Happy New Year everyone!
Time for my annual reading recap in lists and numbers (here’s what I posted for 2011, if you want to take a peek).
My Very Favourite Books Read in 2012
Mainly fantasy and SF, with only one outside those genres – all of these books made it onto my keeper shelves.
- Catherine Asaro‘s CARNELIANS (2012) – SF
Totally delivered on the emotional satisfaction front for this long-time Skolian Empire reader
- Andrea K Höst‘s MEDAIR duology (2010/11) – Fantasy
This fantasy had it all: adventure, magic, and love (with a healthy dollop of angst), and a hold-your-breath kind of ending
- Andrea K Höst‘s TOUCHSTONE trilogy (2011) – YA SF (or science fantasy, arguably)
Unputdownable trilogy (plus a very Gratuitious Epilogue)
- Kristin Cashore‘s BITTERBLUE (2012) – YA fantasy
Twisty and captivating coming-of-age story for Bitterblue
- Diana Peterfreund‘s FOR DARKNESS SHOWS THE STARS (2012) – YA SF
Intricately crafted and compelling re-interpretation of PERSUASION
- Lois McMaster Bujold‘s CAPTAIN’s VORPARTRIL’S ALLIANCE (2012) – SF
Wonderful madcap kind of adventure worthy of Miles at his best, but Ivan-style
- Tanya Huff‘s THE SILVERED (2012) – Fantasy
Standalone fantasy that left me wanting more. PLEASE.
- Seanan McGuire‘s ASHES OF HONOR (2012) – Urban fantasy
If you’re a Toby Daye reader, I dare you not to love this one. Each book just gets better, and swoon-y relationships aside, ASHES OF HONOR revealed so much more about Toby’s world and I’m dying to know what happens next.
- Juliet Marillier‘s FLAME OF SEVENWATERS (2012) – Fantasy
I have so much love for these books – FLAME was such a fitting end for the Sevenwaters series.
- Tammara Webber‘s BETWEEN THE LINES (2011) – YA romance
Most people appear to have gone for EASY as their favourite Webber; I’ll be the first to admit that BETWEEN THE LINES is somewhat fluffier, but I fell headlong for the romance in this one, and the positive portrayal of female friendships and surprise twists were a bonus.
Links to my reviews where available, I’ll update the links for the rest hopefully soon-ish.
New-to-me Authors that I’m Extremely Glad I’ve Read in 2012
- Andrea K Höst
- Cassandra Rose Clarke
- Daniel Abraham / James SA Corey
- Ernest Cline
- Garth Nix
- Laini Taylor
- Isabelle Holland
- Miranda Kenneally
- Shannon Stacey
- Tammara Webber
Historical (for want of a better category!)
- Elizabeth Wein
Here’s my 2012 new-to-me authors shelf on Goodreads, if you’re curious – I add the first book of theirs that I’ve read.
Author Most Glommed in 2012
It was a quiet glom because I don’t think I mentioned it much on the blog, but I ended up reading nine of Isabelle Holland‘s contemporary Gothics over 2012 (and have more on my TBR pile!). Strong female leads, with brooding heroes and mysterious villains, all against a fascinating “past-contemporary” backdrop of the 70s.
Second most-read author for me was Andrea K Höst – five books, but including two omibuses, so technically eight books in all (or alternatively, her entire backlist). I’ve probably bored all of you to death over 2012 with how much I’ve loved her refreshing take on fantasy and SF tropes so I won’t continue here – all I will say is her books have been the best discovery of the year for me.
|# of books read||164||144||141||115|
|# published during current year||78 (48%)||73 (51%)||77 (55%)||55 (48%)|
|# of authors read||103||91||88||71|
|# of new-to-me authors||31 (30%)||26 (29%)||29 (33%)||22 (30%)|
|# of library books||28 (17%)||24 (17%)||20 (14%)||n/a|
Like last year, I’m amused by how (unintentionally) consistent my reading patterns have been over the years. Although I read a lot more than in 2011 (that would be where the blogging time went!), the %s for new-to-me authors, new releases, and library loans have stayed remarkably similar to previous years.
I’m pleased that I’m still discovering new-to-me authors (as evidenced by the long list above) – and that probably explains the ratio of 2012 releases to pre-2012 ones, as I have a habit of glomming backlists if I’ve loved an author’s most recent work.
Also, I say this every year, but I really want to make better use of my local library. I’m definitely borrowing more books than I was five years ago but the % could still be higher. Instead of randomly browsing the shelves, I tend to make reservations for new-to-me authors that have caught my attention via blog mentions, which reduces my number of unread or DNF library books.
And finally, my graphical view of 2012 by month and genre:
Rather than including YA as a separate genre as in previous years, this time I’ve included them in the other categories, which kind of makes sense to me. If you’re wondering , 24 (or 15%) books fall in the YA (or MG) category.
The full list of my 2012 books is on my Goodreads Read in 2012 shelf (or will be, when I get around to listing all of them!).
So that’s it – it was a good year in 2012 reading-wise. Here’s to 2013!