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Books read in 2012

This is my annual summary of books that I have read during the year.  First some statistics:

I read 39 books this year, significantly lower than last year’s 77.  Not only did I read less, I posted almost no blog entries (reviews or otherwise) during the year.  Shame on me.

Breakdown by genre (my definitions only)

Genre Count
Science Fiction 19
Fantasy 13
General Fiction 3
Classics 2
Mythology 1
History 1

I read a number of acclaimed young adult series this year and was rather underwhelmed.  The Hunger Games trilogy was rather awful — posting some notes here from April.  The Witch & Wizard series (I have only read the first two) was poorly written, plotted, and the young adults in the books didn’t speak or act like real people.

I very much enjoyed The Phoenix Legacy (Sword of the Lamb is book 1) by M.K. Wren which had some Dune-like elements to it.  Politics, intrigue, and an underground revolution, as well as an interesting narrative style.  I’ve had the books for awhile but had never read them before.

I’m not sure what to think about A Confederacy of Dunces, which was on a reading list that I am slowly completing.  I suspect it is a better book than I’m qualified to “get”.  I think it is hard to like a book when you don’t like any of the characters.

Also really enjoyed the Just-So Stories by Rudyard Kipling.  Not sure why I had never read it before.

By media type

Media Count
Audio 15
Physical Book 13
Kindle 11

Surprisingly, there was a rough even split across all of the media types this year.  I read a higher percentage of physical books this year because I either re-reading some series (some of the newer Dune books, for example) or catching up on some books which I’ve had for awhile, or weren’t available in an electronic format (such as The Phoenix Legacy).

For audio books, I listened to almost 275 hours during the year, which again, was lower than last.


  • The Ballad of Beta-2 by Samuel R. Delany (science fiction)
  • The Butlerian Jihad by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson (science fiction)


  • The Machine Crusade by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson (science fiction)
  • Children of Dune by Frank Herbert (science fiction)


  • (Genesis)
  • (Exodus)
  • The Battle of Corrin by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson (science fiction)
  • (Leviticus)
  • (Numbers)
  • (Deuteronomy)
  • (Joshua)
  • (Judges)
  • (Ruth)
  • Don’t Know Much About Mythology by Kenneth C. Davis (mythology)
  • (I Samuel)
  • (II Samuel)


  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (science fiction, young adult)
  • Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins (science fiction, young adult)
  • Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins (science fiction, young adult)
  • Sword of the Lamb by M.K. Wren (science fiction)
  • The Sacrifice by Kristine Kathryn Rusch (fantasy)


  • The Dark Lord’s Handbook by Paul Dale (fantasy, parody/humor)
  • The Changeling by Kristine Kathryn Rusch (fantasy)
  • The Rival by Kristine Kathryn Rusch (fantasy)
  • Shadow of the Swan by M.K. Wren (science fiction)


  • The Resistance by Kristine Kathryn Rusch (fantasy)
  • House of the Wolf by M.K. Wren (science fiction)
  • Hamlet by William Shakespeare (classics, play)
  • Witch & Wizard by James Patterson (fantasy, young adult)
  • The Gift by James Patterson (fantasy, young adult)
  • Victory by Kristine Kathryn Rusch (fantasy)


  • The Black Queen by Kristine Kathryn Rusch (fantasy)
  • A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole (fiction)
  • Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas by John Scalzi (science fiction)


  • In Conquest Born by C.S. Friedman (science fiction)


  • The Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling (classics, fiction)
  • The Wilding by C.S. Friedman (science fiction)
  • Flowers For Algernon by Daniel Keyes (fiction)
  • Midshipman Henry Gallant by H. Peter Alesso (science fiction)


  • The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller (fiction)


  • The Spirit Thief by Rachel Aaron (fantasy)
  • The Spirit Rebellion by Rachel Aaron (fantasy)
  • The Spirit Eater by Rachel Aaron (fantasy)
  • Dune by Frank Herbert (science fiction)
  • Witch World by Andre Norton (science fiction/fantasy)
  • The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien (fantasy, young adult)
  • Dune Messiah by Frank Herbert (science fiction)


  • Children of Dune by Frank Herbert (science fiction)
  • The Tudors: The Kings and Queens of England’s Golden Age by Jane Bingham (history)
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  1. Pat
    January 1, 2013 at 9:42 pm

    Personally, I loved the Hunger Games. Books 2 and 3 were not as good but I loved the first one. I really was surprised by how many fewer books you read this year. You still surpassed me by far, but definitely down for you. Love your summaries.

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