UPDATE 01.06.2014: If you want to see what I actually did read in 2013, click here to see my Pinterest Page of Books and Media Consumed in 2013.
Fiction I Want to Read
Artemis Fowl: The Last Guardian, Eoin Colfer. I’ve been a huge Artemis fan from way back (Artic Incident review, The Eternity Code review) but haven’t been able to find the time to read the last book in the series.
Harum Scarum, Keith Abbott. Keith, one of my writing mentors, teaches at The Naropa Institute. He is brilliant and influenced me greatly. I reread The First Thing Coming and wanted to read the book in which the characters of that book from were first introduced.
Forever War, Joe Haldeman. Been meaning to read this for a while.
The Windup Bird Chronicles, Haruki Murakami. Started once but never finished because of distractions. I plan to read this year.
Saga, Brian K. Vaughn. I’ve been a huge Brian Vaughn fan since he wrote Y! The Last Man series. I recently read Runaways, which I enjoyed. So, now I’d like to see his take on the space opera.
The Snarkout Boys & the Avocado of Death, Daniel Pinkwater
Watchmen, Alan Moore
Red Mars (Mars Trilogy), Kim Stanley Robinson
Books I’m Going to Re-Read
Abundance, Peter Diamandis
The Brief & Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao, Junot Diaz
Chronicle of a Death Foretold, Gabriel Garcia Marquez
The Crying of Lot 49, Thomas Pynchon
The Emigrants, William Seabold
Island of the Blue Dolphins, Scott O’Dell
Pedro Paramo, Juan Rulfo
Story of the Eye, George Bataille
Welcome to the Monkey House, Kurt Vonnegut
Historical Books I’m Reading for Research
I’m working on the next novel in my Circle of Time series. I once had the bad habit of using research as an excuse for not writing. To avoid that, I’m going to keep these books on my desk, but will only refer to them to get a better sense of what Hernan Cortés and life were like during the conquest of Mexico.
Conquistador: Hernan Cortes, King Montezuma, and the Last Stand of the Aztecs, Buddy Levy
The Conquest of New Spain, Bernal Diaz
Letters from Mexico, Hernan Cortes.
$1oo Startup, Chris Guillebeau
Advanced Consulting, Dan Kennedy
How to Make Friends and Influence People, Dale Carnegie
The Education of Millionaires, Michael Ellsberg
Biopunk, Marcus Wohlsen
Creating Life in the Lab, Fazale Rana
The Creative Disruption of Medicine, Eric Topol
Regenesis: How Synthetic Biology Will Reinvent Nature and Ourselves, George Church
Wetware: A Computer in Every Living Cell, Dennis Bray
Books to Inspire Spirituality
A New Earth, Eckhart Tolle
The Places that Scare You, Pema Chodron
Start Where You Are: A Guide to Compassionate Living, Pema Chodron. Here’s Pema’s Advice For Embracing Change.