Just Read: What I’ve Been Reading – Jan. 2013

My new years resolution was to read more. It has gone very well. Too well in fact. I find myself getting into long series of books. Even worse than that, I am reading multiple series as the same time. It can get confusing. Here’s a little look into the pages I’ve turned in 2013.

228665I’ve always been a sucker for a good high fantasy novel, and I just recently started reading The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan. I always planned on reading this series, I was just scared to commit. This a long series, with the 14th book just being released on Jan. 8 of this year. These aren’t short books either, with the average page count coming in at 827. The books borrow thematically from The Lord of the Rings, but that is not necessarily a bad thing, as Jordan really holds his own in the genre. I’ve read through the first book, The Eye of the World, and just started the 2nd installment, The Great Hunt.  I’m not sure how long it will take me to finish the series, as I sometimes get burnt out reading the same books in a series back to back for too long. However, I’m excited to continue. The book follows a young farmer named Rand al’Thor who discovers he is a key figure in a plot to save humanity from The Dark One.

The Wheel of Time turns and Ages come and go, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth, and even myth is long forgotten when the Age that gave it birth returns again. In the Third Age, an Age of Prophecy, the World and Time themselves hang in the balance. What was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow.

68527As a huge fan of historical fiction, I have come to love Bernard Corwell over the past few months. I started his Saxon series in mid December with the first book, The Last Kingdom, and I was hooked after the first few pages. I am already on the 5th book in the series, and the only reason I’ve stopped is so that I don’t burn myself out. The 6th book was just released last year. Corwell really knows his stuff, and besides the main character, almost everyone in the book was a real person, and most of the events really happened. His battle descriptions are epic and gruesome.  I found myself lifting my eyes off the page at times, just picturing myself standing in a Danish Shield Wall, preparing to take a sword in the groin. I highly recommend this book to anyone remotely interested in awesome historical fiction.

In the middle years of the ninth-century, the fierce Danes stormed onto British soil, hungry for spoils and conquest. Kingdom after kingdom fell to the ruthless invaders until but one realm remained. And suddenly the fate of all England–and the course of history–depended upon one man, one king.

375802I just finished reading Ender’s Game the other day. It’s a super easy read, and I flew through it. I decided to pick it up since they’re making a movie based off it starring Harrison Ford. A lot of the science fiction I read is very dense. Like, I find myself sometimes re-reading pages multiple times until I figure out just what the hell they’re talking about. But not this one. It read like a Harry Potter book. You don’t even need to be a big sci-fi fan to enjoy it. The story tackles some pretty great social and political themes, without ever lacking in action and adventure. At 324 pages, it’s a short book, so there is no reason not to go pick it up and spend a weekend on it. The book is part of a Saga, but I don’t necessarily feel the need to read the rest of the series now, as the book works great as a stand alone.

In order to develop a secure defense against a hostile alien race’s next attack, government agencies breed child geniuses and train them as soldiers. A brilliant young boy, Andrew “Ender” Wiggin lives with his kind but distant parents, his sadistic brother Peter, and the person he loves more than anyone else, his sister Valentine. Peter and Valentine were candidates for the soldier-training program but didn’t make the cut€”young Ender is the Wiggin drafted to the orbiting Battle School for rigorous military training … 

There’s a few more series I’m working on now. But I’ll leave that for another post. Go pick up some of these recommendations and read!

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