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I looked back over my novels read for last year and I'm disappointed with myself, so I've made firm goals for this year. So far, I've read three books this month, which is considerably better than most months last year.

The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle: Finally! I've loved the movie ever since I first saw it on HBO back in the 80's but I never read the book. I loved it and Beagle's writing style is so beautiful. I found this to be bittersweet and while I loved it, I felt a bit melancholy in the end. I have A Fine and Private Place in my TBR and put Tamsin on my PBS wishlist and it already got posted, so it's on its way.

Foundation by Mercedes Lackey: I love reading Lackey's books in the winter because they are such amazing comfort reads. Mags seemed a bit too important for such a young character and only a trainee, but whatever. My favorite sequence was the Midwinter Festival. I'm looking forward to the rest of this trilogy (?).

Stormqueen! by Marion Zimmer Bradley: Well, I finally got back to Darkover. I read Darkover Landfall over 10 years ago and was less than impressed so I never got back to the series, even though I kept collecting it. I liked this one a lot better, even though the end was so tragic. I particularly liked that this book addressed a lot of my misgivings from the first book (chronologically) about the breeding program and forced pregnancy. I was intrigued by the Towers and the matrix stones and can't wait to read more. (And yes, I can see the MZB influence on Lackey's writing).
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I can't believe how much I'm reading this month. I've been crocheting and sewing all month and I'm still finding time to read. My SAD has been a lot less noticeable lately due to doing yoga, which helps a lot because I don't fall asleep reading all the time now. Heir to Sevenwaters by Juliet Marillier: Yay, I finished the series this year! I enjoyed this more than Child of the Prophecy and only a little less than Daughter of the Forest and Son of the Shadows. I'm looking forward to Seer of Sevenwaters, plus the book after that (I'm hoping that the 6th book will be about Maeve). I've really enjoyed Marillier's female protagonists in this series. And these books are the perfect example of the type of romantic fantasy I love.

Unicorn and Dragon
by Lynn Abbey: Technically, this was a re-read, but it was more like reading a new-to-me book because I only remembered one scene and two characters. I never got to read the sequel, Conquest, so I wanted to re-read this before reading the second book. I liked Wildecent, Stephen, and Ygurna. I believe when I first read the book, I liked Alison a lot, but this time, I found her pretty annoying. Obviously, I'm enjoying the Celtic fantasy I've read this year (see above), so my favorite elements of Unicorn and Dragon dealt with the ancient magics.

The Neverending Story
by Michael Ende: Well, this was a surprise. I thought I'd love this book because I loved the movie as a tween and was hoping to watch it again. But the movie is only based on the first half of the book, which I also enjoyed. But then, bam, Bastian ends up in Fantastica and becomes a brat. Everything I liked about him from the first half was erased and he just wasn't Bastian anymore. Plus the story got really boring once Bastian went to Fantastica. Also, he and Atreyu are said to be instant friends, but they didn't really act like friends. I wish I had stopped reading at the midway point because the second half ruined the entire book for me.

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