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What books did you read in 2019?
« on: December 27, 2019, 03:54:08 PM »
Let's repeat it for 2020 :)

It's actually tougher and I blew hot and cold. Frenctic one month and frustrated the next.

Probably 34 books would be a more relaxed goal.

Here's the complete list for 2019!

Fantasy:

01. Kellanved's Reach (Path to Ascendancy #3) - Ian C Esselmont      
02. The Traitor God - Cameron Johnston
03. The Heir of Eyria - Osku Alanen      
04. As Fire is to Gold - Mark McCabe
05. Death's Merchant - Justan Henner
06. Kings of the Wyld - Nicholas Eames
07. Copper Promise - Jen Williams
08. Here be Dragons - David P Macpherson
09. The Dungeoneers (Dungeoneers #1) - Jeffery Russell
10. Sword of Kaigen - ML Wang
11. Gideon the Ninth (Locked Tomb #1) - Tamsyn Muir

12. The Dirty Streets of Heaven (Bobby Dollar #1) - Tad Williams
13. Happy Hour in Hell (Bobby Dollar #2) - Tad Williams
14. Sleeping Late on Judgement Day (Bobby Dollar #3 - Tad Williams

15. The Crown Tower (The Riyria Chronicles, #1) - Michael J Sullivan
16. The Rose and the Thorn (The Riyria Chronicles, #2) - Michael J Sullivan
17. The Death of Dulgath (The Riyria Chronicles, #3) - Michael J Sullivan
18. The Disappearance of Winter's Daughter (The Riyria Chronicles, #4) - Michael J Sullivan
19. Theft of Swords (Riyria Revelations #1-2) - Michael J Sullivan
20. Rise of Empire (Riyria Revelations #3-4) - Michael J Sullivan
21. Heir of Novron (Riyria Revelations #5-6) - Michael J Sullivan
22. Age of Myth (Legends of First Empire #1) - Michael J Sullivan
23. Age of Swords (Legends of First Empire #2) - Michael J Sullivan
24. Age of War (Legends of First Empire #3) - Michael J Sullivan
25. Age of Legend (Legends of First Empire #4) - Michael J Sullivan

26. Red Sister (Book of the Ancestor #1) - Mark Lawrence
27. Grey Sister (Book of the Ancestor #2) - Mark Lawrence
28. Holy Sister - (Book of the Ancestor #3) - Mark Lawrence

29. Orconomics (Dark Profit saga #1) - J Zachary Pike
30. Son of Liche (Dark Profit saga #2) - J Zachary Pike

31. Sufficiently Advanced Magic (Arcane Ascension #1) - Andrew Rowe
32. On Shoulders of Titans (Arcane Ascension #2) - Andrew Rowe
33. Six Sacred Swords (Weapons and Wielders #1) - Andrew Rowe
34. Forging Divinity (War of Broken Mirrors #1) - Andrew Rowe
35. Stealing Sorcery (War of Broken Mirrors #2) - Andrew Rowe
36. Defying Destiny (War of Broken Mirrors #3) - Andrew Rowe

37. The Spirit Thief (Eli Monpress #1) - Rachel Aaron
38. The Spirit Rebellion (Eli Monpress #2) - Rachel Aaron
39. The Spirit Eater (Eli Monpress #3) - Rachel Aaron
40. The Spirit War (Eli Monpress #4) - Rachel Aaron
41. Spirit's End (Eli Monpress #5) - Rachel Aaron

Superhero

42. Soon I will be Invincible - Austin Grossman

43. Big in Japan (Gailsone #1) - Casey Glanders
44. Red Rook (Gailsone #2) - Casey Glanders
45. Head of the Dragon (Gailsone #3) - Casey Glanders

46. Fid's Crusade (Chronicles of the Fid #1) - David Reiss
47. Behind Distant Stars - (Chronicles of the Fid #2) - David Reiss
48. Starfall - (Chronicles of the Fid #3) - David Reiss

49. Vicious (Villains #1) - VE Schwab
50. Vengeful (Villains #2) - VE Schwab

Sci-Fi      

51. Tiamat's Wrath (Expanse #8) - James SA Corey
52. Supremach's Shadow (Duelling Planets #1) - T Eric Bakutis
53. Rejoice, A Knife to the Heart - Steven Erikson
54. We are Legion We are Bob (Bobiverse #1) - Denis E Taylor
55. Remnant Population - Elizabeth Moon

56. Skyward (Skyward #1) - Brandon Sanderson
57. Starsight (Skyward #2) - Brandon Sanderson

58. All Systems Red (Murderbot #1) - Martha Wells
59. Artificial Condition (Murderbot #2) - Martha Wells
60. Rogue Protocol (Murderbot #3) - Martha Wells
61. Exit Strategy (Murderbot #4) - Martha Wells

Fiction:

62. Past Tense (Jack Reacher #23) - Lee Child
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Re: Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #1 on: December 27, 2019, 05:31:11 PM »
There are a lot of books on there that I read and loved. I probably should talk to you someday about the books on your list that I don't know/haven't read. :)
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Re: Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #2 on: December 27, 2019, 06:25:34 PM »
Ooooh you've jumped the gun about books read in 2019! I'm going to create a new thread and move these posts there :D
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Re: What books did you read in 2019?
« Reply #3 on: December 27, 2019, 07:41:43 PM »
I'll pass 2019 because I started to keep track of them late in the year.

Hopefully, I'll provide a better and longer list.

And Bender, you are one hell of a reader :)
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Re: What books did you read in 2019?
« Reply #4 on: December 27, 2019, 11:21:41 PM »
I've finished with 37 books this year (38 if I get the one I'm reading done by year's end and I think I should). This includes 4 DNFs, which is pretty low for me, but probably indicative of the fact I read more books than I'd bought than library loans this year. Nearly everything that I finished I've given four or five stars on GoodReads. In that regard, it's been a pretty great reading year.

Some other interesting stats I'm noticing as I look through my books - there are only 6 books by male authors (8 if we include the DNFs) and none of those (except the DNFs) were male authors who were new to me. Two non-binary authors, though both have previously used female pronouns (Alexandra Rowland and Sarah Gailey).

Nine debuts in this lot. Eleven sequels or next-in-series that I'd already started. (I'm not counting GGK there, though really, I probably should.) Seven books that are YA (or YA-ish; I tend to have a broader definition of this than many people). Six novellas (counting Claire North's "Gameshouse" as only one, though it is three; and Sarah Gailey's "American Hippo" as only one, though it is two). I am really loving the resurging popularity of the novella format and there are some great ones being produced.

I really fell off reading non-fiction this year. I need to get back onto that next year.

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Re: What books did you read in 2019?
« Reply #5 on: December 27, 2019, 11:32:28 PM »
I’ve read 50 books this year and my average rating is

3.4 out of 5.0 according to goodreads

My favourite book this year is The Throne of the five winds I preferred it over The Warrior Moon
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Re: Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #6 on: December 28, 2019, 12:10:37 AM »
There are a lot of books on there that I read and loved. I probably should talk to you someday about the books on your list that I don't know/haven't read. :)

Post up on book and I'll give you my opinions...
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Re: What books did you read in 2019?
« Reply #7 on: December 28, 2019, 12:19:20 AM »
I got a lot into SPFBO books and indie authors this year.

Favorite author: @dhreiss
Favorite series: Chronicles of the Fid

Other highlights:
1. Andrew Rowe books
2. Zachary Pike Dark Profit books
3. Michael J Sullivan Riyria books ( the First Empire books are relatively meh)
4. Death's Merchant - Justan Henner

And in Sci-fi

1. Rejoice, A Knife to the Heart - Steven Erikson
2. Murderbot series by Martha Wells
3. Vicious - VE Schwab.
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Re: What books did you read in 2019?
« Reply #8 on: December 28, 2019, 12:38:50 AM »
I’ve read 78, and still got a couple of days to go, so I’m not going to bore everyone with that list, but I’ll do a post on my favourites either NYE or New Years Day and out it up here for anyone to read if they’re so minded.
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Re: What books did you read in 2019?
« Reply #9 on: December 28, 2019, 07:20:57 AM »
I've read 41 books this year, and near finishing my 42nd. It had been a great reading year for me.  :D

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Re: What books did you read in 2019?
« Reply #10 on: December 28, 2019, 09:11:50 AM »
I set my Goodreads challenge at 90 this year, and I'll hit 80. Going to set it for 95 in 2020.

Highlights:

I enjoyed all of these, but a * means I liked them in particular.

The Book of the Ancestor trilogy by Mark Lawrence (and also Bound)
The Xenogenisis trilogy by Octavia Butler
Wanderers by Chuck Wendig
*American Gods by Neil Gaiman (re-read)
*The Dreamblood duology by NK Jemisin
*The Inheritance trilogy by NK Jemisin
The Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James
*The Machineries of Empire trilogy by Yoon Ha Lee
*Railsea by China Miéville
All You Need is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka
Who Fears Death? by Nnedi Okorafor

I also read a lot of non-fiction. Some books that stood out there were:
(All recommended.)

Brothers of the Gun by Marwan Hisham and Molly Crabapple
Life 3.0 by Max Tegmark
Mindfulness in Plain English by Henepola Gunaratana
Factfullness by Hans Rosling
The Beginning of Infinity by David Deutsch

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Re: What books did you read in 2019?
« Reply #11 on: December 28, 2019, 04:46:49 PM »
Caliban's War
Abaddon's Gate
Nemesis Games
Babylon's Ashes
Persepolis Rising
Tiamat's Wrath
all by James S.A. Corey. Hands down the best SF going. Best in decades.

Flashman, George MacDonald Fraser. Yuck and yucky. Don't know what the fuss is about.
The Hod King, Josiah Bancroft. Bring on Book 4!
The Reverse of the Medal, Patrick O'Brian. I turn to these when I want a reliable read.
Children of Time, Adrian Tchaikovsky. Grand design, dull writing.
Medieval Maritime Warfare, Charles D. Stanton
Children of Earth and Sky, Guy Gavriel Kay. Very good.
The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini. Good early on, but toward the end he manipulated the plot too much.
Night Has a Thousand Eyes, Cornell Woolrich. Bizarre.
Malice, John Gwynne. Shrug.
A Rare Benedictine, Ellis Peters
The Story of the Barbary Corsairs, Stanley Lane-Poole.
A Red Death, Walter Mosley
Murder In Absentia, Assaph Mehr
Winesburg, Ohio, Sherwood Anderson

Did not finish
Elantris, Brandon Sanderson
The Godstalker Chronicles, P.D. Hodgell

I'm pretty comfortable coming in at 20 or so books per year.
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Re: What books did you read in 2019?
« Reply #12 on: January 01, 2020, 09:24:00 AM »
Total = 50 books

12 by women (24%), 38 by men (76%)
17 non-fiction (34%), 33 fiction (all fantasy but 1, unless you count Circe as fantasy) (66%)

Total pages = 20,204 --> average of 404 pages, with the biggest at 1,035 pages (Erikson's House of Chains) and the smallest at 49 (Lawrence's Bound)

25 from the library, 22 bought (3 from charity shops), 3 offered by the author

2 re-reads

20 with 5 stars, 8 with 4.5 stars, 12 with 4 stars, 10 with 3 stars or under.
Here are the 5 star ones (not all books in the series got the full 5):
* The dagger and the coin, Daniel Abraham (3 books)
* The divine cities, Robert Jackson Bennett (2)
* Malazan, Steven Erikson (2)
* God of broken things, Cameron Johnston (1)
* Book of the ancestor plus Dispel illusion, Mark Lawrence (5)
* The raven's mark, Ed McDonald (2)
* The night circus, Erin Morgenstern (1)
* Godblind, Anna Stephens (2)
* The poison song, Jen Williams (1)
* No one is too small to make a difference, Greta Thunberg (1)
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Re: What books did you read in 2019?
« Reply #13 on: January 01, 2020, 09:29:06 AM »
We’re those library thing stats Bea or did you work it out yourself?
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Re: What books did you read in 2019?
« Reply #14 on: January 01, 2020, 09:31:39 AM »
The data is on Library Thing (number of pages, my rating, where I got them), and then I did the calculations myself (it's there just as a list).

I forgot to say I also read the 64 stories for the Monthly Contest this year (Dec 2018 to Nov 2019)!
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