Partial Book List 2018

Imagine you are reading this on January 1, because that’s when I should have published it. Better late than never, I guess?

Anyway, I decided back in June of 2018 to begin tracking the books I read. I didn’t include non-fiction, because sometimes I read for work and it was liable to get confusing and maybe too long. Any book with a grade of an A- or better is recommended to all. As with all grading systems, mine is highly subjective. I considered both how much I enjoyed the book and how much time I spent thinking about it afterward. I tend to read every book that’s recommended to me, so feel free to recommend.

Books 2018
(Starting in June)

1. The Club Dumas
Arturo Pérez-Reverte
A+

2. Rosemary’s Baby
Ira Levin
A+

3. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
Philip K. Dick
B-

4. Things Fall Apart
Chinua Achebe
A

5. The Changeling: A Novel
Victor LaValle
A+

6. Dietland: A Novel
Sarai Walker
A
-

7. Breakfast of Champions
Kurt Vonnegut
B+

8. Slaughter-house Five
Kurt Vonnegut
A

9. Cat’s Cradle
Kurt Vonnegut
A

10. Sloughing Towards Bethlehem
Joan Didion
B

11. Call Me By Your Name
André Aciman
A-

12. The Thorn & the Blossom: A Two-Sided Love Story
Theodora Goss
B+

13. The Ninth Life of Louis Drax
Liz Jensen
B

14. Heidi
Johanna Spyri
B-

15. Black Beauty
Anna Sewell
B

16. The Paying Guests
Sarah Waters
A-

17. My Sister’s Keeper
Jodi Picoult
C

18. European Travel for the Monstrous Gentlewoman
Theodora Goss
C+

19. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Mark Haddon
A

20. The Golem and the Jinni
Helene Wecker
A-

21. Convenience Store Woman
Sayaka Murata
A

22. Sharp Objects
Gillian Flynn
B-

23. The Color Purple
Alice Walker
A

24. The Girl on the Train
Paula Hawkins
B-

25. The Fall of Lisa Bellow
Susan Perabo
C

26. Carrion Comfort
Dan Simmons
B

27. The Red Tent
Anita Diamant
B+

28. Beloved
Toni Morrison
B

29. Hell House
Richard Matheson
B

30. The Death of Mrs Westaway
Ruth Ware
B+

31. The Pale King
David Foster Wallace
B

32. The Joy Luck Club
Amy Tan
A-

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I don’t have, nor could I read, the original Spanish version, but I wish I did!

If I had to pick my favorite book of the year, it would probably be The Club Dumas, the first book on my list! I also love the movie, The Ninth Gate. Highly recommend both!

Why I Don’t Review Books

Although I don’t have enough time to write for my blog as much as I would like, I do my fair share of blog reading. And one thing I noticed is that many authors also review books. This got me thinking as to why I don’t do any reviews. It’s not that I don’t read; I’m always in the middle of one or more books. Here are my reasons:

1) I don’t read a ton of genre fiction. Once in a very long while, yes, I do. But I tend to read straight-up literature rather than urban fantasy or what-have-you. In fact, I think the last book (other than mine) that I read that features a vampire was Sunshine, by Robin McKinley. And that was a few years ago. And yes, I do highly recommend it.

2) I don’t like criticizing other people’s writing. Writing a book is hard. Publishing a book is hard. My congratulations to you if you have done so! I know how hard it is, and would feel bad at the thought of publicly hurting anyone’s feelings.

3) Somewhat related to the previous item, but I would also feel bad at posting a good review for a bad book just to save the author’s feelings. Because people might buy the book based on my recommendation, and then I would have caused them to waste money.

4) I don’t have a bunch of time these days. Oh how I miss being a freelancer! Sure, the money is not consistent, but I had gobs more time to work on things like writing the very delayed fourth installment of Vampire in the City, aka, Cold Blood.

However, I will gladly take a look at whatever short story of the urban fantasy genre that you have for my anthology that’s coming out in the fall! Send it to me (soon, as the deadline is July 1) at vampireinthecityseries@gmail.com.