Did you read any good books this year?
Reading is one of my favorite escapes. No matter what is going on in the world, I can find refuge in the pages of a good book. In my case, “pages” might be figurative, as I do most of my daily reading on my Kindle.
I discovered the Libby app this year. If you haven’t checked it out, do so now! All you need is a library card to access your local library’s entire ebook and audiobook collection.
Seriously, get Libby.
This year, I have revisited old favorites and picked up some new (and new to me) titles. I’ve explored new topics and new authors.
Some of the highlights, in no particular order:
- The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
- The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss
- The Bear and the Nightingale by Kathrine Arden
- Asking For It by Kate Harding
- Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solint
- Three Among the Wolves by Helen Thayer
- The Martian by Andy Weir
- H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald
- Wild by Cheryl Strayed
- 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher
- The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
- The Real Doctor Will See You Shortly by Matt McCarthy
- The Shape of Water by Daniel Kraus and Guillermo del Toro
- A Dog’s Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron
- The Golden Compass by Phillip Pullman
- The Subtle Knife by Phillip Pullman
- The Amber Spyglass by Phillip Pullman
- American Wolf by Nate Blakeslee
- Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
- Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon
- Voyager by Diana Gabaldon
- Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon
- The Fiery Cross by Diana Gabaldon
- A Breath of Snow and Ashes by Diana Gabaldon
- An Echo in the Bone by Diana Gabaldon
- Written in My Own Heart’s Blood by Diana Gabaldon
- The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
- Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel by Carl Safina
- A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms by George R. R. Martin
- Fire and Blood by George R. R. Martin
- Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
- Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas
- Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas
- Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas
- Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas
- A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursla K. LeGuin
- Wolfer by Carter Neimeyer
- Wolf Land by Carter Niemeyer
- A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin
- A Clash of Kings by George R. R. Martin
- A Storm of Swords by George R. R. Martin
- A Feast for Crows by George R. R. Martin
- A Dance with Dragons by George R. R. Martin
- Eye of the World by Robert Jordan
For a good portion of the year, I worked a graveyard shift job. Being able to listen to audiobooks helped both pass the time and keep me awake. I found myself delving into an odd collection of stories, some I’d been looking forward to, like The Shape of Water, some completely unexpected, like The Real Doctor Will See You Shortly. Some, like the A Song of Ice and Fire series and Eye of the World, were revisits of old favorites. I love to re-read, or re-listen to, favorite books again and again. I always manage to pick out new details and nuances with each visit.
So, what’s on the list for next year?
My current read is The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson, which will carry me over into the new year. This is a long one, but oh my, it is good! I’ll be diving into the rest of the Stormlight Archives shortly. Further out on the horizon, I want to start on some Neil Gaiman, the rest of the Throne of Glass series, Mistborn, some Robin Hobb and whatever else strikes my fancy while browsing Libby.
And I’ll be continuing to hold my breath in the hopes that George R. R. Martin will finally finish The Winds of Winter this year.