authors, reading

What’s on my reading list this year

Last month I posted about my Goodreads Challenge for the year, a mere 30 books (and I’m already behind, at just 3 so far!). Having such a low number really means that I will need to be a bit more choosy when it comes to what I’m reading. It means I will be more inclined to set things aside if they aren’t capturing me, and it means doing a little planning.

I’m usually the kind of gal who grabs books willy nilly, and I’m definitely guilty of only reading a fraction of the books that I purchase. In an ideal world, I will read them all one day, but time is short and getting shorter.

So, what do I HAVE to read this year?

Naturally, my text books: The Essentials of Family Therapy, and The Handbook of Transcultural Counselling & Psychotherapy.

Now that we’ve got the academic things out of the way, I MUST read The Cormorant by Chuck Wendig. I loved the first two books in the series and am very excited to read the third. Miriam Black is a fantastic character and I can’t wait to see what she gets up to this time around.

I also have got to get my hands on a copy of The Dream Thieves, by Maggie Stiefvater. The Raven Boys was my first ever Stiefvater book and I just adore her wonderful way with words. Really looking forward to reading book 2.

I’d also love to read Cress, book 3 of the Lunar Chronicles by Melissa Meyer. I liked the first two, after not really expecting to, and she’s definitely an author whose work I’ll be following.

It’s nice to know there are  a few series that I’m keen to follow on with, though now I’m a bit sad that I’m not branching out or have any new authors whose work I want to line up. I’m going to have to go on the hunt.

You can help me here – I’ve recently been reminded that I love a good serial killer book. Not specifically police oriented stuff, but you know, people, serial killers, figuring out who it is stuff. I’d like to read some more of this type of book, with a futuristic earth setting if anyone knows who writes that kind of stuff. I’m planning on finally writing Saving Tomorrow next year, and I need some inspiration.

Delaney’s story has been four years in the making already and once I’m clear of study I want to give another shot. The main thing that has been holding me back is that futuristic writing needs a different kind of world building to fantasy, or even things set on other planets, and I know that I have to bring the city to life in order to make the most of this story.

So, suggestions welcome! Cities, action, murder, killers, grey areas, futuristic earth. Gimme gimme gimme.

Thanks 😉

Also, if there is anything that you think I should desperately be reading, let me know. I’m totally open to finding some new authors to adore, though my reading habits are often dictated by the rather small size of my book budget. I’ve got a few books lined up for the near future from some writer friends, but you can never have too many books, right?


Goodreads reading challenge 2014

I’ve been signing up for this challenge for the last 3 years – and managed to top my goal every year. It’s great to have a target in mind, and when you need do nothing more than update your goodreads to track it (which I do, anyway) there is really no reason not to.*

The first year I opted for 75 books, but dropped back to 50 the last two due to study, and the decision not to finish crappy books. I’ve done a lot more beginning and setting aside in these last two years than ever before, and you know what? I feel heaps better for it. When I look back on what I read last year, most of it was pretty good.

This year I am dropping my goal number even lower – down to 35. With the increased study load, I know it will be a lot harder to find time to read for pleasure, but it’s a good way to make sure I am reading quality books, not snacking on crap. I’m starting the year off right, and have chosen The Scorpio Races as my first book. It’s been on my kindle for the better part of a year, and I have been saving it for the right time.

The time is now 🙂

I fell in love with Maggie Stiefvater’s writing in June last year when I read The Raven Boys. Oh how I loved that book. I’m not the biggest fan of YA, but this really captured me. So I know I’m going to enjoy The Scorpio Races.

I don’t have anything beyond that lined up, so if you have suggestions for relatively inexpensive e-books, I’d love to hear them.

*My only issue with Goodreads is that I can’t count the books I read to give my writer friends feedback on until they are published, and sometimes that’s not the same year I read it. Also, I can’t include the books I read as an intern for Entangled. Between the two of those things, that’s probably an extra 20 books a year. So, while 35 *might* seem low, there is a lot of behind the scenes reading going on ;-)**

**let’s not even think about all the academic stuff I’ll be reading!! Trying not to dwell on that until the papers actually start lol.