Reading Stats for 2012

Total Books Read – 100

Total Fiction – 72
SF/Fantasy/Horror* – 38
General/Misc – 24
Classics – 6
Mystery/Noir – 4
*SF/F/H grouped together because it’s too much of a headache to mentally debate which book falls into which category.

Young Adult – 17
Short Stories Collections – 13
Audio Books – 10
Digital/Ounline – 1
**These numbers does not contribute to overall total as they also fall into the alternate categories.

Total Nonfiction – 8
Literary & Art Criticism/Creation – 4
Science & Health – 2
Memoir – 1
Miscellaneous – 1

Comics/Graphic Novels – 11

Poetry – 9


My Favorite 10 Books Read in 2012
(in no particular order)

Seraphina, by Rachel Hartman
Deathless, by Catherynne M Valente
The Age of Miracles, by Karen Thompson Walker
Imaginary Girls, by Nova Ren Suma
The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green
The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald
China Mountain Zhang, by Maureen F McHugh
The Hobbit: 10th Anniversary Edition, by JRR Tolkien
I’ll Never Get Out of This World Alive, by Steve Earle
The Curiosities: A Collection of Stories, by Tessa Gratton, Maggie Stiefvater, and Brenna Yovanoff

Best Science Fiction Book
I’ll go with The Man Who Fell to Earth,
by Walter Tevis, because I just loved the subtlety of the tale of an
alien on earth. It was so much the plot but the overall feeling of
isolation and alienation.

Best Fantasy Book
I’m really torn between Seraphina and Deathless. They were both fantastic books that I want to own and read again.

Best Graphic Novel
Easily Daytripper, by Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá. Amazing art with a moving story and creative plot structure.

Best Poetry Book
Hard to decide. I loved both Love in a Time of Robot Apocalypse, by David Perez, and No Surrender, by Ai.

Best Nonfiction Book
Packing for Mars, by Mary Roach. How she makes the gross and uncomfortable underbelly of science bit respectable and hilarious I’ll never know.

Worst Book
A toss up between Rick Spears and Rob G.’s graphic novel Dead West and Ayn Rand’s Anthem. Neither had much character development or soul, as far as I could see.


What were your favorite books of the year? What were your least favorite?

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