2012 Mid-Year Book Review

The year is half-way over, and it’s been filled with some rather interesting books so far. I’ve been reading books nearly every single day for as long as I can remember, and keeping track since 2006; it’s quite an accomplishment, really. Still, this year shows me on a faster pace than in 2011, but below that of other previous years. I blame real life for the slow-down, but unfortunately, other responsibilities do get in the way from time to time.

Still, there have more than the usual books to capture my interest this year, and the variety is like never before. The rise of eBooks has allowed readers to experience books they typically never would have considered, and I am not immune to that trend, either. This year, I delved into the Hunger Games trilogy, finishing it in record time. They really were excellent novels, even if they were targeted toward young adult readers.

For most of the year, I eagerly awaited Kim Stanley Robinson’s latest novel, 2312, due out in May. Never disappointing, 2312 was a fantastic read, and stayed true to his typical style. I also read another intriguing and excellent China Mieville novel, and took a chance on the first new Sherlock Holmes novel ever officially authorized since Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s death.

It’s also been an eBook-only so far. I do have some physical books to read, but no current plans to start them yet.

So here’s what I’ve read so far in 2012:

Read So Far:

Books finished: 17

Pages read to date: 5,712

  1. Limitless by Alan Glynn (~351pp – eBook)
  2. The Saga of Seven Suns: Veiled Alliances by Kevin J. Anderson (~134pp – eBook)
  3. Anomaly by Peter Cawdron (~150pp – eBook)
  4. * Sherlock Holmes: The House of Silk by Anthony Horowitz (~305pp – eBook)
  5. Star Wars: Darth Plagueis by James Luceno (~401pp – eBook)
  6. Delirious by Daniel Palmer (~416pp – eBook)
  7. * Embassytown by China Mieville (~245pp – eBook)
  8. Wormhole by Richard Phillips (~450pp – eBook)
  9. Star Wars: Lost Tribe of the Sith: Secrets by John Jackson Miller (~30pp – eBook)
  10. Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi: Apocalypse by Troy Denning (~496pp – eBook)
  11. Triggers by Robert J. Sawyer (~352pp – eBook)
  12. * The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (~388pp – eBook)
  13. * Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins (~404pp – eBook)
  14. * Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins (~404pp – eBook)
  15. The Vaults by Toby Ball (~318pp – eBook)
  16. Some of the Best from Tor.com: 2011 Edition edited by Patrick Neilsen Hayden and Liz Gorinsky (~300pp – eBook)
  17. * 2312 by Kim Stanley Robinson (~568pp – eBook)

* Highly-recommended reads.

Looking forward to the second-half of 2012, it’s not clear what reading experience I can look forward to. Though my wishlist continues to grow, it seems it never shrinks. That should remain continually true as I wade through multiple samples already downloaded to my Kindle, in determining which of them I desire to read in full. There are a couple books I look forward to reading, but both are nearly 1,000 pages long, which will undoubtedly slow my pace further, should I embark on reading those titles. Still, they’re intriguing stories, and probably will jump to the top of my list.

I’d also like to turn my attention back to writing, as I have an unfinished novel from 2010 that I need to concentrate on. Soon, hopefully.

Still, I’m curious to see how this year ends, and how the variety continues. Having turned away from Star Wars books almost entirely has caused me to explore other novels I ordinarily would not have. 2012 may become my most variegated year ever in literature.