2021 is almost over. Looking ahead at 2022, here are the books that are at the top of my list to read in the year to come.
Finishing up series
I made a vow to finish a bunch of series before starting any new ones.
- The Malazan Book of the Fallen by Steven Erikson
Only three books left to read, but they are all big ones, topping out at over 1200 pages each. I read one every other month, so that will take me till June.
- Perhaps the Stars by Ada Palmer
The fourth and final book of her Terra Ignota series. Also a big one – looks like twice the size of the third book. And I have forgotten most of it so a reread is in order of the third book. This might be the best book I am going to read the whole year.
- The Fall of Babel by Josiah Bancroft
This one too a fourth and final book in a series. Also a big book, similar size of the third one. The plot is a lot more straightforward than Terra Ignota and easier to remember so I can jump right into it.
New Series to Start
- The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan
I’m not sure how I am going to squeeze this one in, but I want to see the show and I want to have read the first books before doing so. I bought a box with the first three books and I make no promises about reading the entire series. After Malazan I might not have the energy and from what I’ve heard about WoT, I doubt that I have the drive to read all of it. But I want a taster and see what the fuss is about.
- Shards of Earth by Adrian Tchaikovsky
A baroque space opera, from what I’ve heard. The guy writes so fast that the second book is coming out in May 2022, but let’s try the first one before that time. My experience with Tchaikovsky has been a bit hit or miss but this one sounds like my cup of tea.
- The Witcher by Andrzej Sapkowski
I actually already read the first short story. The plan for now is to read the first collection of short stories. Maybe the second. I make no plans for the rest.
- Neuromancer by William Gibson
From my list of shame. If I like the first book, I’ll try the rest and his short story collection. I love cyberpunk, why have I ignored this book for 15 years?
And the backlog list of random assorted stuff and standalones
- Philip K Dick’s Dr Bloodmoney and Our Friends from Frolix 8
- Ursula K Le Guin’s Worlds of Exile and Illusion
- Haruki Murakami’s 1Q84
- Salman Rushdie’s Midnight Children
- Bram Stoker’s Dracula
- Andreas Eschbach’s The Hair Carpet Weavers