My Reading Year 2015

It’s that time of year again. My fiction reading is always severely restricted when I’m writing, particularly when i’m at the first draft stage. I’ve done a lot of writing this year. I finished off Crossways, which came out in August and made a start on Nimbus which will be the third Psi-Tech book. Then I edited Winterwood, adding about 20,000 words of new material, then immediately began on the sequel, Silverwolf. I’m now 90,000 words into the first draft.

Surprisingly I still found time and energy to read and blog thirty five novels (okay, a couple of them were novellas, so, sue me!) This was the year I discovered Diana Gabaldon. Yes, I know a lot of you recommended her to me at least twenty years ago, and you were right – she knows how to keep the pages turning. New to me this year and authors who will definitely be on my future reading lists include C.E. Murphy, Judith Tarr and Genevieve Cogman. Old favourites included: Lisa Shearin, Joe Abercrombie, Patricia Briggs, Anne Aguirre, Kevin Hearne and Terry Pratchett.

I managed to get all the way through a graphic novel, the reprint of early Modesty Blaise strip cartoons, The Gabriel Set Up, written by Peter O’Donnell and illustrated by Jim Holdaway. I think I managed better with the spare style of black and white drawings originally done for newspaper publication, than I do with the lavish colour graphic novels of recent years where I often have difficulty interpreting what’s happening.

My biggest disappointment was Erin Morganstern’s The Night Circus, which I’d heard good things about. The writing itself was lush and sensual, but it was too plot-lite for me and I didn’t feel deeply involved with the characters. I’ve never got on all that well with literary novels, but if that’s your thing, then you may disagree with me completely over this book.

Anyhow, for better or worse, this is what I read in 2015. Each one of these is book-logged over on my Live Journal where I blog under the pseudonym ‘birdsedge’. Hit the tag booklog 2015

  1. Erin Morgenstern: The Night Circus
  2. Lisa Shearin: Wild Card
  3. Joe Abercrombie: Half a King
  4. Jen Williams: The Copper Promise
  5. Patricia Briggs: Dead Heat – Alpha and Omega #4
  6. Genevieve Cogman: The Invisible Library
  7. Octavia Butler: Dawn – Exogenesis #1
  8. Jill Schultz: Angel on the Ropes
  9. Peter Dickinson: The Changes Trilogy
  10.  David Barnett: Gideon Smith and the Mechanical Girl
  11.  Ian Whates: Pelquin’s Comet
  12.  CE Murphy: Heart of Stone – Negotiator Trilogy #1 – Old Races #1
  13.  Terry Pratchett: Raising Steam – Discworld #40
  14.  Judith Tarr: Forgotten Suns
  15.  Peter O’Donnell and Jim Holdaway: Modesty Blaise – The Gabriel Set-Up
  16.  Winston Graham: Ross Poldark – Poldark #1
  17.  Various Authors: Firefly: Still Flying
  18.  Lia Silver: Prisoner
  19.  Lia Silver: Partner
  20.  Diana Gabaldon: Outlander – Outlander #1
  21.  Georgette Heyer: An Infamous Army
  22.  Diana Gabaldon: Dragonfly in Amber – Outlander #2
  23.  Georgette Heyer: Cotillion
  24.  Diana Gabaldon: Voyager – Outlander #3
  25.  Terry Pratchett: the Shepherd’s Crown – Discworld #41 – Tiffany Aching #5
  26.  Ann Aguirre: Forbidden Fruit: Corinne Solomon #3.5 (novella)
  27.  Kevin Hearne: Hexed – Iron Druid #2
  28.  Toby Venables: Hunter of Sherwood: Knight of Shadows – Hunter of Sherwood #1
  29.  Diana Gabaldon: The Drums of Autumn – Outlander #4
  30.  Diana Gabaldon: Lord John and the Hand of Devils – Lord John #0.5
  31.  Diana Gabaldon: Lord John and the Private Matter – Lord John #1
  32.  Stella Duffy: Dr Who: The Anti-Hero – Time Trips
  33.  Diana Gabaldon: Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade – Lord John #2
  34. Genevieve Cogman: The Masked City
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About Jacey Bedford

Jacey Bedford maintains this blog. She is a writer of science fiction and fantasy (www.jaceybedford.co.uk), the secretary of Milford SF Writers (www.milfordSF.co.uk), a singer (www.artisan-harmony.com) and a music agent booking UK tours and concerts for folk performers (www.jacey-bedford.com). She's also a Home Office / Border Agency licensed sponsor processing UK work permits (Certificate of Sponsorship).
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