This picture of Murchie has nothing to do with anything.
2007 was my best reading year ever
. I discovered scads of wonderful new authors, expanded my list of Favouritest of Favourite Books from a Top 3 to a Top 5, and read so many amazing novels that I had to exclude some painfully good material from my year-end Best Of list lest it become bloated and unwieldy.
Every year since then has been a let-down. Yeah, I've found a few new Favouritest of Favourite Books (enough to turn my Top 5 into a Top 10, for which we can mostly blame Sarah Monette), and I've added a couple of new authors to my must-read-everything-they-write-oh-god-o
h-god list, but the mediocre has always won out over the awesome when it comes time to crunch the numbers.
I'm determined that 2013 will be different. My reading plan for this year is as follows:
- Read awesome stuff.
- Ignore books that fail to meet my standard of awesome.
- WALLOW IN AWESOMENESS.
This will be my Awesome Year of Awesome.
I've made a good start. As of yesterday, I've finished one 4.5-star book (THE DIVINERS by Libba Bray) and two 5-star books (STEALING PARKER by Miranda Kenneally and THE MASTER OF HEATHCREST HALL by Galen Beckett). I also abandoned a book that failed to meet my standard of awesome, and I'm prepared to do so again whensoever the need arises1
In the past, I've had excellent luck with asking y'all to look through my TBR and tell me which books you think I should read ASAP, so I thought I'd try again. If you'd be so kind as to browse la TBR
and tell me which books you consider the awesomest of awesome reads, you will win my undying gratitude.
My standard of awesome is oddly flexible, but in the past I've most ardently enjoyed the following sorts of things:
- Thick, wallowsome books with lots of fascinating detail.
- Dark stuff.
- Intense relationships of all varieties. I have a particular fondness for sibling relationships and romantic relationships wherein two people who totally belong together may end up with other people.
- Things that rip my heart out and stop on it.
- Daring rescues. Bonus points if there are, like, twelve of them crammed into one book.
- The theatre. I have a total soft spot for books set in and around theatres.
An awesome-to-Memory book need not include all these elements. Hell, it might not include any
of them (though I can think of precious few books that entranced me without providing an intense relationship of some sort). They're just guidelines.So, what should I read in the near future?Back in the Day:
- Or so I tell myself. My hardassery skills are not always what they could be.