Santa and his elves got to work so I have some shiny new books to brag about. And by Santa I mean my employer, who was kind enough to pay my bonus in dollars—crisp, clean, American—instead of a jelly of the month membership (although that is the gift that keeps on giving the whole year). And by elves I mean me, because I did all the heavy lifting of pushing the appropriate buttons to cause a small army of people to spring into action and get said books from some warehouse somewhere to my house here (capitalism!).
It’s not exactly ten 2015 book purchases I didn’t get to read in 2015, but it’s damn sure close, so I’ll sidle up to Top Ten Tuesdays at the Broke and the Bookish anyway.
My haul is a mix of books I’ve just been excited about (e.g., Nigthwise, Emperor’s Blades, Black Wolves, Wake of Vultures) and books intended to round out my Hugo Awards reading pre-nominations, including Uprooted but more focused on non-novel categories, i.e., Best Related Work (How Star Wars Conquered the Universe), Best Novella (King of the Bastards), and Best Graphic Story (Darth Vader, Ms. Marvel, The Divine, The Autumnlands). I’ve got fairy stories (Uprooted and Six-Gun Snow White), books by authors whose prior work I enjoyed but whose latest work I haven’t read (R.S. Belcher and Ian Tregillis), and books by authors who I’ve been wanting to read for a while now (Kate Elliott and Delilah Dawson). I had never purchased a Star Wars book before in my life; I just bought three. I think The Force Awakens did something right.
A few books I’m excited about that I haven’t purchased yet are The Dark Forest by Cixin Liu, Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo, and Son of the Black Sword by Larry Correia. I’ve also had a copy of Time Salvager by Wes Chu for a while that I’ve been meaning to read.
Nightwise by R.S. Belcher
Emperor’s Blades (Book 1 in the Unhewn Throne Chronicles) by Brian Staveley
Black Wolves (Book 1 in The Black Wolves Trilogy) by Kate Elliott
The Aeronaut’s Windlass (Book 1 in The Cinder Spires) by Jim Butcher
Wake of Vultures by (Book 1 in The Shadow) Lila Bowen (Delilah Dawson)
Uprooted by Naomi Novik
Star Wars: The Force Awakens Visual Dictionary by Pablo Hidalgo
Six-Gun Snow White by Catherynne M. Valente
King of the Bastards by Brian Keene
Star Wars: Darth Vader vol. 1 by Kieron Gillen
The Divine by Boaz Lavie
The Autumnlands vol. 1 by Kurt Busiek