Read a Creation.com article at least once a week. I can always do with some science or apologetics to keep my mind active. I ought to read the Creation magazine more too.
  8. Finish all the non-fiction books I’m partway through. I can’t skim books on theology or any detailed topic. They require concentration and focus. That also means they take quite a bit longer and I do have a very long non-fiction list. (Thirty-six on Goodreads, not counting books on writing, and there’s more than that on our bookshelves that could be listed.) So this year i am going to focus on getting through at leas the ones I’ve begun. The possible exception is Augustine’s City of God which I got half for the purpose of getting the really long book achievement on Audible. It is fascinating at points, but thirty hours, is thirty hours, and there’s a bit more than that left.
  9. Take notes when I read. I think a lot while reading, but there are so many thoughts and brilliant lines that escape me later. I need to find a way of making notes without constantly distracting from my reading, and then it’ll be good. I do have a journal I’ve used for that purpose already, so that’s not a problem.
  10. Get to the point in my Greek studies that I can read sentences not just one word in ten (and that is only due words we use in English and a few extremely frequent words).

Now all I have to do is remember and do these things and everything will be, well not perfect, but likely better. Remember the signs.

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