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January 1, 2013

Stats of 2012 – Books read

This is long, and probably of interest to nobody but me (especially since I have been posting monthly summaries throughout the year). It’s my complete [1] reading list for 2012. Some achievements:

  • I read 66 books in the year, which fell 14 short of my faintly-ridiculous Goodreads target of 80. Of course I would have nailed it if I’d included graphic novels and comic trades, so I’ll call that a win. Of course, trying to read so much chewed into writing time more than I really wanted it to, so
  • Non-binding New Year’s Resolution #1 – Set a more modest target for books read, like one per week or something. I am allowed to read more if I hit my writing targets, whatever they happen to be.
  • I read 12 and reviewed 11 novels by Australian women for the Australian Women Writers Challenge 2012 [2].
  • I read only a handful (5 or so) non-fiction books, not counting various works of writing advice. Now, one of the abandoned books was also non-fiction (about the actually-fascinating history of fonts and typesetting) which I only quit on because the person I borrowed it from was leaving the country.
  • Non-binding New Year’s Resolution #2 – read more than one non-fiction book in 2013. Collections of Doctor Who essays do not count.
  • I read a lot more single-author short story collections (7) and anthologies (12) in 2012 than probably ever before in my life. This was a generally rewarding experience and I mean to continue in that fashion.
  • Non-binding New Year’s Resolution #3 – read a metric tonne of short fiction. I believe that I will actually track the short pieces I read in 2013, just to see how much of that I consume as well.
  • Most frequent authors – I read 4 books by Chuck Wendig (not counting two novellas), 4 books by Kaaron Warren (not counting her novella in Ishtar), 3 by Andrea K. Höst and 3 by Matt Forbeck (who did the crazy 12 for ’12 project and nearly pulled it off).
  • I read The Hobbit for the first time in my life, out loud (in a faux-Stephen Fry narrator voice, with a bad Ian Holm for Bilbo, a not-terrible Ian McKellen for Gandalf and a way-toned-down Andy Serkis for Gollum) to my five year old son. It took all year. Short review: There are more boring geographic descriptions than I would have expected in a book for children, but the poetry scans better than the stuff in LotR. Also Thorin Oakenshield is a bit of a dick.

In the grand internet tradition, I will do my Best of 2012 lists (which is to say, the stuff I like most that I happened to read this year) in another post.

[1] “complete”, except for comics and graphic novels, anything I read online (blogs, essays, etc), podcasts, and a couple of novels and several short stories that I beta-read for other people. It also doesn’t include a couple of books that I started but didn’t finish, for whatever reason.

[2] Sorry Andrea – I should have done the Touchstone Trilogy as well, but I didn’t get around to it! Will do better with Champion of the Rose when I read that!

January

  • If on a Winter’s Night a Traveller by Italo Calvino – paperback owned
  • Slights by Kaaron Warren  – Library copy (reviewed for Australian Women Writers challenge)
  • Cazsandra by Andrea K. Höst – Kindle copy
  • Dead Money by Ray Banks – Kindle copy
  • Eastern Standard Tribe by Cory Doctorow – free ebook version
  • Yellow Medicine by Anthony Neil Smith – Kindle copy
  • The Third Policeman by Flann O’Brien – paperback courtesy of the inestimable Dr Clam.
  • Walking the Tree by Kaaron Warren – Library copy (reviewed for Australian Women Writers challenge)

February

  • Tales of the Far West by Various (edited by Gareth-Michael Skarka) – ebook version
  • Fractal Despondency by Trent Zelazny – Kindle copy
  • 8 Pounds: Eight Tales of Crime, Horror, & Suspense by Chris F. Holms – short story collection, Kindle version
  • 500 More Ways to Be a Better Writer by Chuck Wendig – Kindle copy
  • Cocaine Blues (Introducing the Honourable Phryne Fisher #1) by Kerry Greenwood – Kindle copy (reviewed for Australian Women Writers challenge)

March

  • Buddy Holly is Alive and Well on Ganymede by Bradley Denton – Kindle copy
  • Love and Romanpunk by Tansy Roberts Rayner – short story collection, Kindle version (reviewed for Australian Women Writers challenge)
  • Bad Powers by Deborah Biancotti – short story collection, Kindle version (reviewed for Australian Women Writers challenge)
  • Beat to a Pulp: Hardboiled by Various authors (edited by David Cranmer and Scott D. Parker) – anthology, Kindle version

April

  • The Final Empire: Mistborn Book One by Brandon Sanderson – paperback borrowed
  • Waltz of Shadows by Joe R. Lansdale – Kindle copy
  • Charmed Life (The Chronicles of Chrestomanci Volume 1) by Diana Wynne Jones – paperback
  • Sandman Slim by Richard Kadrey – paperback
  • The Last Days of Kali Yuga by Paul Haines – short story collection, Kindle version
  • Fireside Magazine Spring 2012 Issue 1 – short story magazine collection, ebook and paperback versions

May

  • The Obituarist by Patrick O’Duffy – novella, ebook version
  • Brave New World: Revolution by Matt Forbeck – Kickstarter award, ebook version
  • Status Anxiety by Alain de Botton – paperback
  • Blackbirds by Chuck Wendig – paperback
  • Dinocalypse Now by Chuck Wendig – Kickstarter award, ebook version
  • Dead Harvest by Chris F. Holm – paperback

June

  • Mistification by Kaaron Warren – ebook version (reviewed for Australian Women Writers challenge)
  • Debris by Jo Anderton – ebook version (reviewed for Australian Women Writers challenge)

July

  • Ishtar by Kaaron Warren, Deborah Biancotti and Cat Sparks – novella anthology, ebook version (reviewed for Australian Women Writers challenge)
  • Stained Glass Monsters by Andrea Höst- ebook version (reviewed for Australian Women Writers challenge)
  • Light Touch Paper, Stand Clear by Various (edited by Edwina Harvey and Simon Petrie) – short story anthology, ebook version
  • 500 Ways to Tell a Better Story by Chuck Wendig – ebook version
  • Empire State by Adam Christopher – paperback
  • Old School by Daniel B. O’Shea – short story collection, ebook version

August

  • The Renaissance Bazaar: From the Silk Road to Michaelangelo by Jerry Brotton – hardcover
  • Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine #53 (Volume 10, Issue 1) edited by Patty Jansen – ebook version, short story periodical
  • Bait Dog by Chuck Wendig – ebook, Kickstarter reward
  • Crime Factory Publications Presents: Kung Fu Factory – ebook version, short story collection
  • Brave New World: Revelation by Matt Forbeck – Kickstarter award, ebook version
  • After America by John Birmingham – paperback

September

  • Brave New World: Resolution by Matt Forbeck – Kickstarter award, ebook version
  • Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine #54 (Volume 10, Issue 2) edited by Simon Petrie – ebook version, short story periodical
  • Angels of Vengeance by John Birmingham – paperback, signed by the author
  • Discount Armageddon by Seanan Maguire – paperback
  • Rise of the Fifth Estate: Social media and blogging in Australian politics by Greg Jericho – paperback, non-fiction
  • You’re Not Fooling Anyone When You Take Your Laptop to a Coffee Shop: Scalzi on Writing by John Scalzi – ebook, non-fiction
  • Hidden Things by Doyce Testerman – paperback
  • Mockingbird by Chuck Wendig – ebook version
  • Beat to a Pulp: A Rip through Time by Various (edited by David Cranmer) – short story anthology, ebook version

October

  • Ghost Story by Jim Butcher – paperback
  • Anywhere but Earth – Various (edited by Keith Stevenson) – Short story anthology, ebook version

November

  • And All the Stars by Andrea K. Höst- Kindle copy (reviewed for Australian Women Writers challenge)
  • The Last City by Nina D’Aleo – Kindle copy (reviewed for Australian Women Writers challenge)
  • The Lives of Christopher Chant (The Chronicles of Chrestomanci 2) by Diana Wynne Jones – paperback
  • Parachutist at Fine Leg, and Other Unusual Occurrences from Wisden – Edited by Gideon Haigh, hardcover, non-fiction
  • RealmShift by Alan Baxter – Kindle copy

December

  • Silently and Very Fast by Cathrynn M. Valente – ebook version, novella
  • Double Dead: Bad Blood by Chuck Wendig – ebook version, novella
  • Hotdoggin’ by Anthony Neil Smith – ebook version
  • Bluegrass Symphony by Lisa L. Hannet – Paperback (reviewed for Australian Women Writers challenge)
  • Zoo City by Lauren Beukes – ebook version
  • Through Splintered Walls by Kaaron Warren – short story collection, ebook version (reviewed for Australian Women Writers challenge)
  • The Hobbit by J R R Tolkein – paperback (read out loud to son)

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