Wednesday, January 01, 2014

2013 Reading List

So its been a year since I've last posted to this site.  I should do something about posting more and maybe this will be a "resolution" that I actually stick to this year.

I realized the other day that I have been keeping track of every book I've read for TEN YEARS now.  On December 25, 2003 I started a text file that aptly named "Booklist.txt" since that day every time I finish a book I write it down. One of these days I keep telling myself that I should transfer the data over to a excel spreadsheet, but there is something rather quaint about using a basic txt file to record this stuff.

So 2014 was not too bad for reading.  Overall I finished 51 books, 32 of which were new to me. I read more "new" books last year but there had been some worlds that I had a desire to go back and visit this year so I went ahead and did that.  For 2014 I think I'm going to again try to keep my reading list to "new" books but there are a couple books in my library that I have been thinking of going back to for a while so I'm not sure how long I'm going to keep to this "New Years Resolution."

Some things about my 2013 reading list.

  • September was the month that I read the most. 8 books or ~15% of the year
  • December was the worst month.  I read 1 book or ~2% of the year. 
  • ~63% of the books I read had been for the first time.  
  • My favorite new author this year was David Weber. 
  • I started and finished the Divergent series by Veronica Roth
  • I read the first Harry Potter book for the first time.  
  • I read the Odyssey for the first time. I knew the story but had never actually read it before. 
  • I re-read Anathem by Neal Stephenson for the 3rd time ever. This book is a monster.  It is also utterly amazing if you can get through the first 200 pages and hit that OMG I understand moment. 
  • I re-read the Sword of Truth series. I'm probably going to not touch that again for a long long time. 
  • I read 6 books from the Black Library. ~12%
  • I re-read Ender's Game in preparation for the movie.  The movie did not do it justice. 

2013 Book List

The Robots of Dawn - Isaac Asimov (01/12/13)
The Kings Blood - Daniel Abraham (01/16/13)
Grasslands - Karen Traviss (01/27/13)
Sword Song - Bernard Cornwell (01/30/13)
The Burning Land - Bernard Cornwell (02/06/13)
Death of Kings - Bernard Cornwell (02/12/13)
The Thursday War - Karen Traviss (02/19/13)
Odyssey - Homer(Stanley Lombardo) (03/01/13)
Descent of Angels - Mitchel Scanlon (03/08/13)
Legion - Dan Abnett (03/14/13)
Battle for the Abyss - Ben Counter (03/20/13)
Hyperion - Dan Simmons (04/04/13)
The Fall of Hyperion - Dan Simmons (04/20/13)
Wizards's First Rule - Terry Goodkind (04/28/13)
Stone of Tears - Terry Goodkind (05/05/13)
Blood of the Fold - Terry Goodkind (05/08/13)
Temple of the Winds - Terry Goodkind (05/13/13)
Soul of the Fire - Terry Goodkind (05/20/13)
Faith of the Fallen - Terry Goodkind (05/24/13)
The Pillars of Creation - Terry Goodkind (05/27/13)
Naked Empire - Terry Goodkind (06/04/13)
Chainfile - Terry Goodkind (06/09/13)
Phantom - Terry Goodkind (06/12/13)
Confessor - Terry Goodkind (06/15/13)
The Omen Machine - Terry Goodkind (06/20/13)
The Mongoliad: Book Three - Neal Stephenson (07/05/13)
Zodiac - Neal Stephenson (07/11/13)
The Diamond Age - Neal Stephenson (07/25/13)
Mechanicum - Graham McNeill (08/01/13)
Judgment at Proteus - Timothy Zahn (08/11/13)
Ender's Game - Orson Scott Card (08/15/13)
Cobra - Timothy Zahn (08/20/13)
Cobra Strike - Timothy Zahn (08/24/13)
Cobra Bargain - Timothy Zahn (08/28/13)
Tales of Heresy - Anthology (09/01/13)
Fallen Angels - Mike Lee (09/04/13)
On Basilisk Station - David Weber (09/09/13)
Harry Potter and teh Sorcerer's Stone - J.K. Rowling  (09/14/13)
The Honor of the Queen - David Weber (09/18/13)
The Short Victorious War - David Weber (09/22/13)
Field of Dishonor - David Weber (09/25/13)
Flag in Exile - David Weber (09/30/13)
Divergent - Veronica Roth (10/03/13)
Anathem - Neal Stephenson (10/13/13)
Insurgent - Veronica Roth (10/15/13)
Honor Among Enemies - David Weber (10/19/13)
In Enemys Hands - David Weber (10/26/13)
Edge of Honor - David Weber (11/03/13)
Ashes of Victory - David Weber (11/09/13)
Allegiant - Veronia Roth (11/14/13)
War of Honor - David Weber (12/20/13)

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