Listspam: Read in 2013, Part 1

It’s that time of year where lots of people start posting lists of things on their blogs and lots of other people get annoyed at them for it. WELP.

These are all the (prose) books that I read in the last year. They’re listed in the order they were started, but not necessarily in the order finished. I did not manage my goal of reading 52 books – I went into a reading/writing/everything productive slump in November – but I did manage to read a lot more than I have in many years.

1 – The Lost Art of Reading: Why Books Matter in a Distracted Time – David L. Ulin
2 – The Unblemished – Conrad Williams
3 – The Fifty Year Sword – Mark Z. Danielewski
4 – Seized – Lynne Cantwell
5 – We Have Always Lived in the Castle – Shirley Jackson
6 – Starve Better – Nick Mamatas
7 – The Jewels of Aptor – Samuel R. Delany
8 – Redshirts – John Scalzi
9 – Black Sheep – Ben Peek
10 – A Wizard of Earthsea – Ursula Le Guin
11 – The Tombs of Atuan – Ursula Le Guin
12 – The Farthest Shore – Ursula Le Guin
13 – Life of Pi – Yann Martel
14 – Tehanu – Ursula Le Guin
15 – The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle – Haruki Murakami
16 – A Hand-Book of Volapük – Andrew Drummond
17 – Farthing – Jo Walton
18 – Yellow Blue Tibia – Adam Roberts
19 – The Somnambulist – Jonathan Barnes
20 – Embassytown – China Miéville
21 – The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
22 – The Shining Girls – Lauren Beukes
23 – Red Seas Under Red Skies – Scott Lynch
24 – A Shadow in Summer – Daniel Abraham
25 – A Betrayal in Winter – Daniel Abraham
26 – Throne of the Crescent Moon – Saladin Ahmed
27 – The Haunting of Hill House – Shirley Jackson
28 – NOS4R2 – Joe Hill
29 – The Ocean at the End of the Lane – Neil Gaiman
30 – An Autumn War – Daniel Abraham
31 – The Price of Spring – Daniel Abraham
32 – Let’s Pretend This Never Happened – Jenny Lawson
33 – Adiamante – L. E. Modesitt, Jr
34 – The Ghost Brigades – John Scalzi
35 – And Now We Are Going To Have A Party – Nicola Griffith
36 – Temeraire – Naomi Novik
37 – Who Fears Death – Nnedi Okorafor
38 – Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury
39 – The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms – N. K. Jemisin
40 – The Drowning Girl – Caitlin R. Kiernan
41 – The Last Dark – Stephen R. Donaldson
42 – Wonderbook: The Illustrated Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction – Jeff VanderMeer
43 – Sensation – Nick Mamatas
44 – Pretty Monsters – Kelly Link
45 – Blackbirds – Chuck Wendig

Highlights of the year, in no particular order:
The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes is excellent, and I will almost certainly be putting it on my Hugo ballot.
The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman was also brilliant.
– Shirley Jackson. We Have Always Lived in the Castle is easily my favourite book of everything I read this year, and The Haunting of Hill House was also superb.
Wonderbook! Really excellent book, I’m not actually finished with it yet. Great resource for aspiring writers.
– More things that stood out: N K Jemisin’s The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, Nnedi Okorfor’s Who Fears Death, Joe Hill’s NOS4R2, China Miéville’s Embassytown.

Part 2 tomorrow: Comics and graphic novels.

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