2012 Books

Dec. 31st, 2012 11:47 pm
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The final count for the books I read in 2012 was 107: 67 fantasy, 9 mysteries, 7 general fiction, 7 science fiction, 13 historical fiction, and 4 nonfiction. Anyone who knows me should not be at all surprised that I read the most fantasy. Below the cute, for anyone interested, is a comprehensive list of what I read this year. I might give my thoughts about some of them, but no spoilers!

I'm going to go ahead and post all the Mercedes Lackey books first. I was on a Lackey kick earlier this year, and I reread tons of her stuff:
Bedlams's Bard
A Cast of Corbies
Four & Twenty Blackbirds
The Eagle and the Nightingales
The Robin and the Kestrel
The Lark and the Wren
The Fairy Godmother
Beauty and the Werewolf
Unnatural Issue
The Silver Gryphon
The White Gryphon
The Black Gryphon
The Valdemar Companion (I count this as nonfiction, but it is Lackey.)
The Oathbound
Take a Thief
By the Sword
Storm Warning
Storm Rising
Storm Breaking
Winds of Fate
Winds of Change
Winds of Fury
Magic's Price
Magic's Promise
Magic's Pawn
Arrows of the Queen
Arrow's Flight
Arrow's Fall
Exile's Honor
Exile's Valor
The Outstretched Shadow
To Light a Candle
When Darkness Falls
The Phoenix Unchained

Now for the rest of my fantasy books:
Men at Arms by Terry Pratchett
Magic by Isaac Asimov (This also contained nonfiction essays, but the cover said it was fantasy, so I counted it that way.)
Cat-a-lyst by Alan Dean Foster
Well Tempered Clavicle by Piers Anthony (The later Xanth books really aren't that great, but I'm too deeply entrenched in the series to stop now!)
Artemis Fowl: The Last Guardian by Eoin Colfer
Artemis Fowl: The Atlantis Complex by Eoin Colfer
The Lost Gate by Orson Scott Card
Overseas by Beatriz Williams (This could also be classified as romance, but it involves time travel so I marked it as fantasy.)
The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau (This is really a YA book. It's very good though. However the rest of the series highly disappointed me.)
The Arcade Catastrophe by Brandon Mull (I found the way people got superpowers in this book to be very original.)
The Cats of Tanglewood Forest by Charles de Lint
Katerina's Wish by Jeannie Mobley
Entice by Jessica Shirvington (This could also maybe be classified as romance. There are definite fantasy elements though!)
Embrace by Jessica Shirvington (I got Embrace free from ALA, but it was book 2. I had to look into book 1.)
The Land of Stories by Chris Colfer
All the Game of Thrones books (A Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings, A Storm of Swords, A Feat for Crows, A Dance with Dragons) by George R. R. Martin
Blameless by Gail Carriger
The Hunger Games Trilogy (The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, Mockingjay) by Suzanne Collins
Above World by Jenn Reese

Hideout by Kathleen George
Murder in Three Volumes by Lorna Barrett (This was three stories from a series called The Booktown Mysteries combined into one book.)
Ghost in a Polka Dot Bikini, Ghost a la Mode, and Gem of a Ghost by Sue Ann Jaffrian (They involve ghosts, so they count be fantasy, but they're mostly mysteries.)
How To Wash a Cat by Rebecca M. Hale
Banquets of the Black Widowers, Tales of the Black Widowers, and More Tales of the Black Widowers by Isaac Asimov

General Fiction:
The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling (If you really want to know my thoughts on this scroll back through my journal. I posted a review.)
Albert of Adelaide by Howard Anderson (This involves talking animals, so I suppose it should be fantasy, but other than the animals, there's nothing fantasy about it. The story is very mundane.)
The 500 by Matthew Quirk (Could be a mystery - maybe - or a thriller. I stuck it with general.)
The Dog Stars by Peter Heller
Big Girl Small by Rachel DeWoskin
Accelerated by Bronwen Hruska
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

Science Fiction (Yeah, there are 8 listed here, and I said 7 above. I'm too tired to figure out which one I put somewhere else originally. I think there are all sci-fi.):
Man in the Empty Suit by Sean Ferrell
The Last Policeman by Ben H. Winters
The Future We Left Behind by Mike A. Lancaster
When We Wake by Karen Healey
Quarantine: The Loners by Lex Thomas (I found this books kind of disturbing, but interesting.)
The Last Free Cat by Jon Blake (I wanted to love this book, but I couldn't. It's not well written or developed. Don't read this.)
The Martian Way by Isaac Asimov
Time's Eye by Arthur C. Clarke

Historical Fiction:
The Book of Madness and Cures by Regina O'Melveny
The Tin Horse by Janice Steinberg
The Orphanmaster by Jean Zimmerman
The Lincoln Secret by John A. McKinsey
Hundred Flowers by Gail Tsukiyama
Starry River of the Sky by Grace Lin
Troubled Bones by Jeri Westerson
The Secrets of Mary Bowser by Lois Leveen (I loved this book. Very good.)
Between Shades of Grey by Ruta Sepetys (This is an excellent book but very sad.)
The Firefly Letters: A Suffragette's Journey to Cuba by Margarita Engle
Witches: The Absolutely True Tale of Disaster in Salem by Rosalyn Schanzer
11/22/63 by Stephen King (I LOVED this book! I want to read it again in 2013!)
The Time Traveling Fashionista at the Palace of Marie Antoinette by Bianca Tietsky (I got this for free at ALA. It's a bit silly, but entertaining.)

Nonfiction (There will only be 3 listed. The 4th is in the Mercedes Lackey list.):
Making Piece by Beth M. Howard (If you enjoy baking and/or pie you will probably like this book.)
Exploring J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Hobbit" by Corey Olsen
The Abracadabra Kid by Sid Fleischman

Okay, I think I got everything. I might have missed something, but I'm sure I got at least 99% of what I read.

Date: 2013-01-01 08:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] thekiwi.livejournal.com
Wow. I only managed 15 3/4 this year.

Date: 2013-01-02 02:32 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bitter-suite24.livejournal.com
I read literally everyday. I love it so much I make time for it! :)

Date: 2013-01-05 06:28 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] thekiwi.livejournal.com
I used to read on my lunch breaks at work and then sometimes over lunch on days off. But since I've been home I just haven't been itching to read. Course my life has been a thousand odd little things the last couple months, so maybe once things settle down again...

Date: 2013-01-05 05:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bitter-suite24.livejournal.com
See, the thing with me is I am never NOT itching to read. I always have a book ready, and I usually decide what I'm going to read next before I finish my current book. I don't usually do this consciously; it just happens. My grandmother once told me I was exactly like her because "I always have book in my hand."

Date: 2013-01-02 02:58 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] loose-pages-sd.livejournal.com
Wow, that's a lot of Mercedes Lackey. My sister adores her, but I haven't read anything by her (of course, I don't read much if any fantasy anymore. I do love Terry Pratchett, but I don't remember Men At Arms). I sort of miss working at a bookstore, I don't even recognize most of those book titles, much less have read any. My biggest non-fanfic read was rereading Persuasion, though, and a reading couple of Persuasion retellings. My absolute favorite was None But You (and it's sequel), which would normally not be my thing, but I was willing to do anything to get a little more Captain Wentworth in my life. ;-)

So, if you were forced to say, what was your favorite read this year?

Date: 2013-01-03 12:01 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bitter-suite24.livejournal.com
Lol, I know! Like I said, I was on a Mercedes Lackey kick. I really like her writing, obviously. The other thing is that among those books listed there are several series, and it's hard for me to just read part way into a series and not finish it. A number of the non-Lackey books I read came from ALA.

I don't think I can pick one favorite, but here are my top three in no particular order:
"11/22/63," "Between Shades of Grey," and "The Secrets of Mary Bowser."

I also really liked the Black Widower books by Isaac Asimov. I never cared for short stories before I read Asimov. I can't even put into words how much I love all his writing.


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