What Are You Reading?: October 7th

What Are You Reading?: October 7thGood morning, everyone! I hope that your weekend is starting off wonderfully. For me, it’s my time of the week to choose two new books to read.

Book in a Month: The Fool-Proof System to Writing a Novel in 30 Days was a quick read, and it was quite informative. I will be implementing some of the exercises that Victoria Schmidt used in the book in my next novel writing attempt. I still have a few more pages of Brother of the Dragon to finish reading, but I will have it done by the end of today’s reading session. I read the first book in this series a little over a month ago, and though I loved that one, this one hasn’t been quite as enjoyable for me. I would go into why I am not enjoying this one, but I can’t pinpoint exactly why it isn’t sitting well with me. I may come back to this book in a later post if I can figure out why.

This week, I am continuing my Dragonlance quest with two more books from the epic saga. Brother in Arms is the second book of the Raistlin Chronicles, and it was co-written by Margaret Weis and Don Perrin. I read the first book years ago, so I’m hoping that I will remember enough of it that I can continue the story with this one. I will go back and re-read the first one if I get lost. I will also be reading Brothers Majere from the Preludes series, Book 3. This one was written by Kevin Stein. As I love Dragonlance and Krynn, I am really looking forward to my reading this week.

In other news, I may be merging this post in with my weekly update. I’m finding that most of the time, I am not finished with my weekly allotment of books by the time I have to write this post for Saturday morning, and this post also tends to be a bit on the short side. Sometime in the near future, I may be changing up the blog schedule to merge this page with my Sunday Weekly Update post, and I will use Saturday for something new. I haven’t figured out what that “new” thing will be, so my schedule will remain the same until I figure out what that will be.

I hope that everyone has a great weekend, and if you are having a rainy day like me, remember to read.

What Are You Reading?: September 30

Good morning, everyone! How are you all doing today? Everyone is doing well on this end.

What are you reading this week?

I finished up the two books from last week late last night, and I put them away to make space for the two books coming up this week.

My reading focus this week is split between a Dragonlance fantasy novel and a nonfiction writing reference book. Brother of the Dragon is the second book of The Barbarian series by Paul B. Thompson and Book in a Month: The Fool-Proof System to Writing a Novel in 30 Days is by Victoria Lynn Schmidt.

Brother of the Dragon is purely for entertainment purposes. I love fantasy, and immersing myself in the world of Krynn makes me happy. Brother of the Dragon does not involve the usual canon of characters, but it does go into more of Krynn’s history, so I am looking forward to delving into it.

Book in a Month: The Fool-Proof System to Writing a Novel in 30 Days is a book I have been meaning to read for a while to help me work my way through writing a novel. I have so many novel-length projects that I want to work through and complete, but I have no idea where to start, so hopefully, this book will help me. I know it is full of exercises and “homework” assignments that I am meant to do as I read through the book, but if I did it that way, I would never finish this book in a week. So, I am going to read through it all the way first, then I will begin to implement the exercises to my writing projects the following week. I’m willing to try any writing process if it gets results.

Those are the two books on my reading schedule this week, and I can’t wait to start on them, but I do need to wait until tomorrow. Too much to do today. I hope you have all had a great Saturday!

What Are You Reading?: September 23rd

Wow! It’s hard to believe that another week has already gone by. It feels like it was just September 1st for me. It has been a busy week in my house and home office, but all of that is for tomorrow’s update. Today, we are pulling the next two books off the shelves to read for the upcoming week.

What are you reading this week?

Betrayal by Jean Rabe and Blackbird Fly by Lise McClendon flew by quickly for me. I don’t know if it is because I became immersed in the stories quickly or if I’m getting back into reading like I used to. Either way, I finished those two books much faster than I have finished any of my previous reading choices for this year.

This week, I am reading Blood and Justice by Rayven T. Hill and Blood Skies by Steven Montano. Both of these books were recommendations that I picked up because they were both having free book deals and I figured “why not?” Neither of them are really in my list of favorite genres, but I am always willing to give a book a shot. If I find that I am unable to finish them simply because they weren’t my cup of tea, then I won’t leave a review for them. No harm, no foul.

So, those are the two books on my reading list for the week. And I also just realized that I haven’t updated my Goodreads Reading Challenge for 2017 in a while, so I should probably take a few minutes to get that handled. I like having my Goodreads reflecting the same information as my blog.

What are you reading this week?

What Are You Reading?: September 16th

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Happy Saturday, everyone! I hope you all had a great week, but if you are like me, you are happy to see Saturday finally arrive.

I finished Bestiary of Krynn and Back to the Philippines pretty quickly last week. I still haven’t written up the book reviews for them, yet, but I will get them done as soon as I can.

This week, I am reading Betrayal by Jean Rabe. It’s another Dragonlance book from the Dhamon Saga, and it’s the second volume in this set. I don’t usually enjoy Jean Rabe’s writing style, but if I want to know the story, I have to read it, so I will be plowing my way through this book this week so I can get my weekly hit of the land of Krynn.

I have the first one of the series somewhere, but it is not in my “to read” pile next to my bed, nor is it on my bookcases or my tablet, so I will add that to the reading queue when I finally track it down. I am not lacking for books to read, I promise you.

Too many books, not enough storage space.

I will also be reading Blackbird Fly by Lise McClendon. This is the first book in the Bennett Sister series. It is a mystery, so it kind of touches on the genres I read, so I’m hoping to enjoy it. I’ve never read anything by Lise McClendon, so I snagged this free book with some resignation. We will see how it goes.

Those are the two books I am reading this week. I’m hoping that since I have gotten the major rearranging done in my home, I will be able to sit down, relax, and really enjoy my reading this week.

What are you reading this week?

What Are You Reading?: September 9

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Wow!  What a week!  Even though the week was crazy (and I do mean, CRAZY), I managed to almost finish all four books this week.  I wasn’t home a single day this week, but I had a lot of “waiting” time while I was out and about, so I just pulled out my book and read until my name was called.  I was amazed at how much I managed to read in those few captured minutes.  The only book I have not finished is Amid the Shadows, and I am in the last 15% on that one, so I will have it done by tonight.

What I Read Last Week

The Dark Disciple, Book 1: Amber and Ashes

This trilogy begins where the War of Souls trilogy ends, which left me a little confused for a while.  I have not read the War of Souls trilogy, so I had no idea what was going on.  Once I was immersed in the world and knew roughly what was going on, I found the story to be a good one.  Taking into account that Dragonlance is written for young adults, I was amazed to find it so enjoyable.  If you are the type of reader who loves to know every aspect of a world, this book will give you a great glimpse into the gods and goddesses of Krynn.

The Dark Disciple, Book 2: Amber and Iron

This second book of The Dark Disciple trilogy was a bit easier to read and get into.  By the time I started this book, I knew what was going on in the world of Krynn, and I could only hope that things would get better for our characters.  This book saw the rise of the champions, the band of heroes that every epic fantasy book roots for.  There is a lot of focus on Mina once again.  She escapes imprisonment and sets off on a quest of her own that will challenge even her will.

All in all, this was another enjoyable read from the world of Krynn, a world that I will never grow tired of.

The Dark Disciple, Book 3: Amber and Blood

In the third and final novel of The Dark Disciple trilogy, Mina learns startling news about herself, and it drives her insane.  We are also introduced to a monk of Majere, his faithful dog, and what has to be the most boring kender to ever exist in Krynn.  This final novel was a bit of a letdown for me.  It was not what I expected from the buildup of the other two novels.  A good series in all, but just not what I was expecting.

Amid the Shadows

I am still not completely finished with this story, but I am very close.  This book has captivated me since I opened it up.

Sarah Baxter’s mother is violently murdered but the forces of evil are really after Sarah. She has a supernatural gift that a very powerful person wants to extinguish. She ends up in the care of social worker Christine Rose who has her own set of issues. Sarah and Christine find themselves in a terrifying conspiracy that has the fate of the world in the balance. It is imperative that Sarah live but Christine can barely take care of herself.

I’m planning to have this finished by tonight.

What I Am Reading This Week

This week, I am reading another Dragonlance book, Bestiary of Krynn, and a short story by a writing friend of mine, Back the the Philippines.

Bestiary of Krynn is actually the revised edition written by Andre La Roche and Cam Banks.  I’m not entirely certain of what to expect from this one as the copy I have was found at a yard sale and it is a bit defaced.  Okay, it’s a lot defaced, but the text matter is intact, so I paid a quarter for it.  I’ll figure it out this week when I am reading through it.

Back to the Philippines is by a writing friend of mine, Malcolm Torres.  And I feel really bad because I purchased this short story back in November 2015, and I never got around to reading it.  I usually enjoy his work, so I’m looking forward to reading this over the upcoming week.

I will be taking it easy with the reading this week.  Four books in one week was a bit too much for me, and I was quite surprised that I finished any of them.

What are you reading this week?