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Book Logs 2013 - Roundup

I didn't manage my 50 books this year, largely due to writing - i.e. my three book deal with DAW. When I'm in the throes of writing I'm afraid reading is one of the casualties. I managed 36 books, only 33 of them novels, however, I thoroughly enjoyed discovering some new (to me) authors, especially Kevin Hearne, Benedict Jacka and Jim Hines at the beginning of the year, all books about young male magic users in urban fantasy settings, then Anne Lyle and Scott Lynch at the end of it, both writing fantasy with a historical setting. I also thoroughly enjoyed more books from favourite authors, Anne Aguirre, Joe Abercrombie, Patricia Briggs, Kari Sperring, Ilona Andrews, George R.R. Martin and Karen Traviss. Mixed in with the new books were re-reads, not previously book blogged, from Liz Williams, James Hetley and Kate Elliott.

All in all a good reading year with very few duds. I've already got more books than I can possibly tackle in 2014 lined up on my kindle and on my bookshelves. In fact if I never buy another book - ever - (and how likely is that?) I probably won't live long enough to read through my strategic book reserve unless I make it past 100. I'm not sure whether that's comforting or not! I'm looking forward to reading Gaie Siebold, Tom Pollock, Ben Aaronovitch and more Terry Pratchett in the new year.

In 2013 I read:
1. Margaret Mahy: The Haunting
2. Kevin Hearne: Hounded – Iron Druid #1
3. Kristen Callihan: Firelight – Darkest London #1
4. Ilona Andrews: Steel's Edge – The Edge #4
5. Robert V S Redick: The Red Wolf Conspiracy – Chathrand Voyages #1
6. Benedict Jacka: Fated – Alex Verus #1
7. Jim C. Hines: Libriomancer – Magic Ex Libris #1
8. David Feintuch: Midshipman's Hope – Seafort Saga #1
9. Benedict Jacka: Cursed – Alex Verus #2
10. Freda Warrington: Elfland
11. Joe Abercrombie: Best Served Cold
12. Seanan McGuire: Rosemary and Rue
13. Patricia Briggs: Frost Burned – Mercy Thompson #7
14. Kari Sperring: The Grass King's Concubine
15. Ilona Andrews: Fate's Edge – The Edge #3
16. Terry Jones: Medieval Lives
17. Georgette Heyer: The Toll Gate
18. Anne Aguirre: Aftermath
19. Douglas Hill: Young Legionary
20. George R.R. Martin: A Clash of Kings
21. Kate Elliott: Jaran
22. Cassandra Rose Clarke: The Pirate's Wish
23.  Rayne Hall: Writing Fight Scenes
24. George R.R. Martin: A Storm of Swords, Part 1 Steel and Snow - A Song of Ice and Fire #3A
25. George R.R. Martin: A Storm of Swords, Part 2 Blood and Gold - A Song of Ice and Fire #3B
26. Karen Traviss: Star Wars: The Clone Wars - No Prisoners      
27. Chris Mould: Pip and the Twilight Seekers: A Spindlewood Tale
28. James Hetley: The Summer Country
29. Liz Williams: Snake Agent
30. Anne Lyle: The Alchemist of Souls – Night's Masque #1
31. Tanya Huff: The Wild Ways – Gale Women #2
32. Anne Lyle: The Merchant of Dreams – Night's Masque #2
33. Anne Lyle: The Prince of Lies – Night's Masque #3
34. David Hewson; Writing a Novel with Scrivener
35. Zenna Henderson: Ingathering - The Complete People Stories
36. Scott Lynch: The Lies of Locke Lamora


I keep a rolling count as you may have noticed.

Something over a hundred but some of them were huge tomes for work or review.
I really aim to reach fifty in a year and this is the first year since 2008 that I've fallen below my target, but it's the first year I've had a book contract, so I may well aim for forty in 2014 as I know I don't/can't read as much when I'm writing.
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