Wednesday, February 04, 2015

A Year in Reading - 2014

22,282 pages.  61 pages a day (really? I had a goal of 50 which I thought would be utter nonsense).  The most pages I've ever read, and nearly double last year.  I did count a few audio books which is new this year, but I didn't get anything that was abridged.  My average rating went up almost 1/2 a point as well.  A pleasant surprise.  I hope it means I was pickier about what I was reading.

So, would I maintain my rankings in retrospect?  Brontosaurs, Drift, Nation, Lock In, the third Magicians book, Ocean at the End of the Lane, the Serpent of Venice, The Golem and the Jinni, The Martian, Hallucinations, It Can't Happen Here, We are All Completely Besides Ourselves...damn I read some good stuff in 2014.  Some of the best thanks to Mean Mr. Mustard either due to recommendations this year, or as continuations of past recommendations.

Rabid, Rats.  I could have done without those.  And Parasite.  I'm still bitching about it, so I know it made me mad. And the Incrementalists?  I'm amazed it was published.  I remember the pain of trying to finish it more than the plot itself (had to do with shared mental constructs).  And I learned I can mostly do without Stephen King.  1963 was passable, but overall, King's books bored me.

I've already got things queued up for 2015.  Finishing Last of the Doughboys.  A number of management and comp sci books.  Finally reading Chris Hadfield's books and finishing Doogie Howser's Choose Your Own Adventure autobiography (I could have counted that for 2014, but I think I need to do more iterations).

11/2/2014 Moths Ate My Doctor Who Scarf: The BBC Adaptation of the One Man Show Hadoke, Toby 6.50
11/1/2014 Silver (the final exam is survival) Wooding, Chris 6.00
10/28/2014 Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains, The Gaiman, Neil (illustrated by Eddie Campbell) 9.00
10/21/2014 Wintersmith Pratchett, Terry 8.00
10/14/2014 Akata Witch Okorafor, Nnedi 7.00
9/28/2014 Magician's Land, The (The Magicians Book III) Grossman, Lev 9.50
9/22/2014 Nation Pratchett, Terry 9.25
9/20/2014 PragPub: The Second Iteration (Issue #61, July 2014) Various 7.50
9/15/2014 Cibola Burn (The Expanse Book IV) Corey, James S.A. 8.50
9/14/2014 PragPub: The Second Iteration (Issue #63, September 2014) Various 7.50
9/7/2014 Banzai Battalion (Judge Dredd GN) Wagner, John and Brian Bolland 7.00
9/6/2014 Griff, The Moore, Christopher and Ian Corson 4.00
9/3/2014 Get Jiro! Bourdain, Anthony and Joel Rose 9.00
9/3/2014 Lock In Scalzi, John 9.50
8/26/2014 PragPub: The Second Iteration (Issue #62, August 2014) Various 8.00
8/26/2014 Black Numbers: The Aleph Null Chronicles Book One Lappi, Dean Frank 7.00
8/10/2014 Dodger Pratchett, Terry 7.75
8/8/2014 My Beloved Brontosaurus: On the Road with Old Bones, New Science, and Our Favorite Dinosaurs Switek, Brian 10.00
8/3/2014 America Again: Re-becoming the Greatness We Never Weren't Colbert, Stephen 8.75
7/31/2014 On Such a Full Sea Lee, Chang-Rae 7.00
7/24/2014 Mr. Mercedes King, Stephen 7.50
7/23/2014 Serenity, Vol 3: The Shepherd's Tale Whedon, Joss and Zack Whedon and Chris Samnee 6.50
7/23/2014 Serenity, Vol 2: Better Days Whedon, Joss and Brett Matthews and Will Conrad 7.50
7/22/2014 Serenity, Vol 1: Those Left Behind Whedon, Joss and Brett Matthews and Will Conrad 7.50
7/22/2014 Black Orchid: The Deluxe Edition Gaiman, Neil and Dave McKean 6.00
7/17/2014 Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power Maddow, Rachel 10.00
7/16/2014 Planet of Viruses, A Zimmer, Carl 9.50
7/15/2014 Getting Life: An Innocent Man's 25-Year Journey From Prison to Peace (A memoir) Morton, Michael 8.00
7/5/2014 Dirty Job, A Moore, Christopher 8.00
7/1/2014 Ocean at the End of the Lane, The Gaiman, Neil 9.50
6/24/2014 Rats: Observations on the History & Habitat of the City's Most Unwanted Inhabitants Sullivan, Robert 2.00
6/22/2014 Rabid: A Cultural History of the World's Most Diabolical Virus Wask, Bill and Monica Murphy 5.00
6/18/2014 New Cthulhu: The Recent Weird Guran, Paula (Editor) 8.00
6/9/2014 PragPub: The Second Iteration (Issue #60, June 2014) Various 8.00
6/6/2014 Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents, The Pratchett, Terry 9.00
6/5/2014 Stupidest Angel: A Heartwarming Tale of Christmas Terror, The Moore, Christoper 7.50
5/27/2014 Shovel Ready Sternbergh, Adam 8.50
5/23/2014 Authority: Book 2 of the Southern Reach Trilogy Vandermeer, Jeff 9.00
5/22/2014 11/22/63 King, Stephen 7.50
5/8/2014 The Wee Free Men Pratchett, Terry 9.00
5/4/2014 Spaceman Deluxe Edition Azzarello, Brian & Eduardo Risso 4.00
5/3/2014 Final Crisis Jones, JG & Doug Mahnke 2.00
4/29/2014 Serpent of Venice, The Moore, Christoper 9.50
4/25/2014 Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal Moore, Christoper 9.00
4/22/2014 We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves Fowler, Karen Joy 9.00
4/5/2014 Strange Bodies Theroux, Marcel 5.00
3/27/2014 Hitler's Furies: German Women in the Nazi Killing Fields Lower, Wendy 7.00
3/23/2014 Circle, The Eggers, Dave 7.50
3/16/2014 A Middle-Class Utopia: Lewis's It' Can't Happen Here (Sinclair Lewis at 100: Papers Presented at a Centennial Conference SCSU 1985) Jones, James T 7.00
3/16/2014 Doctor Sleep King, Stephen 7.00
3/16/2014 Reading It Can't Happen Here With College Freshman (Sinclair Lewis at 100: Papers Presented at a Centennial Conference SCSU 1985) Parham, Judy F 2.00
3/14/2014 Shakespeare: The World as Stage (the Eminent Lives Series) Bryson, Bill 9.00
3/13/2014 Gulp Roach, Mary 8.75
3/11/2014 Fool Moore, Christopher 9.25
3/7/2014 The Golem and Jinni Wecker, Helen 9.00
3/1/2014 Martian, The Weir, Andy 9.50
2/27/2014 Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity: Version 1.0 (2/12/14) National Institute of Standards and Technology 7.50
2/26/2014 Un Lun Dun Mieville, China 8.00
2/22/2014 It Can't Happen Here Lewis, Sinclair 9.00
2/17/2014 Annihilation Vandermeer, Jeff 9.00
2/17/2014 Incrementalists, The Brust, Steven and Skyler White 1.00
2/16/2014 Hallucinations Sacks, Oliver 9.00
2/13/2014 Dust (Silo Saga) Howey, Hugh 7.50
2/7/2014 Parasite (Parisitology I) Grant, Mira 2.00
2/1/2014 MaddAddam Atwood, Margaret 7.25
1/28/2014 Happy Atheist, The Myers, PZ 6.00
1/27/2014 Year of the Flood, The Atwood, Margaret 7.50
1/23/2014 Oryx and Crake Atwood, Margaret 7.75
1/20/2014 Alif the Unseen Wilson, G. Willow 7.50
1/17/2014 Superman vs. Muhammad Ali Adam, Neal & Denny O'Neil 7.00
1/16/2014 Ishmael: An Adventure of the Mind and Spirit Quinn, Daniel 6.00
1/15/2014 Necromancer's House, The Buehlman, Christopher 9.00
1/14/2014 In the Tall Grass King, Stephen and Joe Hill 2.00
1/11/2014 Monstrous Regiment (Discworld 31) Pratchett, Terry 8.00
1/4/2014 Wind Through the Keyhole, The (A Dark Tower Novel) King, Stephen 8.00
1/1/2014 Jack Glass Roberts, Adam 8.50

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