So, I've decided to offer you a short Honorable Mention section of the oldest books in my "To Be Reviewed" stack. There will be plenty more. In my spare time, I've managed to finish rewriting my novel (if any of you know an agent looking for a new fantasy series, please send them my way), which means that I've been doing a lot of reading. If I can be a little more disciplined over here, that should give me content for the next couple of months.

But I digress! In no particular order...

Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver

A pre-apocolyptic story of climate change and self-discovery. Barbara Kingsolver blends hypothetical science that walks too close to probability for comfort with keen observation of human behavior to offer up a story that walks the line between honesty and surrealism. A cozy read for a rainy night with a soft blanket and (if possible) a fireplace.

Werehunter by Mercedies Lackey

A collection of short stories, some related and some not, by one of Fantasy Fiction's leading ladies. Excellent holiday reading material. Particularly if you're a guest somewhere and need to be able to pull yourself away from your book frequently.

National Velvet by Enid Bagnold

I can't remember how this book ended up on my shelves, but when I saw it, nostalgia for the movie version prompted me to pick it up and read. This one time, I think I preferred the movie. That said, I think it pairs nicely with Laura Ingalls Wilder, and would recommend it if your child has devoured all the Little House books and would like something more.

Mumbo Jumbo by Ishmael Reed

This one took me some time to get into. The author's voice is distinctive and outside of my usual fare. It took me time to reorient and find the rhythm of the story. But it was well worth the effort. Mumbo Jumbo is historical fiction at it's finest - honest and critical and fanciful all at once.