Muse: Where the hell have you been?
Briefly, I’ve been busy.
Muse: Yeah, well, you should have called.
You know, I did write three short stories since I was last here and knock out several chapters in my novel-in-progress. It’s not like I have been sitting on my ass, popping grapes in my mouth while native girls fan me with palm fronds.
Muse: You’d like that waaaaay too much.
Anyway, I put together my reading list for this next year. I have some some big names, some stuff released this last year, and some old stuff (and yeah, I cheated, there are a pair of re-reads on here, from books I read a long time ago, but have wanted to read again). Some of the older ones are things I have wanted to read for a while and keep procrastinating. This should force my hand.
I also picked out a handful of lesser-known authors, most of whom I personally interact with, have interacted with, or who have given me some good advice.
Anyway, I have everything already purchased, downloaded on my Kindle, and ready to go come Jan 1. The plan is to knock one out every three weeks at a minimum (which gives me some leeway should life crop up, like it always does). I’ll also try to leave some reviews on Amazon and Goodreads. If I like a book and it is part of a series, I will probably toss the next ones on my next list. Anyway, in no particular order, here is who I got:
Grace of Kings, by Ken Liu
Beasts of Tabat, by Cat Rambo
Lonen’s War: Sorcerous Moons, by Jeffe Kennefy
The Blade Itself, by Joe Abercrombie (re-read #1)
Elantris, by Brandon Sanderson
Thousand Names, by Django Wexler
Dawn, by Octavia Butler
Blood Song, by Anthony Ryan
Darker Shade of Magic, by V. E. Schwab
Queen of Blood, by Sarah Beth Durst
Assassin’s Apprentice, by Robin Hobb (re-read #2)
Flashback: Siren Song, by J.A. Hunter
Forced Labor (Arekan’s War), by B.R. Turnage
Cog and the Steel Tower, by W.E. Larson
Magic of Thieves, by Carol Greenwood
At An Uncertain Hour, by Nyki Blatchley
Aerisia: Land Beyond the Sunset, Sarah Ashwood
Not sure what I will start with. Maybe I will pull names from a hat.