Friday, January 11, 2013

Looking Back at 2012

So all in all, 2012 was a pretty good reading year. While I didn't manage to read 50 books ( a challenge I was trying to do that would allow for re-reads), I did manage to read 36 ALL NEW books, which is three more than my previous best tally. So yay me.

So what are the new reads I read this year? Let's recap:

1) His Majesty's Dragon by Naomi Novik
2) Before They Are Hanged by Joe Abercrombie
3)  How Shakespeare Changed Everything by Stephen Marche
4) Jade Throne by Naomi Novik
5) Bite Me by Christopher Moore
6) The Sleeping Dragon by Joel Rosenberg
7) Last Argument of Kings by Joe Abercrombie
8) The Sword and the Chain by Joel Rosenberg
9)  Nine Princes in Amber by Roger Zelazny
10) The Silver Crown by Joel Rosenberg
11) Snuff by Terry Pratchett
12)  Dragonheart by Todd McCaffrey
13) Dragongirl by Todd McCaffrey
14) Sacre Bleu by Christopher Moore
15) The Guns of Avalon (Chronicles of Amber #2) by Roger Zelazny
16)  Black Powder War by Naomi Novik
17)  Friend of My Youth by Alice Munro
18)  A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore
19)  Best Served Cold by Joe Abercrombie
20) The Gunslinger (reread)
21) The Drawing of Three by Stephen King (reread)
22) The Waste Lands by Stephen King
23)  Wizards and Glass by Stephen King
24) The Wolves of the Calla by Stephen King
25)  The Tragedy of Arthur by Arthur Phillips
26) The King's Blood by Daniel Abraham
27) Fevre Dream by George R. R. Martin
28) Song of Susannah by Stephen King
29) A Once Crowded Sky by Tom King
30) The Heroes by Joe Abercrombie
31) The Dark Tower by Stephen King
32) Outlaw by Angus Donald
33) Palo Alto Stories by James Franco
34) Red Country by Joe Abercrombie
35) The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
36) Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch

Wow, I read a crap load of fantasy this year. I mean, I read a lot of fantasy anyway, but it really was the bulk of material this year. I was very happy to have delved into the world further into the world of Joe Abercrombie; The Last Argument of Kings and the Heroes were defintely two of my standouts this year. My favourite of the year was the Tragedy of Arthur though, because combining King Arthur and Shakespeare is just the best thing ever in my mind, and Phillips' wrote a passable Shakespearean play, which is a pretty major accomplishment and one to be lauded. We won't talk about the Dark Tower because I just don't want to :)

I've already finished the first two books of  Daniel Abraham's The Long Price Quartet, but I'm thinking I might write about them all as one entry at this point.

Now let's see where else 2013 takes me :)