Wednesday, January 01, 2014

What I Read in 2013

I admit that this is the main reason why I have started blogging again.  VD posted his “Reading List 2013” and I realize that I haven’t been keeping track.  Buying a Kindle changed my life.  Whereas before when I had to haul around a physical book, and I was always losing the bookmark (and the book), I had mostly stopped reading aside from what I did on the computer.  I am back to reading now that I can keep everything on a slim little Paperwhite (never the Fire, because the kids won’t leave it alone).

Here is a partial list.  I know I have omitted some, and I haven’t included all of the “how to” freebies I cannot seem to not download (gardening, backyard chickens, essential oils, fermentation, etc.)

Plague Year by Jeff Carlson
The Scientist and the Sociopath by Joseph D’Agnese
The Sociopath Next Door by Martha Stout
Feed the Animal by Richard Nikoley
The Worst Hard Time by Timothy Egan
Crimes Against Magic by Steve McHugh
The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror 2010 edited by Paula Guran
The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror 2012 edited by Paula Guran
The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror 2013 edited by Paula Guran
The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson
Sh*t My Dad Says by Justin Jalpern
Hard Magic by Larry Correia
The Last Witchking by Vox Day
Goblin Moon by Teresa Edgerton
Troll Valley by Lars Walker
Draw One in the Dark by Sarah Hoyt
Hailstone Mountain by Lars Walker
This Book Is Full of Spiders: Seriously, Dude, Don't Touch It by David Wong
John Dies at the End by David Wong
Sea Sick by Iain Rob Wright
Enjoy the Decline by Aaron Clarey
Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson
The War in Heaven by Theodore Beale
Erlings Word by Lars Walker
Interrupt by Jeff Carlson

My favorite finds of the year were the novels of Lars Walker.  I am really enjoying the the Erling Skjalgsson saga!

I looked at Goodread’s “Best Books of 2013.”  Dan Brown’s Inferno was #1 in “Mystery & Thriller.”  Margaret Atwood and Jim Butcher were top in “Science Fiction” and “Paranormal Fantasy.”  The latest Stephen King novel led the “Horror” category.  What a depressing list.  The only thing that looks remotely interesting is Temple Grandin’s latest, The Autistic Brain.

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