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26 December 2014 @ 02:04 pm
To Be Read 2015  

I am declaring 2015 to be Read Books By People I Know. Realistically I will, of course, read books by people I don’t know, so to make this work I think I’ll have to make every other book one by Somebody I Know.

It may take 2 years to clear my TBR shelves of books by people I know, at that rate (and that’s assuming I don’t buy any more…), but it’d be a start. :) (oh, there’s 35 of them at the moment, not counting whichever ones I’ve missed. I *could* in theory read all of those this year. Although there are several cases, like with Juliet’s books, where I want to re-read the first book before going on to read the rest of the trilogy, or where I currently only own the first book and will want to read the rest of the series when I’m done with it…okay, it’s gonna take two years… :))

The really important question here is whether interacting with people on Twitter and LJ counts as knowing them, or if I have to have met them in real life. Granted, that affects…perhaps two…of the authors on my shelves at this point, so maybe it doesn’t matter.

I’m going to try to pick up with my GGK re-read, too. It turned out the book that stopped me wasn’t the one that I hadn’t cared for 20 years ago, but the one with the ending I hate. I tried it two or three times and never got past the first few sentences, because I was pre-emptively pissed off at the finale. I can’t decide if I should just skip it now or try one more time.

I declared a moratorium on book buying in 2014 and it was a terrible failure. This year I’m out of shelf space so I might be a little more successful. Or try harder. :)

Behind the cut lies the almost inevitably incomplete To Be Read list. Books with a star beside them are first-in-series and are being moved to the end of the list so I don’t buy even more books for my TBR this *year*, anyway; books in parentheses are books I, uh, bought this year. O.O

The TBR Shelf of Books By People I Know:
Bach, Rachel: FORTUNE’S PAWN, HONOR’S KNIGHT, HEAVEN’S QUEEN
Berg, Carol: DUST & LIGHT*
Buckell, Tobias: HURRICANE FEVER
Carey, MR: THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS
Carroll, Michael: SUPERHUMAN, THE ASCENSION
Cato, Beth: CLOCKWORK CROWN
Clare, Cassandra: CLOCKWORK ANGEL, (CLOCKWORK PRINCE, CLOCKWORK PRINCESS)
Cogman, Genevieve: (THE INVISIBLE LIBRARY)
Cornell, Paul: LONDON FALLING*
Elliott, Kate: COLD MAGIC*
Harkaway, Nick: ANGELMAKER
Hunter, Faith: DEATH’S RIVAL, RAVEN CURSED, (HAVE STAKES, WILL TRAVEL)
Kay, Guy Gavriel: RIVER OF STARS
Kingfisher, T.: (BRYONY & ROSES)
Lynch, Scott: THE REPUBLIC OF THIEVES
Macallan, Ben: DESDAEMONA
McKenna, Juliet E: BLOOD IN THE WATER, BANNERS IN THE WIND
Newman, Emma: BETWEEN TWO THORNS
Robinson, Kim Stanley: SHAMAN (omg i get to put KSR on my list of writers i know #dies), (AURORA)
Sagara, Michelle: SILENCE, TOUCH
Scarborough, Elizabeth Ann: (THE DRAGON, THE WITCH & THE RAILROAD)
Shevdon, Mike: STRANGENESS & CHARM + a couple others i think
Sperring, Kari: THE GRASS KING’S CONCUBINE
Sumner-Smith, Karina: RADIANT
Tarr, Judith: (FORGOTTEN SUNS)
Tchaikovsky, Adrian: EMPIRE IN BLACK AND GOLD
Tzavelas, Chrysoula: (CITADEL OF THE SKY)
Watt-Evans, Lawrence: A YOUNG MAN WITHOUT MAGIC
Williams, Walter Jon: THIS IS NOT A GAME

The TBR Shelf of Books By People I Don’t Know:
Austen, Jane: MANSFIELD PARK
Barnes, Mark T: /T/H/E/ /G/A/R/D/E/N/ /O/F/ /S/T/O/N/E/S/
Beaton, MC: SICK OF SHADOWS, HASTY DEATH, OUR LADY OF PAIN
Brin, David: (EXISTENCE)
Buchanan, Col: FARLANDER*
Burnett, Frances Hodgson: A LITTLE PRINCESS
Campbell, Alan: /S/E/A/ /O/F/ /G/H/O/S/T/S/
Campbell, Jack: DREADNAUGHT, INVINCIBLE, (GUARDIAN, STEADFAST, LEVIATHAN)
Cobley, Michael: /S/E/E/D/S/ /O/F/ /E/A/R/T/H/
Connolly, Sheila: RED DELICIOUS DEATH, A KILLER CROP, BITTER HARVEST, SOUR APPLES
Copperman, EJ: CHANCE OF A GHOST, AN UNINVITED GHOST
Coyle, Cleo: ON WHAT GROUNDS
Delaney, Joseph: THE SPOOK’S DESTINY
Friedman, Celia: LEGACY OF KINGS
Grafton, Sue: D IS FOR DEADBEAT, I IS FOR INNOCENT
Gaiman, Neil: THE GRAVEYARD BOOK
Hambly, Barbara: RAN AWAY, GOOD MAN FRIDAY, (CRIMSON TIDE)
Hamilton, Barbara: THE NINTH DAUGHTER, A MARKED MAN, SUP WITH THE DEVIL
Heyer, Georgette: FRIDAY’S CHILD
Knight, Francis: FADE TO BLACK
Kristoff, Jay: SHADOWDANCER
Lo, Malinda: HUNTRESS
Leon, Donna: /B/E/A/S/T/L/Y/ /T/H/I/N/G/S/
Lyle, Anne: THE ALCHEMIST OF SOULS
McDowall, Iain: /P/E/R/F/E/C/T/L/Y/ /D/E/A/D/
Pratchett, Terry: (THE LONG EARTH, THE LONG WAR, THE LONG MARS, THE LONG UTOPIA)
Steele, Allen: SPINDRIFT
Tregellis, Ian: BITTER SEEDS
Wexler, Django: THE FORBIDDEN LIBRARY

Non-Fiction:
Clements, Jonathan: A BRIEF HISTORY OF KHUBILAI KHAN
Emmerson, Charles: THE FUTURE HISTORY OF THE ARCTIC
Farmelo, Graham: THE STRANGEST MAN
Garfield, Simon: JUST MY TYPE
Goldstone, Nancy: JOANNA
Isaacson, Rupert: THE HORSE BOY
Leon, Vicki: 4000 YEARS OF UPPITY WOMEN
Palmer, Amanda: THE ART OF ASKING
Weatherford, Jack: SECRET HISTORY OF THE MONGOL QUEENS
Weir, Alison: ELEANOR OF AQUITAINE
Wilson, Ben: DECENCY & DISORDER

(x-posted from The Essential Kit)

 
 
 
Deborah Blakedeborahblakehps on December 26th, 2014 01:48 pm (UTC)
I read Carol Berg's book, and it was amazing (as usual). And, ahem, don't forget that there is a second book in the Baba Yaga series after Wickedly Dangerous. I'm pretty sure I know where you could get a copy to add to your already groaning shelves :-)
kitmizkit on December 26th, 2014 05:59 pm (UTC)
See, this is what I mean by the list being inevitably incomplete... :)
Deborah Blakedeborahblakehps on December 26th, 2014 07:30 pm (UTC)
Bwahahahahaha!
Jason Drakejasondrake on December 26th, 2014 02:30 pm (UTC)
I really like posts like this one because this is one of the main ways I build my own TBR list. By looking at what books authors I like read and recommend.
kitmizkit on December 27th, 2014 10:08 am (UTC)
oh good, I'm glad you get somethign out of this kind of post! I always feel like they're perhaps especially self-involved... :)
6_penny on December 26th, 2014 05:55 pm (UTC)
River of Stars was a good read. Kept me up a couple of nights.
Amberleyamberley on December 26th, 2014 10:03 pm (UTC)
Book Advice from the Internet
My recommendation for what it's worth. 1) Skip the GGK book you hate the ending of. 2) Read THE GRAVEYARD BOOKTHE ART OF ASKING *right now* 3) ... 4) PROFIT!
kitmizkit on December 27th, 2014 10:07 am (UTC)
Re: Book Advice from the Internet
I think skipping the GGK book may be necessary. It's sad, because up until THE VERY LAST CHAPTER it had beaten TIGANA as my favourite, and I kind of want to revisit that, but whoo boy apparently I have Issues. O.O

If you could get back to me on the details of 3), I will happily read THE ART OF ASKING in the meantime, because 4) sounds great! :)
Mary Annepers1stence on December 27th, 2014 08:57 am (UTC)
As much as I love most of KSR, I couldn't finish Shaman (or the galileo one)
kitmizkit on December 27th, 2014 10:04 am (UTC)
Oh yeah? I lurched my way through Galileo, and...I've owned SHAMAN for a long time but didn't even want to start it until I'd finished the Walker Papers. :) I'll report back on it when I do read it! :)
Mary Annepers1stence on December 27th, 2014 07:11 pm (UTC)
I found Shaman ponderously slow and character-driven, which I have never felt was his strong point.
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Trent the Uncatchableknappenp on December 29th, 2014 09:38 pm (UTC)
Where did you meet WJW?!? Also, I have copied your list for my own nefarious purposes.
kitmizkit on December 29th, 2014 09:40 pm (UTC)
Eastercon last year in England! He was one of the guests of honor. Lovely, lovely man. We had a good time talking about the mess the publishing industry is in. :)