Anyway, I meant to do this post earlier, but no time like the present, right? Especially since I haven't done it yet. And should do it. And have I mentioned my sore throat?
Let's talk about what I read this year, shall we? Or, well, how about I just list what I read and YOU can talk about it. I think my sore throat is impeding my ability to be clever today.
Total books read: 109.
My reading goal this year was to read less and write more. I'm counting this as accomplished.
96 were what I classify as "romantic." The non-romantic books I read are as follows:
- ALLOY OF LAW by Brandon Sanderson--Yes, there as a touch of romance, but it wasn't a major theme, and there wasn't a happily-ever-after. I have high hopes for the sequels, though.
- TUESDAYS AT THE CASTLE by Jessica Day George--the protag is 11
- SOMEONE LIKE YOU by Sarah Dessen--the "You" in the title is NOT good boyfriend material
- VARIANT by Robison Wells--the sub-plot romances are more fledgling than realized
- PALE DEMON by Kim Harrison--this is part of an ongoing series that often has romance, but this book didn't
- THE SHIFTER by Janice Hardy--there is potential for the sequels, but this one wasn't particularly romantic
- HARD MAGIC by Laura Ann Gilman--again, romantic potential in the series, but no actual romance in the book
- STAYING DEAD by Laura Ann Gilman--same as above
- PRINCESS IN THE SPOTLIGHT (Princess Diaries #2) by Meg Cabot--the romance doesn't really get started until #3
- MAGIC AT THE GATE by Devon Monk--romance earlier in the series, but not in this book
- BLACK DUST MAMBO--potential not realized here
- PRINCESS DIARIES by Meg Cabot--no romance for now
Can you tell I like romance?
54 of the books I read this year were Fantasy. I'm not listing all those, but 34 of them were what I would call "urban."
48 were YA. I'm not listing those, either.
4 were Sci-Fi:
- ACROSS THE UNIVERSE by Beth Revis (spaceships and cryogenics)
- DROP DEAD GORGEOUS by MaryJanice Davidson (cyborgs)
- VARIANT by Robison Wells (not tellin')
- DIVERGENT by Veronica Roth (advanced mind-control)
5 were Steampunk:
- LEVIATHAN, BEHEMOTH, and GOLIATH by Scott Westerfeld (Clankers vs. Darwinists and a commoner girl pretending to be a boy who falls in love with a prince who doesn't know she's a girl)
- HEARTLESS by Gail Carriger (Victorian Steampunk with Vampires and Werewolves)
- CORSETS AND CLOCKWORK (anthology)--best one was TICK, TICK, BOOM by Keirsten White
- MATCHED by Ally Condie (statisticians run amok)
- ACROSS THE UNIVERSE (probably not technically a dystopian, but I thought the behavior modification was dystopian-esque)
- POSSESSION by Elana Johnson (control or be controlled)
- VARIANT by Robison Wells (again, I thought the anarchy was rather dystopian)
- DIVERGENT by Veronica Roth (four virtues to choose from)
1 Horror: THE MERIDIANS by Michaelbrent Collings--reads like Koontz
1 Thriller: MONARCH by Michelle Davidson--set at a butterfly resort: very cool
Zero Non-Fiction. Nada. Zip. Zilch. (I'm not counting reading I did for work or church--this is just-for-fun reading. Or isn't. As the case may be.)
Top 3 Favorite Authors by Book Count: I read 6 books by Meg Cabot and 5 books each by Sara Dessen and Susan Elizabeth Phillips. I have other favorites, but I obviously went back to these ladies again and again. Sara and Meg are new discoveries this year, as is Maureen Johnson, another author I've recently come to love. I think it's interesting that Meg, Sara, and Susan don't write in my favorite genre. (Maureen recently branched out into it, though, with THE NAME OF THE STAR, which I also loved.)
So what did you read last year?