What Are You Reading This Year?

I love reading but often struggle to find the time to read. I mean between work and gaming who has the time? This year I have decided to commit to a reading 5 books at least before the end of 2018 (with the hope that I end up reading more). So here is my reading list for 2018!

The Once and Future King

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The Once and Future King: As a lover of fantasy I have long had some understanding of the Arthurian legend. From TV series to films this year I have set a goal to read the original tale behind the modern retellings.

The Once and Future King, contains four tales of King Arthur: The Sword in the Stone, The Queen of Air and Darkness, The Ill-Made Knight, The Candle in the Wind.

The Arthurian myths are one of the most famous historical legends covering the ancient British leader King Arthur and his magical adventures along with his knights of the round table. As the basis for most modern fantasy it is definitely worth a read to see the tales that started it all. Questing Knights, noble oaths, dragons magic and unicorns the legends of King Arthur are definitely worth exploring.

Mistborn: The Final Empire

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The Final Empire: Mistborn Book One: 1 is set in a medieval, dystopian world one thousand years after the long prophesied hero defeated the great darkness (pretty standard so far).

Scadrial is a land of ash where all plants are brown, and a supernatural mist covers the land every night.

One thousand years before the start of the novel, the prophesied Hero ascended to godhood in an attempt to defeat the Deepness, a great threat to the world that’s true origin and nature has been lost to time.

Having defeated the Deepness the Hero now immortal  became Lord Ruler and ruled over the Final Empire as their immortal god. What makes this fantasy tale different from all the others is that the long-awaited hero has since became a corrupted force. Under his rule, society is divided into the nobility and the brutally oppressed peasantry, known as skaa. I have intentionally avoided learning too much about the plot but look forward to  see how the tale unfolds in a world where the hero has become the villain…

The Burning Page & The Lost Plot

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The Burning Page (The Invisible Library series) The Lost Plot (The Invisible Library series) The third and fourth books in The Invisible Library series the two books follow the adventures of Irene and her apprentice Kai members of the Invisible library. The Library operates across a variety of alternate realities attempting to secure rare texts and knowledge.

This world is a rich and amazing setting filled with alternate realities, magic and the eternal conflict between the forces of order the Dragons and the forces of Chaos the Fey. The first two books the Invisible Library and the Masked City are filled with spies and plots, kidnapping mysteries in a steampunk alternative London.

The Fellowship of The Ring
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The Fellowship of the Ring (The Lord of the Rings, Book 1): Fellowship of the Ring Vol 1 The final book on my 2018 reading  list is a classic The Fellowship of The Ring. Its one of those books that doesn’t really need an introduction. I am a huge fan of the mythos of Tolkien’s Middle Earth and I have loved both the Lord of The Rings film trilogy and the Hobbit series.

While I love the world I have never read the original books before. The writing style is somewhat dated however, to get a truer understanding of the passage of time, the relationships between the characters and their own personal developments across the stories. There is something beautiful about the rich and complex world Tolkien has created and from what I have so far read the books may be the best way to understand Tolkien’s creation.

Making time to read is important, as a lover of fantasy I find many of the books I have read to be just as entertaining as the video games I play. Making time to read can be difficult but worth while. What books are you reading this year?

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4 thoughts

  1. Great selections! Good luck on your reading endeavors. I am impressed that you already have a plan for what you’re going to read this year!
    I almost never know what I’m going to read next because I have a huge list of books that I want to read (it’s kind of like a gamer’s backlog in that I never actually read the books on my list and it just keeps getting bigger and bigger…). As a lover of fantasy, you might be familiar with the book I’m reading right now: The Sword of Shannara by Terry Brooks. It reads like it was heavily influenced by Tolkein. It’s a book that I picked up in middle school, a few times in high school, and once a few years ago and never finished. I’m listening to it this time around, so I’m confident that I’ll finish!
    Also, thanks for the recommendation for The Invisible Library. That one sounds great, and went right on my to-read list!

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    1. Thanks, in truth this list is only to tip of the iceberg! I have a similar backlog of books but thought it best to make a start and pick some to read otherwise the list would only get bigger! I haven’t actually heard of The Sword of Shannara but it’s going on my to read list now! The invisible library is a great read, you’ll have to tell me what you think when you get round to reading it

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