Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Book List

Regular readers, you may have noticed the list of books that sprang up on the sidebar below the Archives. You may also have noticed that the list of books is labeled, "Books Read Since 9-1-2013." I'm on a mission to see how many books I can read each year and, well, it was easiest to start from last September. (Moving from Virginia marked a definitive split in my life where I can clearly remember what I read before and after.)

Many of those books I've reviewed on this blog. I plan to set up a page where those reviews can be easily accessed and where you can find one-sentence reviews for the books I don't post about.

I don't finish books that I don't like, so if it's on the list, you know it's at least "good enough."

The books in the sidebar are all links to their Amazon page. I am, personally, a mix of library-goer and impulse-buyer when it comes to books. If you're an impulse-buying reader or you're willing to buy based on my recommendation (whoa! quite an honor!), then using the link on my blog will tell Amazon you're purchasing the book at my recommendation and Amazon will pass a small percentage of the proceeds to me. It's similar to how Youtubers make money from having a lot of viewers; when the ad proceeds are big enough, Google shares them with the video-poster to incentivize them to make more.

So if you feel like purchasing one of these books, use the links on this blog. Otherwise, consider this a resource from one dedicated speculative fiction and YA fan on what to check out next from your local library.

Speaking of libraries, that hallowed temple of every author and reader, did you know that libraries crop up in at least half of the books in that list? And did you know that many--nay, all of them consider libraries to be places of extreme power, magic, mischief, and/or the center of the universe?

Those interested in reading about such things, see:

- The Libriomancer by Jim C. Hines: It's about a freaking magical librarian, for heaven's sake. And the source of magic is in books and the mutual belief of all readers. I'm pretty sure this book was written as wish-fulfillment.
- The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss: It features a library that is the #1 desire/awe-inducing catacomb in the protagonist's life. It's also the best-written book in the world.
- Guards! Guards! or Night Watch by Terry Pratchett: Both give you a sneak peak into the library where time and all the other dimensions fold in on themselves because there's so much knowledge packed into one place, and where the librarian is an orangutan. And they're stinking hilarious.

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