Last year I posted a list of the books I’d read in 2013. But I’m going to confess here that it wasn’t completely complete. I didn’t really start keeping track until about halfway through the year.
So in 2014, I was somewhat more diligent in keeping track of what I read during the course of the year, even going so far as to set up an Evernote notebook to keep track of my read books.I did miss a few though, mainly graphic novels and comic books.
Reading during the first part of the year was pretty slow because a lot of my free time was spent planning our Trip Around the World. And I got all nostalgic and re-read a lot of 90s-era comics (for instance, the entire run of The Realm and its offshoot books) I found when I cleaned out the house. So that occupied a good chunk of my book-reading time.
But once we embarked on our trip, there has been plenty of time to read. So this, then, is a list of most of the …
… Books I Read in 2014
- Dream Park // Larry Niven & Steven Barnes — Found while packing up a bookshelf. It was good to read an old classic.
- Leviathan Wakes // James S. A. Corey
- The Red Knight // Miles Cameron — This took me longer than it should have.
- DMQZ // Quinn Fleming — Futuristic post-plague sci-fi. Not sure I quite got the ending.
- Altered Carbon // Richard K. Morgan
- The Martian // Andy Weir — Soon to be a major motion picture.
- Follow Her Home // Steph Cha — I promised I’d finish this one in 2014. I did, and enjoyed it.
- The Thief // Fuminori Nakamura
- House of Secrets // Ned Vizzini and Christopher Columbus — I wanted to like this one more than I did.
- King Solomon’s Mines // H. Rider Haggard — The prototype for classic adventure.
- Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant // Tony Cliff — A fun graphic novel.
- California Voodoo Game // Larry Niven & Steven Barnes — Sequel to Dream Park; I’d never read it before.
- Little Brother // Cory Doctorow — An important book to read in today’s age of surveillance.
- Famous Baby // Karen Rizzo
- Kill City Blues // Richard Kadrey — Sandman Slim rides again.
- Itsy Bitsy // John Ajvide Lindqvist
- This Book is About Travel // Andrew Hyde — When planning a trip around the world, one must do a little research.
- Alif the Unseen // G. Willow Wilson
- 1Q84 // Haruki Murakami
- Promise of Blood // Brian McClellan — I’d been hearing much about the flintlock fantasy genre.
- Wild Cards I // Edited by George R.R. Martin
- Zero History // William Gibson — The closing chapter of the Bigend Trilogy. I had a hard time getting through Spook Country, but I ripped right through this one.
- The Food Travelers Handbook // Jodi Ettenberg
- The Thousand Names // Django Wexler — More flintlock fantasy. This may be my last foray into the genre; not really my thing.
- The Last Policeman // Ben H. Winters
- The Peripheral // William Gibson — Favorite book of the year.
- Friends Like These // Matt Forbeck — Free! A fantasy setting with gunpowder. More my speed than the military setting of the other two flintlock fantasy on this list.
- Goblintown Justice // Matt Forbeck — I re-read these two to refresh my memory for the piece on the Shotguns & Sorcery RPG I wrote for Geekdad.
- Treasure Island // Robert Louis Stevenson — One of those books I’d always meant to read but never got around to … until now.
- The Fatal Shore // Robert Hughes — The true, epic story of Australia’s founding.
- Dead Pig Collector // Warren Ellis
- The Knowledge: How to Rebuild Our World from Scratch // Lewis Dartnell — When everything goes to hell, here’s what you need to know to keep humanity alive.
- Dead Set // Richard Kadrey
- Deadweather and Sunrise: The Chronicles of Egg, Book 1 // Geoff Rodkey — Read aloud to the girls at bedtime. It’s a thing I do.
- Saga Vol. 3 // by Brian K. Vaughn & Fiona Staples
- The Getaway God // Richard Kadrey
The Book I Didn’t Finish
This year I only started one book I didn’t finish. Part of it was timing (I started it later in the year), and part of it was interest.
- Agatha H. And the Airship City // Phil & Kaja Folio — I want to like this, but it’s fighting me. Maybe in 2015.
I’ve already gotten a good line-up of a few books that I’ll be taking on in 2015. See you next year!