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Tags1001 (292), amazing (52), NBCC (32), literature (10), fiction (9), short stories (7), science fiction (5), British (4), 19th century (3), domestic fiction (3) — see all tags

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About meI just spent last night (9/24/2009) bar hopping with China Mieville...the height of my literary career thus far :)

I received my M.A. in English Literature at the University of Kansas in May 2010. I specialized in Victorian literature and scientific discourse, especially evolution in all its forms and its formative effects on literature. I really live for SF, though. James Gunn teaches at my school, and I had one of the most rewarding positions in my life in being the Volunteer Coordinator for through the Center for the Study of Science Fiction through Jim's guidance and under the tutelage of my very good friend, author Christopher McKitterick.

I now do PR and communications for a humanities research center at a university, and play roller derby for the Kansas City Roller Warriors.

I know I have a billion "interesting libraries," but what can I say? You're all interesting. Plus I use you for recommendations, so for purely selfish reasons, it's in my best interest to have a large collection of interesting booklists.

Currently reading: Curse of the Mistwraith, Janny Wurts

Read in 2016:
Quantum Night, Robert J. Sawyer
How the Irish Saved Civilization, Thomas Cahill
The Bazaar of Bad Dreams, Stephen King

Read in 2015:
Finder's Keepers, Stephen King
Imzadi, Peter David
Identical, Scott Turow
The Day She Died, Catriona McPherson
Pieces of Payne, Albert Goldbarth
The Restless Supermarket, Ivan Vladislavic
Station Eleven, Emily St. James Mandel
Finders Keepers, Stephen King
The Nightingale, Kristin Hannah
The Year's Best Science Fiction v. 3, ed. Gardner Dozois
Amityville Horrible, Kelley Armstrong
The Year's Best Fantasy v. 2, eds. Ellen Datlow & Terri Windling
The Light in the Piazza, Elizabeth Spencer
The World of Ice & Fire, George R. R Martin et al
The Year's Best SF Vol 1, ed. Gardner Dozois
The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, N.K. Jemisin
Freedom National: The Destruction of Slavery in the United States 1861-1865, James Oakes
On the Island, Josephine Jacobsen
Us Conductors, Sean Michaels
Stone Mattress, Margaret Atwood
The Light We Cannot See, Anthony Doerr
Butterfly Isles: A Summer in Search of our Emperors and Admirals, Patrick Barkham
Thrall, Natasha Trethewey
Encountering Ellis Island: How European Immigrants Entered America, Ronald H. Bayor
The Adjacent, Christopher Priest

Last five favorites:
Quantum Night, Robert J. Sawyer
Station Eleven, Emily St. James Mandel
The Nightingale, Kristin Hannah
The World of Ice & Fire, George R. R Martin et al
The Year's Best SF Vol 1, ed. Gardner Dozois

2014 Total: 45
Top 10 of 2014 (no order):
1. The Absolute Sandman Series, Neil Gaiman
2. The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court, Jeffrey Toobin
3. Lovers at the Chameleon Club 1932, Francine Prose
4. The Goldfinch, Donna Tartt
5. The Problems of Philosophy, Bertrand Russell
6. The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside the Room, the Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made, Greg Sestero
7. Revival, Stephen King
8. Winterspell, Claire Legrand
9. The Witches of Worm, Zilpha Keatley Snyder
10. Smilla’s Sense of Snow, Peter Hoeg

2013 Total: 60
Top 10 of 2013 (no order):
1.The Rise of Ransom City, Felix Gilman
2. A Storm of Swords, George R.R. Martin
3. Welcome to Bordertown, eds. Holly Black & Ellen Kushner
4. The Accursed, Joyce Carol Oates
5. The Absolute Sandman v. 1, Neil Gaiman
6. Great North Road, Peter F Hamilton
7. The Locke & Key series, Joe Hill
8. The Collected Stories, William Faulkner
9. Red Country, Joe Abercrombie
10. Joyland, Stephen King

2012 Total: 45
Top 10 of 2012 (no order):
1. 11/22/63, Stephen King
2. Telegraph Avenue, Michael Chabon
3. In Advance of the Landing: Folk Concepts of Outer Space, Douglas Curran
4. Two Worlds & In Between, Caitlin Kiernan
5. The Wind Through the Keyhole, Stephen King
6. The Year of the Beasts, Cecil Castellucci
7. The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down, Anne Fadiman
8. Embassytown, China Mieville
9. the Bartender's Tale, Ivan Doig
10. The Islanders, Christopher Priest

2011 Total: 36 (the year of very long books, and the year I started play roller derby)
Top 10 of 2011 (no order):
1. Infinite Jest, David Foster Wallace
2. Sunnyside, Glen David Gold
3. Galileo's Dream, Kim Stanley Robinson
4. Tender Morsels, Margo Lanagan
5. Full of Secrets: Critical Approaches to Twin Peaks, ed. David Lavery
6. The Information, James Gleick
7. The Hidden Reality: Parallel Universes and the Deep Laws of the Cosmos, Brian Greene
8. Made from Scratch: Discovering the Pleasures of a Handmade Life, Jenna Woginrich
9. Secrets of the Sideshows, Joe Nickell
10. To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee

2010 Total: 86
Top 10 of 2010 (no particular order):

1. Finch, Jeff VanderMeer
2. How We Became Human, Joy Harjo
3. Paradise Lost, John Milton
4. The Windup Girl, Paolo Bacigaloupi
5. Pandemonium, Daryl Gregory
6. The City & the City, China Mieville
7. Abarat, Clive Barker
8. More Than Human, Theodore Sturgeon
9. The Shadow Year, Jeffrey Ford
10. The Engines of God, Jack McDevitt

2009 total: 83
Top 10 of 2009 (no particular order):

1. Ptolemy's Gate, Jonathan Stroud
2. Our Mutual Friend, Charles Dickens
3. Blankets, Craig Thompson
4. Portnoy's Complaint, Philip Roth
5. Day, A.L. Kennedy
6. The Moonstone, Wilkie Collins
7. Wonderful Life: The Burgess Shale and the Nature of History, Stephen Jay Gould
8. The Night Battles, M.F. Bloxam
9. Fun Home, Alison Bechdel
10. The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory, Brian Greene

2008 total: 120
Top 10 of 2008 (no particular order):

1. Never Let Me Go, Kazuo Ishiguro
2. Steppenwolf, Hermann Hesse
3. The New Weird, Eds. Ann & Jeff Vandermeer
4. The Book of Lost Things, John Connolly
5. Baltasar and Blimunda, Jose Saramago
6. Buddenbrooks, Thomas Mann
7. The Time Traveler's Wife, Audrey Niffenegger
8.The General in His Labyrinth, Gabriel Garcia Marquez
9. The Wall, John Hersey
10. Mr. Wilson's Cabinet of Wonder: Pronged Ants, Horned Humans, Mice on Toast, and Other Marvels of Jurassic Technology, Lawrence Weschler

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