Sunday, January 5, 2014

Baby got Books!

(sung to the tune of Baby Got Back)

I like big books and I cannot lie,
You other readers can’t deny
When the story opens up and sweeps me away
And I'm reading for the rest of the day
I get hooked!
Wanna devour the rest of that book!
Then you notice it's the first of a series.
Deep in the arc of the story,
Twists and turns to glory.
Oh baby, just one more chapter
That’s all I’m after!
My book club tried to warn me
And now I’m caught up in the story!
Ooh, hard or paperback
You say e-books are a sin?
Well amuse me, confuse me
I ain’t your average groupie!
Fantasy or sci-fi, oh
Historical or bio
Challenge my brain, it’s no strain!
TV pulls me down the drain!
I’m tired of blogs and sites
Saying reading is a dead art
Take a person with a brain and inquire
It’s gotta build a world and inspire!
So readers! Readers!
Has your story got the punch? (Hell yeah!)
Then read it, read it, read that epic book!
Baby got books!

2013 Reading List

These are the books I read for the first time in 2013. The list doesn't include novellas, short stories, compilations or re-reads.  One or two were forgettable and I had to look up the descriptions to recall having read them, but for the most part I chose well and listened to recommendations from the right people.

Atticus for the Undead
John Abramowitz
Throne of the Crescent Moon
Saladin Ahmed
The Shining Girls
Lauren Beukes
The Woken Gods
Gwenda Bond
This Case is Gonna Kill Me
Philippa Bornikova
David Brin
Dreams and Shadows
C. Robert Cargill
P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast
Pirate Cinema
Cory Doctorow
The Ocean at the End of the Lane
Neil Gaiman
Odd and the Frost Giants
Neil Gaiman
Yasmine Galenorn
Girl Unwrapped
Gabriella Goliger
Nicola Griffith
Laurell K. Hamilton
Dead Ever After
Charlaine Harris
Kevin Hearne
Kevin Hearne
Kevin Hearne
Kevin Hearne
Kevin Hearne
Brighton Hill
Joe Hill
Heart-Shaped Box
Joe Hill
Jim C. Hines
Codex Born
Jim C. Hines
Hugh Howey
Southern Gods
John Horner Jacobs
Sappho’s Leap
Erica Jong
Doctor Sleep
Stephen King
Ellen Kushner
The Privilege of the Sword
Ellen Kushner
Thomas the Rhymer
Ellen Kushner
A Wrinkle in Time
Madeleine L’Engle
Kiss of the Butterfly
James Lyon
Beyond Black
Hilary Mantel
Christopher Moore
The Taken
Vicki Pettersson
The Hangman’s Daughter
Oliver Potzsch
Lacey Reah
Veronica Roth
Veronica Roth
Veronica Roth
Attic Clowns
Jeremy Shipp
Wen Spencer
Wolf Who Rules
Wen Spencer
Wen Spencer
Catherynne Valente
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a   Ship of Her Own Making
Catherynne Valente
The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There
Catherynne Valente
Genevieve Valentine
How to Discipline Your Vampire
Mina Vaughn
The Book of Blood and Shadow
Robin Wasserman
The Golem and the Jinni
Helene Wecker
Under the Empyrean Sky
Chuck Wendig