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Reading Stats for 2012
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Total Books Read – 99

Total Fiction – 71
SF/Fantasy/Horror* – 38
General/Misc – 24
Classics – 5
Mystery/Noir - 4
*SF/F/H grouped together because it’s too much of a headache to mentally debate which book falls into which category.

Novels started, but not finished - 1

Young Adult – 17
Short Stories Collections - 13
Audio Books - 10
Digital/Ounline - 1
**These numbers does not contribute to overall total as they also fall into the alternate categories.

Total Nonfiction – 8
Literary & Art Criticism/Creation – 4
Science & Health – 2
Memoir – 1
Miscellaneous – 1

Comics/Graphic Novels – 11

Poetry – 9


My Favorite 10 Books Read in 2012
(in no particular order)

- Seraphina, by Rachel Hartman
- Deathless, by Catherynne M Valente
- The Age of Miracles, by Karen Thompson Walker
- Imaginary Girls, by Nova Ren Suma
- The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green
- The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald
- China Mountain Zhang, by Maureen F McHugh
- The Hobbit: 10th Anniversary Edition, by JRR Tolkien
- I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive, by Steve Earle
- The Curiosities: A Collection of Stories, by Tessa Gratton, Maggie Stiefvater, and Brenna Yovanoff

Best Science Fiction Book
I'll go with The Man Who Fell to Earth,
by Walter Tevis, because I just loved the subtlety of the tale of an
alien on earth. It was so much the plot but the overall feeling of
isolation and alienation.

Best Fantasy Book
I'm really torn between Seraphina and Deathless. They were both fantastic books that I want to own and read again.

Best Graphic Novel
Easily Daytripper, by Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá. Amazing art with a moving story and creative plot structure.

Best Poetry Book
Hard to decide. I loved both Love in a Time of Robot Apocalypse, by David Perez, and No Surrender, by Ai.

Best Nonfiction Book
Packing for Mars, by Mary Roach. How she makes the gross and uncomfortable underbelly of science bit respectable and hilarious I'll never know.

Worst Book
A toss up between Rick Spears and Rob G.'s graphic novel Dead West and Ayn Rand's Anthem. Neither had much character development or soul, as far as I could see.


What were your favorite books of the year? What were your least favorite?

[Cross-posted to my webpage. If you feel inclined, you may comment either here or there.]

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Wow...even with all the funny books, I didn't do this well.

Great job!

Thanks! All the audio books on my long commute help me get my numbers up, and the graphic novels, too. :)

I live about 3 songs from work. Audio books would be far more frustration than they are worth to me.

Before the move, it was about 5 songs. :-)

I wish I was only 3 songs from work. I'm about 18 songs and a commercial break.

My daughter moved about an hour and 20 minutes away from where we live. The last time I drove there, I was listening to a live album by Deep Purple. I managed 5 songs...and then realized why the Punks got so annoyed with the bloated, self-aggrandizing, endless soloing/noodling in live shows.

Sounds great once in a while, but geez louise....

LOL. I don't even know if I have a response to that, as I'm not sure I would recognize a Deep Purple song as a Deep Purple song if I heard it.

But there are bands that I can only listen too in small doses, that's for sure.

"Smoke on the Water" is their notable, most recognizable song.

They were huge 40 years ago. I'm not surprised you'd not really heard of them.

Ah, okay, yes. I do know "Smoke on the Water". My family does like classic rock, and we listen to it a lot (mostly just the well known songs), but I'm not good with band names.

That's hardly unusual. I don't fault anyone for that. I'm sort of obsessive about it myself and realize that I'm sort of strange that way. Heck, I have close to 1,500 CD's...

The live version of that on this live album is 9:14 Rather long, yes?

Wanna talk comic books?

I got yer geekery right here. ;-)

Love comics! Though I haven't read much superhero books, I've read all of the Sandman series and much of Alan Moore's work. I also read a lot of literary graphic novels, which is fun.

I want to branch into some more superhero-style stuff, like Whedon's take on the X-Men. But there's so much I don't even know where to start. I do better when the comics are already bound into volumes.

I loved Before I Fall, a YA about a girl reliving the last day of her life over and over. It was one of those where I was devouring every word but trying to make it last at the same time! So compelling emotionally but also very tightly plotted.

Had a hard time with Yoga For People Who Can't be Bothered to Do It by Geoff Dyer. I'm reading one more of his because I'm applying to a residency that he's leading, but this was one of his early ones and I found the style pretentiously 'literary' and all the "I was stoned...I was high...I wa tripping..." stories redundant and puerile.

Wow. Before I Fall sounds great. I'm jumping that up my TBR list.

I've never heard of the Geoff Dyer one. Doesn't sound like my cup o' tea.

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