We’re already over halfway November and that means the year is drawing to a close. I’ve already met my goal for reading books, but after I’m done with NaNoWriMo, I intend to spend most of December reading and writing. One thing I currently don’t have much time for because I’m writing so much is reading and there’s still a whole bunch of books that I want to try and read before the end of the year. Let’s take a look at them, shall we?
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz — L. Frank Baum
Bren gifted me this Barnes & Noble leather-bound edition, featuring the first five books of The Wizard of Oz. I loved the story as a kid and always watched the cartoon on Saturday mornings. I even ended up basing one of the main characters from my scifi series on the scarecrow from this book! I intend to read the first of the five books in this omnibus. I hope it’ll live up to my nostalgia infected mind 😉
Een Koninklijk Verraad — Sebastiaan Koen
This will be another peer review! Sebastiaan is one of my writing buddies and this is his second novel in the series De Verhalen van Auruco. I thought his first book was a great start and I’m eager to continue my adventure in Auruco! Of course, just as always, I’ll do a full review, but something tells me I’ll enjoy this one! I love the cover art of this one!
Evolutie — Ursula Visser
There’s always a ton of books written by colleagues of mine that I’m curious to read, but at most I read maybe three or four of said books and do a peer review. Ursula absolutely loved my The Shaedon Resurgence trilogy and Bren was very enthusiastic about her books, so I decided that one of my next reads should be this one. It’s scifi, so that’s already a good start! I hope Ursula can surprise me as much as I did for her 🙂
Warrior Cats #2, Fire and Ice — Erin Hunter
I started my Warrior Cats adventure earlier this year and as a cat lover, what’s not to love about this wonderful series? I am curious how Firepaw is doing and if the first book was anything to go by, I’m sure I’ll enjoy this one as well. I think this one will be purrfect for the Christmas holiday! 🙂
Kaizen — Sarah Harvey
Of course, what would a TBR of mine be without at least one non-fiction read? 😉 I’ve been interested in Japanese culture and it seems those guys know how to lead meaningful and long lives. Currently I’m reading Shinrin Yoku, which is all about “forest bathing”. Kaizen seems to be more of a take on life in general and the book covers a lot of ground. I think this will mean that it won’t go very deep, but we’ll see what I can take away from it and incorporate in my own lifestyle.
So, that’s it for my current TBR. Five awesome books that would be nice to finish this year. I don’t know if I’ll make it, but with the holidays around the corner I do intend to read a lot!
What are you guys planning to read before the year comes to a close? Please let me know in the comments!
Jeffrey, With NaNoWriMo writing, I don’t know how you even find time to write your next TBR!!! –Compliments!!! Five books in December is ambitious, you having already met your goal of books read for the year already! Just reading about these five books is instructive! Bren’s gift to you of the leather-bound edition of “The Wizard of Oz” is a handsome book, as a childhood favorite story of yours. I never knew there were “the first five books”! From our American ignorance influenced by the movie, we assumed there was one book & story. And it’s fascinating to hear that in your sci-fi trilogy character, Grummus with his Scarowyn profile, was fashioned after the Scarecrow!!! To those of us following your many activities & your blog, we have knowledge of some of the other books you plan to read here. “Closing up the year in reading, my next TBR!” is testimony to the full, rich life you aspire to &, indeed, are living! BRAVO, Jeffrey! I’ve started reading David McCullough’s latest new book, “Pioneers”…..Back to my American history bent after reading your sci-fi Book III !!! Phil
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There are a lot of books in the Wizard of Oz series. I think there’s a total of 14 books! 🙂 I think five books is ambitious, but there’s nothing I’d rather do than spend my evenings reading with Bren next to me during the cold months! We even intend on celebrating X-mas after an idea that sprung up in Iceland, where you spend one day reading and gifting each other books. Perfect for us bookdragons! 😉
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