One-Hundred Books in 2012

I started 2012 with half-a-dozen resolutions. Unfortunately, I never did get around to writing a novel, finding a job that provided health insurance, or learning how to cook more than pasta, meat, and eggs.

I did however, manage to read more this year than any year previously. I kept a running tally all year, and now that the dust of my New Years celebrations has settled, I can happily say I managed to crack three digits in the past 12 months.

My initial goal was 75 books (2011’s was 52), but in part because of my summer on Calf Island, I blew that away in August. Between Americorps and GIS classes I’ve had less time for reading in the last few months, but I still pushed through a veritable tower of paperbacks in the weeks running up to the end of the year.

Here’s my list (more or less in the order I finished them):

1. Ringworld. Larry Niven
2. The Ringworld Engineers. Larry Niven
3. The Ringworld Throne. Larry Niven
4. Ringworld’s Children. Larry Niven
5. Nation. Terry Pratchett
6. Guild Wars: Ghosts of Ascalon. Jeff Grub and Matt Forbeck
7. Empire. Orson Scott Card
8. Nine Princes in Amber (The Chronicles of Amber #1). Roger Zelazny
9. The Guns of Avalon (The Chronicles of Amber #2). Roger Zelazny
10. Sign of the Unicorn (The Chronicles of Amber #3). Roger Zelazny
11. The Hand of Oberon (The Chronicles of Amber #4). Roger Zelazny
12. The Courts of Chaos (The Chronicles of Amber #5). Roger Zelazny
13. Trumps of Doom (The Chronicles of Amber #6). Roger Zelazny
14. Blood of Amber (The Chronicles of Amber #7). Roger Zelazny
15. Sign of Chaos (The Chronicles of Amber #8). Roger Zelazny
16. Knight of Shadows (The Chronicles of Amber #9). Roger Zelazny
17. Prince of Chaos (The Chronicles of Amber #10). Roger Zelazny
18. Iron Council. China Mieville
19. Embassytown. China Mieville
20. The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the fire that saved America. Timothy Egan
21. The Eye of the World (Wheel of Time, #1). Robert Jordan
22. The Great Hunt (Wheel of Time, #2). Robert Jordan
23. The Dragon Reborn (Wheel of Time, #3). Robert Jordan
24. The Shadow Rising (Wheel of Time, #4). Robert Jordan
25. The Fires of Heaven (Wheel of Time, #5). Robert Jordan
26. Lord of Chaos (Wheel of Time, #6). Robert Jordan
27. A Crown of Swords (Wheel of Time, #7). Robert Jordan
28. The Path of Daggers (Wheel of Time, #8). Robert Jordan
29. Winter’s Heart (Wheel of Time, #9). Robert Jordan
30. Crossroads of Twilight (Wheel of Time #10). Robert Jordan
31. Knife of Dreams (Wheel of Time #11). Robert Jordan
32. The Gathering Storm (Wheel of Time #12). Robert Jordan & Brandon Sanderson
33. The Botany of Desire. Michael Pollan
34. Towers of Midnight. Robert Jordan & Brandon Sanderson
35. The Hunger Games. Suzanne Collins
36. Catching Fire. Suzanne Collins
37. Mockingjay. Suzanne Collins
38. Shogun. James Clavell
39. Going Postal. Terry Pratchett
40. The Fifth Elephant. Terry Pratchett
41. Night Watch. Terry Pratchett
42. Monstrous Regiment. Terry Pratchett
43. Eric. Terry Pratchett
44. Three Musketeers. Alexandre Dumas
45. Count Zero. William Gibson
46. Komarr. Lois McMaster Bujold
47. A Civil Campaign. Lois McMaster Bujold
48. Diplomatic Immunity. Lois McMaster Bujold
49. Dinocalypse Now. Chuck Wendig
50. Twenty Years After. Alexandre Dumas
51. Monster Hunter Internationa. Larry Correia
52. Memory. Louis McMaster Bujold
53. A Picture of Dorian Gray. Oscar Wilde
54. Beyond World’s End. Mercedes Lackey
55. Spirits White as Lightning. Mercedes Lackey
56. Mad Maudlin. Mercedes Lackey
57. Freehold. Michael Z. Williamson
58. The Weapon. Michael Z. Williamson
59. War of the Worlds. H.G. Wells
60. The Forever War. Joe Halderman
61. Starship Troopers. Robert A. Heinlein
62. Victory of Eagles. Naomi Novik
63. Tongues of Serpents. Naomi Novik
64. The Lightning Thief. Rick Riordan
65. The Sea of Monsters. Rick Riordan
66. The Titan’s Curse. Rick Riordan
67. The Battle of the Labyrinth. Rick Riordan
68. The Last Olympian. Rick Riordan
69. Star Wars: X-Wing: Rogue Squadron. Michael A. Stackpole
70. Star Wars: X-Wing: Wedges Gamble. Michael A. Stackpole
71. Star Wars: X-Wing: The Krytos Trap. Michael A. Stackpole
72. Star Wars: X-Wing: The Bacta War. Michael A. Stackpole
73. Genellan-Planetfall. Scott Gier
74. On Basilisk Station. David Weber
75. Forward the Mage. Eric Flint and Richard Roach
76. The Apocalypse Troll. David Weber
77. Star Wars: The Hutt Gambit. A.C. Crispin
78. Star Wars: Rebel Dawn. A.C. Crispin
79. The Surgeon’s Mate. Patrick O’Brian
80. Better to Beg Forgiveness. Michael Z. Williamson
81. Cross the Stars. David Drake
82. Starliner. David Drake.
83. 1632. Eric Flint
84. 1633. David Weber and Eric Flint
85. H.M.S Surprise. Patrick O’Brian
86. Music to my Sorrow. Mercedes Lackey and Rosemary Edgehill
87. Eisenhorn. Dan Abnett
88. Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire. Steve Perry
89. Star Wars: Ambus at Corellia. Roger Macbride Allen
90. Barrayar. Lois Bujold
91. Shards of Honor. Lois Bujold
92. Leviathan. Keith Thompson
93. Behemoth. Keith Thompson
94. Goliath. Keith Thompson
95. Cloud Atlas. David Mitchell
96. Ring of Fire. Eric Flint
97. The Alchemist. Paulo Coelho
98. Fire on the Mountain. John N. Maclean
99. The Philosophical Strangler. Eric Flint
100. 1634: The Baltic War

My goal for 2013 is 75 again, I think that that’s a more realistic number than 100. I doubt very much I’ll be coming into a glut of free time any time soon. Certainly nothing like what I had during this past summer, when all there was to do in the evenings was organize the veg survey data, read, and swat mosquitoes.

I’m also going to make a concerted effort to include more non-fiction in my library over the next year. I tend to seek out books that allow me to turn my brain off while I read, but I feel like more than 3% of my yearly total should be academically engaging. Historical Fiction is a nice compromise I guess, but I’d like to do better in 2013.


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