This year I'm dedicating some time to re-read some fantasy classics, and to also read some for the very first time. I'm going to read one book per month, and I thought, why not invite others to join me in this endeavor?
I'm not sure what the exact format of this will be. I think it depends a lot on how many people take part. We could do a Facebook group, we could just discuss things in the comments on this blog. We could make a Goodreads group...There is Google Chat, etc. The possibilities are pretty endless. If you have any ideas that you think could be fun, feel free to make suggestions in the comments! For this month, unless I hear some resounding response otherwise, I'm going to be talking about my experience with the book in a blog post here, and will be opening discussion on The Once and Future Podcast Facebook page (you're following us there, right?).
I know January is half over, but I have a shorter book for this month: J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit. Many people are required to read this book in school, so it's often an introductory to the fantasy genre. But because it's required reading, sometimes the experience isn't as fun. I want to make it fun this month. This is one of my favorite books, and I've read it more times than I can remember.
While I'm doing my reading this year, I'm actually writing in my books in pencil. Just little notes in the margins, or underlining some text that made an impression in some way. But most of all, I'm just going to enjoy myself!
For those wanting to get a head start, here are the few few books of the year:
- January: The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien
- February: The Forgotten Beasts of Eld, by Patricia A. McKillip
- March: The King of Elfland's Daughter, by Lord Dunsany
In case you are wondering, I am going to be including some "modern classics" on my list as well, books I feel are important but that might have come out more recently than, say, Tolkien. I also definitely don't want my list to be all old or dead white guys--we live in a world rich with diversity and there are so many stories out there from all kinds of people.
So get ready for some great fantasy reads this year! I'll be posting about The Hobbit on January 31st!
Melanie R. Meadors is the author of fantasy stories where heroes don't always carry swords and knights in shining armor often lose to nerds who study their weaknesses. She’s been known to befriend wandering garden gnomes, do battle with metal-eating squirrels, and has been called a superhero on more than one occasion. Her fiction has appeared in Circle Magazine, Prick of the Spindle, and in the anthology Champions of Aetaltis. She studied astronomy and physics at Northern Arizona University and has published some non-fiction in the field of astronomy and library sciences. She's the co-editor of the anthology MECH: Age of Steel and editor of Hath No Fury, and she is a blogger and general b*tch monkey at The Once and Future Podcast.