Good afternoon and welcome back to Recommended Reading! I’ve been putting this post off all month. Now, my current short story is resting between drafts; I’m going to be hiding at home from a cold front for twenty-four hours; and I’m making myself do some writing before I start playing Octopath Traveler. It’s the perfect moment to talk about the best books we read last year.
According to Goodreads, I read around thirty-two novels last year. Here are the titles that stood out to me, in no particular order. (Many of them were recommendations by y’all, so thanks!)
- The Player of Games, Iain M. Banks
This was my first foray into the Culture books. Interesting universe, great starship names, fun story.
- The Quantum Thief, Hannu Rajaniemi
Many authors fail to find the line between telling you just enough and being too obscure; Rajaniemi is not one of them. The Quantum Thief is a richly imaginative and wonderfully-wrought heist story.
- A Deepness in the Sky, Vernor Vinge
This was one of the best attempts I’ve read at writing from the perspective of an alien.
- The Stars My Destination, Alfred Bester
A science-fiction classic for a reason; incidentally one of William Gibson’s favorite novels.
- The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet, Becky Chambers
Absolutely brilliant characters. Looking forward to my next foray into this universe.
What did you read last year that you loved?