It’s nice to be back! It has been a long time, it has, and much has happened. My knitting has improved and I have made a few gifts for family (and friends), my Kombucha has grown a few flavors and I finally have figured out that crochet! And along the way, I enrolled in H&R Block’s Income Tax Course. Before Thanksgiving, I’ll be certified as a Tax Preparer. Soon as I have that in hand, I plan on tackling the necessary requirements to become an Enrolled Agent as EA’s work year ’round and so make a decent living. With the ceasing of so many gifts being knitted, I have come full circle back to one of my first loves: READING. Music, reading and animals put me in my comfort zone. These things are what make me, well, ME. And September was full of much reading. Reading and homework for class, and reading for the sheer pleasure of it. Here is what the month of September’s reading list looked like:
If you love High Fantasy (a genre I’m most fond of, thanks to Tolkien!), this one is a pleasant surprise. The author seems to be nearly unknown. He wrote, edited and published this completely on his own. Outside of needing a better editor, Ian Irons did a marvelous job of writing a novel that sweeps you from modern day into a realm of elves, fae, trolls, and magic! Ah, yes, I very much liked this book!
I had picked this book up at Target earlier in the summer when using up the last of a gift card. He is a popular author, one whose books I’ve wanted to read for a while, so I got this one. So glad I did! The Woods is a crime/mystery novel that will have you glued from cover to cover. I will definitely read more of his books in the future.
This is a nice little part of a trilogy that I’ve read so far. These are not long books and are not hard reads. These are fictional stories, but also part historical in context. Kat weaves in the history of Zoroastrianism into these books and makes for a very pleasant read. Those who are Supernatural fans will like this trilogy as it has Daevas all through them. 🙂 And hey, two days after watching Jeopardy! where one of the clues was about a seat covering for riding an elephant in the category of “HOW”-“D” (those letters would show up like that in the answer), one extremely clever contestant rung in with “What is a ‘Howdah’?” Well, toward the end of Blood of the Prophet, we find that Howdah is basically a kind of saddle or pavilion which is placed on either an elephant or a camel for riding on! The things you learn while reading!
Ah, Sarah! I’ve become a hard and fast fan of hers! This Throne of Glass series is one to obsess over! I found the first two books of this series on ReadAnyBook and found them to be one where when you come back to reality, you want to go straight back to Adarlan to aid Celaena Sardothien, Chaol and the Crown Prince Dorian in saving the kingdom, their people, and the magic that has long been hidden. I so look forward to reading the rest of this series and with the final installment of the series, Kingdom of Ash, set to be released on 28 October, I’m most anxious to get these books!
For true high-fantasy, epic-fantasy and lovers of all things Middle Earth, no one can top JRR Tolkien! It has been nigh on 10 years since I saw the movies (and I used to have LOTR marathons regularly!) and I never read the books until now. Like other books, I have been reading these on ReadAnyBook. Not sure how this particular series was put in (it almost seems like someone just typed or dictated), but the punctuation and run on sentences with no clear change in voice make it difficult at times to read. The way I’ve solved that little problem? YouTube! There are several channels that have all the books on audio and listening while reading? Takes reading this series to a whole new level! We all know how at the end of this particular movie we see the members of The Fellowship sobbing in grief over the loss of Gandalf in the Mountain of Moria and soon after, they parted as Frodo and Sam head toward Mount Doom (Mordor) while Merry and Pippin get taken by the Orcs, then found their way to Treebeard and his fellow Ents while Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli head to Rohan.
I’m now reading Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers at night and on the weekends while I study and finish homework for my ITC class during the mornings. Oh, and I am reading Immanuel Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason on Kindle via The Gutenberg Project in the afternoons. You can find a TON of very old literature there, among those being Homer and Plato!
So if you are a bibliophile like me, you will enjoy these sites and these books. If you know of others besides these (and Amazon), leave them in the comments!