So, Laura, have you read any of the Hugo nominees?

OH THAT'S A GOOD ONE, INTERNET.

OH THAT’S A GOOD ONE, INTERNET.

That sound you hear is the hollow laughter of someone who has worn out both her library card and her bank balance accumulating a reading pile that started as novel research and ballooned into general bookwormery of the highest order, and left the e-book samples for the Hugos for my husband to devour.

Here’s what I’ve read in the past three months. Oh lordy.

Library books, non-fiction:

Ernest Marwick, The Folklore of Orkney and Shetland
Carlos Orin Starn, The Peru Reader
The Writers’ and Artists’ Yearbook 2013

Library books, fiction:

Anthony Horowitz: Raven’s Gate (graphic novel), Evil Star, Necropolis, The House of Silk
China Mieville, Un Lun Dun
Charlie Stross, The Apocalypse Codex
Seanan McGuire, Discount Armageddon
Patricia Briggs, Moon Called
Mario Vargas Llosa, Death in the Andes

Current reads:

Jules Verne, Journey to the Centre of the Earth
Robert Heinlein, Assignment in Eternity
Diana Wynne Jones, The Merlin Conspiracy
Adam Roberts, By Light Alone

And in the to-read queue…

Shop/charity shop/giveaway hauls:

Marissa Meyer, Cinder
Neil Gaiman, American Gods
Anthony Horowitz: Raven’s Gate, Night Rise, Oblivion, Stormbreaker, Russian Roulette
Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games
Thomas Malory, Le Morte d’Arthur
Mario Vargas Llosa, The Time of the Hero
Donald Smith/Stuart McHardy, Arthur’s Seat- Journeys and Evocations

Hanging around on iBooks/Kindle:

Jeremy Duns, Rogue Royale: The Lost Bond Film by the ‘Shakespeare of Hollywood’
Nicholas Vince, Other People’s Darkness
Mark Lawrence, Prince of Thorns
SF Burgess, Eleanor
Jim Moon, Seven of Spectres: The First Hypnogoria Book of Uncanny Tales
Jonathan Gash, Gold from Gemini
Mira Grant, Feed

Books thrown at me from my husband’s collection by means of recommendation:

Ray Bradbury, The Martian Chronicles
Raymond Chandler, The Big Sleep
Daniel Keyes, Flowers for Algernon
Jorge Luis Borges: The Book of Imaginary Beings, The Aleph
James Hawes, Rancid Aluminium
Hernando de Soto, The Other Path
Iain M Banks, Excession

Why yes, I have catholic tastes and zero desk space. We’re gonna need a bigger bookcase. And I’ve not got started on the Amazon Prime membership, currently being spent on streaming various young adult and sci-fi/fantasy¬†TV series. That’s ‘research’ too, honest.

In between all of this, I’ve somehow done my occasional day job, written two short stories, chipped at the work-in-progress to the tune of 55,000 words, and gathered everything I need to start the querying process. With any luck, I’ll have some rejection letter wallpaper by the autumn, if not a stronger prescription for my glasses with all the reading…

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