One of the best parts about finishing my draft of The Tainted City is that I can now READ again. Books! That are not mine! I cannot tell you how excited I am about this. I didn't give up reading entirely during the last few months - that would have been like trying to give up breathing - but I restricted myself to nonfiction and/or books I'd already read; those are easy for me to read in tiny little bits and put down without getting sucked in and losing hours of writing time.
But that was like taking little sips of an energy goo drink while slogging up a mountain, when your body's screaming for a real meal. And now...now at last I can gorge myself on all those lovely books I've been salivating over these last few months. In the last 5 days I've read a book a night, and it's been *wonderful*. Sadly, my reading pace will now have to slow down a touch - it's time to dive back into The Tainted City and start working on my own list of enhancements/cuts/revisions. But this time I don't intend to stop reading new books entirely. So I appeal to you - what books should I make sure to catch up on? Here's what I've got so far....
Since finishing, I've already read:
The Serpent Sea (Martha Wells)
Black Heart (Holly Black)
The Alchemist of Souls (Anne Lyle)
Songs of the Earth (Elsepth Cooper)
The Salt Road (Jane Johnson)
The TBR list, in no particular order:
And Blue Skies From Pain (Stina Leicht)
The Straits of Galahesh (Bradley Beaulieu)
Range of Ghosts (Elizabeth Bear)
Throne of the Crescent Moon (Saladin Ahmed)
Control Point (Myke Cole)
Scourge of the Betrayer (Jeff Salyards)
The Black Opera (Mary Gentle)
Faith (John Love)
When We Were Executioners (J.M. McDermott)
Bitter Seeds (Ian Tregillis)
Servant of the Underworld (Aliette de Bodard)
Osiris (E.J. Swift)
The Killing Moon (N.K. Jemisin)
The Desert of Souls (Howard A. Jones)
Next week I plan to start up my Monday book rec feature again, to highlight those books I particularly enjoyed. So again...what other interesting books have I missed these last months? If you know one, tell me.