Is it too late to be making posts like this? Probably. But let’s all pretend that it isn’t.
So, I am absolutely awful for buying books and then just…not reading them. In a lot of ways, it’s a really terrible habit, and I’m trying to get to the point where every book I own and haven’t read is one that I’m excited to read. Of course, this doesn’t include the books I have to read for my MA. I’m not forcing myself to feel excited about some of those. With this in mind, I looked over the books that I own and began ordering them in a way that prioritises the ones that I really should get around to reading, so I thought I’d share some of those with you today!
As an aside: there’s a theme here. There is a very clear theme. You can probably already tell what it is.
So many people say this book is brilliant, so it just has to be, right? Or at least, that’s what I told myself when I bought this and its sequel, The Wise Man’s Fear, over two years ago. I’d meant to read it last year, but for some reason I never got around to it, so I’m definitely making time to read it this year.
I did actually start reading this book last year, and I enjoyed what I read of it. But then university stuff got in the way and I started getting anxious about not progressing in my reading challenge, or reading the books I ought to be reading, or whether I’d have time to marathon the series as I had intended, so I put it down. Since I know I like what little I have read of this book, it really shouldn’t be long before I pick it back up again.
Even though the other two books I’ve mentioned so far have been sitting on my shelves far longer than this one has, I think this is the one I’ll get around to first. I’m so intrigued by this book and, honestly, I can’t even remember why. One I’ve got enough of my assigned reading out of the way, I’ll definitely be picking this one up.
I’ve wanted to get into Robin Hobb’s books for a very long time, but I was never really sure where to start. After consulting multiple blogs and YouTube videos, I decided to absolutely ignore everyone’s advice and just pick up her first published work. I gather that it’s not quite as good as her later work, but I like seeing how an author’s writing develops, so I hope this book encourages me to pick up more of her work. Also, this is actually comparatively short in regard to the other fantasy novels on this list, so I really have no excuse.
Is it bad to include a book I just bought on this list? Whatever. I’d been eyeing up The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet for the longest time, but I was waiting for it to come out in paperback. I’ve heard nothing but good things about this book, and I can’t wait to read it, which I’m sure will be soon!
So those are some of the books I’d really like to get around to reading in 2016. Did you guess that the theme was, for the most part, that they’re incredibly lengthy fantasy novels? Apparently I have a problem.