I read 119 books in 2012, so I started the year with another ambitious goal of 100 books, using the Goodreads site to log and track. I was well ahead of the pace until July 31st and nearly didn’t reach my goal, but I did, reading an entire book on the last day.
I published a recap of the first half of 2013 in July and just posted the second half of the year round-up. Beware! both posts are quite long as I offer short comments on most of the books. Goodreads has a nice visual of the covers of my whole reading year right here.
Some quick full year stats :
- 55 nonfiction
- 45 fiction
- 32,090 pages (according to Goodreads) – Ms. Rowling accounted for 4,100 in her seven books…she can write long ones!
- 14 of the fiction were Arthur C. Clarke novels, who rounded out the last of my survey of the Big Three (Asimov was 2011 and Heinlein 2012)
- I rated 20 on Goodreads as five-star. Not all are must-reads, but these are ones I thought were excellent at the time…and maybe read-agains
- Two books received my ignominious one-star not-only-no-but-really-no UNrecommendation – Glenn Beck’s Arguing with Idiots, and Eben Alexander’s Proof of Heaven
- One review continues to generate interest: I decided not to give Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard’s Killing Jesus one star, but my fair and balanced review really upset some of the sheep, though I’ve received 30 “likes” for it
- Three authors asked me to read/review their books and I got a fourth book from a Goodreads giveaway whose author read my review
Probably the most significant book-related matter of 2013 was the devastating loss of our library of nearly 5,800 books. While only about 500 were directly destroyed by fire, all but about 20 of the rest were smoked and sooted beyond recovery.
I started the year with another ambitious goal of 100 books (using the Goodreads site to log and track), as last year I read 119. Through June, I’ve managed 58.
I’m grouping the books as I did in last year’s recap by the month in which I finished them (and fiction/nonfiction subgroups.) As the list is already quite long, and I’ve decided to tag all of the authors and titles, I’m publishing the first half of the year as a standalone.
Some quick stats for the BLUF (Bottom Line Up Front): heavier on the nonfiction (again) for the six months so far this year:
- 34 nonfiction
- 24 fiction
- 9 of the fiction were Arthur C. Clarke novels. The last of the Big Three (Asimov and Heinlein being the other two, though Heinlein doesn’t warrant the distinction…IMO), I think he did well with science fiction and not so well with things that involve people.
- I’ve rated 10 as five-star on Goodreads
- I gave 2 books a one-star rating (not-only-no-but-really-no)
- I’ve linked all of my Goodreads reviews (even if only one line) to each title, in case anyone is interested in what I thought.
And, now to the books of the first half of 2013…
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