Chunkster/TBR Update

Here’s another local event to add to all the upcoming spring events: the local Yarn Shop Hop is back, this time as “Summer Knitting (and Crochet) on the Go.” Since I went last time, I’ll probably skip this one. But it’s a great opportunity to see shops that you might not usually visit or haven’t seen yet.

During the past few months, I’ve been working through part of my Chunkster/To Be Read goals.

Eragon (reread), Eldest, and Brisingr by Christopher Paolini. In Eldest, Eragon meets and trains with his master, reunites with his cousin Roran, aids the Varden, and learns new things about his family. In Brisingr, he finally gets his own sword (which is wicked awesome!), and unravels more mysteries about his family and about the evil King Galbatorix. I can’t wait for the conclusion! I really like the dwarves in this series. I don’t know what Paolini has planned, but it’d cool if the last dragon egg survives to hatch and choose a dwarf for its Rider (but really, I’ll be happy to see it hatch free of Galbatorix’s influence). I am also curious about the two mysterious strangers Eragon saw meeting with Angela. Will they play a part in the final installment, or will they have their own story?

The Abhorsen Triology (Sabriel, Lirael, and Abhorsen) by Garth Nix. I really enjoyed these books; the world was unlike anything I’ve read before. In the Old Kingdom, there are two types of magic: Charter Magic and Free Magic with practitioners of each. Only the Abhorsen, a person who can cross into Death, is allowed to blend the two magics in order to bind dead spirits and to ensure they go into Death. I liked all the characters, and the conclusion was satisfying and well-done.

War of the Oaks by Emma Bull. I enjoyed this urban fantasy, even with the ’80s fashion flashbacks! Eddi, a musician, breaks up with her boyfriend, is recruited by the Seelie Court as part of their war against the Unseelie Court, forms a new band, and makes new Fey friends. This novel takes place in the Twin Cities, so it was fun reading about various familiar locations.

I have also decided to skip The Baroque Cycle. The books are too big and heavy (I have the hardcovers). Perhaps I might try them one day as eBooks instead.

6 Responses to “Chunkster/TBR Update”

  1. Chris Says:
    April 8th, 2009 at 8:52 am

    I love War of the Oaks! (Particularly since parts of it are in my neighborhood.)

    I’m not sure even ebooks could inspire me to read the Baroque Trilogy – just seems a crazy lot of reading. I had all three books and eventually just took them to the thrift store because I could tell I wasn’t going to start them.

  2. deb Says:
    April 8th, 2009 at 9:08 am

    Another yarn shop hop?? At least the food shelf collection is a great idea!

  3. Guinifer Says:
    April 8th, 2009 at 2:35 pm

    Two of my favorite series, ever! I have not read Brisinger yet, but the Garth Nix series – oh, I have a deep love for that series.

  4. Amy Says:
    April 8th, 2009 at 5:13 pm

    Seems like the Chunkster challenge has died off, unfortunately. Being that was the only reading challenge I had signed up for.

  5. rina Says:
    April 8th, 2009 at 10:10 pm

    I may go or not. I remembered last time I didn’t received my last charm. I got the envelope, but empty inside. So I replaced the last charm with spinning wheel :D

    Hm… it’s not a bad idea non-perishable food.

  6. Carrie K Says:
    May 1st, 2009 at 7:04 pm

    I love Emma Bull. Nice list/reviews!

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