As I mentioned in my April 2020 reading post, I wanted to finish several series of books where I needed to reread the first book or two before continuing on. So that’s what a lot of my reading was this month:
- Brisingr by Christopher Paolini
- Inheritance by Christopher Paolini
- Dust by Elizabeth Bear (reread)
- Chill by Elizabeth Bear (reread)
- Grail by Elizabeth Bear
- The Jewels of Elvish by Nancy V. Berberick (reread)
- A Child of Elvish by Nancy Varian Berberick
Oh, I also read a few magazines (mostly Writer’s Digest from 2018, a Food Network magazine, and a couple of photography magazines my dad gave me awhile ago).
I started Christopher Paolini’s Inheritance Cycle last month, and managed to finish the series this month (which in itself was a pretty big accomplishment since those books are big!) Wanting a break from fantasy, I then tackled Elizabeth Bear’s Jacob’s Ladder trilogy. I originally read the first book, Dust, quite some time before the second book, Chill; I didn’t really remember the story of the first book in enough detail though, so I decided to hold off on reading the third book until I had a chance to read all three together (I was also hoping that I might like Chill a bit more the second time around once it’s more in context with the events of Dust). Once Jacob’s Ladder was finished, I then went back to fantasy for Nancy Varian Berberick’s Elvish Duology. I remember loving the first book when I read it; unfortunately it took me years to find the second book, so by the time I did I honestly just couldn’t remember the first book at all.
My favourite of the rereads was Dust. It was a different experience, knowing what was going to happen at the end (the ending was the only thing I really remembered of it from the first time I read it), but still, this is a fantastic book. Of the non-rereads, I think my favourite was Inheritance; I thought that book was a very fitting end for the series.
So what have you read over the last month? What was your favourite book?