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Adventuring Year in Review: 2014

Happy New Year, fellow adventurers!

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We want to ring in the new year¬†with some of our most anticipated reads, and take a look back at 2014. Read on, fellow adventurers! (more…)

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Holiday adventuring and the cornucopia of books

cornucopiaHappy holidays, lovely readers!

I hope you’re enjoying your holiday season – and staying warm (or cool) wherever you are! I love this season, with its hot drinks, warm layers, parties and family gatherings, its lights, garlands, decorations, and of course, books! Although I love books in every season, obviously.

You know the cornucopia, right? The horn of plenty that holds inexhaustible fruits, produce, and other tasty goodies? Yeah. I have that in bookshelf format. A shelf that holds an ¬†inexhaustible number of books waiting to be read. And it’s glorious. And also intimidating.

This season has started out on a very busy note. I find myself with a long list of books from the library (books and e-books), the bookstore, and the review list. I’m having trouble keeping track of them all. Every time I go to the library, I walk out with my arms full of more books than I can read. I recently ended up at the bookstore, by accident, I swear! And walked away with most of the books in one of my favorite series (Mercedes Thompson by Patricia Briggs, in case you’re curious) because I needed to revisit those old friends. And then, whenever I check the review sites to see when the books I’m reviewing are published, I end up requesting more.

And that’s how I end up with a never-ending list. Most of them are still science fiction and fantasy, but I’ve also tried some historical mystery, historical romance, and nonfiction.

The ones I’m most looking forward to?

Ascension: A Tangled Axon Novel What Darkness Brings (Sebastian St. Cyr) Autumn Bones (Agent of Hel #2) The Bone Season Trade Secret (Liaden Universe) Down These Strange Streets Cordelia's Honor (Vorkosigan Saga) A Study in Ashes

So, you can see I have a lot of reading to do. What’s on your reading list?

For all that I love being able to put my hands on (so many) books from such varying sources, I often have trouble keeping track of deadlines and due dates. I use a calendar on my phone, but in addition to phone problems, the format is difficult to read. I need a monthly calendar to keep track of regular deadlines like review dates and library due dates, and my phone doesn’t have that view. Because I don’t have a paper calendar, I end up writing dates on Post-It notes and stashing them everywhere (including inside my e-reader cover).

Do you keep track of publication dates, review deadlines, library due dates? How do you do it, and what works for you?

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got to get back to reading.

Booked Adventures this Month

cropped-initials-headerNow that Halloween is officially over, it feels like you can immediately start the Christmas shopping. And I’m already thinking about Christmas shopping and have read a few fun holiday-themed novellas. But, I’m getting ahead of myself.

This November, as usual, I’ll be reading and reviewing some more historical romances (surprise, surprise) – I keep telling people this is a phase, but it certainly became an extended one. What can I say, those historicals are awesome, and I don’t know why some look down on the romance genre. At the beginning of this month, I’m going to be highlighting two that I’m really excited to share: Entwined and The Other Guy’s Bride. One’s a steampunk and new and the other is a bit of an older read, and it’s an Egyptian adventure. So if you’re intrigued make sure that you stay tuned.

Toward the end of the month, I’ll be looking forward to the winter season and preparing my reading list for the long winter months, where I’ll be hanging out by the fireplace with my cup of hot chocolate and a good book. I’m having a hard time narrowing down this list; there are so many upcoming books that I’m looking forward to reading. It’s going to tricky to pick my favourite, but I will soldier on. I’m also hoping to convince Stacey to do the same and list her top winter reads, because of course I need to add more titles to my to-read pile…

While all this focus on historical romance from my end is going on, Stacey will be bringing some variety to The Book Adventures with her own genre fiction reviews. So if you’re not big on the historical romances, make sure you check back on Mondays for Stacey’s highlights of other awesome genres.