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Book roundup for 2013 
2nd-Jan-2014 03:48 pm
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2013

I liked last year's roundup post so much, I'm doing it again. My goal with the book blog posts continues to be trying to write for understanding of people who read those posts. My intention was to talk about the flavor of the book, maybe some of the plot, and especially for whom I would recommend a book, and why. I like to think that I did a pretty good job of that in the beginning, but it really tailed off as I stopped posting reviews almost entirely.

I also made no commitments for work/nonfiction reading, and therefore read none. I completely slacked off from posting my reviews to GoodReads or Amazon. Maybe I'll go back and catch up. However, this year, I actually kept track of my re-reads. It made for an interesting exercise in trying not to re-re-read something too quickly.



In 2012, Silence, by Michele Sagara was my hands-down favorite. This year, I think that Written in Red, by Anne Bishop, takes that honor. While I only wrote it down for one re-read, that was after I had read it three times straight. In fact, I re-read 56 works ranging from children's literature to comic books during 2013 (that I remembered to record)

Total books/comics/stories recorded for this list as new reads - 53
January - 7
February - 4
March - 5
April - 2
May - 2
June - 3
July - 7
August - 5
September - 7
October - 1
November - 6
December - 4

And by genre...

Comic books/graphic novels - 4
Dystopia, YA or otherwise - 3
Fantasy and Science Fiction that were not anthologies (this includes "paranormal romance") - 33
Anthologies and short story collections, both by the same or by collected authors - 11
NOT sci-fi, fantasy, comics, or dystopia - 2

Books abandoned by genre:
Fantasy: 1 (Green)
Urban Fantasy: 2 (Beautiful Creatures, Tooth and Nail)
Anthologies: 1 (The Mad Scientist's Guide to World Domination)

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The list, one more time:

New Books
1/1/13 - Shelf Life, edited by Greg Ketter. Fantasy Anthology. 285 pages, paperback, stand-alone. Giveawaybox.
1/2/13 - Some Day You'll Thank Me for This, by Gayden Metcalf and Charlotte Hays. Humor. 256 pages, hardback, stand-alone. New author to me. Giveawaybox.
1/5/13 - What's Left of Me, by Kat Zhang. YA Dystopia. Hardback, 343 pages, first in the series. New author to me. Giveawaybox.
1/10/13 - "In Sea-Salt Tears", by Seanan McGuire. Urban Fantasy. Short story, electronic publishing. Part 5.5 in the October Daye series.
1/10/13 - Fantasy Medley 2, edited by Yanni Kuznia. Fantasy Anthology. 160 pages, hardback, stand-alone. Keeping it.
1/15/13 - "Elutherios" by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller. Short story set in the world of Necessity's Child. Published free online at Baen on 1/15. Science Fiction. e-publication.
1/22/13 - Imager's Battalion by L.E. Modesitt, Jr. Fantasy. 512 pages, hardback, sixth in the series. Keeping it.

2/1/13 - "Moon's Honor" by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller, from the Splinter Universe web site, currently here. Fantasy. e-publication.
2/5/13 - Insurgent, by Veronica Roth. YA Dystopia. 525 pages, hardback, second in the series. Giving it back and being grateful I didn't spend money on it.
2/19/13 - Necessity's Child, by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller. Science Fiction. 328 pages, hardback, sixteenth in the series. Keeping it.
2/21/13 - Water: Tales of Elemental Spirits, by Robin McKinley and Peter Dickinson. Fantasy. Hardback, 266 pages, stand-alone. Haven't decided if I want to keep it.

3/6/13 - Frost Burned, by Patricia Briggs. Urban Fantasy. 340 pages, hardback. Seventh in the series. Keeping it.
3/10/13 - Pooka in My Pantry by R. L. Naquin. Urban fantasy. e-publication
3/12/13 - "Bad Dream Girls" by Seanan McGuire. Urban fantasy. e-publication
3/12/13 - Midnight Blue-Light Special by Seanan McGuire. Urban fantasy. paperback, 368 pages. Keeping it.
3/18/13 - The Gashlycrumb Tinies, by Edward Gorey. Children's horror. Hardback, 26 pages.

4/9/13 - "Sweet Poison Wine" by Seanan McGuire
4/23/13 - Daughter of the Sword by Steve Bein. Fantasy. 455 pages, paperback, stand-alone. New author to me. Borrowed.

5/7/2013 - Unnatural Worlds, edited by Dean Wesley Smith and Kristine Kathryn Rusch. Paperback, 246 pages. Volume 1 of Fiction River: An Original Anthology Magazine. Some new authors for me. Giving it away.
5/30/13 - Antiagon Fire, by L.E. Modesitt, Jr. Fantasy. Hardback, 450 pages. Seventh in the series. Keeping it.

6/6/13 - Steadfast, by Mercedes Lackey. Fantasy. Hardback, 298 pages. 8th in the series. Giveawaybox.
6/19/13 - "The First Fall" by Seanan McGuire. Urban fantasy. e-publication.
6/23/13 - Covenants, by Lorna Freeman. Fantasy, paperback, 560 pages. First in the series. New to me author. Loan.

7/8/13 - Hooray, I'm Evil!, by Mel Hynes and J. Grant. Comic book, book 9 in the Two Lumps series. Keeping it.
7/9/13 - South Coast: a Shaman's Tale, by Nathan Lowell. Audiobook. In the Golden Age of the Solar Clipper universe, but a stand-alone.
7/13/13 - Unidentified Funny Objects, edited by Alex Shvartsman. Science fiction, paperback, 319 pages. Standalone.
7/14/13 - Shadow and Bone, by Leigh Bardugo. YA Fantasy, paperback, 356 pages. First in the series. New author to me. Keeping it for now.
7/16/13 - On the Edge, by Ilona Andrews. Urban Fantasy, paperback, 326 pages. First in the series. Keeping it.
7/25/13 - How to Save the World, edited by John Helfers. Paperback, 246 pages. Volume 2 of Fiction River: An Original Anthology Magazine. Some new authors for me. Giving it away.
7/30/13 - Magic Rises, by Ilona Andrews. Urban Fantasy, paperback, 368 pages. Book 6 of the Kate Daniels series. Keeping it.

8/12/13 - "Loch and Key", by Seanan McGuire. An InCryptid short story available online here.
8/17/13 - Carniepunk, edited by Delilah Dawson. Urban Fantasy, paperback, 440 pages. Giveawaybox.
8/21/13 - Cast in Sorrow, by Michele Sagara. Fantasy. eARC of paperback, 490 pages, book 9 of the Chronicles of Elantra.
8/25/13 - Fairies in My Fireplace, by R.L. Naquin. Urban Fantasy, ePub. Third in the series.
8/27/13 - Time Streams, edited by Dean Wesley Smith. Paperback, 246 pages. Volume 3 of Fiction River: An Original Anthology Magazine. Some new authors for me. Giving it away.

9/4/13 - "Hook Agonistes" by Jay Lake and Seanan McGuire. Science Fiction short story epublication on Subterranean Press, Fall 2013.
9/6/13 - Ice Red, by Jael Wye. Science Fiction romance. eARC of an e-book. Stand-alone.
9/9/13 - Chimes at Midnight, by Seanan McGuire. Urban Fantasy. 357 pages. Book 7 in the October Daye series. Keeping it.
9/10/13 - "Homecoming" by Seanan McGuire. Urban Fantasy. Short story published at Lightspeed Magazine
9/18/13 - "Forbid the Sea" by Seanan McGuire. Urban Fantasy. Short story, electronic publishing on her web site. Part of the October Daye series.
9/25/13 - Battle Magic, by Tamora Pierce. Fantasy. Hardback, 464 pages. Book 11 in the Circle of Magic series. Probably keeping it.
9/27/13 - Shadows, by Robin McKinley. Urban Fantasy, hardback, 368 pages. Standalone. Keeping it.

10/24/13 - Written in Red, by Anne Bishop. Urban fantasy. Hardback, 433 pages, first in the series. Keeping it.

11/5/13 - Fiction River: Christmas Ghosts. 246 pages. Giveawaybox.
11/15/13 - Royal Airs by Sharon Shinn. Fantasy. Hardback, 400 pages. Second in the series. Keeping it.
11/18/13 - Crud from Outer Space, and other causes of post-nasal drip, by Brooke McEldowney. Comic book, 87 pages, year 5 of The Chickweed Dailies. Keeping it.
11/19/13 - "We Both Go Down Together", by Seanan McGuire. An InCryptid short story available online here.
11/23/13 - Cat Breath Takes No Prisoners, by Brooke McEldowney. Comic book, year 6 of The Chickweed Dailies. 87 pages. Keeping it.
11/25/13 - Edie Ernst, Allied Spy, by Brooke McEldowney. Comic book, a side history set in The Chickweed Dailies universe. 87 pages. Keeping it.

12/07/13 - Elementary, edited by Mercedes Lackey. Fantasy. Paperback, 307 pages. Giveawaybox.
12/8/13 - "Train Yard Blues" by Seanan McGuire. It was in Coins of Chaos, which I don't plan to read beyond this one short story.
12/18/13 - Hex in the City, #5 in the Fiction River series. Included a McGuire story.
12/24/13 - The Goblin Master's Grimoire by Jim C. Hines. Fantasy anthology. Hardback, 280 pages. Don't know yet.

Re-Reads. Note: "epub" means that's the only version I have, while "epub version" makes a distinction between my hardcopy and the electronic version and implies that I own both.
1/7/13 - Full Share
1/14/13 - When Demons Walk
1/17/13 - Fire: Tales of Elemental Spirits (specifically "Hellhound")
1/31/13 - Colors of Chaos
2/3/13 - Mercy Thompson, Homecoming
2/4/13 - Dragon Ship
2/10/13 - Sharing Knife: Beguilement
2/25/13 - Seventh Sigma
2/28/13 - How Beauty Met the Beast (epub)
3/2/13 - On Basilisk Station (epub version)
3/31/13 - Captain's Share
4/3/13 - Scholar: Princeps
4/5/13 - Fiddler Fair (epub version)
4/6/13 - the first half of Fair Game
4/8/13 - Scholar: Imager's Battelion
4/14/13 - Circle of Magic #3: Daja's Book
4/23/13 - Diplomatic Immunity
4/28/13 - Troubled Waters
5/16/13 - first half of Misty Lackey's Foundation (Valdemar series)
5/27/13 - Cordelia's Honor (Shards of Honor and Barryar)
5/31/13 - Cryoburn (epub version)
6/13/13 - Komarr (epub version)
6/18/13 - Tortall and Other Lands (epub version) Yeah, I said I wouldn't re-read it, but it was conveniently on my iPad for viewing while I was on the treadmill...
7/3/13 - A Little Princess (epub version)
7/4/13 - Library Mascot Cage Match
7/13/13 - Silence
7/26/13 - Magic Bleeds
8/10/13 - Magic Rises
8/10/13 - Dead until Dark (epub version)
8/11/13 - The Secret Garden (epub version)
8/20/13 - Living Dead in Dallas (epub version)
8/28/13 - Beauty, by Robin McKinley
8/30/13 - Sharing Knife: Passage
8/31/13 - Changer of Worlds (epub version)
9/1/13 - Bendigo Shafter
9/20/13 - Quarter Share
9/21/13 - Half Share
9/21/13 - Full Share
9/22/13 - Double Share
10/4/13 - RedIce (ePub)
10/14/13 - Magic Burns
Between 10/30 and 11/10 - Imager's Challenge, Werehunter (ePub), Basilisk Station (epub edition), 1632 (epub edition)
11/11/13 - The Serpent's Shadow
11/23/13 - Imager's Intrigue
11/27/13 - Hellspark
12/2/13 - Written in Red
12/8/13 - Squire
12/13/13 - Lady Knight
12/15/13 - Written in Red (yeah, again)
12/16/13 - Changer of Worlds (epub version), first three of four stories
12/25/13 - Shadows
12/26/13 - The Jungle Book (epub version)
12/28/13 - They Still Suspect Nothing

Abandoned
2/12/13 - Beautiful Creatures. I read 40 pages and decided that I still didn't care. (ref)
5/11/13 - Tooth and Nail. I read 100 pages and gave up for lack of plot development. (ref)
7/9/13 - The Mad Scientist's Guide to World Domination is an anthology that I kept picking up and putting down more and more slowly until it finally slid into the giveaway box. It's not that the stories were bad, per se, so much as I found the madness depressing.
8/29/13 - Green, by Jay Lake. 188 pages into the story, I was still missing a plot, and I had lost sympathy for the main character.
11/20/13 - Coins of Chaos. I only bought it for the Seanan McGuire story. It was too dark and depressing for me to go on.


Other reviews
1/15/13 - Deryni Rising
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