2016 – My Year in Reading

I’m a bit late getting this one out this year, but between illness, travel, NY hangovers, etc, I’m pretty thrilled to be getting this out by the 2nd.

Every year, I make a couple of reading goals. The first goal is always that I read a decent number of books. In the past I’ve gone with higher numbers, but the past couple of years, as well as the one ahead, I intend to read 52. In 2016, I read 11 books over.

My second, and more significant, goal for 2016 was the read a greater number of books written by women. After graduate school, I noticed that my reading fell far away from parity. Only a small percentage of the books I read were written by women. In part, I blame the sexism inherent in the system, because why not? Pass the buck! I also notice that, because I have a lot of favorite male writers who work in series, I tend to see a cascade effect in starting a series.

To prevent that, I set myself the goal of a 2:1 ratio of men to women, with genderqueer/non-affiliated folks falling into the neither/mixed author category, and…:

  • Gender: 40 by women (64.5%), 20 by men (32.2%), and 2 by male and female authors (3.2%)

In the end, I had a perfect 2:1 ratio. I read a bunch of new female authors and found some new favorites, among them Tana French, an American-born Dubliner presenting an excellent turn on the traditional crime novel.

In 2015, I read only about 18.5% by women. I’m hoping for a bit more natural parity in the coming year.

  • Race: 52 by white people (83.9%), 10 by POCs (16.1%)

I saw a slight increase in the number of books by POC, but not much of one. In 2015, ~13% of the books I read were by authors of color and in the last year I bumped that to ~16%. Still a ways to go here.

  • Age (audience): 57 adult (91.9%), 5 YA (8.1%)

Low as it is at 8%, my YA/MG/Children’s book reading actually grew in 2016. I don’t make any particular attempt to read YA, so this may be the last year I really track that aspect of my reading. I found in grad school that this made for an interesting aspect, but as a free adult, I just don’t go with the kids that often.

  • Genre: 28 SFFH (45.2%), 15 Graphic (24.2%), 11 Gen-Fic (17.7%), 8 Non-F (12.9%)

General fiction, which is a terribly fraught category and one I judge on my own rather than along the strict lines of bookstore categorization, grew considerably in 2016 from only ~9% in 2015. This increase, along with one in SFFH books, came not from a lack of genre books in my information diet but rather from drops in graphic fiction and non-fiction. I may make an effort to read more along the lines of the average American male in 2017, taking in a bit more non-fiction.

  • Media: 34 print (54.8%), 8 ebook (12.9%), 20 audiobooks (32.3%)

Last year, I took in a lot more of my reading from dead tree parts. In previous years, I read a lot more digitally and listened to more audiobooks, but both fell for different reasons. On the whole, ebook readership has fallen and plateaued in the past few years and my reading shows this as well. As for audiobooks, this fell as expected for a few reasons: (1) I moved in with my SO, leaving me less time to listen at home, (2) I started rock climbing for exercise and I don’t keep earbuds in during that time, and (3) it is not as easy to listen while working my current job. Most of my audiobook listening came in the early part of the year.

  • Series: 42 from series (67.7%), 20 standalones (32.3%)

This one was almost shocking. I should point out that while 42 of my 62 books in 2016 were from series, that doesn’t indicate that I read any more than 1 book from series in the year. Lot of the books I’m drawn to are part of a larger world. In a year when I’m reading a ton of men, I read a lot from series. Evidently the same stays true when I read a lot from women.

  • New (2016): 2 released in 2016 (3.2%)

Finally, the number of new books I read from 2016 fell compared to 2015, when new books counted for 16% of my reading. Both books were the concluding third book in massively popular genre series (The City of Mirrors by Justin Cronin and The Dark Forest by Cixin Liu) and both were very satisfying. 2017 looks like it will be much the same.

In lieu of other yearly goals, I’ve opted not to make any thematic reading goals for this year. Perhaps as the year goes on, I’ll update here and there about the other goals on the list, but for now and as always, happy reading.

2015 – My Year in Reading

I love end of the year lists, so for the third year in a row, here is mine.

I fell short of my goal for 2015 of reading a “classic” a quarter by not getting to my fourth. At least, I didn’t finish as I’d intended. I’d hoped for a gender equal and globe spanning list of classics. I did, however, read Junky by Burroughs for an unrelated reason, so I came close, and I’m still planning to start Their Eyes Were Watching God by Hurston before the end of the year. Who knows, maybe I’ll even finish it.

I tend to count those books read at the end of one year, beginning of the next, across both lists for the sake of ease, though not in total count. There are 82 books listed below, including the one I am currently reading (Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates, which is beautiful and terrifying and brilliant), but I think my count for the year should only be about 80. I’m happy with it.

Anyways, rambling about and it’s time to get to the list. See the bottom for my 2016 reading goal.

  1. Gender: 13 books entirely by women, 4 half by women (15/65, 18.5%/81.5%)

This is ever so slightly better than last year but really quite abysmal, and you’ll see that reflected in my reading goals for the coming year. Considering that in graduate school, and largely by my own choice, I read at near parity, this sway towards reading mostly the writing of white men is a bit unsettling. I read quite a few series to completion, several of which I started in previous years, so that accounts for a bit of it but not all.

2. Genre: Gen Fic (9%), SFFH (34%), Non-F (22%), Graphic (35%)

This is pretty much par for the course and nothing that concerns me. I don’t avoid general fiction, I just tend to prefer that which is called genre.

3. Media: Audio (24%), eBook (38%), and page (28%)

Audio is dead even with last year and I suspect that eBook went up mostly for the comics, which I read primarily on screen this year. Nothing much to remark on.

4. Series (59%) v Standalone (41%)

About the same as last year, but I did finish or catch up on eight different series, including the excellent Dark Tower series and a couple of graphic novels series I’ve really wanted to dig into. There is a certain cadence to my reading, where I like to break from long form series but power through short and graphic. I suspect this is quite common.

5. YA/MG/Childrens (5%) v Adult/NA (95%)

6. White (87%) v. POC/non-white (13%)

Not entirely sure why but I’ve bookended this list with the diversity topics. #1 & 6 are the most significant to me, as form and format don’t really matter to me personally so much as I find the difference year to year to be interesting. This year was just a bit better than last, but as with gender, not enough to matter. Each will be bolstered just a bit by finishing the year with Coates and Hurston, but I want to be reading more diverse lit and I need to make myself

7. Released 2015: 16%

The Books of 2015:

• A Better World (Brilliance Saga, #2) by Marcus Sakey
• All-New X-Men, Vol. 4: All-Different by Brian Michael Bendis
• Ancillary Justice (Imperial Radch, #1) by Ann Leckie
• Armada by Ernest Cline
• Batman, Vol. 3: Death of the Family by Scott Snyder
• Batman, Vol. 7: Endgame by Scott Snyder
• Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
• Blueprint for Armageddon (Hardcore History #49) By Dan Carlin
• Bone, Vol. 1: Out from Boneville (Bone, #1) by Jeff Smith
• Bossypants by Tina Fey
• Clarkesworld Issues 100-103 by Neil Clarke
• CompTIA Security+ Study Guide by Emmett Dulaney
• Delegates and Delegation (Schlock Mercenary, #15) by Howard Tayler
• Distraction by Bruce Sterling
• Doomsday Book (Oxford Time Travel, #1) by Connie Willis
• Excession (Culture, #5) by Iain M. Banks
• Fast Forward by Lou Anders
• Fledgling by Octavia E.Butler
• Gathering Blue (The Giver, #2) by Lois Lowry
• Ghost Fleet: A Novel of the Next World War by P.W. Singer
• Guantánamo Diary by Mohamedou Ould Slahi
• Holy Sh*t: A Brief History of Swearing by Melissa Mohr
• In Persuasion Nation by George Saunders
• Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace
• Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling
• Junky by William S. Burroughs
• Listen at Home with Octopus Pie by Merh Gran
• Locke & Key, Vols. 1-6 by Joe Hill
• Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
• Ms. Marvel, Vol. 2: Generation Why by G. Willow Wilson
• Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She’s “Learned” by Lena Dunham
• On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King
• Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
• Saga, Vols. 1-5 by Brian K. Vaughan
• Seveneves by Neal Stephenson
• Soccer in Sun and Shadow by Eduardo Galeano
• Song of Susannah (The Dark Tower, #6) by Stephen King
• Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
• The 4-Hour Chef: The Simple Path to Cooking Like a Pro, Learning Anything, and Living the Good Life by Timothy Ferriss
• The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People Signature Program by Franklincovey
• The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
• The Dark Forest (Three-Body, #2) by Liu Cixin
• The Dark Tower (The Dark Tower, #7) by Stephen King
• The Doubt Factory by Paolo Bacigalupi
• The Five Love Languages: How to Express Heartfelt Commitment to Your Mate by Gary Chapman
• The Future of the Mind: The Scientific Quest to Understand, Enhance, and Empower the Mind by Michio Kaku
• The Grace of Kings (The Dandelion Dynasty, #1) by Ken Liu
• The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, #1) by Douglas Adams
• The Human Age: The World Shaped By Us by Diane Ackerman
• The Joker: Death of the Family by Scott Snyder
• The Little Sisters of Eluria (The Dark Tower, #0.5) by Stephen King
• The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran
• The Restaurant at the End of the Universe (Hitchhiker’s Guide, #2) by Douglas Adams
• The Room by Jonas Karlsson
• The Stand by Stephen King
• The Three-Body Problem (Three-Body, #1) by Liu Cixin
• The Unwritten, Vols. 4-11 by Mike Carrey
• The Walking Dead, Vol. 23 & 24 by Robert Kirkman
• The Wind Through the Keyhole (The Dark Tower, #4.5) by Stephen King
• Turing’s Cathedral: The Origins of the Digital Universe by George Dyson
• Why I Am Not a Christian and Other Essays on Religion and Related Subjects by Bertrand Russell
• Wolves of the Calla (The Dark Tower, #5) by Stephen King
• Yes Please by Amy Poehler

Reading Goals, 2016:

I like to make, and very much try to keep with, reading goals each year. In 2014 and 2015, I fell somewhat short of my goals but nevertheless saw improvements in the attempt. In 2016, I’m going to try much, much harder to stick to my goal, and to make if not surpass it.

That goal? A 2:1 gender ration, female to male. I love many female writers, as evidenced by my thesis and shelves, though in the last two years not my read (Goodreads) or to-be-read (physical) shelves. Luckily, I have lots of great folks on my TBR on Goodreads and lots of folks to make recommendations for me.

The best way it seems to me is to keep to the goal week to week, month to month: two women, one man. I’m going off self-identification, but that probably won’t come up more than once or twice anyway.

Happy Holidays, Happy Reading, and see you next year.

2014 – My Year in Reading

To reiterate, I love year’s-end list. Books, music, films, podcasts, long reads, etc, etc. Inexplicably, I now also enjoy procrastinating from bigger projects about which I care a great deal. Go figure.

Towards both ends, last year I started what I hope will be a tradition for years to come, and thus I present the 2nd Annual Simsian Review Books o’ th’ Year for 2014.

(You can see the complete, unabbreviated list at the bottom, listed in order read.)

Last year, I set a couple of goals for myself. Among them, I wanted to read more classics (big failure) and independents (a slightly smaller failure). I also wanted to make my reading landscape a bit more diverse. TO THE NUMBERS:

Male (85%) v. Female (15%)

In 2012, my gender parity was bolstered by grad school and last year, though there was a drop, it was still higher for a couple of rereads. I’m not happy with this imbalance. #WeNeedDiverseBooks

General Fiction (9%) v. SF/F/H (not inc. graphic fiction) (39%) v. Non-fiction (including memoir) (19%) v. Graphic (including anthologized webcomics) (33%)

Here I wasn’t looking for parity, but I’m still glad I’m reading a bit more non-fiction. I obviously tend towards fiction and there is just so much great non-fic out there.

Also, last year I did more individual breakdowns but more and more of what I love crosses over too many barriers to allow for such. Could probably stand to up the general fiction, as this is the same as last year.

Audio (24%) v. eBook (40%) v. Page (36%)

Again I’ve elected to combine a couple of breakdowns from last year. Audiobooks dropped as an overall percentage, probably because I’ve spent more time with podcasts and longer audiobooks, including the first four books in King’s Dark Tower series. Ebooks remained the same, which was about what I expected to happen. With only rare exceptions, one being The World of Ice and Fire by Martin, I typically go with ease, price, and convenience in choosing print versus digital. Some books just need to be big, unwieldy, and awesome.

Series (includes standalones with shared universe characters and series in which I have only read a single book) (57%) v. Standalone (43%)

Somehow this is almost exactly the same at last year. I guess I just slightly prefer series.

YA/MG/Children’s (6%) v. Adult/unspecified (94%)

Counted merely out of interest. I prefer adult but have no problem at all with YA.

White (93%) v. POC/non-white (7%)

Evidently I did not count this last year and so have no comparison. All I can say is that this number is a bit disturbing. As I said, #WeNeedDiverseBooks

Released 2014 (26%)

I may have mentioned in the past that I am trying to move my genre reading a bit more contemporary, for a few reasons. That I want more exposure to my field is foremost amongst these, I seem to have done a decent job of that this year. That may just explain why I failed to keep up with classics, though it doesn’t account for why I read so few independents. A number of first time authors made it in, though.

Of course, the year isn’t over, but there is hardly time to skew these numbers greatly. I have a few things half-read from the year on Goodreads that I might finish:

  • Delegates and Delegation, by Howard Tayler. This is the latest storyline in the Schlockverse. It’s really up to Mr. Tayler if I’m going to finish this year, but based on events, he will probably run a bit into January
  • Fast Forward, edited by Lou Anders. Had this anthology on my shelf for a couple of years and finally picked it up for something to read when I couldn’t lug around The World of Ice and Fire by George RR Martin. Some stories are quite good and others so-so. I may move away from reading thematic anthologies altogether. I generally prefer single-author or, you may have guessed, year’s best.
  • Octopus Pie: There Are No Stars in Brooklyn, by Meredith Gran. This is the first entry in a webcomic which I may just get to around the holidays.
  • The Body Human, by Nancy Kress. Just three short stories because I was so impressed by After the Fall, Before the Fall, During the Fall. Should just pull that trigger, honestly.

I also have a couple of books to take with me, only one of which will I likely finish.

  • Station Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel
  • Ancillary Justice, by Ann Leckie. Kinda embarrassed I haven’t read it yet.

One thing I did a bit differently this year compared to several before it was to drop the reading goal. Over the past several years, I’ve upped it and upped it and I don’t think it was doing my any good. It makes the number too important. Would I have reread books four and five from ASOIAF this year if I had a number to meet? As of yesterday, I’ve read 88 books this year, including one I abandoned over half way through but excluding one I gave up on much more quickly. In all likelihood, I’ll finish the year with a nice round 90. Honestly, I just want to keep to about a book a week and I’m in little danger of not making 52 books next year.

I’ve started reading a few more reader blogs this year and it seems that skirting the reading goal is becoming more common. Lots of people have likewise decided it does more harm than good. I think reflecting on the year in books is far more fruitful.

I would like to set a couple of goals, nonetheless. I may have mostly failed in the last year, but this year I want to try to pay more attention to books by women and those by POCs. I know that part of the problem this year was continuing, finishing, or rereading series. Since the bulk of my reading has been white male in the past, series make these numbers harder to change. I still want to try.

I would like to read more classics but I don’t know that I will make that a goal. I’ve thought about making myself read one every other month, and I may still, but I worry that setting such a distinct goal may make it more a chore. Then again, I should be filling in hole that opened up despite two degrees in literature.

Finally, I think I’ve gone too long without extensive marginalia. In grad school, I learned to love filling in the white spaces but since I’ve fallen out of that habit, in part because of ebooks, graphic novels, and a year spent reading for pure joy. Back to note taking, I think.

I may also try to get back to reviewing books with greater regularity, particularly those that have something to do with my goals. More female and POC writers, likely of genre fiction but not exclusively. Maybe, maybe, a classic. We’ll see. Don’t push me.

Happy Holidays and Happy Reading to All

The Eye of the Heron

Guin, Ursula K. Le

Raylan

Leonard, Elmore

What I Talk About When I Talk About Running

Murakami, Haruki

The Art of Fielding

Harbach, Chad

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (Sherlock Holmes, #3)

Doyle, Arthur Conan

Wild Seed (Patternmaster, #1)

Butler, Octavia E.

The Walking Dead, Vol. 20: All Out War Part 1

Kirkman, Robert

The Caretaker: A Short Story

Gurley, Jason

Pennsylvania (Pennsylvania, #1)

Bunker, Michael

Non-Electric Boogaloo (Pennsylvania #2)

Bunker, Michael

American Elsewhere

Bennett, Robert Jackson

All Quiet in the Amish Zone (Pennsylvania #3)

Bunker, Michael

Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison

Foucault, Michel

Serenity: Leaves on the Wind #1

Whedon, Zack

The State of the Art (Culture, #4)

Banks, Iain M.

Brave New Worlds

Adams, John Joseph

The Hedge Knight: The Graphic Novel (The Hedge Knight Graphic Novels, #1)

Martin, George R.R.

True Grit

Portis, Charles

The Sworn Sword (The Hedge Knight, #2)

Martin, George R.R.

Found (The Missing, #1)

Haddix, Margaret Peterson

The Magicians (The Magicians, #1)

Grossman, Lev

Gone Girl

Flynn, Gillian

Breakfast of Champions

Vonnegut, Kurt

Broken Wind (Schlock Mercenary, #14)

Tayler, Howard

The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower, #1)

King, Stephen

An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth

Hadfield, Chris

Perv: The Sexual Deviant in All of Us

Bering, Jesse

The Drawing of the Three (The Dark Tower, #2)

King, Stephen

Crown and Country: The Kings and Queens of England: A History

Starkey, David

Use of Weapons (Culture, #3)

Banks, Iain M.

The Walking Dead, Vol. 21: All Out War Part 2

Kirkman, Robert

Dangerous Women

Martin, George R.R.

Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity

Boo, Katherine

Deadpool Max: Nutjob

Lapham, David

The Stars My Destination

Bester, Alfred

X-Men: Days of Future Past

Claremont, Chris

The Default Trigger

Kosek, Christopher

JLA, Vol. 7: Tower of Babel

Waid, Mark

Marvel’s The Avengers Prelude: Fury’s Big Week

Yost, Christopher

Mind of My Mind (Patternmaster, #2)

Butler, Octavia E.

Longshoreman of the Apocalypse (Schlock Mercenary, #10)

Tayler, Howard

Dies the Fire (Emberverse, #1)

Stirling, S.M.

All-New X-Men, Vol. 1: Yesterday’s X-Men

Bendis, Brian Michael

Batman: Year One

Miller, Frank

All-New X-Men, Vol. 2: Here to Stay

Bendis, Brian Michael

All-New X-Men, Vol. 3: Out of Their Depth

Bendis, Brian Michael

X-Men: Battle of the Atom

Bendis, Brian Michael

CompTIA Network+ Study Guide: Exam N10-004

Lammle, Todd

Never Let Me Go

Ishiguro, Kazuo

The Waste Lands (The Dark Tower, #3)

King, Stephen

Massively Parallel (Schlock Mercenary, #11)

Tayler, Howard

It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens

boyd, danah

The 4-Hour Body: An Uncommon Guide to Rapid Fat-Loss, Incredible Sex, and Becoming Superhuman

Ferriss, Timothy

Ms. Marvel, Vol. 1: No Normal

Wilson, G. Willow

The Best of All Possible Worlds

Lord, Karen

Stolen: A Letter to My Captor

Christopher, Lucy

Afterparty

Gregory, Daryl

Force Multiplication (Schlock Mercenary, #12)

Tayler, Howard

The Invention of Murder: How the Victorians Revelled in Death and Detection and Created Modern Crime

Flanders, Judith

The Mystery Knight (The Tales of Dunk and Egg, #3)

Martin, George R.R.

Rule 34 (Halting State, #2)

Stross, Charles

Texas Tough: The Rise of America’s Prison Empire

Perkinson, Robert

No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State

Greenwald, Glenn

Polynia

Mieville, China

The Shadow of the Torturer (The Book of the New Sun #1)

Wolfe, Gene

Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety

Schlosser, Eric

Dumbing of Age: This Campus Is a Friggin’ Escher Print

Willis, David

Dumbing of Age: I Beg You, Don’t Cast Your Body into the Cragged Shame Pits of the Lust Wolves

Willis, David

Dumbing of Age: Your Stupid Overconfidence is Nostalgic

Willis, David

A Fighting Chance

Warren, Elizabeth

Dumbing of Age: book four

Willis, David

The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap

Taibbi, Matt

Lock In

Scalzi, John

Unlocked: An Oral History of Haden’s Syndrome

Scalzi, John

The Walking Dead, Vol. 22: A New Beginning

Kirkman, Robert

The Martian

Weir, Andy

Serenity: Leaves on the Wind

Whedon, Zack

A Lesson Before Dying

Gaines, Ernest J.

What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions

Munroe, Randall

Lucifer’s Hammer

Niven, Larry

Nimona

Stevenson, Noelle

Batman: Arkham Asylum – A Serious House on Serious Earth

Morrison, Grant

Superman: Birthright

Waid, Mark

Guardians Of The Galaxy, Vol. 1: Legacy

Abnett, Dan

Identity Crisis

Meltzer, Brad

Eleanor & Park

Rowell, Rainbow

Wizard and Glass (The Dark Tower, #4)

King, Stephen

The World of Ice & Fire: The Untold History of Westeros and the Game of Thrones

Martin, George R.R.

The Eye of the Heron Guin, Ursula K. Le Raylan Leonard, Elmore What I Talk About When I Talk About Running Murakami, Haruki The Art of Fielding Harbach, Chad The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (Sherlock Holmes, #3) Doyle, Arthur Conan Wild Seed (Patternmaster, #1) Butler, Octavia E. The Walking Dead, Vol. 20: All Out War Part 1 Kirkman, Robert The Caretaker: A Short Story Gurley, Jason Pennsylvania (Pennsylvania, #1) Bunker, Michael Non-Electric Boogaloo (Pennsylvania #2) Bunker, Michael American Elsewhere Bennett, Robert Jackson All Quiet in the Amish Zone (Pennsylvania #3) Bunker, Michael Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison Foucault, Michel Serenity: Leaves on the Wind #1 Whedon, Zack The State of the Art (Culture, #4) Banks, Iain M. Brave New Worlds Adams, John Joseph The Hedge Knight: The Graphic Novel (The Hedge Knight Graphic Novels, #1) Martin, George R.R. True Grit Portis, Charles The Sworn Sword (The Hedge Knight, #2) Martin, George R.R. Found (The Missing, #1) Haddix, Margaret Peterson The Magicians (The Magicians, #1) Grossman, Lev Gone Girl Flynn, Gillian Breakfast of Champions Vonnegut, Kurt Broken Wind (Schlock Mercenary, #14) Tayler, Howard The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower, #1) King, Stephen An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth Hadfield, Chris Perv: The Sexual Deviant in All of Us Bering, Jesse The Drawing of the Three (The Dark Tower, #2) King, Stephen Crown and Country: The Kings and Queens of England: A History Starkey, David Use of Weapons (Culture, #3) Banks, Iain M. The Walking Dead, Vol. 21: All Out War Part 2 Kirkman, Robert Dangerous Women Martin, George R.R. Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity Boo, Katherine Deadpool Max: Nutjob Lapham, David The Stars My Destination Bester, Alfred X-Men: Days of Future Past Claremont, Chris The Default Trigger Kosek, Christopher JLA, Vol. 7: Tower of Babel Waid, Mark Marvel’s The Avengers Prelude: Fury’s Big Week Yost, Christopher Mind of My Mind (Patternmaster, #2) Butler, Octavia E. Longshoreman of the Apocalypse (Schlock Mercenary, #10) Tayler, Howard Dies the Fire (Emberverse, #1) Stirling, S.M. All-New X-Men, Vol. 1: Yesterday’s X-Men Bendis, Brian Michael Batman: Year One Miller, Frank All-New X-Men, Vol. 2: Here to Stay Bendis, Brian Michael All-New X-Men, Vol. 3: Out of Their Depth Bendis, Brian Michael X-Men: Battle of the Atom Bendis, Brian Michael CompTIA Network+ Study Guide: Exam N10-004 Lammle, Todd Never Let Me Go Ishiguro, Kazuo The Waste Lands (The Dark Tower, #3) King, Stephen Massively Parallel (Schlock Mercenary, #11) Tayler, Howard It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens boyd, danah The 4-Hour Body: An Uncommon Guide to Rapid Fat-Loss, Incredible Sex, and Becoming Superhuman Ferriss, Timothy Ms. Marvel, Vol. 1: No Normal Wilson, G. Willow The Best of All Possible Worlds Lord, Karen Stolen: A Letter to My Captor Christopher, Lucy Afterparty Gregory, Daryl Force Multiplication (Schlock Mercenary, #12) Tayler, Howard The Invention of Murder: How the Victorians Revelled in Death and Detection and Created Modern Crime Flanders, Judith The Mystery Knight (The Tales of Dunk and Egg, #3) Martin, George R.R. Rule 34 (Halting State, #2) Stross, Charles Texas Tough: The Rise of America’s Prison Empire  Perkinson, Robert No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State Greenwald, Glenn Polynia Mieville, China The Shadow of the Torturer (The Book of the New Sun #1) Wolfe, Gene Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety Schlosser, Eric Dumbing of Age: This Campus Is a Friggin’ Escher Print Willis, David Dumbing of Age: I Beg You, Don’t Cast Your Body into the Cragged Shame Pits of the Lust Wolves Willis, David Dumbing of Age: Your Stupid Overconfidence is Nostalgic Willis, David A Fighting Chance Warren, Elizabeth Dumbing of Age: book four Willis, David The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap Taibbi, Matt Lock In Scalzi, John Unlocked: An Oral History of Haden’s Syndrome Scalzi, John The Walking Dead, Vol. 22: A New Beginning Kirkman, Robert The Martian Weir, Andy Serenity: Leaves on the Wind Whedon, Zack A Lesson Before Dying Gaines, Ernest J. What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions Munroe, Randall Lucifer’s Hammer Niven, Larry Nimona Stevenson, Noelle Batman: Arkham Asylum – A Serious House on Serious Earth Morrison, Grant Superman: Birthright Waid, Mark Guardians Of The Galaxy, Vol. 1: Legacy Abnett, Dan Identity Crisis Meltzer, Brad Eleanor & Park Rowell, Rainbow Wizard and Glass (The Dark Tower, #4) King, Stephen The World of Ice & Fire: The Untold History of Westeros and the Game of Thrones Martin, George R.R.

2013: My Year in Reading (UPDATE)

With fewer than 48 hours left in 2013 and little chance of finishing another book before the ball drops, I thought I would update my reading list of the year with those books read in the last 11 days.

(I won’t keep doing these indefinitely; just wanted to add the addendum. Follow me on Goodreads if you’re of a mind to do so)

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

Adult Video Ep. 1 by Lexi Maxxwell

Dirty Wars: The World is Battlefield by Jeremy Scahill

(Weird collection right there at the end, aye?)

2013 – My Year in Reading

Like many tech oriented book lovers, I track my reading, set goals, do the odd review, and consult recommendation on Goodreads.  It’s a fantastic community and source for discovery.

With 2013 drawing to a close (about probably 5 more books to read before the end) I thought I might run through the data on what I read and recorded this year for trends.  For those interested, I’ll append my entire reading list (127 titles as of this writing) to the end of this post.

But first, breakdowns:

During 2013, the sex of the authors I read (Kinda embarrassing):

19% Female to 81% Male

The percentage was much higher last year and this year was bolstered by re-reads.  I’ll have to be more cognizant of that in the future.  Sadly, my to-read list skews heavily to men too.

8.6% Non-Fiction vs. 91.4% Fiction

Phew, that number is also pretty crazy.  Not that I’m looking for parity there, but sheesh.

64.5% Science Fiction or Fantasy vs. 35.4% Other

About as expected.

26.7% Graphic Novels vs. 73.2% Other

A bit higher than usual, but I took this year to catch up on Schlock Mercenary, DMZ, and most of Sandman.

33% audiobooks vs. 67% read on page/screen

It took a while to really embrace audiobooks, but not that I have, they’re a huge part of my commutes and workouts.  Some things I still refuse to listen to, but there’s plenty left out of that category.

42.5% ebook vs. 57.4% analog or audiobook

I wasn’t exactly looking for parity here, but I expected it>  I wouldn’t be at all surprised if ebooks overtake analog next year.

56% series vs. 44% standalone

This one I was really interested to find out.  I don’t know why, but this year really felt like the year of series.  Maybe it was something to do with undergrad and grad school never reading more than a single text from a series, if at all, but I have so many I wanted to catch up on and I still have plenty more to go.  I’ve only just begun on the Culture series and haven’t even started Butler’s Patternist.

Click to read more for the full text of my reading list this year.

Aaron, Jason

Scalped, Vol. 1: Indian Country

Abbott, Edwin A.

Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions

Aristophanes, Aristophanes

Lysistrata

Arnason, Eleanor

Holmes Sherlock: A Hwarhath Mystery

Atwood, Margaret

MaddAddam (MaddAddam Trilogy #3)

Austen, Jane

Persuasion

Ballard, J.G.

High-Rise

Ballard, J.G.

Kingdom Come: A Novel

Banks, Iain M.

Consider Phlebas (Culture, #1)

Banks, Iain M.

The Algebraist

Banks, Iain M.

The Player of Games (Culture, #2)

Bujold, Lois McMaster

Captain Vorpatril’s Alliance (Vorkosigan Saga, #15)

Bujold, Lois McMaster

Shards of Honour  (Vorkosigan Saga, #1)

Butler, Octavia E.

Adulthood Rites (Xenogenesis, #2)

Butler, Octavia E.

Bloodchild and Other Stories

Butler, Octavia E.

Imago (Xenogenesis, #3)

Butler, Octavia E.

Kindred

Calagione, Sam

Brewing Up a Business: Adventures in Entrepreneurship from the Founder of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

Calagione, Sam

Extreme Brewing: An Enthusiast’s Guide to Brewing Craft Beer at Home

Chiang, Ted

The Truth of Fact, the Truth of Feeling

Collins, Suzanne

Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2)

Collins, Suzanne

Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)

Dick, Philip K.

Dr. Bloodmoney

Doctorow, Cory

Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom

Doctorow, Cory

Homeland (Little Brother, #2)

Doctorow, Cory

Lawful Interception

Edstrom, Eric

Daughter of Nothing

Ennis, Garth

Gone to Texas (Preacher, #1)

Ennis, Garth

Until the End of the World (Preacher, #2)

Fitzgerald, F. Scott

The Great Gatsby

Franzen, Jonathan

The Corrections

Gaiman, Neil

The Sandman, Vol. 1: Preludes and Nocturnes (The Sandman #1)

Gaiman, Neil

The Sandman, Vol. 2: The Doll’s House (The Sandman #2)

Gaiman, Neil

The Sandman, Vol. 3: Dream Country (The Sandman #3)

Gaiman, Neil

The Sandman, Vol. 4: Season of Mists (The Sandman #4)

Gaiman, Neil

The Sandman, Vol. 5: A Game of You (The Sandman #5)

Gaiman, Neil

The Sandman, Vol. 6: Fables and Reflections (The Sandman #6)

Gladwell, Malcolm

Outliers: The Story of Success

Gleick, James

The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood

Graeber, David

Debt: The First 5,000 Years

Grant, Mira

San Diego 2014: The Last Stand of the California Browncoats (Newsflesh Trilogy, #3.2)

Green, John

Looking for Alaska

Green, John

The Fault in Our Stars

Greenblatt, Stephen

The Swerve: How the World Became Modern

Guin, Ursula K. Le

A Wizard of Earthsea (Earthsea Cycle, #1)

Hairston, Andrea

“Griots of the Galaxy”

Heinlein, Robert A.

Starship Troopers

Hitchens, Christopher

God is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything

Howey, Hugh

Dust (Silo, #3)

Howey, Hugh

First Shift: Legacy (Wool, #6)

Howey, Hugh

Second Shift: Order (Wool, #7)

Howey, Hugh

Third Shift: Pact (Wool, #8)

James, P.D.

The Children of Men

Karpyshyn, Drew

Mass Effect: Revelation (Mass Effect, #1)

Kirkman, Robert

The Walking Dead, Vol. 18: What Comes After

Kirkman, Robert

The Walking Dead, Vol. 19: March to War

Kress, Nancy

After the Fall, Before the Fall, During the Fall

Lake, Jay

The Stars Do Not Lie

Lem, Stanisław

Return From the Stars

L’Engle, Madeleine

A Wrinkle in Time (Time, #1)

Liu, Ken

The Paper Menagerie

MacLeod, Ken

Earth Hour

Martin, George R.R.

A Clash of Kings (A Song of Ice and Fire, #2)

Martin, George R.R.

A Dance with Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire, #5)

Martin, George R.R.

A Feast for Crows (A Song of Ice and Fire, #4)

Martin, George R.R.

A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)

Martin, George R.R.

A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire, #3)

Martinson, Harry

Aniara: An Epic Science Fiction Poem

McInerney, Jay

Bright Lights, Big City

Miéville, China

Perdido Street Station (Bas-Lag, #1)

Nutt, David J.

Drugs Without the Hot Air: Minimizing the Harms of Legal and Illegal Drugs

Palahniuk, Chuck

Zombie

Platt, Sean

Write. Publish. Repeat. (The No-Luck-Required Guide to Self-Publishing Success)

Pullman, Philip

The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials, #1)

Rees, David

Get Your War on

Roach, Mary

Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal

Robinson, Kim Stanley

2312

Rowling, J.K.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter, #2)

Rowling, J.K.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, #7)

Rowling, J.K.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter, #4)

Rowling, J.K.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter, #6)

Rowling, J.K.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter, #5)

Rowling, J.K.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter, #3)

Rowling, J.K.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Harry Potter, #1)

Russ, Joanna

The Female Man

Sacks, Oliver

Hallucinations

Saunders, George

CivilWarLand in Bad Decline

Saunders, George

Pastoralia

Saunders, George

Tenth of December

Saunders, George

The Brief and Frightening Reign of Phil

Saunders, George

The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip

Scalzi, John

Metatropolis

Scalzi, John

Old Man’s War (Old Man’s War, #1)

Scalzi, John

Redshirts

Scalzi, John

The Ghost Brigades (Old Man’s War, #2)

Scalzi, John

The Last Colony (Old Man’s War, #3)

Scalzi, John

The Sagan Diary  (Old Man’s War, #2.5)

Scalzi, John

Zoe’s Tale (Old Man’s War, #4)

Stephenson, Neal

Cryptonomicon

Sterling, Bruce

From Beyond the Coming Age of Networked Matter

Strugatsky, Arkady

Roadside Picnic

Tayler, Howard

Random Access Memorabilia (Schlock Mercenary, #13)

Tayler, Howard

Schlock Mercenary: Emperor Pius Dei (Schlock Mercenary, #7)

Tayler, Howard

Schlock Mercenary: Resident Mad Scientist (Schlock Mercenary, #6)

Tayler, Howard

Schlock Mercenary: The Blackness Between (Schlock Mercenary, #4)

Tayler, Howard

Schlock Mercenary: The Scrapyard of Insufferable Arrogance (Schlock Mercenary, #5)

Tayler, Howard

Schlock Mercenary: The Sharp End of the Stick (Schlock Mercenary, #8)

Tayler, Howard

Schlock Mercenary: The Teraport Wars (Schlock Mercenary, #2)

Tayler, Howard

Schlock Mercenary: Under New Management (Schlock Mercenary, #3)

Tayler, Howard

The Body Politic (Schlock Mercenary #9)

Tayler, Howard

The Tub of Happiness (Schlock Mercenary, #1)

Twain, Mark

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court

Twain, Mark

Pudd’nhead Wilson

Vonnegut, Kurt

Bagombo Snuff Box

Weisman, Alan

The World Without Us

Whitehead, Colson

Zone One

Wilson, Daniel H.

Robopocalypse

Wood, Brian

DMZ Vol. 12: The Five Nations of New York

Wood, Brian

DMZ, Vol. 1: On the Ground

Wood, Brian

DMZ, Vol. 10: Collective Punishment

Wood, Brian

DMZ, Vol. 11: Free States Rising

Wood, Brian

DMZ, Vol. 2: Body of a Journalist

Wood, Brian

DMZ, Vol. 3: Public Works

Wood, Brian

DMZ, Vol. 4: Friendly Fire

Wood, Brian

DMZ, Vol. 5: The Hidden War

Wood, Brian

DMZ, Vol. 6: Blood in the Game

Wood, Brian

DMZ, Vol. 7: War Powers

Wood, Brian

DMZ, Vol. 8: Hearts and Minds

Wood, Brian

DMZ, Vol. 9: M.I.A.

What did you read this year?  More or less of a genre, sex, type than in the past?  On purpose or not?