Reading done in 2013

December 31, 2013

The count for this year is 34.

I gobbled up a lot of Brandon Sanderson (fantasy) and Arthur C. Clarke (science fiction) this year. Everything I read by these guys was first rate. I cannot recommend them enough.

I also read a lot of short stories from The Best of the Best New SF by Gardner Dozois but since I didn’t complete the entire collection I decided to mention the books in next year’s list.

Best book: The Sands of Mars by Arthur C. Clarke

I felt genuine excitement as if it was I who was making ground-breaking discoveries on Mars.

Worst book: Bury my heart at wounded knee by Dee Brown

The accounts of atrocities against Native Americans were shocking and eye-opening but they tended to sound repetitive and the absence of a plot tying all the separate accounts together made this book tedious to plow through.

The books are:

  1. The wise man’s fear by Patrick Rothfuss
  2. World War Z by Max Brooks
  3. Before memory fades by Fali Nariman
  4. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
  5. Neither here nor there by Bill Bryson
  6. A walk in the woods by Bill Bryson
  7. Mistborn: the final empire by Brandon Sanderson
  8. The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson
  9. The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson
  10. Hyperion by Dan Simmons
  11. The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson
  12. All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
  13. Alcatraz versus the evil librarians by Brandon Sanderson
  14. Bury my heart at wounded knee by Dee Brown
  15. Summer of night by Dan Simmons
  16. Shade’s children by Garth Nix
  17. Relic by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
  18. Gone, Baby, Gone by Dennis Lehane
  19. The lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
  20. The Testament of Mary by Colm Toibin
  21. The spy who came in from the cold by John le Carre
  22. A wrinkle in time by Madeleine L’Engle
  23. Hood (King Raven 1) by Stephen R. Lawhead
  24. Prelude to Foundation by Isaac Asimov
  25. The twelve tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis
  26. Pather Panchali by Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay
  27. Galapagos by Kurt Vonnegut
  28. 2001: A space odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke
  29. Red seas under red skies by Scott Lynch
  30. Notes from a Small Island by Bill Bryson
  31. How to win friends and influence people by Dale Carnegie
  32. Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson
  33. The City and the Stars and The Sands of Mars by Arthur C. Clarke
  34. Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
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