What I Read in 2013

I have a little bit of OCD when it comes to tracking what I read. Not only do I keep them all up-to-date on Goodreads, but I also keep my own little spreadsheet with details on everything consumed. To give you an idea of what I like, here’s what I got through last year:

01 Sliding Void by Stephen Hunt
02 New York Blues by Eric Brown
03 The Parasite by Neal Asher
04 Endymion by Dan Simmons
05 The Iron Jackal by Chris Wooding
06 The Wind Through The Keyhole by Stephen King
07 Salem’s Lot by Stephen King
08 A Jar of Wasps by Luis Villazon
09 The Duke’s Dish by Bernd Struben
10 Under The Dome by Stephen King
11 One Bare Foot by Bernd Struben
12 The Daylight War by Peter V Brett
13 The Serene Invasion by Eric Brown
14 Wool by Hugh Howey
15 Fire Season by David Weber & Jane Lindskold
16 The Warrior’s Apprentice by Lois McMaster Bujold
17 Zenn Scarlett by Christian Schoon
18 Great North Road by Peter F Hamilton
19 New York Dreams by Eric Brown
20 Starship: Mutiny by Mike Resnick
21 Starship: Pirate by Mike Resnick
22 The Angels of Life and Death by Eric Brown
23 Starship: Mercenary by Mike Resnick
24 Starship: Rebel by Mike Resnick
25 The Planet Thieves by Dan Krokos
26 Starship: Flagship by Mike Resnick
27 The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
28 Space Captain Smith by Toby Frost
29 The Human Division by John Scalzi
30 Starship Winter by Eric Brown
31 Sympathy for the Devil by Justin Gustainis
32 Starship Spring by Eric Brown
33 Joyland by Stephen King
34 The Android’s Dream by John Scalzi
35 God Emperor of Didcot by Toby Frost
36 Borderlands: Unconquered by John Shirley
37 Beyond the Frontier: Guardian by Jack Campbell
38 Weird Space: Satan’s Reach by Eric Brown
39 Poltergeeks by Sean Cummings
40 Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J K Rowling
41 Caliban’s War by James S A Corey
42 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J K Rowling
43 11/22/63 by Stephen King
44 Salvage by Eric Brown
45 The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
46 Storm Front by Jim Butcher
47 Fool Moon by Jim Butcher
48 Treecat Wars by David Weber & Jane Lindskold
49 Dream London by Tony Ballantyne
50 Grave Peril by Jim Butcher
51 Summer Knight by Jim Butcher
52 Death Masks by Jim Butcher
53 Phoenicia’s Worlds by Ben Jeapes
54 Blood Rites by Jim Butcher
55 Dead Beat by Jim Butcher
56 Proven Guilty by Jim Butcher
57 White Night by Jim Butcher
58 Grave Descend by Michael Crichton
59 Small Favour by Jim Butcher
60 Turn Coat by Jim Butcher
61 Changes by Jim Butcher
62 Side Jobs by Jim Butcher
63 Ghost Story by Jim Butcher
64 Cold Days by Jim Butcher
65 A Quantum Murder by Peter F Hamilton
66 The Colorado Kid by Stephen King

That’s 66 books, averaging out at 5.5 per month, which was not bad going for me. I was aiming for 6 per month, and would have hit it too if I’ve made more of an effort, but such is life. I look at the stats of what I’ve read and I’m not surprised by any of them.

For example, out of those 66 books, 39 are Sci-Fi – my main genre of choice. 18 are Urban Fantasy, but that is made up mainly of the entire Dresden Files series to date. I read a few Fantasy books, a few Mysteries, and one Horror, which adds a little bit of variation, but not much. At the end of the day I know what I like and I tend to stick to it.

I didn’t read many books that were released in 2013 – only 15 compared to the 51 that were published prior to last year. Some of those were catch up reads from 2012 (when my reading rate was awful), but that only accounts for an additional 10 books.

The statistic that I suspect many people will frown upon is the author gender split: 62 male, 4 female. Out of those 4 books, two were by JK Rowling, one by Lois McMaster Bujold, and two that were co-authored by Jane Lindskold. There isn’t much diversity there, though I hope this year will see me read more from female authors – I already know of a handful that I want to read and catch up on.

Out of all the books I read in 2013, the Dresden Files series by Jim Butcher has to be my highlight. I read Storm Front, the first novel, a few years back but never got around to reading any more. To say I’m glad I took the plunge is an understatement, and it quickly became one of my favourite series. The only downside to devouring that many books in the same series pretty much consecutively is that I now have to wait until the next one is released. Ah well, a small price to pay for finding such a gem.

However, if I had to name my top five for the year it would have to look something like this:


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