This is one of those years when I need to read less so I can DO a bit more!
1. Unveiled: A Changeling PI Novel* by Ruth Vincent. An inoffensive book that confirms my general impatience with urban fantasy. Nothing about it was bad per se, but the fantasy elements seemed like they were only there to punch up very ordinary conflicts.
2. Seven Pillars of Wisdom* by T.E. Lawrence. This is probably an essential text for an elementary understanding of the modern Middle East. It is not about "WWI in Arabia;" it is about the Arabs.
3. The Cold Between* by Elizabeth Bonesteel. A very good SF adventure-mystery-romance. Looking forward to the sequel!
4. The Bookman's Tale* by Charlie Lovett. Another really satisfying book, this one a literary mystery with multiple storylines, neatly woven together. The bad guy is not much of a surprise but the rest of the plot was so well assembled that I didn't mind. And I was really happy about the hero's arc.
5. The Bright Spot* by Robert Sydney. A mystery with romance and a slightly SF setting - witty and thoughtful and well-crafted. The actor protagonist is entirely sympathetic.
6. Peaches and the Queen* by Edith Layton. A tale of two lost cats in Victoria's London, which also happens to be a Cinderella-ish romance.
7. Miniatures* by John Scalzi. Funny short pieces, bought mainly because I know I like him and I wanted something funny to read.
8. A Promise of Fire* by Amanda Bouchet. Part 1 of a historical fantasy epic based on Greek & Roman mythology. The protagonist's internal monologue was, occasionally, jarringly modern, but overall it was a thoroughly engaging book and I plan to read the sequels.
9. Apprentice in Death* by J.D. Robb. In which a father-daughter sniper team mobilizes the whole town, and Eve's rough edges get smoothed a little more.
10. A Morbid Taste for Bones* by Ellis Peters. Really enjoyed this 12th-century mystery. Brother Cadfael is my kind of guy: realistic, practical, thoughtful, productive, and dedicated to the greater good. The killer in this one was kind of telegraphed by the fact that he was the only suspect nobody liked. :-) I loved the Welsh setting, familiar from my research for "Discovered."
11. The Best of C.M. Kornbluth* ed by Frederik Pohl. Most of these SF stories are cynical and misanthropic to kind of an alarming degree, even given an author who grew up during the Depression, fought in WWII, and came back with a consequent health defect that eventually killed him. Well written but hard to like. Kornbluth was probably most well-known as the author of "The Marching Morons," which is included in the collection.