I read 34 books in 2012, if you include re-reading my own books. I’m very happy with that, considering that I only read ten last year, and less before then. I’d have said I’m a long way off my pre-chronic fatigue days of a book a week, but perhaps it’s not as impossible as I thought.
So here’s the list of what I read, for posterity:
Clean: A History of Personal Hygiene and Purity (nf)
Madigan Mine, Kirstyn McDermott
Souless, Gail Carriger
Broken Kingdoms, NK Jemesin
Eona, Alison Goodman
Future Found, Nicole Murphy (ms)
Debris, Jo Anderton (q)
Leviathan, Scott Westerfield
Dead Reckoning, Charlaine Harris
Mystification, Kaaron Warren
Changeless, Gail Carriger
The Big Re-read of 2011 (6 books)
Blameless, Gail Carriger
The Kingdom of Gods, NK Jemesin (q)
Heartless, Gail Carriger
Sassycat, Richard Harland
Power Unbound, Nicole Murphy
Gamer’s Challenge, George Ivanoff
Family Trade, Charles Stross
The Wallflower, Tomoko Hayakawa
You Suck, Christopher Moore
The Killing Moon, NK Jemesin
Wicked Plants, Amy Stewart
Art Theory: A Very Short Introduction (nf)
Mauve: How One Man Invented a Color That Changed the World (nf)
The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell
Ex Libris: The Art of Bookplates, Martin Hopkinson
That’s 6 fantasy, 1 science fiction, 3 horror, 4 paranormal romance, 5 steampunk, 1 manga, and 8 non-fiction, and 6 of my own books. Though some of those cross genres. The Gail Carriger books could be classed as paranormal romance, but I read them as steampunk research. Family Trade is a very science fictiony sort of fantasy. Sassycat isn’t very scary because it’s a ghost story for kids. Debris has been marketed as science fiction, but tastes like fantasy to me.
Best books? Debris is amazing, and I love Nora Jemesin’s writing. Gail Carriger’s books are great if you want a funny, pacy read. Though the non-fictions books were all great, the little art theory one really stretched my mind.
I’ve started another list in the sidebar for this year. First fiction book I’ve finished is a rollicking science fiction tale and now I’m onto the last of the trilogy. Both from my prodigious To Read list.