Another year has passed, and it’s once again time to sum up my reading of the past year. I started out with an ambitious goal of averaging 100 pages read per day for the entire year. And I was well on pace to crush that number, until September rolled around and I started working full time and bowling 4 nights a week. Alas, sometimes life gets in the way, but since I enjoy actually working full time, and I really enjoy bowling, I can’t complain too much.
I finished 86 books this past year, many of them early in the year and through the summer. Starting in early October I began my re-read of Robert Jordan’s epic Fantasy series The Wheel of Time and I’m currently about 3/4 of the way through book 7.
I’m going to do the same thing I did last year and break down those 86 books by the rating that I gave them, and then talk about a few other random things about the books that I read throughout the year.
- Not scored – 7 books (I didn’t do a scored review for God’s Debris by Scott Adams, nor am I doing scored reviews for The Wheel of Time books.
- 10/10 – 8 books
- 9/10 – 13 books
- 8/10 – 15 books
- 7/10 – 16 books
- 6/10 – 14 books
- 5/10 – 7 books
- 4/10 – 3 books
- 3/10 – 2 books
- 1/10 – 1 book
So once again this year most of my reviews were on the high side, I’m going to chalk that up to my overall excellent taste in books (just a hint of sarcasm there), along with some fantastic recommendations from various sources (other bloggers, Amazon, various websites and other assorted lists).
So now it’s time to talk about a few things from amongst the books that I read:
Favorite New Author
One of the best things about reading new books is finding a new author to read about and then getting to go through their backlog of books catching up on everything they’ve written. There were a couple of authors that I picked up for the first time this year, and the ones that I’d consider as my favorite new author comes down to one of three; Christopher Moore, John Scalzi, and Jim C. Hines.
And the winner is, Jim C. Hines. While I definitely read more of Moore’s books throughout the year, when I started reading Hines’ books I was completely blown away. The way that he takes common fairytale and fantasy tropes and spins them on their heads was amazingly well done. His books were thoughtful, funny, and well written. How many other authors could make you really like a goblin with a pet fire-spider? I really look forward to reading the rest of the books in Hines’ princess series and then catching up with the other books he’s written.
Once again this year I read quite a few books that I really enjoyed. And while I gave 8 books a perfect 10/10 rating, I think my overall favorite book of the year is going to be one that I gave a 9/10, and it’s Lamb by Christopher Moore. Lamb is one of the funniest books you’ll ever read, but it’s not simply throwing a joke in on every page. There is a really interesting story there, and the jokes all fit seamlessly into the story, nothing is ever forced. It’s a wonderful book and one that I’m sure I’ll read again in the future.
Similar to last year, I’m also going to throw out a few quick hits on various books I read over the year, and here they are:
- Longest book – The Shadow Rising – 981 pages
- Shortest book – God’s Debris – 132 pages
- Funniest book – Lamb by Christopher Moore
- Saddest book – Hyperion by Dan Simmons (specifically the story of the scholar, Sol Weintraub)
- Best Non-Fiction book – Moonwalking with Einstein by Joshua Foer
- Most Unique Setting – On A Pale Horse by Piers Anothy
As I did last year, I once again ask for any questions that you might have about books that I read throughout the year. I ask again that you keep the questions positive in nature. I will not answer questions about the least favorite book, least favorite author, etc, so don’t ask them.
All that said, it is a new year, and I leave you with the same thoughts that I had last year concerning the new year. The first is simply to say that wherever you and your loved ones celebrated the new year, that everyone made it home safely. And finally I leave you with an old Irish proverb:
May the best day of your past be the worst day of your future.