I AM STOKED TO READ MORE MURDERBOT GIVE ME MORE, MORE, MORE MURDERBOT PLEASE!
Yes, I love Murderbot. I am looking forward to reading some other books this year, though. My girlfriend and I exchanged new Kindle's for Christmas, and I'm loaded for bear on ebooks. I have pre-purchased the aforementioned Murderbot novel, which will be released in May.
So here I present the main books on my 2020 Reading List, beginning with...
- Network Effect, by Martha Wells. Ahem. Of course! The full-length novel continuing the Murderbot Diaries. Up til now, all of the four books in the series were novellas. Hope this one has some revenge against the Corporation in it to please my anti-capitalist heart. Haven't read the blurb. Trying not to spoil it.
- I Am Legend, by Richard Matheson. This has been on my to-read list for a long time. I have not seen the movie. I hear it is very good, though, and I may watch the film after reading the book.
- Walls and Bars, by Eugene Victor Debs. In 2019, I read Labor and Freedom and was astonished how much has not changed (unfortunately) for workers in the US. This year, I want to read America's most famous Socialist's account of his time in prison. I expect to be similarly astonished by the lack of our country's progress in the incarceration of citizens. Maybe more sad than astonished, really.
- The Seventh Bride, by T. Kingfisher. A future bride must complete the magical tasks set her by a nobleman groom or else marry him. And his six previous wives are all imprisoned in the castle tower.
- Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, by Irin Carmon & Shana Knizhnik. I want to read more about the people that inspire me. That being said, the next one is...
- Our Revolution: A Future to Believe In, by Bernie Sanders. I know, it's hard to believe I have never read any of Sanders' books before now. So 2020 will see me start with his first one. Gonna get fired up and Bern it up! Hope to have a physical copy of this book in my hands soon.
- My Best Friend's Exorcism, by Grady Hendrix. Okay, I confess. I got this one because of the title. Sounds pretty cool, though.
- Hollow Kingdom, by Kira Jane Buxton. I love crows. Once upon a time, I was realllly into zombie stories. This is a story of a zombie apocalypse as seen through the glittery black eyes of a domesticated foul-mouthed crow. Can't f**king wait to read this one.
- Invaders: 22 Tales from the Outer Limits of Literature, edited by Jacob Weisman. 22 stories by science fiction authors and authors of so-called "literary" fiction. W.P. Kinsella, Junot Diaz, George Saunders, Max Apple, and more. I just started this book a few days ago.
These are just nine books I hope to read in 2020. There will be more. I am continuing several manga series, Haikyuu!! (a story about a Japanese high school boys volleyball team's quest to win the Nationals), Noragami (the story of a stray god, his spirit weapon who is a young boy, and the teenage girl who becomes involved in their lives. I'm also re-reading the Thousand Year Blood War arc in the Bleach manga.
Happy Reading in the new year!