At the beginning of the year, I wanted to set a goal for myself to read more books. Since I’m working at a job that has a long commute, that goal has been made much easier since I listen to audiobooks to keep my sanity while sitting in DFW traffic.
Anyway, I wanted to share my list and I may add some comments about some of the books. If you see something that you might be interested in, just ask and I’ll tell you what I thought of the book.
2013 books read (so far) – in no particular order
1) Callis Rose by Mark Tufo
- Great book!
2) Life of Pi by Yann Martel
3) The Lost Stars: Tarnished Knight by Jack Campbell
4) Daughter of the Sword: A Novel of the Fated Blades by Steve Bein
5) Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson
- Interesting twist on a world with people with super-powers.
6) Spartan Gold by Clive Cussler
- If you wanted a “popcorn-movie” book to read, this would be a good one.
7) The Disciple by Stephen Coonts
- Very interesting fictional story involving Iran.
8) Sandman Slim by Richard Kadrey
9) Lycan Fallout: Rise of the Werewolf by Mark Tufo
10 )Killing Floor by Lee Child
11) Greywalker: Book 1 by Kat Richardson
12) City of Bones The Mortal Instruments, Book 1 by Cassandra Clare
- Meh. Some interesting ideas about the supernatural world, but not much else.
13) The Cobweb by Neal Stephenson, J. Frederick George
14) Ex-Heroes by Peter Clines
- Super heroes in a zombie apocalypse. ‘nuff said.
15) 14 by Peter Clines
- Hard to describe this book, but it was a quick and enjoyable read.
- It has a very Stephen King-like feel to it, because it basically takes a collection of normal people and puts them into a very unusual situation.
16) The Cartel by Ashley & Jaquavis
17) Suspect by Robert Crais
18) Leviathan Wakes by James S A Corey
- Great “hard sci-fi” story. I’m looking forward to picking up the sequels.
19) As the Crow Dies: A Jason Crow West Texas Mystery, Book 1 by Ken Casper
20) Among Others by Jo Walton
21) Blowback, A Retrieval Artist Novel by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
22) Clockwork Angels by Kevin J. Anderson
23) The Casual Vacancy by J. K. Rowling
- It’s not that she doesn’t tell a good story, it’s just that I didn’t care about the story or the characters.
24) The Racketeer by John Grisham
- Meh. It’s a good read in one sense, but I hated the small-town lawyer goes to jail for a few years and is now some sort of master criminal plot.
25) The Bat: A Harry Hole Thriller, Book 1 by Jo Nesbo
26) The Wind Through the Keyhole: The Dark Tower by Stephen King
- Great story for fans of the Dark Tower, but not sure anyone else would enjoy it.
27) The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
- Another interesting teenage book with a couple of new ideas about magic.
- Awkward ending, but still pretty good.
28) Paper Towns by John Green
- Teenage angst story. Quick and good read.
29) The Keeper of Lost Causes: Department Q, Book 1 by Jussi Adler-Olsen
30) The Cloud Roads by Martha Wells
31) Redshirts by John Scalzi
- Hilarious! – read by Wil Wheaton
32) 11-22-63 by Stephen King
- More fantasy than horror, but a great story. King puts a lot of detail into the world of the late 50s and early 60s. Great detail about Dallas as well.
33) Under the Dome by Stephen King (re-read)
- One of King’s best!
34) Twelve Years a Slave – Enhanced Edition by Solomon Northup and Dr. Sue Eakin
- This is the source material for the movie of the same name. This book is Northup’s original account of his experience as a free African-American who was kidnapped in 1841 and sold into slavery for 12 years before being found and returned home to New York.
- It also contains footnotes to Dr. Sue Eakin’s incredibly thorough research documenting the actual people, places and events that take place in the book.
- If you see the movie, then I’d recommend reading the book. There are a lot of details the movie didn’t cover that are in the book.
35) Near Death: Book 1 of the Near Death Series by Richard C Hale
36) Twittering from the Circus of the Dead by Joe Hill
37) Death Sight: A Will Castleton Novel by David Bain
38) Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
39) Divergent by Veronica Roth
40) NOS4A2 by Joe Hill
41) The Fixer: A Lawson Vampire Novel 1 by Jon F. Merz
42) World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks
43) Horns: A Novel by Joe Hill
44) A Storm of Swords: A Song of Fire and Ice, Book Three by George R. R. Martin (re-read)
45) Blood Skies (Book 1) by Steven Montano
46) Catching Fire, by Suzanne Collins (re-read)
47) Locke & Key Vol 1: Welcome to Lovecraft by Joe Hill & Gabriel Rodriguez
48) Flashpoint by Geoff Johns
49) How to Tell If Your Cat Is Plotting to Kill You by the Oatmeal
50) Batwoman Vol 1:Hydrology (The New 52) by J.H. Williams III, W. Haden Blackman and Amy Reeder
51) Superman: Earth One by J. Michael Straczynski & Shane Davis
- Part of the New 52, I think. A new twist on Superman that fun to read. Superman is a hard character to deal with, I think.
53) Hawkeye, Vol 1: My Life as a Weapon by Mark Fraction, David Aja and Javier Pulido
- I’ve never read much on Hawkeye and thought he was a strange choice to include in the Avengers. After reading this graphic novel, I was much more intrigued by the character and will probably pick up the next volumes of the comic.