SO, just days after celebrating this blog's first birthday, I also celebrated my own 26th birthday!
My non-book-loving friends and family, by now resigned to the fact that, no, I don't want 'something more exciting', showered me with a combination of vouchers and cold hard cash . . . and this is how I've spent it!
I've gone for a mixture of friends' recommendations, female authors (as per my recent post), and gradually expanding a couple of my existing collections.
I'm excited to be filling out my currently hodge-podge Discworld collection, which I'm currently in the process of reading/re-reading, although I'm a little peeved at having some of the newer editions - I think the old classics look much more fun and distinctive.
And I've seen so many glowing reviews of Max Gladstone's work that I couldn't resist Three Parts Dead - even though I slightly resent forking out nearly ten quid for a paperback.
More editions to Raymond E. Feist's Riftwar cycle here. I'm just a few books off having a complete set, and look forward to reading/re-reading this entire series, probably next year when I'm done with The Malazan Book of the Fallen.
A few of these others - J.V. Jones, C.J. Cherryh, Lois McMaster Bujold - are a result of my recent research into female fantasy authors, and I look forward to delving into so many new series. The others were recommended by friends on BCF.
K.J. Parker is yet another female author (I think!) whom I've been meaning to read, forever, and I'm particularly excited to give Sharps a go. I'm also curious about The Magicians, as I recently heard it's being made into a TV series yet I've never read a review rating it more than simply average; and Alif the Unseen had me hooked after I read the preview on Amazon, despite the fact that it doesn't seem to be something I'd normally read.
So: watch this space for reviews - in about five years, given the already staggering TBR . . .