I met all my reading goals for the first month of summer. I loaded up the first of the month with the authors I knew would delivery excellent stories, leaving the unknown frontier of my book club selections for the middle and end of June. I devoted the last week of the month to reading the first in a relatively new fantasy series by Kevin J. Anderson that I’ve been surprised and engrossed in for days. The third book in his Terra Incognita series releases in a couple of weeks, so I’m all fired up to read the second book as soon as possible.
For July, my GoodReads book clubs are hit and miss:
Over at Fantasy Book Club Series, we’re continuing in the Empire Triology with Servant of the Empire. I’m looking forward to reading what Mara plots next for the Game of Counsel on Kelewan.
The Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Club selected The Snow Queen for our July scifi reading pleasure. I’ve had this book on my shelves for years and finally have no excuse not to read it.
Neither selection at Beyond Reality for July appeals to me, but we are accepting nominations for our next series read and will probably have the poll up for voting by the time this blog post publishes.
The Fantasy Book Club decided to read the ever-popular Wizard of Earthsea in July. Since I’ve read this classic by Le Guinn several times already, including recently when the Syfy channel aired a mini-series based on the trilogy, I’m going to skip another re-read this time around.
For Fantasy Literature, I need to read and review Sorcery Rising and listen to Dragongirl.
I’ll round out July by continuing in the Fionavar Tapestry with The Wandering Fire. And, if I can acquire a copy of the second novel in Terra Incognita, I’ll continue exploring and searching for the lost continent of Terravitae in The Map of All Things.
Friday Morning Update: I actually finished The Edge of the World a couple of days ago (but with the holiday weekend I won’t get a review written for a few days). As filler to round out the last couple of days of June, I started reading one of Barnes & Nobles ‘free Friday‘ Nook Books from a couple of weeks ago entitled Stupid History. Aptly titled and I should whip through it in record time, leaving my intelligence intact (I hope). The best surprise I got this morning, though, was the companion progressive rock CD released by Rosswell Six called Beyond the Horizaon. I listened to the first four tracks on the drive in to work today and I felt transported back to the glory days of the 70s and rock bands I grew up with (and savored) like Kansas, Rush and Styx. Click on the CD cover icon to listen to excerpts of the songs: