Mrs Geek Reads

What I’m Currently Reading

I fiinnnnnnalllly finished First Lord’s Fury by Jim Butcher (it took me 3 years to read that sucker). And I’m on to:
Steamed by Katie MacAlister

What I’ve Read

Listed are some of my favorite books. But the complete list is just too long to post here. So if you want the whole run down, here is a link to my Goodreads profile.

The Song of Fire and Ice series by George R.R. Martin – This is of course the books on which HBO’s hit series, A Game of Thrones, is based. There’s a laundry list of characters and the plot is complicated, but it’s worth constantly flipping to the geneology charts in the back of the book because the story is so good.

Codex Alera series by Jim Butcher. A fellow writer dared Butcher to write a good story combining Pokemon and Roman armies. This series was the result. It’s amazing. Awesome story, awesome writing. I think it should be a movie or a tv series, but it would be a pretty epic production cost.

The Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris. Because I like some nice, campy chic lit. And I think Harris hits the nail on the head in this genre. She doesn’t take herself too seriously but the quality of her writing is very good. Plus, she puts effort into mythology and lore research so her fantasy creatures fall into established behavior and appearance parameters (i.e. NO sparkling vampires). These books are also a basis for a hit HBO show, True Blood.

The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe. Again, a marriage of two things I enjoy: history and magic. A Ph. D student gets drawn into the magic and mystery of the 1690’s witch trials.

The Awakening by Kate Chopin and The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton. Two books that I think I really like for the same reason. Since I like history, I enjoy the Victorian/Progressive era setting of both books. But I like the theme behind each of them. In both books the main character is struggling to pursue their own happiness and stay within the expectations of society. In The Awakening the main character is a married woman and in The Age of Innocence it’s a young engaged man. I think this resonates because I don’t feel like I follow society’s expectations. I’m usually out of the loop in general conversation as I don’t listen to current pop music, watch crappy reality tv, or read celebrity gossip. I’m almost 30 and I haven’t had children yet. I enjoy hobbies that get me weird looks. (I wish I could show you a picture of my coworkers faces when I tried to explain the gaming convention I was going to.) Being a girl gamer sometimes gets you judged. So while I’m not trapped in the early 1900’s, there are still confining gender roles (I image this is true for you men, too.) and still confining stereotypes about nerds.

This is kind of a living page. As I read I will probably swap out some books or add some more. And I am ALWAYS open to reading suggestions and feedback. Please share in the comments!

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