The Year In Words (The Reading List): 2017-

Matt Bird:

The one constant for a writer, besides actually, you know, writing stuff, is reading stuff.  This is the running list of books that have been run through during the year, as well as years past.

How it works: The books are listed under the year completed, by when they were completed (older at the bottom).  If it’s a book I have read before, it will be marked as “reread.”  This also assumes I’m reading a “dead-tree edition” unless there is an “(E)” next to it, for an ebook edition, or an “(A)” to indicate an Audiobook.

Due to the nature of my habits and my “To Be Read” stack, I am no longer listing the ones in progress, only the books that have been completed.

2017:   26 (21 Audiobook)

 Matt Bird: The Secrets of Story (A) Charles Stross: Empire Games
Brandon Sanderson: Alcatraz versus the Evil Librarians (A) Felicia Day: You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) (A)
Stephen King: The Gunslinger (A) Sean Stephenson: Get Off Your ‘But’ (A)
Karen S. Wiesner: Writing the Fiction Series Lin-Manuel Miranda & Jeremy McCarter: Hamilton: The Revolution (A)*
Bob Proctor & Sandra Gallagher: The Art of Living (A) Neil Fiore: The Now Habit (A)
Margot Leitman: Long Story Short (A) Brian Kilmeade & Don Yeager: George Washington’s Secret Six (A)
Jaye Wells: Dirty Magic (E) Kurt Vonnegut: Slaughterhouse Five (A)
Mary Roach: Grunt (A) Tim O’Brien: The Things They Carried (A)
Alan Cumming: Not My Father’s Son (A) Grady Hendrix: Horrorstör (A)
 Neil Gaiman: The View from the Cheap Seats Jim Butcher: The Aeronaut’s Windlass
Richard Matheson: I Am Legend (A) A Monster Calls: Patrick Ness (A)
John F. Kennedy: Profiles in Courage (A) James A Owen: Drawing Out the Dragons (A)
Mary Robinette Kowal: Forest of Memory (A) Hans Christian Anderson: The Snow Queen (A)

* Technically, I stopped listening during the “Annotations” part of the audiobook. It’s not that the material was bad, but it takes the notes out of context, and is better served by following with a copy of the text to understand what is being referenced.

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