Books 2013

The List of good, bad, and indifferent reading this year, in exactly no order:

Dead Man in My Bed Nick Mamatas (A-) (1.b)
On Mystic Lake Kristin Hannah (C+) (1)
World Without End Ken Follet (B+) (2.b.1)
How to have a green thumb without an aching back Ruth Stout (A-) (2.b)
If you could see me now Cecelia Ahern (B+) (2.b.1)
Murder on the Leviathan Boris Akunin (B-) (2.b.1)
Seraphina Rachel Hartman (A) (2.b.1)
Ophelia, the Rose of Elsinore Mary Cowden Clarke (B-) (1.b.1)
Veil of night Linda Howard (F) (2.b.1) *
Emeraude volume 2, Elise Boucher, ed. (+) (1.b) **
Silent Night Stakeout Kerry Conner (C) (1.a)
How to Talk to Girls at Parties Neil Gaiman (C) (1.b)
Tangents Greg Bear (B+) (1)
The Girl Who Sat by the Ashes Padraic Colum (A)(1.b.1)
Ivanhoe Sir Walter Scott (B) (1.b.1)
The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There Cathrynne M. Valente (A) (2.b.2)
The Mermaid Chair Sue Monk Kid (B+) (2.b.1)
The Night Circus Erin Morgenstern (A/C) (2.b.2) *** {accompanying game here}
Cloud Atlas David Mitchell (A) (2.b.1)
The Falls Joyce Carol Oates (D) (2.b.1) (I agree with this review)
Portraits of His Children George R. R. Martin (B-) (2.b.2)
The Ocean at the End of the Lane Neil Gaiman (A) (2.b.2)

I have read a lot of online fiction this year but did not bother to keep track of it, which is a shame, as I now wish I could go back and reread it. Lesson learned, and here recorded for the reminder I will surely need.

In progress:
Books are considered in progress if I read at least a few pages now and again and plan to continue through to the end.

The Surprising Adventures of Baron Munchausen Rudolph Erich Raspe
Agnes Grey Anne Bronte
A Game of Thrones George R.R. Martin
Great Expectations Charles Dickens
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Lewis Carroll (a re-read)
Uneasy Bones: Dark Works by Women Elise C. Boucher & Kora Hennings, ed. ****
Cryptonomicon Neal Stephenson
Thoughtcrime Experiments Sumana Harihareswara & Leonard Richardson, editors
The Custom of the Country Edith Warton
Night and Day Virginia Woolf
Midwestern Gothic Summer 2011, Issue 2, edited by Jeff Pfaller, Robert James Russell
The Jungle Upton Sinclair
Night Train to Lisbon Pascal Mercier
The Invisible Man H.G. Wells
The Time Machine H.G. Wells
The Eye of the World Robert Jordan
Love in the Time of Cholera Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Grimms Fairy Tales
The Name of the Rose Umberto Eco
One Hundred Years of Solitude Gabriel Garcia Marquez
The Year of the Unicorn Andre Norton (this is a reread)


Books are considered abandoned when I don’t intend to continue reading them, but may finish at some future point. This is not the same as the grades of D or F–those are books I hated and am done with.

Fairy Tale Review: The Blue Issue Kate Bernheimer, editor

Key to codes:

(1) Purchased, Gifted to me, or freely available.
(1.a) Used
(1.b) Ebook
(1.b.1) Audiobook

(2) Borrowed
(2.a) Personal
(2.b) Library
(2.b.1) Audiobook
(2.b.2) ebook
(2.c) ebook (not from library)

C+ or better is acceptable reading to me. C is, obviously, on the fence, C- is a book I would read but not buy and will release into the wild if it happens to be something I own, and D or F is something I will never read again and may not have bothered to finish. A double dagger grade (‡) indicates that this multi-author compilation has works that I would range across the whole spectrum, whereas a (+) is a multi-author work I mostly enjoyed and a (-) is a multi-author work I mostly disliked.

Some books also get notes added:
* I could not get past the first 10 minutes. Lightweight romance, no matter what the sub-genre, just fails for me in audio format. So I wanted to put that note out there, because I might have been able to plow through it had I been reading a print version.

**Works I edited: There are several reasons for listing these works. First, they represent a lot of reading in order to select the works that make it into the compendiums and anthologies. Second, it’s much easier to list the anthology/compendium than to individually list all the titles–and I do not want to list anything individual story I read and did not select, for the sake of the submitters. Third: there is nothing wrong with some minor self promotion. Yay!

*** This book gets a dual grade because I really enjoyed it for the most part, but it ended so weakly that it was almost like I was reading a different book.

****This call for submissions generated so much reading material that I want to represent it here. I’m so happy about that, but it is also true that it’s preventing me from reading things already published.


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