My 2017 To-Be-Read Pile

I read quite a bit last year (125 books between traditional books, graphic novels, audiobooks, and manga), but have once again found myself fallen behind on some of my favorite authors. To make up for this, I’ve decided to make a list of the books I want to make top priority in 2017.

The lists can be found below. I’ve separated it out into books that I own, published books that I don’t own, and some of my most anticipated releases of 2017.

Books That I Already Own
The Spirit Thief by Rachel Aaron (read 01/17)
Betrayals by Kelley Armstrong
Otherworld Chills by Kelley Armstrong
Wild Seed by Octavia Butler
Imprudence by Gail Carriger
The Mirror Empire by Kameron Hurley
The Obelisk Gate by NK Jemisin (read 01/17)
The Grace of Kings by Ken Liu
Ghost Train to New Orleans by Mur Lafferty (read 01/17)
A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms by George RR Martin
Calamity by Brandon Sanderson (read 01/17)

Books that Have Already been Released (pre 2017)
In the Labyrinth of Drakes by Marie Brennan
Like a River Glorious by Rae Carson
The Days of Tao by Wesley Chu
The Rise of Io by Wesley Chu
Rise: A Newsflesh Collection by Mira Grant
Feedback by Mira Grant
False Hearts by Laura Lam
Stars Above by Marissa Meyer
The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer
The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan
Arcanum Unbounded by Brandon Sanderson

Most Anticipated 2017 Releases
Heartstrikers: Book 4 by Rachel Aaron*
A Darkness Absolute by Kelley Armstrong
Silence Fallen by Patricia Briggs
Squirrel Meets World by Shannon Hale
The Stone Sky by NK Jemisin
Magic for Nothing by Seanan McGuire
The Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan
White Trash Zombie Unchained by Diana Rowland
Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson*
Dawn Study by Maria V. Snyder
Batgirl at Superhero High by Lisa Yee (read 01/17)

Genre Breakdown
Fantasy- 14
Sci-Fi- 8
Paranormal- 7
Superhero- 2
Thriller- 2

The two books in the “most anticipated” section are starred due to the fact that they do not have a solid release date. They ARE supposed to come out in 2017 though!

So those are my top priority books of 2017. Obviously, I’m going to read more than just those, but these are the ones I really want to get to (or at least try out. If a book doesn’t work for me, I’m unlikely to force myself to finish unless I’m a huge fan of the writer/series). Also, as we’re a ways into 2017 already, I’ve actually already dug into a few of these. I’ll be doing regular posts on the books I’ve been reading, so expect to hear my thoughts about those soon!

Updated Feb to reflect January reads

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Everything I Read in 2014

Hello, all! As I don’t think I’ll be finishing anything else in the next two hours, this will be my list of everything (and I do mean EVERYTHING) I read in 2014, including books, audiobooks, short ebooks (think stand alone novellas and short stories), and comics and graphic novels. I hope to make another post that includes more in depth thoughts, including my strengths and shortcomings as a reader in 2014, but for now, here is a list of what I read. My favorite titles are bolded and I am more than happy to talk about any of them in more detail in the comments. All and all it was  good year for reading for me, and I hope it was for everyone else too!

Books
Nice Dragons Finish Last by Rachel Aaron
Loki’s Wolves by KL Armstrong and MA Meyer
Visions by Kelley Armstrong
Wild Justice by Kelley Armstrong
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
The Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean M Auel
Sword and Laser Anthology by Veronica Belmont and Tom Merritt
Honolulu by Alan Brennert
Skin Game by Jim Butcher
The Bitter Kingdoms by Rae Carson
Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang
The Lives of Tao by Wesley Chu
Paris Was the Place by Susan Conley
Parasite by Mira Grant
Symbiont by Mira Grant
The Snow Queen’s Shadow by Jim C. Hines
Dust by Hugh Howey
Think Like a Cat: How to Raise a Well Adjusted Cat, Not a Sour Puss by Pam Johnson-Bennett
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling
Shadowplay by Laura Lam
The Devil in the white City by Erik Larson
Altered Carbon by Richard K Morgan
Clariel by Garth Nix
Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce
In the Hand of the Goddess by Tamora Pierce
The Woman who Rides like a Man by Tamora Pierce
Lioness Rampant by Tamora Pierce
Shades of Earth by Beth Revis
Allegiant by Veronica Roth
Elantris by Brandon Sanderson
One and Only by Lauren Sandler
Look Again by Lisa Scottoline
Infected by Scott Sigler
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Stayed
Geekomancy by Michael R. Underwood
The Girl who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two by Catherynne M. Valente
Six-Gun Snow White by Catherynne M. Valente
The Martian by Andy Weir
Just a Geek by Wil Wheaton
Total: 39

Audiobooks
Fortune’s Pawn by Rachel Bach
The Poisoner’s Handbook by Deborah Blum
Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo
The Tropic of Serpents by Marie Brennan
Night Broken by Patricia Briggs
Shifting Shadows: Stories from the World of Mercedes Thompson by Patricia Briggs
Brain on Fire by Susannah Cahalan
Curtsies and Conspiracies by Gail Carriger
Waistcoats and Weaponry by Gail Carriger
The ABC Murderers by Agatha Christie
Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie
The Mystery of the Blue Train by Agatha Christie
The Peril at End House by Agatha Christie
14 by Peter Clines
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Three Parts Dead by Max Gladstone
Hexed by Kevin Herne
Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman
Valour and Vanity by Mary Robinette Kowal
The Friday Society by Adrienne Kress
Let’s Pretend this Never Happened a Mostly True Memoir by Jenny Lawson
The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
A Storm of Swords by George RR Martin
The Bat by Jo Nesbo
Discount Armageddon by Seanan McGuire
Half-Off Ragnarok by Seanan McGuire
Late Eclipses by Seanan McGuire
Midnight Blue-Light Special by Seanan McGuire
Mark of the Demon by Diana Rowland
The Alloy of Law by Brandon Sanderson
Legion: Skin Deep by Brandon Sanderson
The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
Taste of Darkness by Maria V. Snyder
The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennett by Bernie Su and Kate Rorick
Attack the Geek by Michael R. Underwood
Celebromancy by Michael R. Underwood
Blackbirds by Chuck Wendig
Goliath by Scott Westerfeld
Total: 39

Short Ebooks
Gifted by Kelley Armstrong
The Waiting Stars by Aliette de Bodard
The Truth of Fact, Truth of Feeling by Ted Chiang
The Water that Falls on You from Nowhere by John Chu
Opera Vita Aeterna by Vox Day
Wakulla Springs by Andy Duncan and Ellen Klages
21 Reasons You think You Don’t have Time to Write by Mette Ivie Harrison
The Stolen Throne by Gary Hauger
The Ink Readers of Doi Saket by Thomas Olde Heuvelt
Hunting Monsters by SL Huang
The Lady Astronaut of Mars by Mary Robinette Kowal
The Card Sharp by Laura Lam
The Fisherman’s Net by Laura Lam
The Snake Charm by Laura Lam
The Tarot Reader by Laura Lam
One Hell of a Ride by Seanan McGuire
Total: 16

Literary Magazines
Fantasy Magazine: October 2014, Women Destroy Fantasy Special Issue
Inaccurate Realities: Magic
Lightspeed Magazine, January 2014
Lightspeed Magazine, February 2014
Lightspeed Magazine, March 2014
Lightspeed Magazine, April 2014
Luna Station Quarterly, Issue 018
Total: 7

Graphic Novels
Alias, Vol 2: Come Home by Brian Michael Bendis
Alias, Vol 3: The Underneath by Brian Michael Bendis
Alias, Vol 4: The Secret Origins of Jessica Jones by Brian Michael Bendis
Avengers: The Enemy Within by Kelley Sue DeConnick
Batgirl, vol 1: The Darkest Reflection by Gail Simone
Batgirl, vol 2: Knightfall Descends by Gail Simone
Batgirl, Vol 3: Death in the Family by Gail Simone
Batgirl, vol 4: Wanted by Gail Simone
Batman, vol 1: The Court of Owls by Scott Snyder
Batman, vol 2: The City of the Owls by Scott Snyder
Batman, vol 3: Death of the Family by Scott Snyder
Batman, vol 4: Zero Year- Secret City by Scott Snyder
Batman, vol 5: Zero Year- Dark City by Scott Snyder
Batwoman, Vol 3: World’s Finest by JH Williams III
Batwoman, Vol 4: The Blood is Thick by JH Williams III
Captain Marvel: Higher, Furthur, Faster More by Kelley Sue DeConnick
The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
Daredevil, vol 1 by Mark Waid
Daredevil, vol 2 by Mark Waid
Daredevil, vol 3 by Mark Waid
Erstwhile, Untold Tales from the Brothers Grim, Vol 2 by Gina Biggs, Louisa Roy and Elle Skinner
Fables, Vol 19: Snow White by Bill Willingham
Fables, Vol 20: Camelot by Bill Willingham
Journey into Mystery featuring Sif, vol 1: Stronger than Monsters by Katheryn Immonen
Justice League Dark, vol 3: The Death of Magic by Jeff Lemire
Ms. Marvel, vol 1: No Normal by G Willow Wilson
Rat Queens, vol 1: Sass and Sorcery Kurtis J Weibe
Sex Criminals, Vol 1: One Weird Trick by Matt Fraction
Shutter, vol 1: Wanderlost by Joe Keatinge
Thor: The God of Thunder, vol 1: The God Butcher by Jason Aaron
Thor: The God of Thunder, vol 2: Godbomb by Jason Aaron
Thor: The God of Thunder, vol 3: Accursed by Jason Aaron
The Wicked + The Divine, Vol 1: The Faust Act by Kieron Gillen
Wonder Woman, Vol 1: Blood by Brian Azzarello
Wonder Woman, Vol 2: Guts by Brian Azzarello
Wonder Woman, Vol 3: Iron by Brian Azzarello
Wonder Woman, Vol 4: War by Brian Azzarello
X-23: Innocence Lost by Craig Kyle
X-23: Target X by Craig Kyle
X-23, Vol 1: The Killing Dream by Marjorie M Liu
X-23/Daken: Collision by Marjorie M. Liu
X-23, Vol 2: Chaos Theory by Marjorie M. Liu
X-23, Vol 3: Don’t Look Back by Marjorie M. Liu
Total: 43

Single Issue Comics
All New Ultimates #1
All New X-men #21-33
Amazing X-Men #1-4
Angela: Asgard’s Assassin #1
Angel and Faith: Season 10 #1-8
Black Widow #1-13
Buffy: Season 10: #1-9
Cyclops #1-7
Death of Wolverine #1-4
Death of Wolverine: The Logan Legacy #1
Guardians of the Galaxy #10-21
Lazarus #6-13
Loki: Agent of Asgard #1
Miles Morales: The Ultimate Spiderman #1-8
Ms. Marvel #1-3
Mighty Avengers #5-10
Pretty Deadly #5
Rocket Girl #4-5
Saga #19-24
Serenity: Leaves on the Wind #1-6
She Hulk #1-11
Superior Spiderman #1-18
Thor #1-2
Trillium #6-8
Ultimate Spiderman #200
Uncanny X-men #23-28
Ultimate Spider-man Cataclysm #3
Veil #1-5
Velvet #3-6
The Wake #5-10
Wolverine #1-12
X-men #9-10
Total: 177 issues

Everything I Read in October 2014

Similar to the “everything I watched post” for last month, if you want to see what I read for the months that I didn’t update here, you can check out my goodreads, or pinterest page.

And now, for October! I got a lot of reading done this month. Links go to goodreads reviews

Books
Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed– BEST BOOK
Think Like a Cat: How to Raise a Well Adjusted Cat, Not a Sour Puss by Pam Johnson-Bennett

Audiobooks
The Mystery of the Blue Train by Agatha Christie
Fortune’s Pawn by Rachel Bach
Blackbirds by Chuck Wendig
Late Eclipses by Seanan McGuire– BEST AUDIOBOOK

Short Ebooks
The Card Sharp by Laura Lam– BEST SHORT EBOOK
Hunting Monsters by SL Huang

Literary Magazines
Fantasy Magazine, October 2014. Women Destory Fantasy Special Issue

Graphic Novels
Thor, the God of Thunder, vol 3: The Accursed by Jason Aaron
Batgirl, vol 1: The Darkest Reflection by Gail Simone
Batman, vol 4: Zero Year- Secret City by Scott Snyder
Sex Criminals, Vol 1: One Weird Trick by Matt Fraction– BEST GRAPHIC NOVEL
Batgirl, vol 2: Knigtfall Descends by Gail Simone
Batgirl, vol 3: Death of the Family by Gail Simone

Single Issue Comics
All New X-men #32
Angel and Faith: Season 10 #7
Black Widow #11
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 10 #7-8
Cyclops #5
Death of Wolverine #2-4
Death of Wolverine: The Logan Legacy #1
Guardians of the Galaxy #19
Lazarus #12
Miles Morales: Ultimate Spiderman #6- BEST COMIC THAT’S NOT SAGA
Saga #24- BEST COMIC
She-Hulk #9
Superior Spiderman #14-16
Thor #1
Uncanny X-men #26-27
Veil #5

Everything I read in February

February was a pretty good reading month. I’ve linked to my thoughts on goodreads, but if you want to chat about any of the selections here, that’s good as well.

Books
The Bitter Kingdom by Rae Carson– BEST BOOK OF THE MONTH
Loki’s Wolves by KL Armstrong and MA Meyer
Shadowplay by Laura Lam
Geekomancy by Michael R. Underwood

Audiobooks
Three Parts Dead by Max Gladstone
Taste of Darkness by Mara V. Snyder

Graphic Novels
X-23: Innocence Lost by Craig Kyle– BEST GRAPHIC NOVEL OF THE MONTH
X-23: Target X by Craig Kyle
X-23, Vol 1: The Killing Dream by Marjorie M. Liu

Comics
All New X-men #23
Black Widow #2-3
Guardians of the Galaxy #11-12
Lazarus #6
Loki: Agent of Asgard #1
Mighty Avengers #6-7
Ms. Marvel #1
Saga #18
Serenity: Leaves on the Wind #1-2- BEST COMIC OF THE MONTH
She Hulk #1
Trillium #6
The Wake #6
Wolverine #1-2
X-men #10

Why I Haven’t Blogged in over a Week

I just took a look at the blog and realized that I haven’t updated in over a week. I couldn’t help but wince, because keeping regular updates is important to me. Miss a week of updates, and it’s really easy for me to let that slide further, so I try not to let that happen. For this update, I’m going to talk about some of the things that have taken up my mental space this week instead of blogging.

1. Wedding Pans- This is a biggie. Every day I have to worry about buying the right shoes (which, if you’re looking for a pair of size 6 dress shoes with a sensible heel in February, is ANY pair of size six dress shoes with a sensible heel), finding gifts for the bridesmaids, finding a time when we can apply for our marriage licence, scheduling a fitting (hopefully, I haven’t gotten too fat), buying center pierces and favors, figuring out flowers, finding music for the ceremony, buying a cake, compiling RSVPs, and figuring out a million other little details. Seriously, I dedicate time to this every day. It’s eating into my reading time, which makes me grumpy. When it eats into my writing time (as it did on Monday) I get pissed. It’s also dug into my cleaning time, which I don’t notice until I realize how long it’s been since I’ve swept…

2. Writing– So you know when you’re working on that first draft and have to tell that internal editor to piss off? Well, eventually you need to deal with the consequences of that. This happened to me today with a VERY problematic scene. I spent three hours on writing (not just on that scene but mostly) today, and I’m SO glad I did. It’s much better now.

3. Awesome podcast- Podcasts and audiobooks are great because my commute is about 45 minutes, giving me plenty of listening time. I recenting discovered Hello Internet, which is a new podcast put out by youtubers CGP Grey and Brady Haran. As an informational professional I found the first two episodes (on being wrong on the internet and copyright) to be immensely interesting, and all three are must listens for any fans of CGP Grey’s work.

4. Shadowplay- This is the sequel to Pantomime by Laura Lam (you can win a copy of either book at my giveaway here), and I wish I had more time to read it. I’m about 250 pages in and am enjoying it quite a bit.


5. Chocolate– No, not the edible kind, it’s a song! I’m a pretty big fan of Japanese music. My most recent love is the song Chocolate by Leo Ieiri. It just has such a sweet and wistful air to it. I listen to it whenever I’m stressed, and it really helps to calm me down. The video above is just a sample, but is IS available on itunes (which isn’t always the case with jpop)!

So that’s what’s been on my mind lately! Hope everyone has a fabulous Valentine’s day tomorrow.

Everything I Read in January

Trying something new this month, and I’m going to link all of the books I read to my goodreads reviews. The reviews are nothing special, but if you’re curious what I thought, well there you go! I’m also open to discussing things here. Quiet month for comics it seems.

Books
Dust by Hugh Howey
Wild Justice by Kelley Armstrong– Best Book of the Month
Allegiant by Veronica Roth

Audiobooks
Discount Armageddon by Seanan McGuire
The Alloy of Law by Brandon Sanderson– Best Audiobook of the Month
The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

Short Ebooks
21 Reasons You Think you Don’t have Time to Write by Mette Ivie Harrison
The Stolen Throne by Gary Hauger

Graphic Novels
Alias, Vol 2: Come Home by Brian Michael Bendis
Fables, Vol 19: Snow White by Bill Willingham
Alias, Vol 3: The Underneath by Brian Michael Bendis– Best Graphic Novel of the Month

Comics
All New X-men 21-22 (#22- Best comic of the month)
Amazing X-Men #1-3
Black Widow #1
Mighty Avengers #5
Guardians of the Galaxy #10
Ultimate Spider-man Cataclysm #3
Velvet #3
The Wake #5
X-men #9

New Years Resolutions

I always give myself several new years resolutions. It might be because I have too many things I want to do, or because I know there’s no way in hell that I’ll be able to complete them all. It takes away the sting somewhat to be successful in some, if you can’t have them all. Looking back on my 2013 resolutions, I can see some areas where I did really well, and some where I failed hard.

First off, let’s go with writing. Last year, I wanted to start being really serious about my writing by writing for an average of an hour a day for a total of 365 hours. This is something I did really well on, as I surpassed that number with over 375 hours. There were other writing goals I fell short on. I wanted this to be the year that would move towards Lady of Darkwood published, or at least get an agent. I also wanted to get a short story published. While I did a lot of submissions, these are two areas that I failed in, which makes me a little sad. I know that this is pretty normal for most writers, that everyone faces plenty of rejection before they make it, but it can feel a little bit like bashing one’s head into a wall sometimes.

As a reader, I set my normal goal for reading 100 books, which I surpassed with 111. I also wanted to get that TBR under control by making sure I didn’t add as many books as I took out. This is one ares where I really failed. Thanks to paperbackswap books, and audible sales, I have fifteen extra books in my TBR! Clearly, next year I need to take that one more seriously.

On health, I wanted to create a more regular exercise regimen, which I did really well with for about six months, and then failed at for the rest of the year. Also in the real life zone, I wanted to make significant progress on wedding plans, which I did, even if I’m not as ahead as I should be.

This brings us to next year, where we have a whole new list of Resolutions to look at. Let’s see how I do this year in the following areas:

Writing
1. Work on writing for a total of 400 hours- Upping up the amount this year given that next year’s writing project (Hero of Darkwood) is quite a bit longer than this year’s was.
2. Submit Lady of Darkwood to a total of 50 new agents and/or publishers.
3. Research self publishing.

Reading
1. Read 100 books
2. Keep the TBR the same size. So for every book I add to it, I need to take one away
3. Read more books by small presses and self published authors

Real Life
1. Exercise for 30 minutes, three times a week
2. Pull off a successful wedding
3. Stick to a budget I’ve set up for myself

So how did you do on last year’s resolutions. Have any for 2014, or are you going to wing it?