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Looking at my Goodreads Reading Challenge for 2019, I see I gave five published books 5 star ratings this year. Rather than rank them any further, I'll instead give a shout out to each author for sharing a work I felt was truly extraordinary. Alphabetically by author, they are: Scrappy Rough Draft: Use Science to Strategically Motivate Yourself & Finish Writing Your Book by Donna Barker (which reframes the adage attributed to Ernest Hemingway about first drafts being shit into something positive); The Footstop Café by Paulette Crosse (I can never look at carrots and microwave ovens in the same way ever again); Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames (a fun and refreshing D&D-party-as-rock-band-but-being-a-bard-still-sucks ride); 5 Critical Things For a Successful Book Signing: An Essential Guide for Any Author by Adam Dreece (filled with excellent tips for authors hand-selling their books); and Lamentation by C.J. Sansom (a Tudor murder mystery series I simply can't put down).


Scrappy Rough Draft by Donna Barker  The Footstop Café by Paulette Crosse  Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames  5 Critical Things For a Successful Book Signing: An Essential Guide for Any Author by Adam Dreece Lamentation by C.J. Sansom

Even though I met my goal of thirty-six published books this year, I won't be participating in the Goodreads Reading Challenge in 2020. I've done it three years in a row (in 2017 and 2018) and to be honest, I'm not liking the stress and anxiety I'm imposing on myself. It's not that I'm going to stop reading books--of course I'll still read--but I want to enjoy stories--I don't want to feel as if I'm ticking off titles like video game achievements. It also means I may get around to reading Brandon Sanderson's Words of Radiance, which I've been avoiding because my copy is over 1,000 pages long and I've been worried it would slow me down.

  1. Abercrombie, Joe. Best Served Cold.
  2. Aitcheson, James. The Splintered Kingdom.
  3. Aitcheson, James. Sworn Sword.
  4. Barker, Donna. Scrappy Rough Draft: Use Science to Strategically Motivate Yourself & Finish Writing Your Book.
  5. Brett, Peter V. The Warded Man.
  6. Butcher, Jim. Death Masks.
  7. Cross, Janine. Forged by Fire.
  8. Cross, Janine. Shadowed by Wings.
  9. Cross, Janine. Touched by Venom.
  10. Crosse, Paulette. The Footstop Café.
  11. Dreece, Adam. 5 Critical Things For a Successful Book Signing: An Essential Guide for Any Author.
  12. dyer, kc. Finding Fraser.
  13. Eames, Nicholas. Bloody Rose.
  14. Eames, Nicholas. Kings of the Wyld.
  15. Ephron, Hallie. Never Tell a Lie.
  16. Gabaldon, Diana. Lord John and the Hand of Devils.
  17. Gaiman, Neil. Neverwhere.
  18. Gilmour, David. Extraordinary.
  19. Gilmour, David. A Perfect Night to Go to China.
  20. Grossman, Lev. The Magician King.
  21. Irving, John. Avenue of Mysteries.
  22. Kay, Guy Gavriel. A Brightness Long Ago.
  23. Kim, Michelle. Running Through Sprinklers.
  24. Kowal, Mary Robinette. Forest of Memory.
  25. Lawrence, Mark. Red Sister.
  26. Mina, Denise. Garnethill.
  27. Motyka, Aleksandra. The Witcher, Vol. 4: Of Flesh and Flame.
  28. Preston, Douglas and Lincoln Child. The Book of the Dead.
  29. Robinson, Kim Stanley. Green Mars.
  30. Sanderson, Brandon. Elantris.
  31. Sansom, C.J. Dark Fire.
  32. Sansom, C.J. Dissolution.
  33. Sansom, C.J. Dominion.
  34. Sansom, C.J. Lamentation.
  35. Sansom, C.J. Revelation.
  36. Wolfe, Gene. The Shadow of the Torturer.

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