Tuesday, January 1, 2013

What I Read In 2012

In 2011 I managed 130 books + 16 manuscripts with an additional 68 books partially read and then rejected.  This year the total  was far less: 78 books and 17 manuscripts (read and revised or edited, all my own work) and only 19 books partially read and then rejected.

Here's the list of what I read (or re-read, as many of the books are ones I'd read previoiusly):

1. The Angel Makers by Jessica Gregson 1/5/12
2. Cinder by Marissa Meyer 1/16/12
3. Fashionable Food by Sylvia Lovegren 1/27/12
4. Fairy Metal Thunder by JL Bryan 1/2712
5. Five Very Good Reasons To Punch A Dolphin In The Mouth by Matthew Inman 2/7/12
6. The Crowfield Demon by Pat Walsh 2/12/12
7. Bloodthirsty by Flynn Meaney 2/18/12
8. The Gathering Storm by Robin Bridges 2/18/12
9. Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George 2/19/12
10. Gears of Wonderland by Jason G. Anderson 2/21/12
11. Heddy’s Folly by Richard Rhodes 2/27/12
12. Scarlet by A. C. Gaughen 3/4/12
13. Extra Virginity by Tom Mueller 3/16/12
14. The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvator 3/21/12
15. The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco 3/27/12
16. Elemental by Brigid Kemmerer 4/1/12
17. Storm by Brigid Kemmerer 4/6/12
18. Babe In Boyland by Jody Gehrman 4/7/12
19. Forgotten Bookmarks by Michael Popek 4/12/12
20. Re-Creative by Steve Dodds 4/13/12
21. Secrets of Rusty Things by Michael de Meng 4/14/12
22. Timeless by Gail Carriger 4/15/12
23. All About Emily by Connie Willis 4/26/12
24. Monster High 4: Back and Deader Than Ever by Lisi Harrison 5/2/12
25. The Agency: A Traitor in the Tunnel 5/5/12
26. Women Explorers of the World by Margo McLoone 5/3/12
27. Women Explorers of North and South America by Margo McLoone 5/5/12
28. Scandalous! by Hallie Frid 5/14/12
29. Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers 5/19/12
30. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins 6/3/12
31. You’d Better Knot Die by Betty Hechtman 6/5/12
32. The Selection by Kiera Cass 6/13/12
33. Hy Brasil by Margaret Elphinstone 6/16/12
34. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo 6/17/12
35. Croak by Gina Damico 6/21/12
36. The Wicked and the Just by J. Anderson Coats 6/24/12
37. Sleeping Handsome by Jean Haus 6/24/12
38. The Humming Room 6/30/12
39. Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood 7/7/12
40. Mrs. Robinson’s Disgrace: the Private Diary of a Victorian Lady by Kate Summerscale 7/7
41. The Real Elizabeth by Andrew Marr 7/14/12
42. The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova 7/28/12
43. Take A Bow by Elizabeth Eulberg 7/29/12
44. Spark by Brigid Kemmerer 7/31/12
45. Closet Confidential by Mary Jane Maffinin 8/5/12
46. Ringing in Murder by Kate Kingsbury 8/5/12
47.  All Men of Genius by Lev AC Rosen 8/11/12
48. The Unnaturalists by Tiffany Trent 8/24/12
49. Found by Margaret Patterson Haddix 8/26/12
50. Such Wicked Intent by Kenneth Oppel 9/2/12
51. Seraphina by Rachel Hartman 9/6/12
52. Long Lankin by Lindsey Barraclough 9/8/12
53. Dracula by Bram Stoker 9/9/12
54. The Dark Unwinding by Sharon Cameron 9/12/12
55. Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan 9/21/12
56. Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater 9/26/12
57. Crown of Embers by Rae Carson 9/30/12
58. Mormon Sisters: Women in Early Utah ed. by Claudia Bushman 10/2/12
59. The Diviners by Libba Bray 10/7/12
60. A Breath of Eyre by Eve Marie Mont 10/10/12
61. If Mashed Potatoes Could Dance by Paige Shelton 10/12/12
62. The Casual Vacancy by JK Rowling 10/19/12
63. The Entertainer by Margaret Talbot 11/3/12
64. Thirds by Michelle Davidson Argyle 11/17/12
65. Corsets and Clockwork ed. by Trisha Talep 11/22/12
66. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by JK Rowling 11/23/12
67. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by JK Rowling 11/25/12
68.Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by JK Rowling 11/25/12
69. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire 12/1/12
70. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix 12/6/12
71. The Friday Society by Adrienne Kress 12/9/12
72. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by JK Rowling 12/10/12
73. The Crystal Cave by Mary Stewart 12/15/12
74. The Jewel of Seven Stars by Bram Stoker 12/23/12
75. Killer Maize by Paige Shelton 12/25/12
76. The Orkney Scroll by Lyn Hamilton 12/27/12
77. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by JK Rowling 12/29/12
78. Walking Salt Lake City by Lynn Arave and Ray Boren 12/31/12

That breaks down into:
40 YA fiction = 51% 19 "grown up fiction" = 24% and 15 non-fiction = 19% and 4 MG fiction = 1/2%

By genre (some books qualified as more than one thing):
9 mystery = 11% 2 dystopia = 0.02% fantasy 19 = 24% steampunk 9 = 11% paranormal 14 = 17% realistic 4 = 0.5% historical fiction 10 =12%  action/adventure 5 =0.06% and sci fi 3 = 0.03%
in non-fiction:  biography 3 = 0.03%  craft 2 = 0.02% travel 1 = 0.14% history 6 =0.07% cooking 2 = 0.02% humor 1 = 0.14%
# of books where I couldn't recall anything about them and had to look them up = 6
# of self-published books = 3


  1. Wow. I wonder if I could read that many books in, like, five years, let alone one! I'd blame it on my six-year-old, but I'm not sure that's really the case. :)

  2. Ok, you read a lot more books than I do. I think I read three this year: 1)The Day Wall Street Exploded, 2)Confessions of a Half-Vampire and 3)All in the Half Vampire Family. The rest of my readings consisted of The Salt Lake Tribune and old Ellery Queen Mystery Magazines.

    1. We need to get you some Ian Rankin stuff. I think you'd like it.

  3. Love seeing your reading list. I need to put the Stiefvater books on my list for 2013.

    1. I liked Raven Boys -- but I LOVED Scorpio Races!

  4. I couldn't get past chapter 3 of Raven Boys. It just didn't grab me at all. I tried! I haven't tried any of her other books yet.

    1. Y'know, that's how I felt about her book Shiver. I just didn't like it. But I really fell in love with Scorpio Races. Maybe you should have a look at that and see what you think. By the way, I need to finish Bonded!

    2. LOL, how much you want to bet that I like the Shiver series? It's so funny how one person will love one thing and another person doesn't! That's why there are so many different books. :) Hope you like the rest of Bonded!

    3. There you go; try Shiver then. :)

  5. Oh, I was going to ask, are her others a lot different?

    1. What I didn't care for much in Shiver was that it was a romance, but the couple was together by about chap 3. Huh. What's the point?
      Scorpio Races seems like historical fiction -- with kelpies added in. Maybe you might be interested since you're writing about selkies.

    2. Ah, yes, selkies. Not sure what's happening with that book right now. I'm having major issues with it. Anyway, yeah, I might like it! I've heard good things about it.

    3. Sounds like it's time to leave it alone and let it ripen for awhile. It'll look different in a month or so.

  6. Wow that's a lot! I have to admit I haven't heard of most of these, and have only read The Moonstone, The Historian, and six of the Harry Potters. Oh, and The Name of the Rose, many years ago.

    I agree with your Ian Rankin comment. He's great - I'm halfway through his latest one at the moment.

    1. I really didn't like The Name of the Rose. But I've read the Historian about 6 times now (and HP more than a dozen times).
      This was my first time with the Moonstone, and I really liked it. Perhaps you might like Stoker's Jewel of 7 Stars. It was unusual turn-of-the-century sci-fi.

      I haven't picked up Rankin's latest. Is it good? What's it called? I own his ENTIRE Rebus series (takes up a full shelf), but I haven't read the very end book in the series yet (even though I own it). I have 2 of his non-Rebus books (read both), but I haven't picked up anything newer than the end of the Rebus series.