I have a confession: my reading fell way off this year, partly because of work stuff. I was so focused on getting things done that reading dropped to the last thing on the list, and usually slipped off it without me even noticing. Work and write and work some more -- anyone who has spent time in chat with me sees how things usually go.
Among the books that I really enjoyed? Jim Butcher's Ghost (Dresden Files) because he actually pulled it off. I went into that one annoyed after Changes and prepared not to be pleased. I should have known better.
I was surprisingly pleased by J. A. Marlow's first String Weavers book. Not that I didn't expect it to be good, but I didn't expect to be pulled into the story quite as strongly as I was.
But the book I loved the most? The Cambridge Ancient History, Volume 2, Part 2: The Middle East and the Aegean Region, c.1380.
Yeah, I know that looks odd. I love reading nonfiction and most often history. This book has given me so many plot bunnies that I could probably write for the rest of my life and not get through them all. I've been reading this one very slowly and I'm not quite done with it yet, but the material is too fascinating to rush through, even if I had the time.
I hope to that 2013 is going to be a better reading year. I'm ready for it. A bit more fiction this coming year would be nice.
How about favorite books I wrote? I can do better there!
Resurrection: Chance and Change (science fiction) is right up there. So is the first book of Water/Stone/Light (fantasy). I am looking forward to working on them. They both have sequels, too, so that's going to be fun.
Too much stuff to write; not enough time. And read. Oh yes, too much to read and write and not enough time to do everything I want.
But I am never bored.
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