The 12 Months of Reading

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I looked over all the reading I got done this year, and I have to say that I had a very good year full of great books, wonderful characters, interesting worlds, good facts, and good discussions. So here’s a quick review, set to the 12 Days of Christmas (’tis the season!)…

  • 1 Fantasy Epic – Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice & Fire by George R.R. Martin
  • 1 Contemporary Fiction – Life of Pi by Yann Martel
  • 1 Adventure/Mystery – Inferno by Dan Brown
  • 2 Sets of Fairy Tales – Hans Christian Anderson & Gypsy/Roma Folklore
  • 3 Science Fiction – favorite was Ender’s Game by Scott Orson Card
  • 6 Historical/Biography – Madam Tusseaud, Nefertiti, and Steve Jobs among others
  • 7 Business Books – and countless articles for my MBA and now my MBA book club, most recent was What I Didn’t Learn In Business School
  • 7 Young Adult – Percy Jackson series mostly
  • 8 Historical Romance – mostly by Karen Witemeyer
  • 10 Western Romance – Lorelei James (oh my)
  • 39 Paranormal Romance – Larissa Ione, Carolyn Jewel, Rebecca Zanetti, Heather Killough-Walden, and more
  • 47 Romance – Kerry Allyne & Lucy Monroe had the most hits from me this year
So I read 127 books total that I can identify. I tend to reread old books a lot, so harder to pin those down. Yes, I read fast and a lot, but I’m also writing, so this is actually less than usual for me. Those romances up my averages though because they only take me a few hours to knock out, so I go through them quickly.
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Of all the books above, my favorites were…

  • Ender’s Game – I loved how we got to see the main character’s thinking first-hand and see how different it was from all the brilliant kids around him.
  • Life of Pi – Inspirational, and sad, and hopeful. Loved it.
  • All the paranormal romances – can’t get enough of those and the authors I name above are my favs. I consume their books.
I hope you also had some great reads this year. If any of them fit into the above genres please share. I’m always on the lookout for new authors!

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