Still In Love 2012

booksI know. You have already heard me gushing twice over about awesome books I read this year (Loudest Reading and New Book Loves). Well, I just couldn’t leave these favorites out. Below are some very worthy books by authors I discovered some time ago and who continue to entertain me, make me cry, make me feel like a real person. I hope you have such authors in your life.

I don't know about you, but Chupa's head looks like some whacked optical illusion in this photo.

I don’t know about you, but Chupa’s head looks like some whacked optical illusion in this photo.

After rereading Ender’s Game, I went on to further explore the Enderverse with Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card. This book was so powerfully moving for me on several levels: the clash of cultures, the loss of family and friends, the rebuilding of ties by washing away the lies. I then went out of publication order and listened to Ender’s Shadow, which is basically Ender’s Game retold through the eyes of Bean. It also shares Bean’s back story. Earth Unaware by Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston is the first in a new series with no punches pulled. If you want to know how the Bugger Wars started, this is an excellent book to pick up and I am looking forward to the sequel.

Heldig, on one of her hyper days.

Heldig, on one of her hyper days.

I have cite Jim Butcher and Ghost Story and Cold Days of The Dresden Files as my favorite urban fantasies of the year. It was sooooo important for me to read Ghost Story back in January as beloved Harry Dresden was left in great peril at the end of the previous book (Changes). I had to know what happened with him and his friends, and his enemies. With one conundrum solved, we are left with another, hence the preordering of Ghost Story which came out at the end of November. This is an excellent series if you haven’t tried it; start with Storm Front.

The Mistborn trilogy by Brandon Sanderson gets my best epic fantasy read of the year. Dark and darker, hints and mist for the heroes to navigate, and a kick-ass heroine. Need I say more? Mistborn: The Final Empire, The Well of Ascension, The Hero of Ages

Snuggly Waffles on clean sheets with a good book.

Snuggly Waffles on clean sheets with a good book.

Three spiritwalkers become entangled in Gaslight Dogs by Karin Lowachee. In a world of seven dieties, an expanding culture clashes with Sjenn of the far north and the warrior tribes of greener pastures. This book took all my attention as I sank into it with each reading. Lowachee forces you to think from another person’s point of view with her writing and I eagerly await her next book.

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10 thoughts on “Still In Love 2012

  1. I need to get back to reading the Ender books. I’ve read, and LOVED the first two and have several more of them on my bookshelves. Just bought Earth Unaware the other day when I found a pristine hardback so deeply discounted that there was no way I was walking out of the bookstore without it. I’ll be picking up the newest one when it comes out as well. And why not, the gorgeous John Harris covers are alone worth the price of the book!

    • The Enderverse is a great place to read. My man has listened to ALL the books, including some short stories that the library had. I am really looking forward to the sequel to Earth Unaware (partly because of the cover art).

  2. I came here from Carl V.’s blog. Happy to see Karin Lowachee on your list. I’ve only read her first book, but she’s an impressive writer. (Very nice person too.) I’ve heard really good things about Gaslight Dogs and will have to check it out soon.

    • In 2011, she was kind enough to give me and interview. I wish Orbit would publish more of her works.
      Off topic, but Little Red Reviewer said you’re the one to ask about Clifford Simak and dinos – did he put dinos in his books?

      • Uhh….. I read Waystation, Ring Around the Sun, and The Fellowship of the Talisman, and I don’t remember any dinosaurs. I’m hardly an expert though, and there may have been something I forgot in Waystation. I’d better go check the comment I left on her blog to see if I said something idiotic.

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