I had meant to get this post up sooner, but the nature of a blog is to be ignored and ignored it was.
In 2013, I read a total of 20 books. It’s a little shabby, especially considering the large amounts of free time I had compared to previous years (though, I suspect the lack of free time is what pressed me to read more when I could). As well, I certainly spent more time writing for myself than I have in previous years, so at least I managed to strike some sort of rough literally truce between my pen and the books on my shelf.
Here’s what I plowed through last year:
- Stephen King – The Green Mile
- Frank Miller – Batman: Year One
- Robert Jordan – The Eye of the World
- John Wyndham – The Day of the Triffids
- Harry Harrison – Make Room! Make Room!
- Michael Pollan – The Botany of Desire
- Sigmund Freud – Civilization and its discontents
- Tristan Das – Documentary Screenwriting
- Linda J. Cowgill – The art of Plotting
- Kurt Vonnegut – Player Piano
- Marilyn Webber – The Writer’s Road Map
- Alan Weisman – The World Without Us
- Edward Dolnick – The Clockwork Universe
- Maurice Druon – The Iron King
- Stephen King – Insomnia
- Robert Jordan – The Great Hunt
- Bryan Lee O’Malley – Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life
- Ethan A. Kincaid – Blood Of Midnight: The Broken Prophecy
- Robert Jordan – The Dragon Reborn
I also read an ebook called A Crash Course in Visual Content Creation but I can’t seem to find the damn thing or remember who authored it.
I had a good year in the non-fiction category. Most were insightful, others life changing: after reading The Botany of Desire I can honestly say I will never buy non-organic potatoes again (in fact, the majority of all vegetables I buy are now organic).
I wasn’t expecting to read so much fantasy, but that’s just the way the cards hit the table this time around. As always, I squeezed in a few Stephen King novels in there, but that’s to be expected since everyone needs a little junk food now and then (and it’s so plentiful and wondrous!). What I did realize is that I need to branch out my reading patterns a little bit more and dive into new authors, which I have fortunately already started this year.