Sunday, October 23rd, 2011

Today the topic of Top 5 Sundays at Larissa’s Bookish Life is Favorite Sword Wielding Heroines.

Since this a book meme, I’m leaving out the obvious ones from TV:

1, Aliera e’Kieron by Steven Brust
Ah, the nearly psychotic Dragaeran with a quick temper and one of the Great Weapons is one of my all-time favorites!

2, Mira by Jocelynn Drake
The vampire Mira uses any possible weapon but she’s really familiar with swords.

3, Shadow by Anne Logston
Shadow is a thief but I’m fairly certain she uses a sword in addition to knives.

4, Laurana from Dragonlance
Actually my favorite is Kitiara Uth’Matar but she’s a villain. 😉 Laurana starts as a rather timid elven maid but grows into a warrior and a general during the series.

5, Arilyn Moonblade by Elaine Cunningham
She’s one of the first half-elven heroes I read about. Even though she’s a skilled warrior and an assassin, people have looked down on her all her life because she’s half-blooded.

A Readathon tradition! In your final Readathon post, answer these questions.

1. Which hour was most daunting for you?
Hour 11. It was 1 am here and I went to sleep.

2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?
Depends on what genres you like. If you like SF: Warror’s Apprentice by Lois McMaster Bujold or any of the rest of the series.
If you like fantasy: Nine Princes in Amber by Roger Zelazny and the rest of the Amber series. They’re also short!
For historical mystery: Crocodile on the Sandbank by Elizabeth Peters.

3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?
The only thing I’d change is the starting time to morning here in Finland. 😉

4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?
Updates and the mini-challenges were great.

5. How many books did you read?
3 books and one graphic novel

6. What were the names of the books you read?
In the Bleak Midwinter by Julia Spencer-Fleming
Boneshaker by Cherie Priest
With Fate Conspire by Marie Brennan
The Black Island by Herge

7. Which book did you enjoy most?
All of them!

8. Which did you enjoy least?

9. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?
No I wasn’t.

10. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?
I’m going to participate as a reader next time, too, unless work interferes.