Books I Read in 2011
Well, my lovelies, it's the last day of the year! Thus, it's time for me to share with you the list of books I read this year.
Well, my lovelies, ’tis the last day of the year! Thus, it’s time for me to share with you the list of books I read this year.
I’m slightly disappointed in myself, because this year’s count is lower than last year’s.
In 2010, I read 58.5 books.
In 2011, I read 42.
What made the difference? Well, becoming a published author, for one. By necessity, I had to spend more time working on my own books than reading others’. There were days when I was so worn out by the time I finished my writing and editing, I had no mental capacity left over for reading. Sleep and vegging in front of Netflix had to take precedence.
I know, I know. What kind of writer am I, choosing a movie over a book? Sheesh. Mea culpa.
But another thing that cut into my writing time was becoming an acquisitions editor. When it comes to my own novels, Consortium Books is my indie publisher. But when it comes to novels by our Consortium artists, my job as acquisitions editor requires me to read each of those novels and (a) approve it for line and copy editing if it’s ready or (b) work with the writer on getting it ready if it’s not.
This, too, takes time. Sometimes, it means I’m reading the same book two or three times. Always, it means I’m reading fewer already-published works.
However, I have no complaints about devoting time to my own writing or to the writing of my cohorts. I’m helping get new works out into the world and into readers’ hands. That’s at least as valuable as reading works that are already out there, if not more so.
So, when I look at it from that perspective, I guess I’m not so disappointed in myself, after all. : )
(Not to mention the fact that a books-read count of 42 [aka answer to life, the universe, and everything] is not something I can argue with.)
Thus, without further ado or adon’t, here’s my 2011 list of books!
Books I Read in 2011
An asterisk indicates a favorite read for the year.
- The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain
- The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner by Stephenie Meyer
- *Lilith: A Snake in the Grass by Jack L. Chalker
- *Cerberus: A Wolf in the Fold by Jack L. Chalker
- *Charon: A Dragon at the Gate by Jack L. Chalker
- *Medusa: A Tiger by the Tail by Jack L. Chalker
- *Absolute All-Star Superman by Grant Morrison, Frank Quitely, Neal Adams
- *Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris
- Black: The Birth of Evil by Ted Dekker
- Relentless by Dean Koontz
- The Folk of the Fringe by Orson Scott Card
- Black Sun Rising by C.S. Friedman
- The Cure by Anthony Marais (not finished)
- Taliesin by Stephen R. Lawhead
- The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen by Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill
- *The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan
- Shadow’s Edge by Brent Weeks
- Magician: Apprentice by Raymond E. Feist
- Magician: Master by Raymond E. Feist
- And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
- Ghost Targets: Restraint by Aaron Pogue
- The Walking Dead, Vol. 11 by Robert Kirkman, et al
- The Walking Dead, Vol. 12 by Robert Kirkman, et al
- The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton
- The Dumb Bunnies’ Easter by Sue Denim and Dav Pilkey
- Serenity: Those Left Behind by Joss Whedon, Brett Matthews, Will Conrad
- Serenity: Better Days by Joss Whedon, Brett Matthews, Will Conrad
- *Black House by Stephen King and Peter Straub
- *Snow in August by Pete Hamill
- Conan, #1 by Robert E. Howard, L. Sprague de Camp, Lin Carter
- Storm Front (The Dresden Files, #1) by Jim Butcher
- A Consortium of Worlds, Vol. 1 (Fall Issue) by Consortium Books
- Death and the Dream by J. J. Brown
- Yesterday’s Gone, Episode 1 by Sean Platt and David Wright
- The Zombie Bible: Death Has Come Up into Our Windows by Stant Litore
- *Living Dead in Dallas by Charlaine Harris
- Secret Life of a TEEN Agent by Joshua Unruh
- Taming Fire (Dragonprince Trilogy, #1) by Aaron Pogue
- *The Dragonswarm (Dragonprince Trilogy, #2) by Aaron Pogue
- Resistance Front by Kindle All-Stars
- *Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson
- *Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
How ’bout y’all? How many books did you read this year? What was your favorite? Tell us in the comments!
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
I posted my favorites on my blog, but I need to share the Hunger Games Trilogy was my favorite read of 2011.
And anything and everything that comes out of William Vitka’s sick, twisted view of the world.
My list isn’t in exactly the right order, but Mockingjay actually was my final read for 2011. Wrapping up a reasonably good year with a fantastic novel — what more could I ask? : )
And I’ll be delving into Vitka this year, too. Which sounds way dirtier than I mean it to, considering good ol’ #KASafterdark. ; ) So we’ll see how that goes!
42 is not only the Answer to the Question, but it is also an amazing count of books for a year! I think I managed 24 or 25, which I’m actually pretty satisfied with, considering how many things I have going on in my life.
My favorite was also the Hunger Games, although I am *currently* reading Mockingjay so it doesn’t count for my 2011. (The first two do, though). I also loved Before I go to Sleep.
Bex, I’m very late replying, but — I hear ya on having too many goings-on for reading. As you know, I’ve had a fairly “well-read” start to this year… ; ) But considering everything coming up this summer and autumn, I’ll be surprised if 2012 gets anywhere near the count for 2011! We shall see. ; )
I’m jealous you’ve gotten to see The Hunger Games in the meantime. I’m hoping to catch it soon!