2014 Reading List

Thursday, January 1st, 2015 01:04 pm
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Good stuff and bad stuff this year. I tried to concentrate on reading fantasy & SF written by women and minorities. Some of it was wonderful. Some, not so much. I tried some ebooks that were written by people who self-published and I can see why they went that route. Some okay, some just barely readable. I haven't bothered to list anything that was so bad or so boring that I didn't finish.

Octavia Butler's classic 'Kindred' is raved about, but not by me. I was delighted to find a great series by one of my favorite fan fiction writers, Martha Wells. She has more stories in a different world that are on my to-be-read pile. My favorite Steampunk author, Shelley Adina came out with a new story mid-year and I've just discovered (and started reading) yet another in the series as of last night. Highly recommended!

Of the ones I loved, the YA series starting with 'Earth Girl' and the juvenile quartet about 'The Thief' were my favorites. Kudos also to the hysterically funny dragon quartet by Patricia Wrede. I wish they wrote more in each of these worlds. I also enjoyed another of Marion Chesney's delightful little Regency romance series. She has a few more I'm going to be looking for. I can also recommend the YA series of fractured futuristic fairy tales by Marissa Meyer, starting with 'Cinder.' You might want to wait until she finishes the series tho.

However, I think for the combination of both plot and writing, I will have to name "The Gate to Woman's Country" as my best of the year. Full of fascinating ideas, it stayed with me for a long time.

1. The Magic Thief: Found by Sarah Prineas
2. Longbourne by Jo Baker
3. The Wizard Hunters by Martha Wells
4. Steve Jobs/Genius by Design by Jason Quinn/Illus by Amit Tayal (Graphic Novel)
5. Faerie by delle Jacobs(ebook)
6. The Blue Castle by LM Montgomery (ebook)
7. The Ships of Air by Martha Wells
8. The Gate of the Gods by Martha Wells
9. Moonkind by Sarah Prineas
10. Midnight in Austenland by Shannon Hale
11. Teatime for the Firefly by Shona Patel
12. Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
13. The Gate to Women's Country by Sheri S. Tepper
14. Singer from the Sea by Sheri S. Tepper
15. Climbing the Stairs by Padma Venkatraman
16. Cinder by Marissa Meyer
17. A Tree Grows In Brooklyn by Betty Smith (ebook)
18. Sora's Quest by T. L. Shreffler (ebook)
19. Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
20. Memory of Morning by Susan Sizemore (ebook)
21. My Dearest by Susan Sizemore (e-short story)
22. Cress by Marissa Meyer
23. Steadfast by Mercedes Lackey
24. Earth Girl by Janet Edwards
25. Earth Star by Janet Edwards
26. The Snow Queen by Joan D. Vinge
27. Earth Flight by Janet Edwards
28. The Dancing Master by Julie Klassen
29. Lady Fortescue Steps Out by Marion Chesney
30. Falling Free by Lois McMaster Bujold
31. Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr
32. Georgiana Darcy's Diary by Anna Elliot
33. A Lady of Spirit by Shelley Adina
34. On Basilisk Station by David Warner
35. Kindred by Octavia Butler
36. Miss Tonks Turns to Crime by Marion Chesney
37. Mrs. Budley Falls from Grace by Marion Chesney
38. Sir Philip's Folly by Marion Chesney
39. Colonel Sandhurst to the Rescue by Marion Chesney
40. Below the Root by Zilpha Keatley Snyder
41. Back in Society by Marion Chesney
42. The Steerswoman by Rosemary Kirstein
43. The Witch Family by Elenor Estes
44. The Summer Queen by Joan D. Vinge
45. Dealing with Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede
46. Searching for Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede
47. Calling on Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede
48. The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner
49. Talking to Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede
50. The Queen of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner
51. The King of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner
52. A Conspiracy of Kings by Megan Whalen Turner

And now that I've looked over the list, I find I've forgotten a new Mercedes Lackey romance book about a pirate girl that I know I read but is missing on the list. So actually, 53 books this year. Yay for me!
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