In 2012, I read 35 books (15 full length novels, 5 graphic novels, 14 audio books, and 1 audio novella). In 2013, I would like to beat that. I’m striving for 40 books this year. I think that’s relatively reasonable given the fact that I go through at least one audio book a month (thank you Audible), read a least one novel a month, and will likely through in a few graphic novels just to spice things up.
Right now, I’m about 3/4 of the way through Brent Weeks’ Black Prism. It’s really good, but is taking me a while to get through. Hopefully, I’ll wrap that up by the end of the week and then I’ve got the following in store:
- Cold Days (Dresden Files, #14) by Jim Butcher
- The Fall of Hyperion (Hyperion Cantos, #2) by Dan Simmons
- A Shadow in Summer (The Long Price Quartet, #1) by Daniel Abraham
- The Way of Kings (The Stormlight Archive, #1) by Brandon Sanderson
- A Feast for Crows (A Song of Ice and Fire, #4) by George R.R. Martin
- The Dirty Streets of Heaven (Bobby Dollar, #1) by Tad Williams
- Redshirts by John Scalzi
- Hexed (The Iron Druid Chronicles, #2) by Kevin Hearne
I haven’t included it on the list, but I do also plan to read more books in the Chronicles of Amber. I’ve read the first two and own the whole series in one compendium. I’ll also continue my Dresden “re-read.” I’ve read all of the novels (short of the most recent) and now I’m going through them as audio books. James Marsters does a wicked Harry Dresden and it’s been a lot of fun. I’m only on the fourth book, but I bought the first twelve when they were on sale.
I also want to continue reading the Y: The Last Man graphic novel. I read the first two volumes, but every time I checked the library for the third, it was out. I guess I’m going to have to break down and buy that one so I can keep reading.
Beyond that, I have decided yet, but I own all of the books on the list and I want to read them before the year is through. What’s exciting about that list is the fact that several of the novels are relatively new. For some reason, I find it a lot much exciting to read a series when a lot of people are reading it and talking about it.
Every year, I also try to read something from an author that, somehow, I haven’t read before. I’m pretty sure I’ll pick up something by Peter V. Brett this year, but perhaps I’ll also try to jump into the legendary Discworld series by Terry Pratchett. My only exposure to Pratchett thus far was through Good Omens, which I enjoyed.
I would also like to sneak in some classic reads. I’m not sure what those will be this year, beyond The Chronicles of Amber. Perhaps something by Philip K. Dick, Isaac Asimov, or Ray Bradbury.
In any case, I think I’ve got a pretty good lineup for 2013. Time to get reading!