March TBR

Before I launch into the books I’d like to read this month, how did I go in February?

I didn’t pick up book 10 of Wheel of Time. I just didn’t feel like picking it up. I think it’s because of my plan to read one book a month of Wars of Light and Shadow. While I don’t at all regret my decision to do this (re)read at this pace, and am looking forward to revisiting my favourite series, I think I’m not keen on actively reading two epic series at the same time. So it is very possible that I won’t continue Wheel of Time until 2024. I’m not ruling out continuing slowly this year. But I won’t be adding it to any TBRs going forward.

Otherwise, I did well. I finished Witch World by Andre Norton and read The Curse of the Mistwraith by Janny Wurts. While I didn’t read a past book club book, I did read the book club pick from this month. Or at least I attempted to read it. I read Ammonite by Nicola Griffith, which I still need to post a review for, and with three days left in the month, I picked up The Book of the Most Precious Substance by Sara Gran, also with a review yet to come.

So, what are my reading plans for March.

First, and unsurprisingly, is book two of Wars of Light and Shadow: The Ships of Merior.

The Ships of Merior by Janny Wurts

Saturday’s Sci-Fi Saturday post rekindled my desire to read Ephemera by Tina Shaw.

Ephemera by Tina Shaw

With those first two books set to be pretty heavy topics, I thought something a bit lighter should be added to March’s plans. This is book one of trilogy by a Finnish-Australia author: The Immortal City by Amy Kuivalainen. It has been published by an indie-publisher. I’m not sure if I have read an indie-published book before, and I’m hoping the key difference between self and indie published books is editing. Yes, I know that this is brushing a lot of books with a broad stroke, but in my limited experience reading self-published books, editing, or lack thereof is an issue.

The Immortal City by Amy Kuivalainen

In the heart of Venice, a woman is sacrificed to a forgotten god, sparking a mystery lost for thousands of years.

Dr. Penelope Bryne has devoted her life to the study of Atlantis, much to the chagrin of her father and the academic community. When an ancient and mysterious script is found at a murder site with possible clues to the lost city, she flies to Venice, determined to help the police before the killer strikes again.

When she meets the enigmatic Alexis Donato, everything she believes about Atlantis will be challenged.

As Alexis draws her into a dark and seductive world of magic and history, Penelope will have to use her heart as well as her head to find the answers she seeks. With Carnivale in full swing, and time running out, Alexis and Penelope will have to work together to stop the killer and prevent a dark magic from pulling Venice into the sea.

And after thoroughly enjoying Witch World last month, I’d like to read book two, Web of the Witch World, in March.

Web of the Witch World by Andre Norton

Somewhere the inhuman invaders of Kolder lay in wait; storing up the full force of their evil, making ready for their final demonic assault on the land of Estcarp…

Beset from all sides, the witch-power of Estcarp stood alone against the corrosive evil of an adjacent world; a world whose power to twist the mind and destroy the soul could turn men to murder at the behest of their masters. Simon Tregarth and his witch-wife Jaelithe knew there could be no peace until they had tracked Kolder to its lair – and smashed forever the Gateway to its world. But how dire the cost if their only chance were for Tregarth himself to offer up his mind to the monstrous power of Kolder?

What are you planning/hoping to read this month?

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