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!


What I’m Reading: Partials


I’m a Hunger Games freak. I love the series, and I saw the movie on opening weekend in IMAX. I’m a big fan of YA dystopian/post-apocalyptic fiction in general, and I’m also a fan of Battlestar Galactica. Partials by Dan Wells sounds like a YA Battlestar Galactica in a lot of ways. It’s a sci-fi dystopia. There are organic robots. Humanity has been reduced to a small group of people trying to repopulate their world. It didn’t take much more than reading the description to know I’d like this book.


by Dan Wells




The main character Kira Walker is working as an apprentice in the hospital learning how to be a doctor. She mostly observes the deaths of newborns because a virus released years ago by the organic robots (known as Partials) kills the babies within 72 hours. This means the human race is slowly but surely dying out. Because there could be a chance that someone will have a child that is immune to the virus, the government has passed the Hope Act requiring all women over 18 to get pregnant as often as possible. Kira becomes convinced that curing the virus is tied to the Partials, but no one has seen one in years.

There are so many twists in this story, and even if I guessed many of them, I enjoyed the ride. Kara lives in a world where teenagers have all the responsibilities of adulthood but few of the advantages. One of the things that annoys me in much of YA is teenage angst, but Partials is one of the rare stories where the angst was justified. These teenagers work hard at full-time jobs, live independently, and contribute to society like adults, but they have no say in their government because the voting age remains 18. As every teenager has said at least once, “That is so unfair!” Kira is a strong and confident young woman who is determined to make a difference, and I followed her journey without blinking. I can’t wait to read the next book in this series.

Partials is a book you should buy, not borrow from the library. I highly recommend it.

What I’m Going to Be Reading 2012


I’m looking forward to a lot of things this year.

The Hunger Games movie. I may attend dressed as Effie Trinket. It’s mostly a question of whether I can procure a pink wig.

Completing the first draft of my novel. May 2012, people! That’s the goal, crazy though it may be.

And books. Lots and lots of books.


by Veronica Roth

Sequel to Divergent that I loved last year. Tris was supposed to be celebrating the day she officially joined her chosen faction, but a war is brewing. I can’t wait to see where Roth takes the story. Tris is one of my favorite heroines, right there next to Katniss Everdeen.




by Marissa Meyer

Book One in the Lunar Chronicles. The heroine, Cinder, is a cyborg. That was enough for me, but if you need more, it’s described as a sci-fi take on Cinderella.




by Dan Wells

A sci-fi dystopian story. If you like Battlestar Galactica, the story will seem familiar. Man has created biologically-based robot super-soldiers to fight wars. Then a deadly virus started killing everyone.




by Leah Bobet

This isn’t my typical fare. I’m not an urban fantasy type of girl. But this book looks really cool.  Matthew lives in Safe, a secret underground refuge for freaks with animal body parts or special powers like seeing ghosts. When someone threatens to destroy their haven, Matthew must find a way to protect those he loves.


If you know of something coming out this year that I didn’t mention, please let me know about it!