2014 Reading List
Over the past year I’ve kept track of all the novels, books, and short fiction I’ve read. I wanted to see what, if any, patterns emerged and also because I’ve never kept track of that before. It turns out I read a lot. At least compared to what I’ve read in the past. I found a couple authors I’d never read before that I really enjoy. If you are a fan of sci-fi and thrillers, I highly recommend trying out John Scalzi and Luke Smitherd.
I learned of Scalzi from listening the “Writing Excuses” podcast. I started with his first book and after devouring it over a week-end, I knew I had another author to follow. I came across Luke Smitherd through Twitter and the blurb about his book “The Stone Man” sounded intriguing enough. After reading it, I can’t even begin to tell you how much I love his work. As you’ll see from the list below, I read several of his books. He’s an independent author but don’t let that stop you. Give him a try.
That’s another trend I found out about myself this past year. I started trying out many different independent authors (or self-published if you prefer that term) Most of it was good, entertaining, writing while some weren’t that great. But to be completely honest, that’s no different than traditionally published authors. If you are looking for something new and off the radar of the general reading public, I encourage you to try independent authors. There are a lot of talented writers just waiting to hear from you.
The last trend I found out about myself was my growing interest in flash fiction. I started following two different flash fiction sources sometime in late winter and I’ve been fairly impressed with the work. I started receiving daily emails with flash fiction stories from Daily Science Fiction and Every Day Fiction. Between the two of them, I estimate I’ve read between 400 and 500 stories. Add the few I’ve read from the site 365 Tomorrows and the total grows closer to the 500 mark. If you’ve not tried flash fiction, I strongly urge you give it a shot. It’s a growing source of entertainment because they are easily digestible stories that come in around the 1,000 word mark and take a few minutes to read. Most every genre has a source for these so if your thing is horror or romance, do a quick search and find what appeals most to you.
What follows below is my 2014 reading list in the order I read them. Almost all are novels, though there are a couple works that are non-fiction and there is one magazine issue listed (I had to include it. If you picked one of those up, you’d know why!) Check it out and let me know what you found most interesting and what suggestions you might have for 2015.
2014 Reading List