My goal for 2017 is 60 books, like last year. Also like last year, I’m hoping to be well past 60 by year’s end. 60 books means 5 per month, and as of right now, I’m a little behind. I finished 4 books in January. I’m not worried. I usually start the year off being busy, without a lot of time for reading, and then cram more books in.
1984 – George Orwell
May as well get this one out of the way. I re-read 1984 because of a swap. I asked a librarian friend to recommend a book, and this is what she recommended. I’d already read it, but it’s been a few years, so I thought it was worth revisiting.
I’m not a huge fan of the book. I consider a lot of it to be a slog. Just because it’s a slog and I don’t enjoy reading it doesn’t mean the book doesn’t have value. If you coupled 1984 and Brave New World, I think you’d have a really good picture of the state of the U.S. Right now. That scares the hell out of me.
2016 Reading Stats
Number Of Books You Read: 93! That’s up from 60 the year before
Number of Re-Reads: 2, which is unexpected.
Genre You Read The Most From: Young Adult
Best in Books 2016
- Best Book You Read In 2016?
Patient Zero by Johnathan Maberry. Totally unexpected, and I think if I didn’t have the audiobook, I never would have been interested in the book.
- Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
Armada by Ernest Cline. I loved Ready Player One, but this was not nearly as good. Nowhere near as good, despite having a strong 80s nostalgia.
10 years ago today, Blizzard Entertainment released The Burning Crusade, the first expansion for World of Warcraft. I remember waiting anxiously for the release because I really, really wanted an alliance shaman, and this would be my chance.
I got really lucky in ordering my expansion. Back in 2007, I didn’t have Amazon Prime. I ordered my copy of The Burning Crusade, and took the standard free shipping that Amazon was offering on all purchases over $25. Jamie, my roommate at the time, had paid for 1 day shipping. Pet had some complaint with her order, and they upgraded her to 1 day shipping as well.
Would you believe 11 books this month? I wouldn’t, if I hadn’t just counted them up. My work acquired 2 new contracts, both of which mean increased deliveries for us. So I spent most of December sitting in loading docks, waiting to be unloaded. I chewed through a lot of books that way. Sadly, most of them weren’t very good. That’s kind of how my 2016 went: books were only okay.
Soundless – Richelle Mead
I’ve fallen out of love with Mead’s books. It happened during her Bloodlines spinoff series: she took an interesting character that I wanted to read more about, and turned her in into someone new. Since then, her books are on the “get from the library” not the “buy immediately” list.
Let’s work to make 2017 better than 2016
Enemy – K. Eason
This one was picked for me for a swap on Swap Bot. I honestly can’t think of much to say.
Set in a high fantasy world, one of the main characters, Snow, is what I’d guess to be a Drow, or dark elf. Her people live underground, are matriarchal, and the gods sound like Drow gods. Snow is trained in healing as well as magic, and is what seems to be a drug runner. She arrives in a town where everyone has been slaughtered, and ends up having to fight against a contingent of soldiers. While there, she meets an outcast from another land, and they end up teaming up to… fight for or against gods?
I don’t know, it started to blur together, and I don’t remember the last 25% of the book. The writing was fine, but the world took a little bit to grasp, and I think I wasn’t in the mood for high fantasy. I can’t tell you much about it, other than it was simply okay, and Snow’s weird flying snake thing was neat.
In light of this week, with tensions running high, please remember
Only 4 books in October. One was Outlander, which is plenty long, so I don’t feel too bad. I split that book into audiobook and ebook, listened to two on audiobook, and then read the fourth as an ebook. I kind of wish I had a paper book to read that month, but I have 3 to read this month, so it’s all good. Plus, audiobook and ebooks can be consumed in places that paper books can’t be.
Outlander – Diana Gabaldon
So, 6 books read this month, and none of them audiobooks. I don’t know why, but I didn’t want to listen to audiobooks at work this month. Seems pretty heavy on the Young Adult this month, with what could be considered 2 memoirs thrown in. One less YA, and I could have claimed full house.
The Body Institute – Carol Riggs
In the future, being more than 20 pounds overweight for more than 3 months will get you fined. The good news? You can always go to the Body Institute and get a Reducer to help you out. Your mind gets stored, and the Reducer takes over your body, exercising and eating right, to help you lose the extra weight. Three to six months later, you’re back in your own body, which is now thin and toned. Sounds, great, right? Too bad there’s a few problems.
10 books! I was busy
Robopocalypse – Daniel H. Wilson
I was looking for more books told like World War Z – a sort of oral history of a cataclysmic event. Someone online mentioned Robopocalypse was told in a similar way, so I checked it out. It is similar, but not as good.
It’s set in the future some time, with self driving cars, and domestic robots that help out around the house, run errands, deliver mail, etc. A scientist creates an AI that is self aware, and said AI sets out to preserve life at all costs, even if that means eliminating humans to save other lifeforms.
The book’s okay, but not that great. Each chapter begins and ends with a note from the main character of the book, which pulled me out of the story every time. Also, the book centers mostly around the people in the US, with only a few chapters of a reoccurring character in Britain. I would have liked to have seen how the world handled the robot apocalypse.