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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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Child of the Prophecy by Juliet Marillier: This was my least favorite of the Sevenwaters series (I'm almost done reading Heir to Sevenwaters), but I still enjoyed it. I like how things worked out, even if my favorite character ended up dying. I love Marillier's combination of history, fantasy, Celtic religion, and romance.

Quatrain by Sharon Shinn: I hate to say it, but this was disappointing. Two of the novellas ended up being prequels when I wanted sequels and the Summers at Castle Auburn follow-up featured a very annoying, spoiled brat heroine. I loved the Heart of Gold sequel story though, even if I barely remember that book.

How to Marry a Marquis by Julia Quinn: The first half was very enjoyable and funny, the second half was annoying and nearly made the book a wall-basher. I have issues with non-consent of any kind in fiction and the hero hauling the heroine around like a sack of potatoes "for her own good" was infuriating. This is why I rarely read romance anymore.

Take a Thief by Mercedes Lackey: A typical Lackey read, which was exactly what I was looking for. The Velgarth series has turned out to be comfort reading for me, even though characters get put through the ringer. The dialects in this book gave me fits, but I enjoyed a not so goody-goody protagonist.

The Valdemar Companion: I needed to refresh my memory a bit for the older Velgarth novels but I ended up reading the whole book- well, aside from the Concordance, but I flipped through that a lot too. It's been ten years since I read Magic's Pawn, which started my headlong dive into the world of Velgarth and my memory is so rusty that I almost feel the need for a re-read, but I have so many TBR books that I don't dare re-read anything until I get my TBR pile under control (as if that's ever going to happen with Paperback Swap, BookMooch, used bookstores, and the library). Anyway, I especially found the story of how Lackey got her start in filk, then did seventeen re-writes of Arrows of the Queen to be fascinating.


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