2012 National Year of Reading

As part of my Masters in Creative Writing course this year, I am required to read extensively in my genre (primarily fantasy fiction), as well as any books or genres that will assist in honing my writing skills.

Though I already consider myself a keen reader, this ties in nicely with Australia’s 2012 National Year of Reading and my intention to this year increase the number of books I read, and likewise significantly decrease the number of books in my to-be-read pile.

Admittedly, I’m off to a bad start, with my European travels in January taking a chunk of out of my reading schedule. But I’m back to it with a vengeance, and have set myself a target of 52 books (a book a week) by the end of the year.

I LOVE receiving reading recommendations, so if you have any faves to suggest, don’t hesitate to leave a comment.

Here we go!

  1. The Roving Party – Rohan Wilson
  2. The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien
  3. Elemental Magic – Angela Wallace
  4. Thyla – Kate Gordon
  5. A Wise Man’s Fear – Patrick Rothfuss
  6. The Last Unicorn – Peter S. Beagle
  7. The Australian Long Story – Mandy Sayer (Ed.)
  8. Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
  9. Draykon – Charlotte E. English
  10. 20 Master Plots – Ronald B. Tobias
  11. Howl’s Moving Castle – Diana Wynne Jones
  12. The Bad Beginning – Lemony Snicket
  13. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – J.K. Rowling
  14. Readers in Wonderland – Deborah O’Keefe
  15. A Storm of Swords: Steel & Snow – George R.R. Martin
  16. Enchanted Glass – Diana Wynne Jones
  17. A Princess of Mars – Edgar Rice Burroughs
  18. The Gods of Mars – Edgar Rice Burroughs
  19. Fifty Shades of Grey – E.L. James
  20. The Dog Stars – Peter Heller
  21. The Warlord of Mars – Edgar Rice Burroughs
  22. The Blue Cathedral – Cameron Hindrum
  23. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – J.K. Rowling
  24. The Game – Diana Wynne Jones
  25. Between the Lines – Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer
  26. Seraphina – Rachel Hartman
  27. Metro Winds – Isobelle Carmody
  28. Myths and Legends of Britain and Ireland – Richard Jones
  29. A Storm of Swords: Blood & Gold – George R.R. Martin
  30. Ready Player One – Ernest Cline
  31. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets – J.K. Rowling
  32. Writers on Writing – James Roberts, Barry Mitchell, Roger Zubrinich (Editors)
  33. The Casual Vacancy – J.K. Rowling
  34. The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins
  35. Catching Fire – Suzanne Collins
  36. Mockingjay – Suzanne Collins
  37. The Fellowship of the Ring – J.R.R. Tolkien
  38. Every Day – David Levithan

11 comments on “2012 National Year of Reading

  1. If you haven’t already done so, you should read the Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch. I rank it as one of the best fanatsy books ever written. You should also see if you can get your hands on some of the Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser stories by Fritz Leiber, they’re basically what founded the whole sword and sorcery concept for fiction.

    Although not fanatsy you should also read Pattern Recognition by William Gibson, simply because it is amazing.

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  3. I used to read; then I used not to. Then I got an iPad, and I slowly became once more used to it. The most rewarding thing about it is that, in browsing by genre, I have no idea what I’m getting into. It could be one of the world’s best known books, or some trite nonsense penned by a delusional geek in an upstairs office (hmm…). What I’ve discovered so far:
    1. Perversity – Francis Carco
    2. Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
    3. Elric The Stealer of Souls – Michael Moorcock
    4. His Majesty’s Dragon – Naomi Novik
    5. 2BR02B – Kurt Vonnegut
    6. Dracula – Bram Stoker
    A whole bunch of others, too – but they were awful. And yes, I’d heard of Dracula, but surprisingly hadn’t ever read it.

      • It reminds me of when I used to go to a second hand record store and pick the first one whose cover attracted me. The mystery of discovery, sometimes, is as exciting as the tale itself.

  4. Oh, and, uh, though it won’t be finished until this summer, you could always read “The Redemption of Erâth”; it’s this incredibly awesome take by a little-known author who is poised overtake Tolkien as the godfather of high fantasy. *cough* shameless plug *cough*. :-P

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