What I’ll Be Reading, 2013 Edition


I love writing this post every year. I discovered Goodreads a few months ago, so this list will be considerably longer than previous years. I still love post-apocalyptic and dystopian YA, but I rediscovered my love of nonfiction this fall. I’ll start with fiction and move to nonfiction. Grab a cup of tea or coffee. This is a long list.

Shades of Earth, final book in the Across the Universe trilogy by Beth Revis

I confess that this trilogy started out less than stellar for me, but the second book changed my opinion. I cannot wait to see where this story ends.




Fragments, sequel to Partials by Dan Wells

From the first paragraph of Partials, I was hooked. I must know what happens to Kira. Must. Know. Immediately.





Reached, final book in the Matched trilogy by Allie Condie

It’s sitting on my bookshelf. I just need to pick it up. I’m procrastinating because it is a longer book than the first two, and just looking at it makes me tired in anticipation of late nights trying to finish one more chapter.




Through the Ever Night, sequel to Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
I am very curious to see what happens in this book. So many possibilities for Aria and Perry. So many plot threads that could be followed. I can’t wait. Here’s hoping I win the ARC giveaway on Goodreads!




Crewel  by Gennifer Albin

Read this description and try tell me you don’t want to read it too:

“Sixteen-year-old Adelice Lewys has always been special. When her parents discover her gift—the ability to weave the very fabric of reality—they train her to hide it. For good reason, they don’t want her to become a Spinster — one of the elite, beautiful, and deadly women who determine what people eat, where they live, how many children they have, and even when they die.”



Scarlet, sequel to Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Little Red Riding Hood, retold as sci-fi and somehow Cinderella is involved. The first book was so good that I have complete confidence in the sequel. I can’t wait!





Infected by Scott Sigler

I got this for Christmas. I’m very curious because this is the first book from a writer has previously done podcast-only audiobooks. It’s about a deadly bio-engineered parasite that makes people go insane with rage.





Starters by Lissa Price

Another Christmas gift! A teenager allows her body to be taken over by a senior adult who wants new lease on life. Then she wakes up in that person’s life with fancy clothes, lots of money, and a conspiracy that she had no idea about when she let that senior adult borrow her body.

Sounds  little ridiculous, but it should be good fun.



The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley
I started reading this a few years ago, but I didn’t finish because the library wouldn’t let me renew it. I love Flavia de Luce and want to get to know her better. Hopefully my new local library will let me keep it longer.




The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
This is Goodread’s fault. I’ve never read this classic book but suddenly wanted to after seeing it on a thousand lists. I’m also trying to stretch my reading horizons.




The American Plague: the Untold Story of Yellow Fever, the Epidemic That Shaped Our History by Molly Crosby
I said I rediscovered my love of nonfiction. I also realized how much I don’t know about American history and felt this would be a good place to start.





The Disappearing Spoon by Sam Kean
I love trivia, and this seems like it will be a veritable smorgasbord. Using the periodic table, Kean tells the bizarre stories connected to the elements, such as why gallium is the favorite element for geek pranksters.




Monsters from the Id by Michael E. Jones
I follow Douglas Wilson on Goodreads, so there’s going to be some oddities on my list this year. This is about horror in fiction and film. I’m not a horror reader, but I think this will be an interesting read.




100 Cupboards by N.D. Wilson

I know this is a middle-grade book. I happen to be a huge Nate Wilson fan without having read any of his fiction. Why? Because in this article and this interview he said everything I’ve been thinking about writing for years. I really hope he does writing conferences because I want to meet him. I’m in the middle of Notes from the Tilt-a-Whirl, his nonfiction work for adults, and it is both irritating and amazing, sometimes in the same paragraph. He’s also writing a screenplay for C.S. Lewis’ The Great Divorce. I’ll probably wait to read 100 Cupboards until after I’ve finished Tilt-a-Whirl, but I’m very curious to see what he can do with fiction.


Lord of the Flies by William Golding

One of those classics that I’ve never read. I’m going to remedy that this year.





Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott
My creative writing professor used this book many times, and I finally own it! I intend to read the entire book slowly and systematically with pencil and highlighter close by.





As you can see, I have a lot on the docket. I should be an interesting and fun year!


New Years Post: What I Read


I’ve done a lot of reading over the last year. I read over my lunch breaks at work. I read in between contractions (yes, really. It kept my mind off of the pain.) before we left for the hospital. I read during maternity leave while my son napped. I read on my breaks at work for a few months until I got to stay home full time. Now that I’m home, reading happens during my son’s naps (if he naps) or after he’s in bed for the night.

I should also mention I’m one of those freaks of nature who reads really fast. That’s how I’ve been able to read so many books while caring for an infant. I might go back and review a few of these tomes, but for now I’ll just list and summarize my favorites.

My 5 Favorite Books I Read in 2011:

5. The Dark and Hollow Places by Carrie Ryan- Book 3 of a dystopian fiction series. There are zombies. Trust me: you’ll like Carrie Ryan even if you don’t like zombies.

4. The Water Wars by Cameron Stracher- Dystopian fiction where the world has run out of water, and the main character meets a boy who seems to have plenty. Then the boy gets kidnapped. Imaginative, fun, and a good quick read.

3. Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi- More dystopian fiction (considering how much is out there, are you really surprised?) where the world has flooded. A boy breaking down beached ships for scrap finds a young woman in the wreck of a luxury yacht. Then he discovers someone is trying to kill her. This is Bacigalupi’s first YA novel, and I want to read more.

2. Across the Universe by Beth Revis- A space opera set on a generation ship. A girl in cryogenic stasis is nearly killed after being woken 50 years too early, and together with the young captain-in-training, she must figure out who would want to murder her. This book recommendation comes with a warning: there is some sexual content in the book, specifically an attempted rape. It was an important plot point and not graphic enough for me to quit reading, but it definitely made me cringe.

1. Divergent by Veronica Roth- I love Veronica Roth. I love the way she writes, and I love Tris, the heroine she created in Divergent. Yet another dystopian offering, the world is divided into factions that value a specific virtue above all others. The story starts just before Tris must choose her own faction, and she is caught between her family and her own desires.

All this reading gave me a better sense of what was right and wrong with my own novel, and I hope to finally complete that darn first draft this spring. Hopefully my son will cooperate by actually sleeping through the night!

Happy New Year! Welcome, 2012!