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Books read in 2012

January 1, 2013 1 comment

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.

January

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

February

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

March

  • (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)

April

  • 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)

May

  • 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)

June

  • 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)

July

  • 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)

August

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

September

  • 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)

October

  • The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller (fiction)

November

  • 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)

December

  • 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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Books read in 2011

January 10, 2012 Leave a comment

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

I read 77 books this year, up from 64 last year.

Breakdown by genre (my definitions only)

Genre Count
Science Fiction 55
Fantasy 16
History 2
Biography 1
Historical Fiction 1
Children’s 1
Trivia 1

Unlike last year, where fantasy was the primary genre, science fiction made up the vast bulk of my reading list.  This was largely due to a number of series which I read or re-read during the year.  In particular, I reread the Starship books by Mike Resnick, 15 of the Dragonriders of Pern series (some of which could arguably be called fantasy vs. science fiction), the Galaxy Unknown books by Thomas Deprima (I reviewed the first one somewhat negatively but the later ones got a bit better), and the first 11 books of the Honor Harrington series by David Weber.  I read the first three classic Dune books twice, partially to prepare for some chapter summaries which I am eventually going to do and partially because the audiobooks were loaded on my iPhone when I was out and about.

At long last, A Dance With Dragons was released which I devoured quickly.  The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt was particularly interesting and inspiring.

 

By media type

Media Count
Audio 34
Kindle 27
Physical book 16

Although I listened to the same number of audio books as last year, the largest change was in Kindle/electronic versions of books (last year there was a tie between the two).    For audio, I listened just over 395 hours during the year — almost 16 1/2 days!

January

  • The Infinite Day by Chris Walley (Christian science fiction)
  • Lord Sunday by Garth Nix (fantasy)
  • Dissolution by C.J. Sansom (historical mystery)
  • The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt (biography)

February

  • The Six Wives of Henry VIII by Alison Weir (biography)
  • So You Want to be a Wizard by Diane Duane (young adult fantasy)
  • Eragon by Christopher Paolini (fantasy)
  • Starship: Mutiny by Mike Resnick (science fiction)
  • Starship: Pirate by Mike Resnick (science fiction)
  • Daggerspell by Katharine Kerr (fantasy)

March

  • Starship: Mercenary by Mike Resnick (science fiction)
  • Starship: Rebel by Mike Resnick (science fiction)
  • Starship: Flagship by Mike Resnick (science fiction)
  • Darkspell by Katharine Kerr (fantasy)
  • A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin (fantasy)
  • The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien (fantasy)
April
  • A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin (fantasy)
  • A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin (fantasy)
  • A Feast for Crows by George R.R. Martin (fantasy)
May
  • Dragonflight by Anne McCaffrey (science fiction/fantasy)
  • Dragonquest by Anne McCaffrey (science fiction/fantasy)
  • The White Dragon by Anne McCaffrey (science fiction/fantasy)
  • Dragonsong by Anne McCaffrey (science fiction/fantasy)
  • Dragonsinger by Anne McCaffrey (science fiction/fantasy)
  • Dragondrums by Anne McCaffrey (science fiction/fantasy)
  • Eldest by Christopher Paolini (fantasy, young-adult)
  • The Renegades of Pern by Anne McCaffrey (science fiction/fantasy)
  • All the Weyrs of Pern by Anne McCaffrey (science fiction/fantasy)
June
  • Dune by Frank Herbert (science fiction)
  • Moreta: Dragonlady of Pern by Anne McCaffrey (science fiction/fantasy)
  • Nerilka’s Story by Anne McCaffrey (science fiction/fantasy)
  • Live Free or Die by John Ringo (science fiction)
  • Citadel by John Ringo (science fiction)
  • Dune Messiah by Frank Herbert (science fiction)
  • Dragonsdawn by Anne McCaffrey (science fiction)
July
  • The Golden Acorn by Catherine Cooper (young adult fantasy)
  • Children of Dune by Frank Herbert (science fiction)
  • The Chronicles of Pern: First Fall by Anne McCaffrey (science fiction)
  • The Hot Gate by John Ringo (science fiction)
  • God Emperor of Dune by Frank Herbert (science fiction)
August
  • Dune by Frank Herbert (science fiction) re-read for project
  • A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin (fantasy)
  • The Dolphins of Pern by Anne McCaffrey (science fiction)
  • A Galaxy Unknown by Thomas DePrima (science fiction)
  • Valor At Vauzlee by Thomas DePrima (science fiction)
  • The Skies of Pern by Anne McCaffrey (science fiction)
  • The Clones of Mawcett by Thomas DePrima (science fiction)
  • Dragon’s Kin by Anne McCaffrey (science fiction)
September
  • Milor! by Thomas DePrima (science fiction)
  • Elizabeth and Mary: Cousins, Rivals, Queens by Jane Dunn (history/biography)
  • Castle Vroman by Thomas DePrima (science fiction)
  • Against All Odds by Thomas DePrima (science fiction)
  • The Birth of the Dread Remora by Aaron Rosenberg (science fiction)
October
  • The Jedi Path by Daniel Wallace (science fiction)
  • Way Station by Clifford D. Simak (science fiction)
  • The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan (young adult fantasy)
  • Grandpa Hates the Bird by Eve Yohalem (childrens fiction)
  • Dune Messiah by Frank Herbert (science fiction)
  • The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan (young adult fantasy)
  • The Magicians by Lev Grossman (fantasy)
  • On Basilisk Station by David Weber (science fiction)
  • The Honor of the Queen by David Weber (science fiction)
  • The Short Victorious War by David Weber (science fiction)
  • Field of Dishonor by David Weber (science fiction)
  • Flag in Exile by David Weber (science fiction)
November
  • Honor Among Enemies by David Weber (science fiction)
  • In Enemy Hands  by David Weber (science fiction)
  • Echoes of Honor by David Weber (science fiction)
  • Ashes of Victory by David Weber (science fiction)
  • War of Honor by David Weber (science fiction)
  • At All Costs by David Weber (science fiction)

December

  • Children of Dune by Frank Herbert (science fiction)
  • Seinfeld: The Totally Unauthorized Tribute by David Wild (trivia, entertainment)
  • Paul of Dune by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson (science fiction)
  • The Winds of Dune  by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson (science fiction)
  • Birthright: The Book of Man by Mike Resnick (science fiction)


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Books read in 2010

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

I read 64 books this year, down from 79 last year.

Breakdown by genre (my definitions only)

Genre Count
Fantasy 32
Science Fiction 17
General Fiction 4
Classics 4
History 2
Politics 1
Trivia 1
Mystery 1
Biography 1
Lit Criticism 1

Fantasy still makes up the lion’s share of my reading (50%!), followed by science fiction.  Both are forms of escapism for me.

Stand out books during the year include Lord Dunsany’s In the Land of Time and Other Fantasy Tales, which was a fabulous read.  The concluding volumes of the Lost Fleet series by Jack Campbell and The Keys to the Kingdom series by Garth Nix, so I was able to finish those series at last.  The Lamb Among the Stars series by Chris Walley was also well written and memorable (I have 10% left to go on the last book).

By media type

Media Count
Audio 34
Kindle 15
Physical book 15

Physical copies of books were tied to Kindle ebooks this year.  What I found most surprising was the number of audio books I listened to, most if not all purchased through a subscription program by Audible.  I began to use Audible’s iPhone application in October which tracks usage and found that I listened to the equivalent of more than 4 days!  (almost 39 hours in October, 28 hours in November, and 35 hours in December).

January

  • The Bishop’s Heir by Katherine Kurtz (fantasy)
  • The King’s Justice by Katherine Kurtz (fantasy)
  • Camber of Culdi by Katherine Kurtz (fantasy)
  • Saint Camber by Katherine Kurtz (fantasy)
  • The Quest for Saint Camber by Katherine Kurtz (fantasy)
  • Camber the Heretic by Katherine Kurtz (fantasy)
  • The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner (young adult fiction)

February

  • The Harrowing of Gwynedd by Katherine Kurtz (fantasy)
  • King Kelson’s Bride by Katherine Kurtz (fantasy)
  • First Lord’s Fury by Jim Butcher (fantasy)

March

  • Ad Infinitum: A Biography of Latin by Nicholas Ostler (history, linguistics)
  • A Study in Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (mystery)
  • The Prydain Companion: A Reference Guide to Lloyd Alexander’s Prydain Chronicles (fantasy, literary criticism)
  • The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin (fantasy)

April

  • The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan (fantasy)
  • The Great Hunt by Robert Jordan (fantasy)
  • The Dragon Reborn by Robert Jordan (fantasy)

May

  • The Shadow Rising by Robert Jordan (fantasy)
  • The Fires of Heaven by Robert Jordan (fantasy)
  • Lord of Chaos by Robert Jordan (fantasy)
  • The Stranger by Albert Camus (fiction)
  • A Crown of Swords by Robert Jordan (fantasy)

June

  • Heretics of Dune by Frank Herbert (science fiction)
  • The Path of Daggers by Robert Jordan (fantasy)
  • Winter’s Heart by Robert Jordan (fantasy)
  • Chapterhouse Dune by Frank Herbert (science fiction)
  • Portuguese Irregular Verbs by Alexander McCall Smith (fiction)

July

  • Hunters of Dune by Frank Herbert (science fiction)
  • Dune by Frank Herbert (science fiction)

August

  • Sandworms of Dune by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson (science fiction)
  • The Odyssey by Homer (classics)
  • The Trojan War: A New History by Barry Strauss (history)
  • Urchin of the Riding Stars by M.I. McAllister (fantasy young adult)
  • The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin (biography)
  • Lord of the Flies by William Golding (fiction)

September

  • Sundiver by David Brin (science fiction)
  • A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens (classics)
  • Stuff of Legends by Ian Gibson (fantasy)
  • Age of Ra by James Lovegrove (science fiction)
  • Birthright: The Book of Man by Mike Resnick (science fiction)
  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain (classics)
  • Face in the Frost by John Bellairs (fantasy)
  • In the Land of Time and Other Fantasy Tales by Lord Dunsany (fantasy, fantastic fiction)
  • Dauntless by Jack Campbell (science fiction)
  • Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson (fantasy)
  • Fearless by Jack Campbell (science fiction)

October

  • Courageous by Jack Campbell (science fiction)
  • Valiant by Jack Campbell (science fiction)
  • Relentless by Jack Campbell (science fiction)
  • Victorious by Jack Campbell (science fiction)
  • The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson (fantasy)
  • Setting the Record Straight: American History in Black & White by David Barton (history, political)

November

  • The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson (fantasy)
  • Stupid History by Leland Gregory (history, trivia)
  • The Shadow and Night by Chris Walley (Christian science fiction)

December

  • Mister Monday by Garth Nix (fantasy)
  • My Father’s Glory & My Mother’s Castle by Marcel Pagnol (memoirs)
  • The Dark Foundations by Chris Walley (Christian science fiction)
  • Grim Tuesday by Garth Nix (fantasy)
  • Drowned Wednesday by Garth Nix (fantasy)
  • Sir Thursday by Garth Nix (fantasy)
  • Lady Friday by Garth Nix (fantasy)
  • Superior Saturday by Garth Nix (fantasy)
  • This Immortal by Roger Zelazny (science fiction)
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Books read in 2009

January 5, 2010 2 comments

This is my annual summary of books read during the calendar year.  This year I finished 79 volumes (but 81 actual books if you include a 3-in-1 volume).

Once again, the books were mostly science fiction and fantasy based.

I re-read a number of books, either because the next book of the series was released or I just wanted something familiar.

  • I’ve started to read the early books in the Sword of Truth series (Goodkind) after watching the TV adaptation via Netflix.  I’ve actually gotten farther in the series than I had previously and will likely finish the series in 2010 — those books are big!
  • The Deryni books by Katherine Kurtz are some of my favorites and I was thrilled to see that audio versions were released through http://www.audible.com, so I’ve had the opportunity to revisit that world.  The next several books have recently been released and I have them all queued up for the near future.
  • And, every once in a while, I need a Star Wars fix.  This year, I concentrated on the X-Wing novels which are some of my favorites, especially the series written by Allston.

I read 4 books this year which were part of The Essential Man’s Library book listing from which I challenged myself to read 50 of the 100 for my 101 in 1001 days project:

57. Essential Manners for Men by Peter Post (07/19/2009)
61. A Separate Peace by John Knowles (11/06/2009)
53. Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs (11/16/2009)
10. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde (12/24/2009)

As part of that project, I also read a number of the Witch World novels, something I’d always intended to do but never had the time.

This year was much more multi-media oriented than past:  a good number were audios but I also read quite a few on my Amazon Kindle (and Kindle for iTouch) which I’ve enjoyed a lot.

Was able to catalogue all of Janet’s and my books on librarything — you can see my library here —  which will help me find my books and, hopefully, ensure I don’t continue to buy the same ones over and over again.

January

Valiant — Jack Campbell (science fiction)
Birthright: The Book of Man — Mike Resnick (science fiction)
Kingdom’s Dawn — Chuck Black (Christian fantasy)
Kingdom’s Hope — Chuck Black (Christian fantasy)
Kingdom’s Edge — Chuck Black (Christian fantasy)
Hyperion — Dan Simmons (science fiction)
Whipping Star — Frank Herbert (science fiction)
Kingdom’s Call — Chuck Black (Christian fantasy)
The Tar-Aiym Krang — Alan Dean Foster (science fiction)
The Wind in the Willows — Kenneth Grahame (children’s fiction classic)
Kingdom’s Quest — Chuck Black (Christian fantasy)
Kingdom’s Reign — Chuck Black (Christian fantasy)

February

For Love of Mother-Not — Alan Dean Foster (science fiction)
The Tales of Beedle the Bard — J.K. Rowling (fantasy)
The Final Empire — Brandon Sanderson (fantasy)
The Kingdoms & The Elves of the Reaches book 1 — Robert Stanek (fantasy)

March

The Ruins of Gorlan — John Flanagan (fantasy)
Oliver Twist — Charles Dickens (classic fiction)
The Burning Bridge — John Flanagan (fantasy)
The Icebound Land — John Flanagan (fantasy)
Meltdown: A Free-Market Look at Why the Stock Market Collapsed…. — Thomas E. Woods, Jr
The Battle for Skandia — John Flanagan (fantasy)
Orcs — Stan Nicholls (fantasy)
Rogue Squadron — Michael A. Stackpole (star wars)

April

Wedge’s Gamble — Michael A. Stackpole (star wars)
The Krytos Trap — Michael A. Stackpole (star wars)
The Bacta War — Michael A. Stackpole (star wars)
Wraith Squadron — Aaron Allston (star wars)
Iron Fist — Aaron Allston (star wars)
Solo Command — Aaron Allston (star wars)
The Courtship of Princess Leia — Dave Wolverton (star wars)
Storm Front — Jim Butcher (paranormal fantasy)
Fool Moon — Jim Butcher (paranormal fantasy)

May

The Fellowship of the Ring — J.R.R. Tolkien (fantasy)
Furies of Calderon — Jim Butcher (fantasy)
Grave Peril — Jim Butcher (paranormal fantasy)
Summer Knight — Jim Butcher (paranormal fantasy)
Academ’s Fury — Jim Butcher (paranormal fantasy)
Death Masks — Jim Butcher (paranormal fantasy)
Blood Rites — Jim Butcher (paranormal fantasy)

June

Dead Beat — Jim Butcher (paranormal fantasy)
The Reformation: How a Monk and a Mallet Changed the World — Stephen J. Nichols (history)
Cursor’s Fury — Jim Butcher (fantasy)
The Way of Shadows — Brent Weeks (fantasy)

July

The Magic Thief — Sarah Prineas (fantasy)
Nightwings — Robert Silverberg (science fiction)
The Silmarillion — J.R.R. Tolkien (fantasy)
The Case of the Missing Message — Charles Spain Verral (YA mystery)
Captain’s Fury — Jim Butcher (fantasy)

August

Sum VII — T.W. Hard (science fiction)
Case of the Counterfeit Coin — George Wyatt (YA mystery)
Storm Over Warlock — Andre Norton (science fiction)
Princeps’ Fury — Jim Butcher (fantasy)
The Winds of Dune — Brian Herbert (science fiction)
Birthright: The Book of Man — Mike Resnick (science fiction)  read again
The Secret of the Old Mill — Franklin W. Dixon (YA mystery)
Wizard’s First Rule — Terry Goodkind (fantasy)

September

Local Custom — Sharon Lee & Steve Miller (science fiction)
Deryni Rising — Katherine Kurtz (fantasy)
Deryni Checkmate — Katherine Kurtz (fantasy)
Stone of Tears — Terry Goodkind (fantasy)
Blood of the Fold — Terry Goodkind (fantasy)
Magic Kingdom for Sale – Sold! — Terry Brooks (fantasy)
Temple of the Winds — Terry Goodkind (fantasy)

October

The Lies of Locke Lamora — Scott Lynch (fantasy)
Soul of the Fire — Terry Goodkind (fantasy)
High Deryni — Katherine Kurtz (fantasy)
Faith of the Fallen — Terry Goodkind (fantasy)
The 5000 Year Leap — W. Cleon Skousen (politics, history)

November

A Separate Peace — John Knowles (fiction)
Animist — Eve Forward (fantasy)
A Natural History of Latin — Tore Janson (history)
Tarzan of the Apes — Edgar Rice Burroughs (fiction)

December

Witch World — Andre Norton (science fiction)
Web of the Witch World — Andre Norton (science fiction)
Red Seas Under Red Skies — Scott Lynch (fantasy)
The Picture of Dorian Gray — Oscar Wilde (fiction)
The Cathars — Sean Martin (history)
Three Against the Witch World — Andre Norton (science fiction)

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Books Read in 2007

December 17, 2007 1 comment
When I laid out the list of books I’ve read this year sequentially rather than by author, I realize that there were a few oddities there.

First up — my reading of the Dark Tower series by Stephen King looks rather random, interspersed between more traditional fantasy and science fiction novels. This is because I listened to the books via Audible audiobook unabridged, mostly to-and-from work. Some of those books are huge…and it took a long time to finish the series.

June was evidently David Eddings month. My wife started to read through the first several books. I picked up the first one again and somehow, 10 books later, I was done. Very fast reads, but I do love the characterization and the humor.

There are a few interesting trends I noticed — quite a few Orson Scott Card novels both at the beginning and the end of the year. Card’s novel are so intriguing. I had never finished the Ender Shadow series so that was a winter project last year after rereading the core Ender books. Later in the year, I read Hart’s Hope and re-read The Worthing Saga.

Napoleonic War sea novels had a definite place this year. I read a number of the Hornblower books, but did not complete the series. I also read a pseudo-English navy series by James Ward late in the year. I purchased the latest Temeraire novel (#4) but just didn’t pick it up yet.

A few gems, read for the first time this year:

  • The Historian — I listened to this book on audio. The method of story telling was incredibly riveting… especially in audio. Flashbacks of flashbacks of flashbacks. I was disappointed, frankly, with the ending of the novel.
  • The Pillars of the Earth — OK, I didn’t know that this would be an Oprah selection when I read and finished it. Very Machiavellian plotting. Can’t wait for #2 to be published in PB.

Books in progress at the end of the year include The Worthing Saga by Orson Scott Card, The Middle Ages by Morris Bishop, Dracula by Bram Stoker, and The Rise of the Wyrm Lord by Wayne Thomas Batson.

January

First Meetings in Ender’s Universe — Orson Scott Card
Ender’s Shadow — Orson Scott Card
Shadow of the Hegemon — Orson Scott Card
Dune — Frank Herbert
Urchan of the Riding Stars — M.I. McAllister
The Gunslinger — Stephen King

February

Shadow Puppets — Orson Scott Card
Shadow of the Giant — Orson Scott Card
Hospital Station — Jack White
Star Surgeon — Jack White

March

Major Operation — Jack White
Prince Caspian — C.S. Lewis
The Drawing of the Three — Stephen King
Voyage of the Dawn Treader — C.S. Lewis
The Wastelands — Stephen King
Mr. Midshipman Hornblower — C.S. Forester

April

Lieutenant Hornblower — C.S. Forester
Hornblower and the Hotspur — C.S. Forester
Hornblower During the Crisis — C.S. Forester
Magyk — Angie Sage
Wizard and Glass — Stephen King
Hornblower and the Atropos — C.S. Forester

May

Beat to Quarters — C.S. Forester
The Children of Hurin — J.R.R. Tolkien
House Atreides — Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson
House Harkonnen — Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson
House Corrino — Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson
King’s Dragon — Kate Elliott

June

Wolves of the Calla — Stephen King
Pawn of Prophesy — David Eddings
Queen of Sorcery — David Eddings
Magician’s Gambit — David Eddings
Castle of Wizardry — David Eddings
Enchanters’ End Game — David Eddings
Guardians of the West — David Eddings
King of the Murgos — David Eddings
Demon Lord of Karanda — David Eddings
Sorceress of Darshiva — David Eddings
The Seeress of Kell — David Eddings
Midshipman’s Hope — David Feintuch
Challenger’s Hope — David Feintuch

July

Prisoner’s Hope — David Feintuch
Fisherman’s Hope — David Feintuch
Song of Susannah — Stephen King
The Eyes of the Dragon — Stephen King
Conqueror’s Pride — Timothy Zahn
Conquerors’ Heritage — Timothy Zahn
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince — J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — J.K. Rowling

August

Hunters of Dune — Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson
Sandworms of Dune — Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson
The Dark Tower — Stephen King
The Road to the Dark Tower — Bev Vincent
The Historian — Elizabeth Kostova

September

Catherine de Medici: Renaissance Queen of France — Leonie Fieda
Hart’s Hope — Orson Scott Card

October

Dune — Frank Herbert
Dune Messiah — Frank Herbert
The Innocent Mage — Karen Miller
The Awakened Mage — Karen Miller
A History of the Middle Ages — Crane Brinton et al

November

The Colour of Magic — Terry Pratchett
Empire Star — Samulel R. Delany
The Pillars of the Earth — Ken Follett
A Game of Thrones — George R.R. Martin
A Clash of Kings — George R.R. Martin

December

The Storm of Swords — George R.R. Martin
A Feast for Crows — George R.R. Martin
Midshipwizard Halcyon Blithe — James M. Ward
Dragonfrigate Wizard — James M. Ward
The Door Within — Wayne Thomas Batson
Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation — Lynne Truss

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