reading summary for 2011

December 31, 2011 at 5:21 pm (Uncategorized)

So  it  was  104  books. (  even  if  all I  did  was  read today  – the book I  am  reading now is long and complex – I  won’t  finish  it)   A few  rereads  and  a  few  graphic  novels.  ,  a lot  of  YA  ( surprise )  a couple  of  children  and a real mix of  adult  books. I  just  went  through  my list to  see which one  were the positive  stand  outs

Hominids Robert J. Sawyer ( now I  have  2  series  by  him I  want  to  read)

Jigs and Reels by Joanne Harris ( need to read  everything by  her)

The Immortal life of Henrietta Lacks Rebecca Skoot

The marriage bureau for rich people Farahad Zama sweet

Every me Every you David Levithan  Teen  well done  – photos  are  important, so  Not  an ebook  choice.

Deadline Mira Grant (READ THIS BOOK) politics,  medical/science  ethics/media/zombies

Cloaked by Alex Finn modern fairytale with a  ton of winks  and  nods to fairy  tales

Scepter of the Ancients by Derek Landry kids  books,  skeleton  detective  ,  fun

The Water Wars by Cameron Stracher  a world  with  limited  water, maybe

Going Nowhere Faster by Sean Beaudoin coming  of  age  teen  age  boy 

Hacking Timbuktu  by Stephen Davis  fun – adventure  hacking and  pakour

Hold Me Closer, Necromancer by Lish McBride      It is hard to  find your place and  then being surprised at  your mcjob by  someone  telling  you  that  you are a  necromancer just  makes it more  complicated.

Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Mayberry well done  after  the Zombie  apocalypse

and  here are the books I  am saying not to bother:

Prime Cut Diane Davidson  Sorry, no more  of  these — they aren’t  that interesting – and Goldy  feels  sort of  whinny and I don’t  really  like  her.

Spray by Harry Edge  It  was  just  silly

Ripple effect by Paul McCusker boring time  travel – christian  fiction with no story

Subject Seven by James Moore  horror, dull,  gross, flat  characters

Brain Jack by Brian Falkner techno not  thriller

Now , about  the  numbers – in high school I read  close to a  book  a  day.  As  an  adult, my peak was  somewhere in  the neighborhood  of  120 -144 books in  a  year.   I  am  happy  with  about 100 in  a  year – it  makes  sense  for  what I do for a living and what I  really  like  to do.  A long  time  ago , I  took  a  lot  pride in  my  reading  speed.  I  can only  say  now,  that  while  I  read  fast, speed  varies.   Some books are more  thought provoking so  they  go  slower.   Some are  much more  angsty ( and I  need  a  cheerful  break) .

Why  Keep  track ? First, it is my  memory  when I  need to  recommend  books. Second,  when I  get  in a  lazy  space  and don’t  do  much reading,  it  spurs  me on  to  pick  up  another  book.

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