Year of Books: How’d I Do? (PART ONE)


At the beginning of this year I decided to track how many books/novellas/screenplays I read in a year because I’d never done it before.  (Note: I read a bunch of flash and short stories so I didn’t really track those…)

Here’s the list with dates I finished reading it, and my ratings of the stuff I’ve read…

This list is LOOOOONG so I’ll be doing it over several blog posts, btw.


+=This is a book I’ve already read that I was re-reading


*=Hated It (Usually if I hate something I don’t finish it. Life’s too short.)

**=Didn’t Like it (This usually means the book started off well then fell down OR it had some big deal-breaking plot element that ruined all the good things for me.

***=I Liked It (I enjoyed my reading experience, probably won’t reread, though)

****=I REALLY Like It (Very much enjoyed, will re-read but falls short of inspiring my gasping, fan-girlish glee)

*****=I LOVED IT (This usually means I want to chase people down the street waving the book and screaming, “READ IT!”)


1. Wheel of the Infinite by Martha Wells ***** (1/3/13) You can read my review here.

2. +The Spirit Ring by Lois McMaster Bujold ***** (1/7/13)

3. +Memory by Lois McMaster Bujold ***** (1/11/13)

4. +Barrayar by Lois McMaster Bujold **** (1/15/13)

5. +The Mountains of Mourning by Lois McMaster Bujold ***** (1/16/13)

(^This tends to happen when I read Bujold; I read one and I just have to keep reading more of her. This is how I end up cycling through almost her entire backlist every couple months…)

6. +About That Night by Julie James *** (1/21/13)

7. All He Ever Dreamed by Shannon Stacey *** (1/22/13)

8. Alone With You by Shannon Stacey *** (1/25/13)

9. In the Shadow of Man by Jane Goodall ***** GREAT book. READ IT! (1/27/13)

10. +A Lot Like Love by Julie James ***** (1/29/13)

(^Julie James is another one where I start her backlist and I just want to keep re-reading ALL THE BOOKS.)

11. +Brothers in Arms by Lois McMaster Bujold **** (2/7/13)

12. +Mirror Dance by Lois McMaster Bujold ***** (2/8/13)

13. +A Free Man of Color by Barbara Hambly ***** (2/11/13)

14. +Graveyard Dust by Barbara Hambly ***** (2/22/13)

(^The Benjamin January series are these great historical murder mystery novels set in New Orleans. Highly, highly recommend.)

15. +American Gods by Neil Gaiman ***** One of my top three favorite books of all time. (3/6/13)

16. GODZILLA script by Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio *** (3/13/13)

17. +The Human Division #1: The B-Team by John Scalzi **** (3/14/13)

18. +The Human Division #2: Walk the Plank by John Scalzi **** (3/14/13)

19. +The Human Division #3: We Only Need the Heads by John Scalzi **** (3/15/13)

(^I reread the first three episodes while waiting for the book to finish. They can be taken as short, standalone stories so I’m counting the rereads.)

20. The Truman Show screenplay by Andrew Niccol (3/27/13)

So for January through March I averaged about 4 days to read a book.

The rest of the list coming soon…

What about you guys? How long does it take you to read a book? Have you read any of the stuff on the list? What did you think?