If you’re looking for a quick read, novels in verse are a good thing to look into. When I was in high school, I was really into reading as many books as possible. And I went through a phase where I was reading so many novels in verse, because I could get through two, or even three of them in a day. My reading pace has slowed down substantially since then, but I still do enjoy a good novel in verse.
I know that the science fiction and fantasy genres have a tendency to be grouped together. But while I’ve always been a huge fantasy reader, I’ve never read much science fiction. I think that’s going to change. At this point, I’m really into three different science fiction tv shows (Arrow, The Tomorrow People, and Agents of SHIELD), so I should probably expand my book reading to match. Here’s what I’ve enjoyed, let me know if you have any recommendations!
While the fantasy genre is where I spend most of my reading time, I do enjoy a lot of realistic fiction. It’s also a great place to start if you’re not much of a reader. No one’s asking you to engage in any major suspension of disbelief, like with books that have magic, or dragons, or superheroes, or advanced technology, or the complete dissolution of the United States government. So I thought it would be a good idea to do a basic list of my favorite realistic fiction books. I’ll probably do other lists that get more specific within the genre, but for now this is a good place to start.
October was good to me. I got a lot of mileage out of minimal spending, which is always a good thing. I spent a lot of evenings plopped in front of my tv, fall 2013 seems to have a lot of good shows. My weekly cooking ventures went better than I anticipated. They opened a Target in my town, which did not disappoint when I went to check it out a couple of weeks ago. Work is going well, school is going well, and I planned a trip to visit friends from college in a couple of weeks. So here are some of the (many) things I enjoyed this month!
The list of books I’m anticipating for November and December is shorter than it was for September and October. And that’s a good thing, considering the fact that my to-be-read list is piling up. I’ve only managed to get to one book from September/October list (and it will shock no one that is was Tamora Pierce’s latest offering), but I’m going to get to them soon. I promise. Unless I get my hands on one of these books first, then who knows what will happen. This set of books includes another favorite author, and a few books that I’ve added to my list in an attempt to expand my horizons. The exciting news for you guys is that only one of these is a continuation of a series.
When it comes to my reading choices, I’m guilty of sticking mostly to young adult books. They’re such great reads and they don’t deserve the bad rap they sometimes get. Still, I could benefit from expanding my reading choices. And I have been. This year the number of adult books I’ve read has increased greatly, and things have been a bit more varied that what I read from young adult (look, there’s even a non-fiction book). And I’ve loved nearly all of the ones I’ve read, which is probably a sign that there’s a lot out there for me to enjoy. These are some of my favorites.
I’ve mentioned before that I keep a long, running list of all the books I’d like to read. Generally, any additions I make to the list are upcoming or recent releases. But there are plenty of gems out there that were released years ago, and I would benefit from looking at those more. If you fall into the same habits as I do, you probably will too. So here are my favorite books that were published at least 10 years ago. Some I read around the time they were released (I was 13 ten years ago, FYI), and others I’ve stumbled across more recently. I tried to stick to books and authors that I feel are lesser known, with a couple of exceptions. After all, the first Harry Potter book was originally published 16 years ago (15 in the USA), and I don’t think you need me to recommend that to you.