May 23, 2011

Books I Left Behind

I know I said I wasn’t going to mourn them, but I feel it only fair to share the books I left behind when I entered this Year of Reading at Your Mercy so that they and their authors might find better readers.

I was actively trying to read six books when I started the challenge, which is further proof of how messed up my reading life had become, since I’ve always been a one-book-at-time kind of girl. My inability to finish these books was not due to any fault within the pages. I was enjoying all of them. A lot. Maybe you will too.

I Am Not A Serial Killer (John Cleaver, #1)I Am Not a Serial Killer
by Dan Wells

I was immediately fond of the disturbing yet somehow endearing protagonist who is obsessed with serial killers and their work.

I Shall Wear Midnight (Tiffany Aching, #4) (Discworld, #38)I Shall Wear Midnight
by Terry Pratchett

I’m aching. I think I’ll miss this one most of all. Terry Pratchett is sublime here.

When We Were StrangersWhen We Were Strangers
by Pamela Schoenewaldt

This story carries you from nineteenth century Italy to America in the heart of an immigrant girl. It is beautiful and heart-breaking.

A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire, #3)A Storm of Swords
by George R. R. Martin

Stomp. Hands on hip. I will miss Tyrion Lannister and Jon Snow. I can’t even watch Game of Thrones yet.

The Windup GirlThe Windup Girl
by Paolo Bacigalupi

I am farthest along in this one. The world in this story hovers just above disaster. There is no room for storybook heroism, which is refreshing.

Bright of the Sky (Entire and the Rose, #1)Bright of the Sky
by Kay Kenyon

I haven’t gotten very far in this one, but it is one of the most uniquely imagined worlds I’ve encountered. And…as the first in a series, it is free on the Kindle!

So there you go. If perchance you read one of these in the next 365 days, let me know what you think. But no spoilers, OK?