Top 20 Books to Finish in 2014
After much delay, much waffling, and a final burst of determined discipline, I have birthed this year’s reading list. I figure I’ll read 80-90 books this year (I’m at 17 but have hit a slowdown), of which many will be non-fiction, randomly chosen, or taken from an increasing pile of ARCs. I have the requisite disorganized TBR mountain and many ambitious plans to conquer it. Realistically though, the following is probably the best I can hope for.
This list represents my highest priorities for the year, culled from a number of TBR lists and series in progress. They are presented without comment, save for the following. First, there are only a few 2014 releases on here and they are all sequels or conclusions. I’m sure other new stuff is very exciting, but that’s really a list for another time. Second, I am aware that this is Anglo-Saxon men on parade. I will chalk that up to my attempts to wrap up reading projects that stretch back into my insensitive, uncaring days. Please be aware that I have the usual Japanese entries coming down the pipe and am conscious of equality efforts in my other reading. In fact, I’ve been doing pretty well this year, both in completed books and in articles published. (Alternately, readers who are needlessly offended by gender- and ethnic-equality efforts can just skip that last paragraph. Thanks, and enjoy your white, male fiction.)
Finally, if this matches up with anyone else, I’d love to jump on another read along. Or a series completion project. Or a read along of something not listed at all. Or pretty much anything, since this game is much more fun when we’re all playing it. Have a good 2014, everyone.
Cibola Burn – James S.A. Corey
An Autumn War – Daniel Abraham
On the Steel Breeze – Alastair Reynolds
Shipstar – Greg Benford and Larry Niven
The Bonehunters – Steven Erikson
Manifold: Space – Steven Baxter
The Confusion – Neal Stephenson
The Straits of Galahesh – Bradley Beaulieu
David Falkayn: Star Trader – Poul Anderson
The Quiet War – Paul McAuley
The Hostile Takeover Trilogy – Andrew Swann
Prince of Thorns – Mark Lawrence
Rimrunners – C.J. Cherryh
Inversions – Iain M. Banks
Crucible – Nancy Kress
Jhereg – Steven Brust
The Neutronium Alchemist – Peter F. Hamilton
Brain Thief – Alexander Jablokov
Ancillary Sword – Ann Leckie
The Towers of Sunset – L.E. Modesitt, Jr.