Reading has been a life long love and hobby and I’m always excited to read because there is nothing quite like reading. I have acquired a lot of books in the last six months, and I’m very excited about each of my purchases and am dying to read them. Some I have read already, but some I haven’t and I am looking forward to reading them. I can’t include all the titles but I’ll highlight those that I wish I had had a chance to read already and am really excited to read in the new year.
Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo
Galaxy “Alex” Stern is the most unlikely member of Yale’s freshman class. Raised in the Los Angeles hinterlands by a hippie mom, Alex dropped out of school early and into a world of shady drug dealer boyfriends, dead-end jobs, and much, much worse. By age twenty, in fact, she is the sole survivor of a horrific, unsolved multiple homicide. Some might say she’s thrown her life away. But at her hospital bed, Alex is offered a second chance: to attend one of the world’s most elite universities on a full ride. What’s the catch, and why her? Still searching for answers to this herself, Alex arrives in New Haven tasked by her mysterious benefactors with monitoring the activities of Yale’s secret societies. These eight windowless “tombs” are well-known to be haunts of the future rich and powerful, from high-ranking politicos to Wall Street and Hollywood’s biggest players. But their occult activities are revealed to be more sinister and more extraordinary than any paranoid imagination might conceive.
I’ve heard a lot of good things about this author, and this sounds gritty and exciting. This blurb caught my imagination the instant I read it, and I’m still very excited to read this. I hope I can read this sooner rather than later. I’m not sure what genre this is classified as; it sounds like thriller/horror but I found it in the fantasy section at the book store but that might because the author also writes YA fantasy.
Piranesi by Susanna Clarke
Piranesi’s house is no ordinary building: its rooms are infinite, its corridors endless, its walls are lined with thousands upon thousands of statues, each one different from all the others. Within the labyrinth of halls an ocean is imprisoned; waves thunder up staircases, rooms are flooded in an instant. But Piranesi is not afraid; he understands the tides as he understands the pattern of the labyrinth itself. He lives to explore the house.
There is one other person in the house-a man called The Other, who visits Piranesi twice a week and asks for help with research into A Great and Secret Knowledge. But as Piranesi explores, evidence emerges of another person, and a terrible truth begins to unravel, revealing a world beyond the one Piranesi has always known
I am excited to this novel as I do want to dive more into magical realism and novels that just ignite the imagination, but I do hope that I love this novel because I was recently disappointed by a Neil Gaiman novel and I I would hate to be disappointed again. I have read Susanna Clarke before and I remember liking the book, so I hope that I like this one as well.
The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson
For a thousand years the ash fell and no flowers bloomed. For a thousand years the Skaa slaved in misery and lived in fear while the Lord Ruler reigned with absolute power and ultimate terror, a divinely invincible leader. Hope is long lost, until a terribly scarred, heart-broken half-Skaa in the depths of the most hellish prison and discovered he has the powers of a Mistborn. A brilliant thief and natural leader, Kelsier will turn his talents to the ultimate caper: one with the Lord Ruler himself as the mark.
Only he’s not just planning the greatest heist in history, he’s plotting the overthrow of a divine despot. Kelsier recruited the underworld’s elite, the smartest and most trustworthy allomancers, each of whom shares one of his many powers, and all of whom relish a high-stakes challenge. But even with the best criminal crew ever assembled, Kel’s plan looks like a long shot, until luck brings a ragged girl named Vin into his life. Like him, she’s a half-Skaa orphan, but she’s lived a much harsher life. Vin has learned to expect betrayal from everyone she meets, and gotten it. She will have to learn to trust, if Kel is to help her master powers of which she never dreamed.
I never imagined I would be drawn into high fantasy. And yet, here we are. I have so many high fantasy on my to be read list and it is unlikely I can read them all this year. I mean, most are well over 600 pages. I have heard a lot of good things about this series, so I really hope that this is as good as I have heard.
House of Salt and Sorrow by Erin A. Craig
In a manor by the sea, twelve sisters are cursed. Annaleigh lives a sheltered life at Highmoor with her sisters and their father and stepmother. Once there were twelve, but loneliness fills the grand halls now that four of the girls’ lives have been cut short. Each death was more tragic than the last–the plague, a plummeting fall, a drowning, a slippery plunge–and there are whispers throughout the surrounding villages that the family is cursed by the gods. Disturbed by a series of ghostly visions, Annaleigh becomes increasingly suspicious that her sister’s deaths were no accidents. The girls have been sneaking out every night to attend glittering balls, dancing until dawn in silk gowns and shimmering slippers, and Annaleigh isn’t sure whether to try to stop them or to join their forbidden trysts. Because who–or what–are they really dancing with? When Annaleigh’s involvement with a mysterious stranger who has secrets of his own intensifies, it’s a race to unravel the darkness that has fallen over her family–before it claims her next. House of Salt and Sorrows is a spellbinding novel filled with magic and the rustle of gossamer skirts down long, dark hallways. Get ready to be swept away.
Having read and loved Small Favors by this author, I am very excited to read this novel! I am really beginning to love the idea of fairy tale re-tellings and stories and so I hope that is everything I am dreaming it up to be in my head.
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The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follet
The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known . . . of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect–a man divided in his soul . . . of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame . . . and of a struggle between good and evil that will turn church against state and brother against brother. A spellbinding epic tale of ambition, anarchy, and absolute power set against the sprawling medieval canvas of twelfth-century England, this is Ken Follett’s historical masterpiece.
I don’t know why I haven’t read this. Maybe because I was deep into reading romance when I became aware of this novel. But I own a copy now and I want to read it, although the length is daunting. A lot of the books I want to read are quite lengthy so it’s going to be an interesting reading year I think. Can I read all these long novels? Who knows? Not me.
All the Classics from my Challenge
Remember that classics challenge I set myself back in July? I’ve yet to read even one novel from those six, although I did start one. However, I still intend to read those books and I hope I can read all of them in 2022. Which is ambitious. But we shall see. You never know what you can do until you try after all, and I am excited to read those classic titles.
These are Just Some…I Have More I Want to Read
I have more that I want to read, of course, but these are some I wish I had already read, as I said above. I will likely talk about more books in another post because I love writing bookish posts. So stay tuned for all of that content! I hope I can write a ton of reviews for you this year, something I think will be fun for you as readers and something I have always loved doing but just haven’t done much of on this blog. But I will be in 2022!
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