About March’s Read

A Different Kind of World

If you love fantasy and are looking for an amazing trilogy, try N.K. Jemisin’s, The Broken Earth series. I’m not kidding when I say, The Fifth Season (The first book in the trilogy) is one of the best books I have ever read. And no, I’m not exaggerating.  Like any good series, the first book simply won’t stand alone. There is no way you can get to the end of this book and quit it. You will want to read the next book, The Obelisk Gate, as soon as you can get your desperate hands on it.

First of all, the book cover doesn’t do the book justice, but I don’t know what could replace it. There is so much going on in the story I don’t know what else a cover designer would want to emphasize on the front. The title, hits the mark. It’s definitely what the book is about, but what is The Fifth Season? Curiosity would indeed be the reason you might grab this book off a store shelf.

Here is where I want to offer up a disclaimer or two. The first chapter is confusing, but hang on, because it becomes clearer every following chapter. You will realize its’ importance as the story unfolds. The language is on point. There’s no fluff and everything that’s there is supposed to be there. Jemisin creates a complex and vivid world, complete with some of its very own terminology. Yes, the terminology is another thing you’ll find you need to adjust to but all in good time friends. If you can’t handle not knowing what every word means, there is a glossary in the back of the book. Though, I doubt you will have time to read the glossary. You won’t want to stop to use it while you’re reading. You’ll only want to keep turning pages into the wee hours of the night.

The main characters are clear and have depth. There are three main well-rounded characters and their stories are seamlessly told. They are complicated and intriguing. The reader falls in love and becomes emotionally invested in each one. All three lives interweave in some unknown way until the reader hits a major revelation in the story. From there it is imperative for the reader to know what happens.

Did I mention that our main protagonist is told in the second person narrative? This struck me as odd at first. Very few writers can pull this off, but it serves the plot and creates narrative tension.  Some people in my reading group were not sure if they liked it, but you’ll have to decide for yourself. For me, it personalized the story a bit and made me more anxious for the characters. It made me imagine I was along for the ride. Given the state of their world, I would not want to be there IRL (In Real Life), but for the sake of drawing readers in and creating emotional investment, Jemisin does top notch work.

I know I kept it vague but I don’t want to giveaway any spoilers. Start this fantasy series if you want to read something new that you have never before encountered in fiction. Jemisin created a world completely unlike anything I’ve ever read. It’s also clear a lot of time, effort, and love (tears too, I’m sure) went into writing this series.

Reading these books as a writer definitely raises the bar. I feel inspired by Jemisin’s writing. She’s a great example of a writer doing world building and character development right. If you’re a writer I recommend you add this series to you TBR (to be read) list. Read this series if you want something to strive for as a writer. Brian Litrell’s quote sums things up nicely, “Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.”

 

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April’s Group Read

Fantasy Bibliophiles Book Club

Fantasy Bibliophiles can now join the Fantasy Lovers’ Book Club on Facebook and Goodreads!  This month we are reading…

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 “Six of Crows” by Leigh Bardugo

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     We started reading April 1st.

*We generally have at least 2 live Facebook discussions per month.  Low-key and informal fun for all Lovers’ of Fantasy Fiction.

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My Reading List

If you are a book lover, a.k.a. bibliophile, and have never heard of Goodreads, then let me bring you up to speed.  Goodreads is an online social cataloging website owned by Amazon where you can create an account similar to any other social website.

The truly great thing about this website is that you can create a reading goal every year and it tracks your progress. In 2017 I set my reading goal for 25 books.  My goal for 2018 is to read 27 books.  As long as I meet my target I will continue to increase it.

Not only can you create reading goals for yourself you can also create a running list of all the books you have read, all the books you want to read, connect with friends, and even follow authors.  Similar to Facebook you can share, like and comment on posts too.

Authors can also create accounts that have other perks.  If you are published it seems like a great way to share and connect with readers.  As soon as I publish my first book I plan on signing up for an author account and taking advantage of that gravy.

Goodreads is my nerdy obsession.  I love that I can keep a record of what I have read and I love the ability to create a yearly goal.  This website keeps me accountable and makes it fun to reach my personal reading goals.  When I finish a book from my list I go over the books in my “Want to Read” list and choose whatever strikes me at that moment.  My reading list is in constant flux, so I could add a book at any moment.

Though I like to read a significant amount of Fantasy Fiction ( I also love to write fantasy), I like to read a good mix of genres, including but not limited to fantasy, sci-fi, contemporary, young adult, memoir, how-to, inspirational/spiritual, and nonfiction.

I have rambled long enough, so without further ado, here is my current list for 2018.  I have also posted my completed reading list from 2017 afterward and then the link to the Goodreads website and my Goodreads profile in case you would like to friend me there.

 

MY READING LIST

Here are the books I would like to read in 2018, in no particular order:

 

What I read in 2017:

 

My Goodreads Profile

Goodreads Website