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Books in the Post: January 2013

Because time isn’t always on my side when it comes to reading books and writing reviews, here’s a list of some of the awesome books I’ve bought or been sent recently. Despite one of my New Years Resolutions being to read more books from my to-read pile, I couldn’t resist making a few purchases this month. 

And be ‘a few’ I mean ‘so many it’s taken me half a month to write the post about them’.

bookshelf

 

Books

“Self-Editing for Fiction Writers, Second Edition: How to Edit Yourself Into Print” by Renni Browne, Dave King. I was in a ‘writing reference book’ kind of mood. It shows.

Write To Be Published” by Nicola Morgan. Recommended to me by the Hi-Arts Work in Progress scheme, and it had been on my to-read list for a while, so I finally bought it.

“The Forest for the Trees: An Editor’s Advice to Writers” by Betsy Lerner. I’ve been a long-time reader of Betsy’s blog, so I’m looking forward to reading this one.

“Bird by Bird: Instructions on Writing and Life” by Lamott, Anne. Not so sure about this because I’ve heard it has some heavy spiritual and Christian leanings to its advice, and I’m not sure how I feel about bringing religion into a craft reference book, but we’ll see how it goes.

“Requiem” (“Delirium Series, Book #3) by Lauren Oliver. Review copy supplied by the publisher. Looks great, but I need to read Pandemonium first.

“Pandemonium” (“Delirium Series, Book #2) by Lauren Oliver.  Bought this so I can read Requiem, reviewed it here.

“Angels’ Blood” by Nalini Singh. Recommended to me on the AbsoluteWrite forums.

“To Kill A Mockingbird” by Harper Lee. A present from Dave. I CAN FINALLY READ THIS. I’m so excited!

“A Game of Thrones” by George R.R. Martin. Another present from Dave. I really want to read this serious, but I’m careful because they seem like a big time commitment.

Comics

“Batman: Hush”, “Batman: The Dark Knight Returns” and “Batman: A Death In The Family” A present from Dave. These are very popular Batman comics and I’m looking forward to them, since the Batman comics have some of the best writers in the industry.

“Death Note Vol 2” Another present from Dave. Death Note has some of my favourite manga artwork, it has a really nice realistic edge. “Megatokyo Vol 4” and “Watchmen” Dave was on an absolute present buying spree last month. He knows how to make a bookworm happy. 🙂

“Saga” by Fiona Staples, Brian K Vaughan. When two soldiers from opposite sides of a never-ending galactic war fall in love, they risk everything to bring a fragile new life into a dangerous old universe. I read this last month, and it’s already one of the best comics I’ve read in a while.

On Kindle

“Teeth” by Hannah Moskowitz. I’ve had this one on pre-order for months, and it’s finally out!

“Pushing the Limits” by Katie McGarry. I hadn’t noticed this book because of the terrible Kindle edition cover, but the plot sounds really good.

“Life Of Pi” by Yann Martel. I have this in hardback already, but for 20p I thought I might as well pick up a Kindle copy.

“The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Bought this so I could join in with Crash Course Literature but I don’t think I’m going to be able to get round to it anytime soon. 🙁

“The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson” by Emily Dickinson. Same as the above, a Crash Course book.

Jeez, I really got a lot of books last month. February definitely won’t be as crazy.