When in Doubt, Read

  • Posted on: 28 November 2013
  • By: MeiLin

I've been having a lot of trouble writing this year--a lot, especially the third History book. I've cranked out some short stories and edited The Machine God, but otherwise it's been dismal. I had some reason; of the last eleven months, I spent three flat on my back, sick abed. It took the wind out of my sails, and my self-confidence with it.

When in doubt, read.

I was at the Goodwill yesterday and went through the books. This particular Goodwill is well-stocked. I got a bagful of books for less than the cost of two mainstream publishers' ebooks. Used does not support the authors, which makes me sad, but right now it's the best I can do.

This is what I came home with, all things I've never read:

The Name of the Wind (Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 1), Patrick Rothfuss (I know, how could I not have read this)
The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms (The Inheritance Trilogy), N.K. Jemisin
The Kingdom of Gods (The Inheritance Trilogy), N.K. Jemisin
The Wee Free Men (Discworld), Terry Pratchett (another run at Pratchett)
Hell and Earth, Elizabeth Bear
Ysabel, Guy Gavriel Kay

Re-reads and books for the girls:
The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien
The Mists of Avalon, Marion Zimmerman Bradley
The Illustrated Man, Ray Bradbury

I lied, really. I have written, a little. In book three, a frustrated Sedra "gorge[s] on words." Sometimes, it's the only sane option, and so I shall do the same.


thedisquietedpen's picture


The Mists of Avalon was my favorite novel. By this point, I must've read it thirty times.

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I'm gonna make No1read it over her winter break mwahahahahaha

Clare-Dragonfly's picture


And am also a huge fan of The Mists of Avalon. I also just started to reread Little Women for the first time in ten or fifteen years (sometimes I need a book to read before bed to keep the nightmares from my beloved scary books at bay, and this was the next choice) and I thought of you!

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...of Little Women. Numberless. I didn't read all the sequels until adulthood and am glad; they're nothing so special.

Clare-Dragonfly's picture


Even though it's been so long since my last read, every word is beautifully familiar. I've never read the sequels and probably will not bother. I've never read the sequels to Anne of Green Gables or The Wizard of Oz, either (though I'm getting more interested in the latter).

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But, I confess, Ysabel (as fun as it is, and as...much as I like it in apposition to the History) is not my favorite of his. (My sentimental favorite is his initial trilogy, and from a technical standpoint, I Think the Sarantine Mosaic (a duology) is probably my favorite, but his last couple have been excellent, too.)

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