According to Goodreads, I read 38 books last year (some of which are short stories): That could easily be the largest number of books I’ve read in a year since I was a kid sitting in bed on a Saturday morning devouring Dr Who novelizations. Most of them (all but five I think) were ebooks and I’ve got a suspicion that’s part of the reason I’ve increased the amount of reading I do. I’ve always been addicted to buying books but the added convenience of having literally hundreds of books at my fingertips has reignited my passion for actually reading them as well. My increased focus on writing and a desire to read more to support that also helped. There were a lot of good books in there, only a couple I didn’t enjoy, but my top five reads are (in roughly the order I read them): The Dervish House by Ian McDonald NOS4A2 by Joe Hill The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman Apocalyptic Montessa and Nuclear Lulu by Mercedes M Yardley Rotten Row by Chaz Brenchley Favourite of the bunch would have to be The Dervish House by Ian McDonald – earlier in the … Read More
I’m a big fan of Angry Robot Books – Lauren Beukes’ Zoo City is one of my favourite books so far this year – so I was pleased to see their announcement of not one but two debut authors they discovered during the open door reading month, both of them signing two book deals. Casandra Rose Clarke gives an entertaining account of her reaction to the news that she’d sold her books to Angry Robot here and Lee Collins gives a less exuberant but no less entertaining account here (at least, the first part of it. Angry Robot received over 990 submissions during their open door month and are planning to repeat the exercise next year.