Relevance to greater issues: None. But other folks do these and I find them mildly interesting, and in late 2010 I started keeping a spreadsheet of books read–mostly so I wouldn’t accidentally take out the same book a second time (it’s happened).
Books read in 2012
Ahead of my low bar (3 books in each 28-day period, or 39 in all), behind my unstated goal (a book a week, or 52 in all).
Way behind 2011, when I read 64.
Actually, the real number should be books completed in 2012–and that’s only 45, since I abandoned four books.
If you’re interested, the four books I abandoned–all from the library–were:Bozo Sapiens by Kaplan & Kaplan, Imagining Atlantis by Richard Ellis, Autumn of the Moguls by Michael Wolff and English Music by Peter Ackroyd
I should have abandoned a fifth one: The Hunt for Zero Point by Nick Cook.
Books most enjoyed (not in any order)
|Zoe’s Tale||John Scalzi|
|The Android’s Dream||John Scalzi|
|The Florabama Ladies’ Auxiliary & Sewing Circle||Lois Battle|
|Outwitting History||Aaron Lansky|
|Fuzzy Nation||John Scalzi|
|The Canterbury Tales||Chaucer & Ackroyd|
|Gone for Good||Mark Childress|
|The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay||Michael Chabon|
|The Canceled Czech||Lawrence Block|
|The Final Solution||Michael Chabon|
|Deadly Decisions||Kathy Reichs|
|Hominids||Robert J. Sawyer|
|War Brides||Lois Battle|
Those are books I rated as “A” or “A-.” Sixteen more books rated “B+” or “B”–ones I enjoyed, but not quite as much.
That’s a pretty good year. One book rated a “B-,” six rated “C+,” four rated “C”–and one, which I might also have been better off giving up on–rated a “C-”: The Information by James Gleick.
By the way, while I’m obviously a fan of facile writing, I’m not necessarily a pushover for Scalzi: The God Engines only got a C. But that’s me.
Curiosity of genre assignment: I usually get three books at a time–one nonfiction, one “mainstream” fiction, and one genre, the last alternating between science fiction/fantasy and mystery. Kathy Reichs’ books, the basis for Bones, are shelved at Livermore Public in mainstream fiction, not mysteries.
The other curiosity here: There’s one book that, it turned out, I had read previously–a decade ago, when it was serialized in Analog. That was Hominids by Robert J Sawyer, and I recognized it about 50 pages in (yes, the copyright page notes the prior publication)–but I read it again because I decided I wanted to read the trilogy it begins–the Neanderthal Parallax–and it made sense to freshen up on the start. Currently being read: Humans, second in the trilogy.