Annual list of the novels, audio books, graphic novels, and trades I read—as I go.

CALL OF THE WILD

Jack London

Not since freshman year of high school had I read this rough and unique POV tale of life in the Gold Rush Yukon as Buck struggles free from the trappings of modern life.

WHAT I TALK ABOUT WHEN I TALK ABOUT RUNNING

Haruki Murakami

Nothing has inspired AND shamed me as a writer and a runner than this book.

TENDER

Beth Hetland

A well-done psychological goor graphic novel that grapples with the power of internal and external self-image.

FOUNDATION

Issac Asimov

Nothing more to say than, a benchmark that inspired so many tales in the genre. It was long past time I read this.

THE WAR OF ART

Steven Pressfield

While familiar with much of Mr Pressfield's creative manifesto through articles and podcasts, I found reading the entire collection empowering—and it's a super quick read.

MUD MAN

Paul Grist

I've admired Paul's, KANE series from afar, so when I spotted this on the shelf of my LCS, I snapped it up. It's an enjoyable teen superhero origin story with as many questions as fun character and action bits.

TO SLEEP IN A SEA OF STARS

Christopher Paolini

This one came recommended as companion book to my own novel, and damn, they would make for a great pairing. This one blossoms into a grand interstellar conflict that resolves in an unexpected sacrifice.

FULL TILT

Jason Copland

This massive, non-stop, action-packed expression of the author's passion for comics took years to make, and packs three-hundred-plus pages with love, betrayal, and dozens of double-page spreads.

AGENT RUNNING IN THE FIELD

John Le Careé

Following a quick choice to put aside my SFF trilogy, and begin the first draft of a mystery, this was the first book I devoured as I wrote. Le Careé was an author I'd wanted to read for a while, and I'm glad I had the "excuse." He displays masterful control of the form and crystalline prose. I will return to this literary world, but start at the beginning.

PHENOMENA; THE GOLDEN CITY OF EYES - BOOK ONE

Brian Michael Bendis & André Lima Araújo

The first book of a science fiction fantasy adventure trilogy that springs from the grounds of this fertile genre, and comic masters like Ottomo and Mœbius. I can't wait to read the next installment!

PHENOMENA; MATILDE'S QUEST - BOOK TWO

Brian Michael Bendis & André Lima Araújo

The second book in this trilogy. Bendis and Araújo pull off a tightening-in on the characters, yet pull-back and show more of the story world. Hard to put down between the unfolding story and breathtaking art.

SHAZAM!

Jeff Smith

The Monster Society of Evil is a modernized primer, to introduce any young reader to the world of Shazam!