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My Reading List For 2014

My Reading List For 2014

Last year around this time I posted my reading list, I enjoy reflecting on the books I read, so I figured I’d do it again. I’m not the quickest reader, so I set myself a goal of thirty books. Not only did I hit my goal I surpassed it ending up with thirty-seven. I also took a challenge. In January my editor, Lola Landekic, tweeted:

I dare you to read more books by women than men this year

If you look at my list from last year you’ll see it was pretty bro-heavy and to be honest, an author’s gender isn’t something I’ve paid attention too when selecting a book. But 2014 was the year of reading women, so I took Lola’s challenge and I made an effort. Here at the end it looks like 60% of my reading came from women authors! Not bad.

Since my list is so much longer than last year I’ll avoid reviews, however I will select some of my favorites at the end. Follow me over on Goodreads to see what I thought of others. Links will go to Amazon.

  1. Pallitine Rising (Pallitine’s Path Book #1)
    by Roderick Davidson
  2. Something More Than Night
    by Ian Tregillis
  3. The Strain (The Strain Trilogy Book #1)
    by Guillermo del Toro & Chuck Hogan
  4. Three Parts Dead (Craft Sequence Book #1)
    by Max Gladstone
  5. The Man in the High Castle
    by Philip K. Dick
  6. The Rithmatist
    by Brandon Sanderson
  7. Ancillary Justice (Imperial Radch #1)
    by Ann Leckie
  8. Dust (Silo Saga #3)
    by Hugh Howey
  9. Vicious
    by V.E. Schwab
  10. The Waking Engine
    by David Edison
  11. Sand: Omnibus Edition
    by Hugh Howey
  12. Bitter Seeds (Milkweed Book #1)
    by Ian Tregillis
  13. Fourth Uncle in the Mountain: A Memoir of a Barefoot Doctor in Vietnam
    by Marjorie Pivar & Quang Van Nguyen
  14. Half Bad (The Half Bad Trilogy Book #1)
    by Sally Green
  15. Forsworn: A Powder Mage Novella (Powder Mage Trilogy Book #1)
    by Brian McClellan
  16. Range of Ghosts (The Eternal Sky Book #1)
    by Elizabeth Bear
  17. The Mystery Knight (Current Available in Warriors #1)
    by George R.R. Martin
  18. Hounded (Iron Druid Chronicles Book #1)
    by Kevin Hearne
  19. A Wizard of Earthsea (The Earthsea Cycle Book #1)
    by Ursula K. Le Guin
  20. Promise of Blood (Powder Mage Trilogy Book #1)
    by Brian McClellan
  21. Doomsday Book (Oxford Time Travel #1)
    by Connie Willis
  22. Under the Never Sky (Under the Never Sky Trilogy Book #1)
    by Veronica Rossi
  23. A Wrinkle in Time (Time Quintet Book #1)
    by Madeleine L’Engle
  24. Windhaven
    by George R.R. Martin & Lisa Tuttle
  25. Jagannath: Stories
    by Karin Tidbeck
  26. The Giver (Giver Quartet Book #1)
    by Lois Lowry
  27. One Night in Sixes (The Children of the Drought Book #1)
    by Arianne “Tex” Thompson
  28. Boneshaker (The Clockwork Century Book #1)
    by Cherie Priest
  29. Soulless (The Parasol Protectorate Book #1)
    by Gail Carriger
  30. Maplecroft (The Borden Dispatches Book #1)
    by Cherie Priest
  31. Gone Girl
    by Gillian Flynn
  32. The Planet Savers
    by Marion Zimmer Bradley
  33. Assassin’s Apprentice (The Farseer Trilogy, Book #1)
    by Robin Hobb
  34. The Clan of the Cave Bear (Earth’s Children, Book #1)
    by Jean M. Auel
  35. The Killing Moon (Dreamblood Book #1)
    by N.K. Jemisin
  36. Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone Book #1)
    by Laini Taylor
  37. The Witching Elm (Memento Mori Series Book #1)
    by C.N. Crawford

Favorite novel of 2014:

A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le GuinA Wizard of Earthsea
by Ursula K. Le Guin

This was a tough one, but in the end Le Guin won out. She’s a marvelous writer and A Wizard of Earthsea really shines throughout. I’d easily compare it with The Lord of the Rings or C. S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia.

 


Favorite novel runners-up of 2014:

There’s two other books that really stood out to me and since I didn’t read many short stories or graphic novels this year I figured I’d take some space to hit the two runners up to my favorite novel of 2014.

Doomsday Book by Connie WillisDoomsday Book
by Connie Willis

Time travel + the plague = good reading. Connie Willis’ exploration of a future where historians travel back in time enthralled me from beginning to end. I look forward to reading more in the series.


Maplecroft by Cherie PriestMaplecroft
by Cherie Priest

If there is anyone who could be considered writing proper new mythos it’s Cherie Priest. I had expect Maplecroft to be another alternate history thing similar to Seth Grahame-Smith’s books. Instead I got an enthralling tale of a Lizzie Borden who is fighting an unseen evil, not unlike the protagonists in a Lovecraft’s work. It was hard for me to put this down.


So there’s my list for 2014! If you’re interested you can check out my list from 2013 as well. How was your year of reading? Did anything stand out? Did you discover a new favorite? What’s on queue for next year? Is there a book you’re really excited to read? Leave a comment and let me know!

My Reading List for 2013

My Reading List for 2013

With the year wrapping up I figured it would be fun to share my reading list from 2013. If anything it’s a good way to share with everyone what I have read (or re-read as the case may be) throughout 2013. Maybe you’ll find a new favorite. Since this list is pretty long I’ll avoid reviews, however follow me over on Goodreads to see what I thought. Links will go to Amazon.

Novels—

It was a big year for novels for me. I’ve read more that I ever had before. This was also my first year reading on a Kindle (Paperwhite). For years I was a staunch physical book reader. However this year has changed all that. I absolutely love my Kindle it has changed the way I read. I’ll save those thoughts for another post…the list:

  1. God’s War: Bel Dame Apocrypha Volume 1
    by Kameron Hurley
  2. Ready Player One
    by Ernest Cline
  3. Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas
    by John Scalzi
  4. Slated
    by Teri Terry
  5. Gun Machine
    by Warren Ellis
  6. Storm Front (The Dresden Files, Book 1) …again.
    by Jim Butcher
  7. Fool Moon: (The Dresden Files, Book 2) …again.
    by Jim Butcher
  8. Grave Peril (The Dresden Files, Book 3) …again.
    by Jim Butcher
  9. This Present Darkness
    by Frank Peretti
  10. The Atrocity Archives (Laundry Files)
    by Charles Stross
  11. The Human Division
    by John Scalzi
  12. The Aylesford Skull (Tale of Langdon St. Ives)
    by James P. Blaylock
  13. The Keyhole Factory : A Novel
    by William Gillespie
  14. American Gods …again.
    by Neil Gaiman
  15. Blood Meridian: or the Evening Redness in the West
    by Cormac McCarthy
  16. The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms (The Inheritance Trilogy)
    by N. K. Jemisin
  17. Heart Shaped Box: A Novel
    by Joe Hill
  18. The Way of Kings (The Stormlight Archive)
    by Brandon Sanderson
  19. Under the Empyrean Sky (The Heartland Trilogy)
    by Chuck Wendig
  20. The Ocean at the End of the Lane: A Novel
    by Neil Gaiman
  21. Shift – Omnibus Edition (Silo Saga) (Volume 2)
    by Hugh Howey
  22. The Diamond Age: Or, a Young Lady’s Illustrated Primer …again.
    by Neil Stephenson
  23. BioShock: Rapture
    by John Shirley
  24. Your First 1000 Copies: The Step-by-Step Guide to Marketing Your Book
    by Tim Grahl
  25. Beta Reading
    by REDACTED
  26. Beta Reading
    by REDACTED
  27. Mistborn: The Final Empire (Book No. 1)
    by Brandon Sanderson
  28. The Lurker at the Threshold 
    by H. P. Lovecraft & August Derleth
  29. The Stars Were Right (… again, and more times than I can possibly count.)
    by me!

Favorite novel of 2013:

Blood Meridian: or the Evening Redness in the West
by Cormac McCarthy

Not only was Blood Meridian my favorite book of the year. It shot past Life on the Mississippi and became my 2nd favorite book of all time. It’s that good.

Graphic Novels—

I am a big fan of comics. So alongside novels I also read a bunch of comic books. I generally wait until they’re available in collected form. The loose issues always feel too short for me and I like to settle in with a nice big chunk.

  1. Saga, Vol. 1
    by by Brian K. Vaughan (Author) , Fiona Staples (Illustrator)
  2. Locke & Key, Vol. 1: Welcome to Lovecraft
    by by Joe Hill  (Author) , Gabriel Rodriguez (Author)
  3. The Sixth Gun, Book 1: Cold Dead Fingers
    by Cullen Bunn  (Author) , Brian Hurtt  (Illustrator)
  4. The Sixth Gun, Vol. 2
    by Cullen Bunn  (Author) , Brian Hurtt  (Illustrator)
  5. Leviathan
    by Ian Edington (Author)
  6. Saga, Vol. 2
    by Brian K. Vaughan  (Author) , Fiona Staples (Illustrator)
  7. Locke & Key, Vol. 2: Head Games
    by Joe Hill  (Author) , Gabriel Rodriguez (Author, Illustrator)
  8. American Vampire Vol. 1
    by Scott Snyder  (Author) , Stephen King  (Author) , Rafael Albuquerque (Illustrator)
  9. Hawkeye, Vol. 1
    by Matt Fraction  (Author) , David Aja (Illustrator) , Javier Pulido (Illustrator) , Francesco Francavilla (Illustrator) , Alan Davis (Illustrator) , Jesse Hamm (Illustrator)
  10. Hawkeye: Little Hits, Vol. 2
    by Matt Fraction  (Author) , David Aja (Illustrator) , Javier Pulido (Illustrator) , Steve Lieber (Illustrator) , Francesco Francavilla (Illustrator) , Jesse Hamm (Illustrator)
  11. Moscow 38
    by Benjamin Jelter

Favorite graphic novel of 2013:

Saga Vol. 1 & 2
by Brian K. Vaughan  (Author) , Fiona Staples (Illustrator)

Short Stories—

I didn’t read many short stories this year which is a shame. As a result I won’t be picking a favorite. However all three of the short stories I did read where quite good.

  1. Dead Pig Collector
    by Warren Ellis
  2. Taltos
    by Steve Tontounghi
  3. Shaggoth in Bloom
    by Elizabeth Bear

So that’s my list! How about you? How was your year of reading? Was there anything that stood out to you as a favorite? Did you find a new favorite author? What’s on your plate for next year? Is there a book you’re really hankering to read?