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I’m planning to read a few (let’s call it 6) over the year and am happy to find a place where I can talk about them. Getting to see what else folks are reading is a great bonus!
I’m also reading commentary on the TOR Books website as I go.
First of the 14-part Wheel of Time series - reading for our group read. This is epic fantasy at it's best. Jordan deliberately brings in mythology and references to other fantasy series/tropes to set a familiar scene, then gradually makes it his own. Part of the fun is picking out references to Arthurian legend, Lord of the Rings, Dune, etc. Part is also (since I'm rereading) picking out hints and shadows of things to come.
932 pages total, 790 of text
Lepore's history of conflict, race, economic disparity, and power in US politics is a magnificent read. She's got an ear for language that makes the history come alive, and the subjects she takes up are some of the most critical we should be reading about and discussing. As with all one-volume histories of the US - even those that run to nearly 1000 pages - this is not a comprehensive history, so Lepore focusses on her themes, sometimes neglecting the bigger world picture. But it's a great place to start to understand how we got where we are and how we're fighting many of the same conflicts over and over.