I’ve just recently reached my goal of reading 50 books for the year, so for the next couple of months I’m going to be reading a lot of stuff that will help me decide what to read next. That means I intend to read the first book, maybe the first two books if I’m feeling excitable, in a whole bunch of different series’ that I have been putting off for a long time. I figure if I can get one book under my belt with them then I’ll know for sure if I really want to read all the rest of them or not and can go from there moving forward.
So, here are the books I’m going to tackle this Fall:
A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs
The Barsoom series is made up of a bunch of books that really aren’t all that long, but after watching the John Carter movie not that long ago I became enamored with the story of a man traveling to Mars and becoming a sort of hero to the people there. Even better is that all of these books are free, so I can save a little money while reading some good books. I’ve heard that A Princess of Mars is a little bit different from the movie but that the main plot points remain pretty stable between the two.
Seventh Son by Orson Scott Card
My brother-in-law recommended the Alvin Maker books to me a long time ago, at least a few years back and I’ve never had the chance to start them. Orson Scott Card is a good author and there are several books that follow this one. I’ve read up a little on the concept behind the stories and I think they’ll be pretty cool.
Gardens of the Moon by Steven Erikson
The Malazan Book of the Fallen series is one I really, really need to read. As a fan of epic fantasy it’s probably one of the biggest holes in my reading experience. I have a feeling I’m going to devour this book when I get to it and I hope I can get through some other material before I pick up the second one. My biggest worry is that I’ll like Gardens of the Moon so much I won’t be able to read anything else until I finish the series up to where it stands now.
Dune by Frank Herbert
Dune is another one of the classics in science fiction that I just haven’t read yet. I need to read it to fill that gap in my reading experience but also so I can decide if I want to pick up the rest of the books that follow as well.
Our Sacred Honor by Ron Carter
I read this book years ago and liked it quite a bit. The trouble is I can’t remember anything about it other than I liked it and historical fiction is a genre I don’t have a lot of experience with. I figure a re-read is in order to see if I want to finish the series because at the time of my first reading I remember thinking I wanted to read the others but then got caught up in other things.
The Dark Tower: Gunslinger by Stephen King
King is an author I’ve never read and people tell me that The Dark Tower is an excellent series. A co-worker recently lent me a copy of the first couple books so I figure now is as good a time as any to give it a try to see if I like it.
Red Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson
I’ve found a bit of a secret love for hard science fiction lately and Red Mars is the first in a fairly well acclaimed trilogy in that genre.
Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
I told myself I would read a biography at least once before the year was done and I think this is the one I want to tackle. I’m a fan of Apple products and always thought Steve Jobs was a pretty interesting/intense individual.
The Stormlight Archive: The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson
Finishing this book for the second time is integral to keeping my BRICK series running smoothly so it’s on the list so I make sure I don’t get behind on it. Of course, it’s a great book, so I don’t mind needing to finish it again in a timely manner.
The Mortal Instruments: City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare
I’ve read the first four books, and this one just recently became available. I would like to keep up with the series so I might as well get this one knocked out before the end of the year as well.