Monday, January 7, 2013

December Reads

This is a sad image. I read less in December than I did any other month in 2012, I think. Well, I read quite a bit not represented in the image above because it was my own work for multiple revision passes. Blah. BLAH. It wasn't in vain, as the two novellas I was working on are both being published by DarkFuse this year, but it's a definite pattern. Writers tend to supplement their writing time from their reading time when they need extra (except for those who don't read [which there are a surprising amount of {who, unsurprisingly, mostly suck}]).

The good news: I set my reading goal for 2013 at 100 books, and even at this sad pace I'll surpass it. Aim low for success!

The Mourning House - Ronald Malfi
An awesome haunted house story.

Zerostrata - Andersen Prunty

A Gracious Plenty - Sheri Reynolds
Quiet and moving. Sad and funny. I didn't expect to like this so much.

Dick Swap - Andy Boring
I've been wishing this book were real since I read about it in Fill the Grand Canyon and Live Forever, my favorite Prunty novel. Now it's real.

Unmeasured Strength - Lauren Manning

The Forge of God - Greg Bear
I don't know if all engineers and scientists think really highly of themselves, but those who write fiction sure do.

World War One: History in an Hour - Rupert Colley

We Need to Talk About Kevin - Lionel Shriver

Superheroes: The Best of Philosophy and Pop Culture - William Irwin
Too much focus on ethics, but still a very thought-provoking and entertaining read. And it's perma-free, since it's meant to lure you into buying their other books.

Within This Garden Weeping - Lee Thompson

The Hoard got a very positive review over at Bloody Bookish.

sometimes a girl just wants something more with her gore.
In Alan Ryker’s The Hoard, I got that “something more” that I was looking for