Here is a post in which I gush about my favorite books of 2013. Out of the roughly 133 books I read this year, these are the ones that really stand out on reflection for one reason or another. Feel free to scroll until you see something interesting.
A reread, and a read along. I love this book and the movie. Fantasy, a quest, coming of age. Loads of fun and happy ending.
New-to-me author. Vampire/zombie book, but starts off 1970s California, a simple virus. Loved the science, the survivalism, the societal twist at the end.
Murder mystery set in northern NM. Lots of fun, recognize lots of the places in the book.
New-to-me author. A historical fiction about the early settling of America told through a Native American’s eyes. Done really well, fully engaging.
New-to-me author. Great military SF. Awesome characters.
Amphibious alien natives used as a workforce. Plus assassins. You can’t go wrong with that combination.
New-to-me author. Tudor historical fiction told from Katherine Parr’s point of view.
A children’s book, beautiful illustrations, excellent story.
This was a reread for me, and a read along. Still a damn good book even the 2nd time through, and dissecting it. High fantasy, swords & sorcery.
Book 2 int he series. Thieves, elves (black pointy teeth!), dwarves, gnomes, a quest.
New-to-me author. A fun, modern-day beastie flick. The biologist in me loved this book.
New-to-me author. Epic fantasy that is different, heavy on the economics, various humanoid races.
New-to-me author. A short, excellent military SF with a twist.
New-to-me author. A fun collection of Hasson’s short stories. Some humorous, some creepy. All interesting.
New-to-me author. A later book in the series following the forensic anthropologist. Addictive.
New-to-me author. A kid’s book, but a good one. Adventure, magic, a quest. Lots of fun.
I love the whole Iron Druid series. I think I am all caught upon this series. Luke Daniels does an incredible job of narrating the books.
New-to-me author. A graphic novel, modern-day, a nod to Don Quixote.
While Sunshine was a reread, The Hero and the Crown was my first read through. Both are excellent. Female leads, magic, companion war horse, and Death by Bitter Chocolate.
The 3rd book in the Gentlemen Bastard series does not disappoint. Read this as part of a read along. Great series.
A reread, but it had been nearly 2 decades. Excellent historical fiction with sex. Yep. Not just silly, light kissing.
New-to-me author. This was an excellent audiobook. Kid’s book. Adventure, masks, goblins, theater.
New-to-me author. These are fun, short stories set in a steampunk England. I’ve read 4 of the books so far and enjoyed this one the most.
New-to-me author. This is one of my naughty book secrets. Simple plots, fun characters, erotica element. Aliens, assassins.
All four were read this year as part of a read along, rereads for me. I love these books. They are my favorite Terry Pratchett novels, having a more serious bent than other Discworld books I have read.
New-to-me author. Another kid’s book and a great one for exploring Ancient Greece.
New-to-me author. Well, I had read Daniel Abraham before this book, but Abraham writes this series with Ty Franck under the James SA Corey pen-name. Epic science fiction has never been better.
New-to-me author. My inner biologist geeked out the entire time reading this YA SF.
I know it’s a short story, but it was one of the best I read all year. Dragons. I won’t spoil it for you. Go read it.
New-to-me author. Quirky, insightful, and fun. It follows these two tinkers for a few decades. Cutting-edge SF.
New-to-me author. Addictive. 1950s superheroine, New York. Need I say more?
New-to-me author. I also read his Life After Dane, but I like the Larry Laughlin character quite a bit. Horror. Illegal substance level addictive.
New-to-me author. 1001 AD Normandy, royal families. Excellent, excellent historical fiction.
New-to-me author. This nonfiction was incredibly fun. The odd, slightly embarrassing things I learned from it to sprinkle party conversations with…..
New-to-me author. A cozy murder mystery that I didn’t want to put down.
More SF modifications for my inner biologist to geek out about. Excellent mystery, excellent SF, excellent characters.
Book 6 in the Wheel of Time series, and part of the massive read along of the series. Incredible ending to this particular book. Robert Jordan gets better with each book.
A very fun historical fiction set in the time of Genghis Khan. Luke Daniels was amazing as the narrator.
Haha! A fun Star Trek parody. Wil Wheaton as the narrator was perfect!
Another awesome historical fiction. Sorcerers, hunters, midgets, a pox, and a crazed ruler who needs to be taken down.
New-to-me author. This is Book 1 in the trilogy, and my favorite of the series. Steampunk, Austria, airships, a woman in disguise and in service to the crown.
Only Jeannette Walls can pull on my emotions as she does. Modern-day tale of two sisters trying to find some stability.
New-to-me author. WWII female pilots and spies. One of the best WWII books I have ever read.
The 4th book in Emperor series tells what happens after Julius Caesar fell. Excellent series.
New-to-me author. Uh, yeah. You might of noticed that I listened to 3 of Bernheimer’s books in ~2 weeks. Yeah, addictive. Mostly SF. Go, read, enjoy.
I really should read beyond Book 2. Both Books 1 & 2 were excellent. Historical fantasy, or just straight up epic fantasy.
A novella set in his Legends of Amun Ra series. Think Ancient Greece set on an alien world. Magic, armor, SF.
New-to-me author. SF detective story. Lots of fun.
New-to-me author. Magic, steampunky, England, detective. Intrigued?
Historical fiction, Elizabeth of York, the War of the Roses. Very good, easy to get into.
New-to-me author. Excellent time travel, WWII SF-Historical Fiction. Great characters, great plot.
Vampire detective, nuclear weapons mill, and nymphos. Intrigued?
A collection of her short fictions. Offers a darker twist to such things as the story of Job, working with clay, and elderly cats.