Broadening My Horizons


As I mentioned in a previous post, one of my goals for 2013 is not only to read more but also to read more widely. Fortunately, this is the time of year when there are a lot of best of lists and what to look forward to lists. I recently came across a post at The Ranting Dragon which lists Fifty Fantasy and Science Fiction Novels to Look Forward to in 2013.

I have to admit this is not a huge stretch for me. Growing up, I read a lot of fantasy and sci-fi. Pretty much until I started college, I was mostly reading in these genres. Once college hit, academic reading took over my life and one of the casualties was my fantasy and sci-fi reading. What little reading I have done has been in my comfort zone: re-reading favorites like The Lord of the Rings or 1984 and favorite authors such as Philip K. Dick.

Given my enthusiasm for making new discoveries this year, I was thrilled to come across this list. One of the problems with these genres, however, is that many of these books are like part 20 in a series. Well, actually, that helps me narrow my choices. Considering that reading 20-25 books is a realistic prediction for me for this year, I can easily be overwhelmed with options.

From that list, the titles that appeal most to me are:

I’m not promising how many of these I will get to, but we’ll see how I do as the year progresses.

Anathem Progress

But nothing happens until I finish fighting my way through Anathem!


  • That’s awesome! Glad the list could provide you some books to read. I’ll be checking out a lot of the same titles. I hope you enjoy them!

    Be aware, though: The Age Atomic is a sequel, though Empire State is very much worth checking out!

    • Thanks for creating that list. It was just the type of thing I was looking for to inspire my reading for 2013. I did note that about Empire State and plan on reading it first. I didn’t add it to the list because I was focusing on new publications.

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