My Reading List: January 2013

2013 has finally rolled around and it seems like this year will be even more busy, fun and exciting than last year. It is time to get organised! I got a lot of new books in the last quarter of 2012 and my reading list is getting a little bit ridiculous. I’m writing this post in an attempt to keep track of the books I need to read, and I thought it would be a good opportunity to share my reasons for choosing to read these books.

Here it is, my reading list as it stands:

Just Finished: Coldbrook by Tim Lebbon

I recently read Echo City by Tim and I really enjoyed it. As soon as Coldbrook was released, I grabbed a copy. This is Tim’s foray into zombie fiction.

As far as zombie books go, I thoroughly enjoyed this one. It definitely stands out above the rest of the genre. The added sci-fi elements were a lot of fun too. I will write a thorough review of this book shortly.

Check out Coldbrook on Goodreads.

Catch up with Tim Lebbon on Twitter: @timlebbon


Currently Reading: Great North Road by Peter F. Hamilton

This book is massive! I mean that literally. Great North Road is over 1000 pages long and, when reading the dead tree version, that can be quite intimidating. Despite it’s crazy length, however, I’m finding it to be quite a page-turner.

The story has a great mix of sci-fi elements, all woven together very nicely. Clones, terrifying aliens, wonderful technology. Exactly what you would expect from Hamilton. Check back soon (but not too soon) for a review.

Check out Great North Road on Goodreads.

Catch up with Peter F. Hamilton on Twitter: @PeterFHamilton1


In the pile

King of Thorns by Mark Lawrence

 The second book in the Broken Empire series, Lawrence takes his young anti-hero one step closer to his grand ambition.

I read Prince of Thorns recently and it blew my mind! Here is a link to my review of Prince. I am very, very excited to read King of Thorns!

Check out King of Thorns on Goodreads.

Catch up with Mark Lawrence on Twitter: @Mark_Lawrence.


Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay

I’m very excited to read Tigana and this book might sneak to the top of the pile (Sorry Mark!). I decided to read Tigana because it is listed as the best stand alone fantasy novel on a Best Fantasy Books list, I trust the site, read a few customer reviews on Amazon, and snapped this book up. It’s waiting on my Kindle for me.

This will be my first Kay book, and it is apparently his best.

Check out Tigana on Goodreads.

Catch up with Guy Gavriel Kay on Twitter: @guygavrielkay.


Throne of the Crescent Moon by Saladin Ahmed

It has taken me entirely too long to get around to reading this novel! And I’m still at least three books away.

I have heard lots of very good feedback about Saladin’s novel and am very excited to read it.

Check out Throne of the Crescent Moon on Goodreads.

Catch up with Saladin Ahmed on Twitter: @saladinahmed.


The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

An orphan’s life is harsh—and often short—in the island city of Camorr, built on the ruins of a mysterious alien race. Born with a quick wit and a gift for thieving, Locke Lamora dodges both death and slavery, only to fall into the hands of an eyeless priest known as Chains, neither blind nor a priest.

Check out The Lies of Locke Lamora on Goodreads.

Catch up with Scott Lynch on Twitter: @scottlynch78.


The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie

Another book off the Best Fantasy Books site, my husband finished The Blade Itself last night and tells me that it is absolutely superb.

From Goodreads: Logen Ninefingers, infamous barbarian, has finally run out of luck. Caught in one feud too many, he’s on the verge of becoming a dead barbarian – leaving nothing behind him but bad songs, dead friends, and a lot of happy enemies.

Unfortunately, I can’t find a twitter handle for Joe Abercrombie.


The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss

The sequel to The Name of the Wind, which has to be the best fantasy book I’ve ever read, The Wise Man’s Fear is currently languishing at the bottom of my reading pile. I’ve heard that this book is not as good as the first of the series, and I may be putting off reading it for fear of it sullying my opinion of Patrick Rothfuss.

Find out more about The Wise Man’s Fear on Goodreads.

Catch up with Patrick Rothfuss on Twitter: @PatrickRothfuss.



That is a lot of Fantasy for me to read in the next few months, and this is not where my reading list ends either. The Wool Omnibus has recently slotted itself in at the bottom of the pile. Good thing I love reading!

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