Friday, January 02, 2015

Final Catch Up with the 2014 To-Read List

Back in February I posted a list of 19 books I wanted to read this year, the list ordered by presumed publication date.  I ran an update to that post back in September, and now that we're into 2015 it is time to run the final update.

I have read 12 of the 19 books from the list.  This probably one of the better results from making a to-read list at the beginning of the year.  Things happen, publication dates get pushed back. Feist's King of Ashes and Lynch's Thorn of Emberlain were pushed to 2015, so I'm really at 12 of 17 books published in 2014.

If I'm being completely honest, I haven't read Symbiont yet, but I have a copy from the library and I'm going to start it this weekend.  So, it's a preemptive count.  On the other hand, I own a copy of One-Eyed Jack, but I know I'm not going to start it in the next couple of days, so I'm not counting it as read.  I'm nothing if not inconsistent. 

There is no reason why I didn't get to One-Eyed Jack or My Real Children.

I'm behind on the Glamourist Histories series from Mary Robinette Kowal, so I was never getting to Valour and Vanity this year.  Same with Cibola Burn, though I will be getting Abaddon's Gate from the library in the next week, so I'll have a chance to catch up to the series before Nemesis Games is published.

Finally, Going Gray was self published by Karen Traviss and since my book buying budget is limited these days, I don't expect to be able to purchase it anytime soon and my library may not get it.  There is a listing for the book, but I think it is back to when Going Gray had a traditional publisher and I'm not convinced the library will pull the trigger on it as a self published novel.  So, one day.  I hope Traviss has enormous success with the book, though.  Her Wess'har Wars were fantastic, and she has easily been my favorite Star Wars author when she was writing in that universe.  I haven't read her Gears of War or Halo novels, but that's entirely due to lack of universe familiarity.

12 out of 19, with two books not published.  That's not bad.

1. Annihilation, by Jeff VanderMeer (Feb)
2. Locke and Key: Alpha and Omega, by Joe Hill (Feb)
3. Words of Radiance, by Brandon Sanderson (Mar)
4. Steles of the Sky, by Elizabeth Bear (Apr)
5. Valour and Vanity, by Mary Robinette Kowal (Apr)
6. King of Ashes, by Raymond E. Feist (May)
7. Cyador’s Heirs, by L. E. Modesitt, Jr (May)
8. Defenders, by Will McIntosh (May)
9. My Real Children, by Jo Walton (May)
10. Cibola Burn, by James S. A. Corey (Jun)
11. Mr. Mercedes, by Stephen King (Jun)
12. The Girls at the Kingfisher Club, by Genevieve Valentine (Jun)
13. One-Eyed Jack, by Elizabeth Bear (Aug)
14. Lock In, by John Scalzi (Aug)
15. Hawk, by Steven Brust (Sep)
16. Maplecroft, by Cherie Priest (Sep)
17. The Thorn of Emberlain, by Scott Lynch (Nov)
18. Symbiont, by Mira Grant (Nov)
19. Going Gray, by Karen Traviss (Dec)

1 comment:

Nick Leshi said...

Impressive! You're an inspiration for me to tackle my own reading list with more dedication in 2015!