2013 marks my first year using a completely different method and system for tracking my books and what I’m reading. I’m now fully half-way through the year, and so far have no reservations about continuing down this path. It’s actually rather impressive the level of detail that GoodReads allows me to track, and it does an excellent job of keeping me up-to-date, and organizing my book collection.

So far in 2013, it’s been a somewhat a-typical choice of books for me. I haven’t read a single Star Wars book (and don’t plan to), and I’m already well ahead of the goal I set for myself to read 30 books this year. Of the 20 books I’ve read so far, there were a few standouts. I’ve notated them below.

Unfortunately, the year has seen a halt to my book reviews, which–to me–is disappointing, but I’ve had trouble focusing on writing them, so gave up trying.

Read So Far:

Books finished: 20
Pages read so far: 8,145

  1. *Reamde
  2. *The Long Earth
  3. Blue Remembered Earth
  4. Defending Jacob
  5. *Gone Girl
  6. Slow Apocalypse
  7. *Ready Player One
  8. The Cassandra Project
  9. Apollo’s Outcasts
  10. *Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore
  11. *After the Fall, Before the Fall, During the Fall
  12. Red Planet Blues
  13. Consequences
  14. Buried Deep
  15. Paloma
  16. Recovery Man
  17. Duplicate Effort
  18. Anniversary Day
  19. Blowback
  20. Inferno

I also spent considerable effort working my way through the published Retrieval Artist series, of which I read the first and second volumes last year. The remaining seven volumes were all quite good, and I highly recommend the series.

I also took the time to read a couple books that have been on my list for a while, like Blue Remembered Earth and Reamde. So far, I’ve read three very surprising titles, namely Gone Girl, Ready Player One, and Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore; you’ll notice they’re selected as highly recommended.

I’ve been looking closely at the Ian M. Banks Culture series. I can’t seem to get away from reading about it every time I see an article about the best science fiction. Sadly, now that the author has passed away, I’m finally looking into the books he wrote. I’m not yet sure where this might fall on my reading list for the rest of 2013, but I’ll likely take a crack at the first volume of the series before the ball drops on New Year’s Eve.

There’s also a couple other books coming out by my usual favorites this year, and I look forward to reading those. Right now, there are 45 books on my to-read list, so I guess I’d better keep on plugging away.

2013 Mid-Year Book Review

time to read (approx.): 2 min