The Ever-Growing Reading List, Part II: New Book Buy's!

[Apparently, the images that are supposed to be appearing beneath the two bolded headers are not appearing on some browsers... I saw them on an earlier version of Firefox for the PC and on Safari. So, if you see them, great! If not, I don't know what to tell you... Either way, run down is below. Original post follows: ] Thanks to the generosity of my parents and in-laws for my thirty-fifth birthday, I found myself flush with gift cards lately and splurged on the following:

For Fun!

 

For Research/Future Novel Purposes

Of course, I have absolutely no idea when I'll get to all these, but there is a certain satisfaction that comes with adding to the To Be Read pile. Once I get through my current round of ARCs, plus three new ARCs I was received approval for on NetGalley, and other recent purchases (Veronica Mars! DarkFuse titles!), I'll have some tough choices to make as a reader. I'm woefully behind on my non-fiction reads, so I may try to kill two birds with one stone on that front and focus on the research titles I picked up.

On the research front, you may see a certain theme emerging topic-wise, and I'm juggling a few ideas for a future novel. I'm not sure yet if it will be stand-alone or a continuation of the DRMR series, or if the idea will even grow strong enough to become a novel. So, we'll see, but for the moment this is where my current thoughts are leaning.

On the fun side of things, I've got a combination of titles I've had wish-listed for a while, particularly Snowblind and Vandermeer's The Southern Reach trilogy (third one is due out in September). I came across Super thanks to Jason Gurley's newsletter, where this book has received several honorable mentions of late.

I kind of surprised myself by not buying as many DarkFuse titles as I thought I would, although I already have a healthy back-list of titles there, and a pre-order in place for Tim Curran's Blackout. However, I did snag one: William Meikle's The Hole, which has been a really strong best-seller for that publisher of late, and which pops up pretty often in Amazon's recommendations.

Presumably, I'm done with book buying for a little while now... So, what's on your list? Recent purchases, additions to your TBR list/pile, anything in particular that's caught your eye? Recommendations? Sound off below!

Michael Hicks

Michael Patrick Hicks is the author of the science fiction novels Convergence, an Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award 2013 Quarter-Finalist, and Emergence. His work has appeared in several anthologies, and he has written for the websites Graphic Novel Reporter and Audiobook Reviewer. In between compulsively buying books and adding titles that he does not have time for to his Netflix queue, he is hard at work on his next story.


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