Reading and Books

Reading List

Reading List
Jul 21, 2023 by HL Bernabe

I wrote a blog post in January about my reading list and how I was trying to read more of the Hugo, Nebula, World Fantasy Award and Goodreads Reader's Choice award winners and nominees, so I could get a feel for what makes a book award worthy. So far this year, I've read from that list:

Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir (Loved it!)
Piranesi by Susanna Clarke (inriguing)
The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune (Loved it!)
A Master of Djinn by P. Djèlí Clark (meh)
Trouble the Saints by Alaya Dawn Johnson (3.5 stars)
The Invisible Life of Addie Larue by V.E. Schwab (LOVE LOVE LOVE. I reviewed this one in a blog post.)
The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow (Excellent, if angry making.)
This is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar (intriguing)

To see the full list of books I've delved into since the last post I wrote in mid-April, read on!

Reading Update

Reading Update
Apr 14, 2023 by HL Bernabe
Isn't this library lovely? Picture from Canva.

I'm still plugging away at my goal of reading one book per week this year, and I've handily surpassed that count. I've read over 22 books! Below are some books I read or listened to from the end of February through now. You can see the blog post I wrote in February to get a list of the books I read the first two months of the year.

Hilarious stuff!

This was okay.

I did a review on this one last month!


Good, angry stuff.

Three stars

Best book ever!

More angry stuff! (I sense a theme...)

What I'm Reading

What I'm Reading
Feb 17, 2023 by HL Bernabe

In the home of my dreams, I have an enormous library, with a fireplace, an oversized cozy reading chair, big windows, and a secret passage to a comfy hidden room that I can hide in when I don't want to be bothered when I'm reading my books.

Last year, I spent so much time taking workshops and courses on writing and publishing, that I didn't have as much time for reading as I would have liked. I decided this year I would make time and gave myself a goal of finishing one book per week.What I've read so far this year:

Currently, I'm in the middle of reading Space Team by Barry Hutchison. And a few other books that I've got in...


Jan 06, 2023 by HL Bernabe
courtesy cottonbro studioWhen I searched pexels for "sexy man reading book" this was the image that came up. Ummm...

I read a lot last year, but I didn't really keep track of it. Most of what I read was writing craft books for research. And smutty erotica books to figure out how to write sex scenes. (Also, how not to write them—some of that stuff is so awful it's hilarious.)

To help me come up with a good reading list, I created a spreadsheet of the winners of the major awards in sci-fi and fantasy from 2017 to 2021: the Hugo, the Nebula, the World Fantasy Awards. To round it out, I also included the top 20 Goodreads fantasy books for...