What are you reading this year 2020?

trappedslider

Adventurer
Just finished up Killing November by Adriana Mather,it was good. I look forward to the next book due out later this year.

November is as good as dead. She just doesn't know it yet.

At the international Academy Absconditi, there's no electricity, no internet, and an archaic eye-for-an-eye punishment system. Classes range from knife throwing and poisons to the art of deception. And the students? All silver-spoon descendants of the world's most elite strategists--training to become assassins, spies, and master impersonators.
One is a virtuoso of accents--and never to be trusted. Another is a vicious fighter determined to exploit November's weaknesses. And then there's the boy with the mesmerizing eyes and a secret agenda.
November doesn't know how an ordinary girl like her fits into the school's complicated legacy. But when a student is murdered, she'll need to separate her enemies from her allies before the crime gets pinned on her . . . or she becomes the killer's next victim.

sigh Looks like Invisible Sun (Empire Games Book 3) by Charles Stross has been pushed back again to next year

On the bright side Peace Talks, the next book in the Dresden Files is set to come out July 14th and One of Us Is Next: The Sequel to One of Us Is Lying comes out next week,so i'll be picking that up.
 

Umbran

Mod Squad
Staff member
The Wheel of Time, in paperback, totals something like 12,000 pages. Good luck not rage-quitting before you reach the end!

I don't have a plan for the year. I have a vacation coming up for which I am building a reading list.

The manuscript for Scott Lynch's Thorn of Emberlain was completed back in May, so I am hopeful it comes out this year.
 

Raunalyn

Adventurer
The Wheel of Time, in paperback, totals something like 12,000 pages. Good luck not rage-quitting before you reach the end!
The first 6 books of the series are actually really good reads, and I was able to get through them very quickly. Books 7-10 are total slog-fests...I remember trying to get through them several years back and it taking me almost 3 times as long to finish them as it did for any of the first 6 books. The good news is that the series really picks back up around book 11.

I am currently on book 10. I have a bit of a long commute to work, so I like to listen to the series on Audible during the drive. I started back in April/May.

I was reading Stephen King's Doctor Sleep a couple of years ago before my divorce...didn't finish the book because life happened pretty hard. I am probably going to pick it back up soon; I've had problems focusing on reading since 2018, and I'd like to re-immerse myself in that pleasure again.
 
Neuromancer is still a great read, still prophetic in a lot of ways.

The Wheel of Time is an undertaking, to be sure. Worth it, though the series has its flaws. Around the middle it becomes a slog, then picks up again. It took me a year, with breaks in between, to read the whole thing.

I should read more. This year I'm making a goal to get through the Neuromancer series and the Wheel of Time series. Started The Eye of the World and Neuromancer already.
Also hopeful. It's been a wait, to be sure.

The manuscript for Scott Lynch's Thorn of Emberlain was completed back in May, so I am hopeful it comes out this year.
I finished reading Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. I've got mixed feelings about it, especially since the whole J.K. Rowling anti-trans debacle occurred while I was reading it. On the other hand, I think it's an important coda to the story, showing the effects of PTSD and generational trauma.

Next up is Kothar and the Conjurer's Curse, some light Appendix N reading.
 

Janx

Hero
reading Midnight Riot, first book in the Rivers of London series. Another fine book I wish I'd written.

Around July, I expect to be reading Peace Talks by Jim Butcher.

Sometime between now and then, I assume I'll read some other books.
 

Janx

Hero
I figured just one thread would work better than a monthly thread....
ah, that explains it. I was confused, because it seemed different and far reaching.

Either way, thank you for doing the legwork to keep the conversation about books and reading going.
 

Richards

Adventurer
Just restarted the John Carter of Mars series (I own the complete works on my Kindle). Re-igniting my love of them.
Good call. I recently read the first three to my nephew as bedtime stories, one chapter at a time. (After we finished the first three he opted to have us read something else for awhile, so we're now on book three of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series.)

As for personal reading, I just finished Speaking in Tongues by Jeffery Deaver, dealing with a smooth-talking lawyer trying to find his kidnapped 17-year-old daughter. It was very good, with the traditional Deaver twists and turns. Next up is another of his thrillers, Edge, a novel about a killer who likes taking hostage the families of people he wants to force to do things and the man tasked with keeping the familes safe while trying to track him down and bring him to justice.

Johnathan
 

trappedslider

Adventurer
ah, that explains it. I was confused, because it seemed different and far reaching.

Either way, thank you for doing the legwork to keep the conversation about books and reading going.
yeah i should have explained in the OP, but i got the just one thread idea from another forum that I hang out on. Helps keeps it nice and neat.
 
I grabbed a lot of used books for a buck each at our local con this year, and started reading Rothfuss' The Name of the Wind
I'm really digging it. The writing is good, setting seems nice. So, while I'm reading this first of a three-book series, I'm keeping my fingers crossed that Rothfuss will deliver part 3 anytime this year :D
 
I loved The Name of the Wind. It is not without its flaws, but the absolutely gorgeous prose more than makes up for them.

I would certainly hope that part 3 comes this year, but I've my doubts. Same for the Winds of Winter. I think it much more likely that we'll see The Thorn of Emberlain this year, though.

I grabbed a lot of used books for a buck each at our local con this year, and started reading Rothfuss' The Name of the Wind
I'm really digging it. The writing is good, setting seems nice. So, while I'm reading this first of a three-book series, I'm keeping my fingers crossed that Rothfuss will deliver part 3 anytime this year :D
 

Blue

Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal
I should read more. This year I'm making a goal to get through the Neuromancer series and the Wheel of Time series. Started The Eye of the World and Neuromancer already.
Three years back I read all of Wheel of Time. (Well, all the main books, not the prequel or other stories). I had read up to book ... 11? ... previously, and for the first couple books in the series had been rereading the whole thing each time a new book came out.

Anyway, I'm glad I finished a series that I invested so much in. But I've given away the books afterward because I knew I would never attempt to read them all the way through again. It was multiple months, and I needed some side-stories in there as well during the middle of the series as it was slow going. Plus while I like Brandon Sanderson, I feel that his portrayal of some of the characters was not as nuanced and even a bit Flanderized vs. if he had been writing them the whole time - Matt especially.

I'm glad to have read it all through, but my favorite book was book #4 and I would have hoped one of the later ones, especially the climax, would have exceeded it.
 

Richards

Adventurer
Amazon has the release date of The Thorn of Emberlain as 17 Sep 20. So here's hoping it doesn't get bumped to later....

Johnathan
 

Blue

Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal
Amazon has the release date of The Thorn of Emberlain as 17 Sep 20. So here's hoping it doesn't get bumped to later....

Johnathan
As of today, Amazon CA has a release date of Oct 12, 2021. A few years back they had a release date in 2018.

There's been interviews with Scott Lynch back in 2018 that it was just a touch more to be done. 2018.

He's got a lot going on; I don't begrudge him the time he needs to create something for my enjoyment. But it'll be out when it's out, and I don't want to chase rumors anymore.

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pukunui

Adventurer
On the topic of the Wheel of Time, I only ever got partway through Book 5 before giving up after feeling like I'd already read the same story multiple times. I think the series could have done with fewer characters. A lot of them felt like carbon copies of each other.

Anyway, what am I reading now? All things I started last year:
*D&D 5e's Baldur's Gate: Descent into Avernus
*D&D 5e's Guildmasters' Guide to Ravnica
*Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions into Adulthood

I really need to find some light novels to read this year. Last year was pretty much all D&D and parenting books.
 

Blue

Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal
On the topic of the Wheel of Time, I only ever got partway through Book 5 before giving up after feeling like I'd already read the same story multiple times. I think the series could have done with fewer characters. A lot of them felt like carbon copies of each other.
Just to let you know, they add a lot more point of view characters before the series reached it's finale.

If this is a good thing or not is up to your interpretation.
 
Finished Kothar and the Conjurer's Curse. Next up is, gulp, Sanderson's The Way of Kings. Been a while since I've tackled a book even near that length.
 

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