My (Not So) Modest 2013 Reading List

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.

Chaos Walking

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

Young Avengers

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

Cover of "The Crying of Lot 49"
Cover of The Crying of Lot 49

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.

Business-Related Books

$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.