01 January 2011

6 books for 2011

I have quite a backlog on my books-to-read list, and this holiday season has brought a few gift books (thank you!) which I am looking forward to reading. Also, the the last two boxes of books from the move 18 months ago have finally been unpacked, revealing old book friends of mine that I'd like to revisit. Here's my list, with explanations - do you have yours?
Origins: How the Nine Months Before Birth Shape the Rest of Our Lives
    RemakeSpeaker for the Dead (Ender, Book 2)An Edible History of HumanityThe Dragonbone Chair (Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn, Book 1)
  1. A Dance with Dragons by George R R Martin. I've been a member of a fan site, Tower of the Hand, and we're going on years now of lengthy re-hashing and re-analysis of the previous books. I preordered it 2 years ago.  Now we're a little more upbeat since HBO is producing the Game of Thrones series but still, it has been quite a wait. Please, George, finish the book and make 2011 the year it happens. Hint for fans: if you like the books, and want to talk with like-minded folks, visit Tower. If you just want to rant about the delay, go to FTBG. 
  2. Remake by Connie Willis. Willis is a favorite author, but somehow I forget about her from time to time. Recently I recommended two of her books, Doomesday Book and To Say Nothing of the Dog. it occurred to me that I would like o be more familiar with her additional works, as I liked these so well.
  3. Origins by Annie Murphy Paul was recommended to me by my friend Tracey, undisputed intellect and wise mother. Her book recommendations I do not second-guess.
  4. Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card I have to read this year as my eldest is  starting on Ender's Game. My mother, when I was younger, made a point to be familiar with all that I was reading and as a result we had something to talk about in those awkward teenage years. I hope to follow her example.
  5. The Dragonbone Chair by Tad Williams -  was recommended to me by fellow readers who enjoy the Song of Ice and Fire series, so I figure to give it a go.
  6. An Edible History of Humanity by Tom Standage - received as a holiday gift, and interesting from a historical sense.

My goodreads list has additional books, hopefully I'll get to a few more of these in 2011.
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Carl V. Anderson said...

I envy you reading Speaker of the Dead for the first time. I found it to be a powerful book. I'm hoping to get to Xenocide sometime this year.