Wednesday, July 13, 2011

What I've Been Reading.

This year so far has been something of a case of swings and roundabouts for me. There have been all sorts of personal upheavals and several bouts of surgery which have made life difficult at times. But it turns out there is a side benefit to surgery. Confined to bed and with the options being daytime television or reading I devoured books. So here in alphabetical order by author are some of the books I've read - or reread - since mid March. They are a mix of adult and YA fiction and short stories.

Novels and Novellas:

Peter M. Ball Bleed, Twelfth Planet Press

Peter V. Brett The Painted Man, Harper Voyager

Kim Falconer Path of the Stray (Book One Quantum Encryption), Harper Voyager

Kim Falconer The Spell of Rosette (Book One Quantum Enchantment), Harper Voyager

Jennifer Fallon The Chaos Crystal (Book Four The Tide Lords), Harper Voyager

Jennifer Fallon The Gods of Amyrantha (Book Two The Tide Lords), Harper Voyager

Jennifer Fallon The Immortal Prince (Book One The Tide Lords), Harper Voyager

Jennifer Fallon The Palace of Impossible Dreams (Book Three The Tide Lords), Harper Voyager

Jennifer Fallon The Undivided (Book One Rift Runners), Harper Voyager

Richard Harland Liberator, Allen & Unwin

Richard Harland Worldshaker, Allen & Unwin

Trent Jamieson Death Most Definite, Orbit

Trent Jamieson Managing Death, Orbit

N. K. Jemisin The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms (Book One of The Inheritance Trilogy), Orbit

Dave Luckett Paladin, Omnibus Books

Juliet Marillier Seer of Seven Waters, Macmillan

Karen Miller A Blight of Mages, Harper Voyager

Nicole Murphy Secret Ones, Harper Voyager

Tansy Rayner Roberts Power and Majesty (Book One Creature Court), Harper Voyager

Tansy Rayner Roberts The Shattered City (Book Two Creature Court), Harper Voyager

Sean Williams The Changeling, Angus and Robertson

Connie Willis All Clear, Allen & Unwin

Connie Willis Blackout, Allen & Unwin


Listed by title:

A Book of Endings Deborah Biancotti, Twelfth Planet Press

Baggage ed. Gillian Polack, Eniet Press

Dead Red Heart ed. Russell B. Farr, Ticonderoga Publications

Glitter Rose Marianne de Pierres, Twelfth Planet Press

Heliotrope Justina Robson, Ticonderoga Publications

The Inheritance Robin Hobb/Megan Lindholm, Harper Voyager

More Scary Kisses ed. Liz Grzyb, Ticonderoga Publications

Sprawl ed. Alisa Krasnostein, Twelfth Planet Press

This list is by no means complete. I've read at least half as many books again as those I've listed here in that period but I wanted whatever I included to be books I could recommend. In different ways, I enjoyed each of these enough to say they are worth a read and, in the case of the many starts to trilogies, I'm looking forward to reading the sequels too.


  1. Wow, Helen - you've become a full-time reader! I think you've read more books in the last three months than I've read in the last twelve!

    I hope you're doing some writing, too?

  2. Goodness - it would take me a good 18 months to get through all that. I am a fast writer, but a slow reader, unfortunately. You sound like you enjoyed every word, Helen. Well done, and I hope you have a full recovery.

  3. @ Satima - yes, there was writing.
    @ Rosanne. I am a very fast reader but I'm not sure if it's a good thing. I keep running out of books to read! I've just had a call from my local bookshop to say that the next two books in Nicole Murphy's Gadda series are in so I have those to look forward to and I have Stormlord's Exile, the final book in Glenda Larke's Watergivers trilogy, due out at the beginning of August, on order too. I can't wait for that one - the trilogy so far is one of the best I've read in years.

  4. that is a lot of reading. I enjoyed Trent Jamieson's Death Most Definite - I am getting around to reading the sequel.

  5. I enjoyed it too, Graham. He has a refreshingly different style. Very engaging, I thought.