2011 reading retrospective

75 in total. * denotes a reread. There are a lot of those. 14.5 are by women (SLEIGHTS OF MIND is co-authored by a man and a woman), or 19.33%, but in terms of number of authors women do a bit better — 13/43, or 30.23%. I’m going to guess they do even better in terms of new authors, since most of my rereads and series-reads are men (Martin, Rothfuss, Eddings, Brust, Wolfe, Erikson, Mieville, Vance). I’m not even going to try to calculate how much of the list is genre; I think we can all be satisfied with “a commanding majority.”

I don’t usually have plans around reading, but to the extent I do, the plan is to do the she-read I mentioned in my last (pre-Una!) post and try to be a bit light on genre otherwise. At the same time, though, I kind of want to reread A DANCE WITH DRAGONS and THE WISE MAN’S FEAR, which will require reading THE NAME OF THE WIND and the first four of ASOIAF as prelude; and I’m not quite done with my Dragaera reread, for which I’m currently on FIVE HUNDRED YEARS AFTER, leaving me with the three Viscount of Adrilankha books and BROKEDOWN PALACE; and I will certainly be reading Phil Tucker’s THRONE, which I downloaded when it was free, and realistically I will probably continue reading the Malazan Book of the Fallen, though I may not finish it until 2013. I’m in the middle of THE CANTERBURY TALES, THE OUTLAWS OF THE MARSH, and WAR AND PEACE, so I should probably finish at least one of those by the end of 2012. And I will definitely be reading 1Q84 and probably all of FINDER. Through reading John Gardner’s criticism (in a book of essays I haven’t finished yet, downloaded for like $0.99 on some Black Friday promo) I’m getting interested in Williams Gass and Gaddis, John Cheever, and Bernard Malamud, as well as a bit more in John Fowles and maybe even in Gardner himself. So there are a few things on the table. Should probably get some more non-fiction and some more women into the mix… but no reason to plan it all out in advance.

* A STORM OF SWORDS, George R. R. Martin
* A FEAST FOR CROWS, George R. R. Martin
HIS MAJESTY’S DRAGON, Naomi Novik
THE FOUR-HOUR BODY, Tim Ferriss
* HOME GAME, Michael Lewis
THE THREE MUSKETEERS, Alexandre Dumas
* FOOLED BY RANDOMNESS, Nassim Nicholas Taleb
SLEIGHTS OF MIND, Stephen Macknik & Susana Martinez-Conde
SHARDS OF HONOR, Lois McMaster Bujold
* HIGH SOCIETY, Dave Sim
BELOVED, Toni Morrison
AN EVIL GUEST, Gene Wolfe
FAITHFUL PLACE, Tana French
* THE NAME OF THE WIND, Patrick Rothfuss
THE WISE MAN’S FEAR, Patrick Rothfuss
I AM NOT A SERIAL KILLER, Dan Wells
THE GREAT STAGNATION, Tyler Cowen
QUARANTINE, Norman Spinrad
THE HUNGER GAMES, Suzanne Collins
CATCHING FIRE, Suzanne Collins
MOCKINGJAY, Suzanne Collins
THE WAVE IN THE MIND, Ursula K. Le Guin
TIASSA, Steven Brust
THE SORCERER’S HOUSE, Gene Wolfe
THE BLUE SWORD, Robin McKinley
MIDNIGHT TIDES, Steven Erikson
SLEEPWALK WITH ME, Mike Birbiglia
CONSIDER PHLEBAS, Iain M. Banks
THE LOST CITY OF Z, David Grann
THERE ARE DOORS, Gene Wolfe
THE GRAVEYARD BOOK, Neil Gaiman
* THE CITY & THE CITY, China Mieville
GRIFTOPIA, Matt Taibbi
THE GRIND SHOW, Philip Tucker
ONE BY ONE, Philip Tucker
* SOLDIER OF THE MIST, Gene Wolfe
NIGHT OF KNIVES, Ian C. Esslemont
THE TIGER, John Vaillant
A DANCE WITH DRAGONS, George R. R. Martin
SLEEPLESS, Charlie Huston
ADVENTURES IN THE SCREEN TRADE, William Goldman
THE DYING EARTH, Jack Vance
THE EYES OF THE OVERWORLD, Jack Vance
CUGEL’S SAGA, Jack Vance
RHIALTO THE MARVELOUS, Jack Vance
THE SPEED OF DARK, Elizabeth Moon
THE IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS, Rebecca Skloot
THE FOREST OF HANDS AND TEETH, Carrie Ryan
* THE PHOENIX GUARDS, Steven Brust
CRUDE SUNLIGHT, Philip Tucker
THE BONEHUNTERS, Steven Erikson
THE THEORY THAT WOULD NOT DIE, Sharon Bertsch McGrayne
EMBASSYTOWN, China Mieville
REAPER’S GALE, Steven Erikson
* ON BECOMING A NOVELIST, John Gardner
* PAWN OF PROPHECY
* QUEEN OF SORCERY
* MAGICIAN’S GAMBIT
* CASTLE OF WIZARDRY
* ENCHANTER’S END GAME, David Eddings
THE TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE, B. Traven
THE FRENCH LIEUTENANT’S WOMAN, John Fowles
THE HELP, Kathryn Stockett
* JHEREG
* YENDI
* TECKLA
* TALTOS
* PHOENIX
* ATHYRA
* ORCA
* DRAGON
* ISSOLA
* DZUR
* JHEGAALA
* IORICH
* TIASSA, Steven Brust

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