Melissa Ratcliff’s January 2018 Reading List: Lev Grossman, Nnedi Okorafor + Mary Lynn Bracht

Wherein I finally make plans to catch up on my TBR.

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I didn’t quite meet my reading goals for last year due to a few setbacks. As the year progressed, I ended up adding more books to my reading list than I had time to read, and found myself sidetracked by new works. In an effort to meet my reading goals for 2018, I decided it would be more reasonable for me to read (at least) one book a week.

First and foremost, one of my ultimate reading goals is to catch up on books that I listed on past TBRs but never got around to reading. As there are about 12 of these, I am hoping to do one each month, so my reading lists this year will be much shorter than last year to make up for it. This month, I am planning to tackle a Japanese novella that I listed on my November TBR, Ms Ice Sandwich.

In order to keep my reading binge going (I am already one book ahead of my goal for the year so far), I am sticking to my go-to genres – fantasy and science fiction.

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The Magicians, Lev Grossman
Synopsis: Quentin Coldwater is brilliant but miserable. A senior in high school, he’s still secretly preoccupied with a series of fantasy novels he read as a child, set in a magical land called Fillory. Imagine his surprise when he finds himself unexpectedly admitted to a very secret, very exclusive college of magic in upstate New York, where he receives a thorough and rigorous education in the craft of modern sorcery.

He also discovers all the other things people learn in college: friendship, love, sex, booze, and boredom. Something is missing, though. Magic doesn’t bring Quentin the happiness and adventure he dreamed it would. After graduation he and his friends make a stunning discovery: Fillory is real. But the land of Quentin’s fantasies turns out to be much darker and more dangerous than he could have imagined. His childhood dream becomes a nightmare with a shocking truth at its heart.

Thoughts: As my re-read of Amanda Bouchet’s Kingmaker Chronicles series greatly lifted my spirits earlier this month, with Heart on Fire being my first read of the year, I decided that a re-read of Lev Grossman’s Magicians series was in order.

With the third season of SyFy’s television adaptation starting soon, I figured now was the best time to start reading the series again as I haven’t read the first novel in the series, The Magicians, since its release in 2009. I forgot how long it’s been and reading the novel again has been a great experience so far, despite the fact that it is making me hate certain aspects of the show even more than I already did.

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