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22 January 2013 @ 02:45 pm
2012 in books  
I've seen a few people post some stats of their books read for the year.

I finished reading 42 books in 2012. This is pretty typical for the last few years. I'd like to read more but apparently not enough to shuffle my priorities for how I actually spend my time.

10 of them were actually published in 2012 which is pretty good for me.

30 were written or edited by dudes. So 29% by women. I don't know about racial breakdown, but at a glance "mostly white" seems accurate, alas.

10 non-fiction, the rest fiction.

12 I'd call science fiction. 15 fantasy.

Average rating 3.8 (on Goodreads' 5-star scale where 3 is "liked it", and 4 is "really liked it")

I gave 4 5-stars (Goodreads: "it was amazing"):

  • Hannu Rajaniemi's The Quantum Thief

  • Susan Cain's Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking (For me it was closer to a 4, but I think any extrovert who is in any position of authority over other people should totally read and absorb the book so I goosed it a bit.)
  • John Barnes's Losers in Space
  • Leah Bobet's Above


I also gave 5 stars to Cat Valente's Palimpsest but I didn't actually finish it due to brain issues so it isn't reflected in any of these numbers.

I gave 24 4 stars. 13 3. Nothing under a 3; life is too short to finish books I don't like.

Full list over on Goodreads