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:
- The Age Atomic by Adam Christopher
- American Elsewhere by Robert Jackson Bennett
- The Best of All Possible Worlds by Karen Lord
- Between Two Thorns by Emma Newman
- Drakenfeld by Mark Charan Newton
- The Grim Company by Luke Scull
- A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan
- The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
- The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson
- River of Stars by Guy Gavriel Kay
- The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes
- The Thousand Names by Django Wexler
I’m not promising how many of these I will get to, but we’ll see how I do as the year progresses.
But nothing happens until I finish fighting my way through Anathem!