What I Read in 2012: The Year In Review

I suppose you could call me a bookworm. For as long as I can recall, I’ve been an avid reader. Ever since I learned to read, I’ve been addicted to books. I can trace my personal collection and reading habits back to 1999, and can account for every single day of reading since January 4th, 2007. For nearly every day of the last 2,187, I have read some type of published writing, be it a book or magazine. That makes for a lot of pages.

2012 started out much like most years, though the first half of the year was filled with some strange choices of books for me, if you’re familiar with my typical reading habits. The Hunger Games trilogy was one I flew through incessantly, and new entries by favorites Kim Stanley Robinson and Robert J. Sawyer brought promise to the rest of the year, but my selections from the second-half left a bit to be desired.

This year, my eBook trend has been put on hold for a bit, after almost exactly two years without picking up a physical book. However, in order to save money, I’ve elected to read some of the books that I’ve had on my shelf for a while (in physical form). As a result, the battery on my Kindle is dead and needs recharging, and my reading pace has slowed way down. It’s amazing how inconvenient physical books have become, in having to actually have the book with you, versus the widespread availability of reading apps for Kindle, and being able to read no matter where I am.

Currently, I have 25 books on my “to read” list, and another 15 samples I’ve yet to weed through, to determine which of those will be added to the aforementioned list. 2013 appears to be chock-full of reading, and I’ve set myself a goal to read 30 books this year–and hopefully most of those already on my “to read” list.

With some major changes to the way I track my reading progress, some of the categories I’ve tracked in the past are not reflected in this year’s review.

Totals

– 32 books read
– $212.87 spent on books in 2012 (avg. $6.86/book)
–  11,620 pages read (avg. 31.83 pages/day)

The first noticeable item is that I spent less per book in 2012, and read slightly more pages per day than previous years. These numbers are a bit skewed, however, as many of the books I read this year were purchased as used copies, and were at far-discounted prices from that of an eBook. Still, money saved is money earned, I suppose. I find myself intrigued by what the total page count might have been, had I stuck with eBooks for the entire year.

Books

  1. Limitless by Alan Glynn (1/1 – 1/9) [eBook ~351 pp.]
  2. The Saga of Seven Suns: Veiled Alliances by Kevin J. Anderson (1/9) [eBook ~96 pp.]
  3. Anomaly by Peter Cawdron (1/14 – 1/16) [eBook ~208 pp.]
  4. Sherlock Holmes: The House of Silk by Anthony Horowitz (1/16 – 1/28) [eBook ~300 pp.]
  5. Star Wars: Darth Plagueis by James Luceno (1/29 – 2/09) [eBook ~498 pp.]
  6. Delirious by Daniel Palmer (2/10 – 2/17) [eBook ~448 pp.]
  7. Embassytown by China Mieville (2/18 – 3/5) [eBook ~345 pp.]
  8. Wormhole by Richard Phillips (3/5 – 3/25) [eBook ~539 pp.]
  9. Star Wars: Lost Tribe of the Sith: Secrets by John Jackson Miller (3/25) [eBook]
  10. Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi: Apocalypse by Troy Denning (3/25 – 4/4) [eBook ~497 pp.]
  11. Triggers by Robert J. Sawyer (4/4 – 4/16) [eBook ~351 pp.]
  12. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (4/17 – 4/20) [eBook ~387 pp.]
  13. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins (4/20 – 4/22) [eBook ~391 pp.]
  14. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins (4/22 – 4/24) [eBook ~390 pp.]
  15. The Vaults by Toby Ball (4/26 – 5/10) [eBook ~318 pp.]
  16. Some of the Best from Tor.com: 2011 Edition edited by Patrick Nielsen Hayden (5/10 – 5/23) [eBook ~206 pp.]
  17. 2312 by Kim Stanley Robinson (5/23 – 6/15) [eBook ~568 pp.]
  18. Supervolcano: Eruption by Harry Turtledove (7/1 – 7/9) [eBook ~429 pp.]
  19. End of an Era by Robert J. Sawyer (7/9 – 7/12) [eBook ~252 pp.]
  20. Illegal Alien by Robert J. Sawyer (7/12 – 7/17) [eBook ~290 pp.]
  21. Deep State by Walter Jon Williams (7/17 – 8/9) [eBook ~403 pp.]
  22. A Bridge of Years by Robert Charles Wilson (8/9 – 9/1) [eBook ~384 pp.]
  23. 11/22/63 by Stephen King (9/2 – 9/24) [eBook ~853 pp.]
  24. Time and Again by Jack Finney (9/24 – 10/7) [Paperback 400 pp.]
  25. Sideways in Crime edited by Lou Anders (10/7 – 10/27) [Paperback 368 pp.]
  26. Identity Theft: And Other Stories by Robert J. Sawyer (10/28 – 11/10) [Paperback 284 pp.]
  27. Bowl of Heaven by Gregory Benford and Larry Niven (11/10 – 11/25) [eBook ~512 pp.]
  28. Imperial Earth by Arthur C. Clarke (11/25 – 12/10) [Paperback 305 pp.]
  29. You Had Me at Woof: How Dogs Taught Me the Secrets of Happiness by Julie Klam (12/10 – 12/11) [Hardcover 228 pp.]
  30. The Disappeared by Kristine Kathyrn Rusch (12/11 – 12/18) [eBook ~374 pp.]
  31. Extremes by Kristine Kathryn Rusch (12/18 – 12/25) [eBook ~373 pp.]
  32. The Venging by Greg Bear (12/27 – 12/31) [eBook ~272 pp.]

* Highly recommended titles

The first half of the year was filled with highly recommended novels, as six of them surpassed my expectations. The second half of the year contained only one book worth recommending. It’s not that the books I read later in the year were particularly bad, it’s just that they weren’t particularly good. With only one or two exceptions, they were still worth the read–just nothing I would go out of my way to recommend.

My reading list for 2013 contains several titles I’ve been eagerly awaiting for some time. Many of them are recently discovered, and some have been waiting in the wings for a while. One of these, Reamde, is a long read, at over 1,000 pages. I’m curious to see how quickly I get through that one.

So with my goal set at 30 books this year, I wonder how many I’ll actually make it through…