2018 Reading List

Every year I enjoy a bulk buy of books to devour for the year to come. This year's 2018 picks to start me off, are:

1. Godsgrave (The Nevernight Chronicle, #2) by Jay Kristoff;

2. King's Cage (Red Queen, #3) by Victoria Aveyard;

3. The Bear and the Serpent by Adrian Tchaikovsky;

4. The Pillars of Creation (Sword of Truth, #7) by Terry Goodkind;

5. The Child Thief by Brom;

6. Skyborn (Seraphim, #1) by David Dalglish; and

7. The Complete Grimm's Fairy Tales.

I’m sad to be missing the latest Anita Blake novel by Laurel K. Hamilton–Serpentine. But since that isn’t released until the end of the year, I’ll bide my time.

Usually I have five top authors I follow religiously and then I add a few new ones to the list every year. Unfortunately, one of my favorites passed away (which explains why her new series never released a second book). I was very saddened to learn of her passing. In one such series, she mastered the art of weaving theology and numerology into a supernatural setting that was utterly unique and set the series apart as a true stand alone amongst its peers.

Anyone who knows me, knows I hold Laurel K. Hamilton as benchmark of favorite authors. I “may” have read the first 8 Anita Blake novels about ten times each. I still get goosebumps at the climax scene of book 7 (Burnt Offerings) during the standoff between Padma and Anita. I have sworn that if I ever hear from a reader that one of my scenes has given someone goosebumps like that, not matter what, I’ve made it.

My second favorite author, is also missing. The husband and wife duo under the pen name of Ilona Andrews, who champion the Kate Daniels series also release their next book until later in the year. But I am waiting with eager, grubby little fingers similar to Bruce Bogtrotter and his love of Trunchbull’s chocolate cake.

Every year, I also like to indulge in one of the Sword of Truth novels by Terry Goodkind. “Truth” be told (see what I did there, 😉) I’m such a slow reader and it takes me about six months to work through one of Mr. Goodkinds novels. His world building and character development is unparalleled in anything I have ever read (except maybe Anita–see, I’m a sucker for anything Anita!)

Three surprise finds from last year that need mentioning (along with their sister and brother follow-on's in the series' that have made it into this years reading list) are; the Red Queen series by Victoria Aveyard, the Tiger and the Wolf by Adrian Tchaikovsky and the Nevernight Chronicles by Jay Kristoff. I read all three in that order and all three authors rocked my world. Victoria Aveyard’s “humanity-split” concept was fantastic (and I’m a sucker for a character with powers). But Tchaikovsky imagery and world building and Kristoff’s writing style and flare made me feel like a toddler trying to play with teenagers in the literary arena. I’m currently devouring Godgrave, Kristoff’s second book, when I should be writing myself, but the book is true magic and I’m completely ensnared, and a willing captive. In fact, I have a sneaky suspicion Kristoff is going to take third slot in my favorite author list (now an opening)…

But for now, I have procrastinated enough. Time to get back to Kellen and his trials and tribulations of being a teenage, shapeshifting dinosaur, stranded on a parrallel Earth.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Odin Gray.

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