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    2017 Reading Year in Review:

    So in mid-March of 2017 I decided to track all the books I read.

    Between then and now I have read 40 books.
    - 11 were re-reads.
    - 10 were new authors.
    - 6 were Non-Fiction.
    - The best book I read this year was A Long December from Richard Chizmar. A large collection without a bad story in the lot.
    - The worst book I read this year was The Process (Is A Process All Its Own) from Peter Straub. Straub has always been hit and miss for me. My opinion on this one is probably tainted as it was a return to a character I really enjoyed in the past and this story did not work for me.
    - My favorite read from a new (to me) author was Mystery Road from Kevin Lucia. I will be seeking out more of his work.

    So that is my reading year on review. How was your reading year?
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    I don't keep lists so have no idea how many books I read or which ones they all were...some I remember well and really enjoyed, others were much less memorable. Nothing really leaps to mind, so perhaps it was a year without real, remarkable standouts for me...or maybe my memory just sucks tonight.

    Martin, you have a lot of rereads. Almost a third of all reads. I very rarely reread... is that something you typically do each year? May I ask why?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RonClinton View Post
    I don't keep lists so have no idea how many books I read or which ones they all were...some I remember well and really enjoyed, others were much less memorable. Nothing really leaps to mind, so perhaps it was a year without real, remarkable standouts for me...or maybe my memory just sucks tonight.

    Martin, you have a lot of rereads. Almost a third of all reads. I very rarely reread... is that something you typically do each year? May I ask why?
    I try to re-read a few books a year. This year is probably a little heavy because I have been meaning to re-read the Wizard of Oz series and finally got to it. At this point I am six books into it. Next year will probably be just as heavy as I plan to continue that series.

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    I very rarely re-read books. I did re-read one this year, 'Salem's Lot, but that's because I was reading out loud with my girlfriend and she had never read it before. Other than that I'll have to go over my goodreads list and rake my memory, as I didn't log about half of my reads. My focus this year was to read more classic literature, and a snuck in a few "modern" classics as well. Plus some pulp for good measure. I'd estimate roughly 30 or so books this year.

    A surprise standout this year was Motorman by David Ohle. An absolutely absurd sci-fi novella from the 70's. It was leant to me by a co-worker at my old office and I normally approach books pushed on my with trepidation. This one was short so I jumped in. Very glad I did.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Theli View Post
    I very rarely re-read books. I did re-read one this year, 'Salem's Lot, but that's because I was reading out loud with my girlfriend and she had never read it before. Other than that I'll have to go over my goodreads list and rake my memory, as I didn't log about half of my reads. My focus this year was to read more classic literature, and a snuck in a few "modern" classics as well. Plus some pulp for good measure. I'd estimate roughly 30 or so books this year.

    A surprise standout this year was Motorman by David Ohle. An absolutely absurd sci-fi novella from the 70's. It was leant to me by a co-worker at my old office and I normally approach books pushed on my with trepidation. This one was short so I jumped in. Very glad I did.
    I'm just the opposite. I have a number of books I re-read. It seems I find something different every time I do.

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    When I find a great book, I tend to reread it every few years. It used to be every 2-3 but now is probably more like every 5-10 years.

    This is actually the reason I collect luxurious, limited/lettered editions of books. When something's completely badass, and I know I'm going to want to reread it at some point, I know I'll want to read the finest copy I can afford the second time around.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bugen View Post

    This is actually the reason I collect luxurious, limited/lettered editions of books. When something's completely badass, and I know I'm going to want to reread it at some point, I know I'll want to read the finest copy I can afford the second time around.
    Makes perfect sense in the abstract and a fine philosophy, but for me I rarely reread...I've probably only ever done so with half-a-dozen books in my life. Maybe if my TBR pile wasn't so darn massive...maybe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RonClinton View Post
    Makes perfect sense in the abstract and a fine philosophy, but for me I rarely reread...I've probably only ever done so with half-a-dozen books in my life. Maybe if my TBR pile wasn't so darn massive...maybe.
    I'm actually actually the opposite. I think it's probably because my favorite books are all fantasy books that are in big series. So when you read them (or listen to them) it kinda immerses you in the world, and generally leaves me wanting more.

    In fact since I've switched almost entirely to audio books, rereading has become more frequent for me. Audio books can be expensive and sometimes I'll be out of Audible credits, so I'll just go back and listen to something again. It helps that right now I have an hour commute to the office and I often tend to listen to them most of the day while I'm working. So there's a lot of time to burn through audio books and podcasts.
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    I'm reading book # 379 for the year. Depending on how lazy I am today, that may end the year, or I might even read # 380 too.

    The outside temp is 15F with a wind chill of 5F, so staying indoors with books is a good option.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave1442397 View Post
    I'm reading book # 379 for the year. Depending on how lazy I am today, that may end the year, or I might even read # 380 too.

    The outside temp is 15F with a wind chill of 5F, so staying indoors with books is a good option.
    That is impressive. I will probably never approach those kind of numbers.

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    Nor will I. I feel pretty good if I manage a couple in a week's time, so 100 for the year would be a good year for me.

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    Not a good year for me for reading. Amount of books I read varies, as I am a slow reader, and usually save it for spare time. My wife finally got a job with a day shift, so she is home in the evening, and as a result I read less. Another negative for me, was I seemed to read a lot of books in 2017 that lost my interest, or had to stop before I finished. According to Goodreads, which I update faithfully, I only read 13 books in 2017!!!! 3 I didn't finish. Mind you.....there are four that I really, really liked (Ship of Fools, All Heads Turn When The Hunt Goes By, Head Full Of Ghosts, and The Forge of God).

    For 2018 I hope to get back into more books - I have so many I want to read, and some are quite large, so I don't think I am going to set any specific goals.

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    All heads turn is a great one!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mhatchett View Post
    All heads turn is a great one!
    The start is pretty intense, and despite having some dry parts, overall it was really enjoyable. Saw it mentioned more than a few times on here, and elsewhere. Glad I searched it out and got my hands on it!

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    2017 continued my abysmal reading trend from the second half of 2016. I only read six books last year. I’ve recommitted to taking more time to read this year. I’ve been a big reader for years, but the last 18 months have been an anomaly, and one that I have liked too much.

    As far as re-reads, I have but don’t make it a habit. Typically, I’ll do a re-read if I’m trying to pick back up a series that I haven’t touched in a while.

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    2017 was a down year for me in the numbers of books I've read.

    From 2011 forward, my annual counts increased - this is just a "benefit" of having a nice long daily commute via train to and from work. A job change in 2016 changed my commuting habits, and as added onto TJCams's post elsewhere, I think I hit a "reader's block."

    I just wanted that interested in reading as much as I once was - I think it might be because I tend to read the same kinds of books and I wasn't being wowed anymore. Or, now that I think about it, my days are longer and I've been hitting the gym a lot more often than before, it could just be sheer exhaustion.

    So I finished 47 books this in 2017. 2017 was also the first time I participated in Book Riot's Read Harder Challenge. I had high hopes for this challenge, but the aforementioned "reader's block" put a stop to this.

    Three books were reread (the illustrated Stardust, Watership Down, and Eyes of the Dragon (which took me three months to finish!),) quite a few comic collections (finally finished Y the Last Man - something I started when it was originally published, caught up with Astro City (still great after all these years,) discovered that The Vision was an amazing - but uncomfortable - read - wow!, and officially discovered Mouse Guard (see my Building Mice post for that "obsession.")

    One of my pleasant surprises was The Seventh Angel by Jeff Edwards. I hadn't heard of him before, but acquired a signed edition of one of his books (Dome City Blues) a few years ago (it was the second book in a set - but I only wanted the first book.) I enjoyed the heck out of it, so promptly tracked down eBook versions (didn't appear at the time that he had published analog versions) of his other books. The Seventh Angel is the second book in a trilogy about a futuristic Naval Destroyer. Maybe it was the timing of this read (the book too featured a protagonist with a bigger nuclear button than the other guys) but I was left on the edge of my seat the entire time. Maybe I found a new genre to excite me again?

    My five star reads of the year (in order of reading) were

    The Vision: Volume 1: Little Worse Than A Man
    The Vision: Volume 2: Little Better Than A Beast
    The Time Traveler's Wife
    Grunt: The Curious Science Of Humans At War
    The Name Of The Wind
    Mouse Guard: Winter 1152
    Mouse Guard: The Black Axe
    Watership Down
    The Handmaid's Tale
    Mouse Guard: Legends Of The Guard Volume 3
    Y: The Last Man: The Deluxe Edition Book One
    Stardust: Being A Romance In The Realms Of Faeire
    The Seventh Angel

    I always finish what I start, sometimes that's painful (I'm looking at you Summerland!) The biggest "groaners" for me last year were:

    The Cold Dish - I think the TV version of Longmire ruined the book for me. I don't know if I'll ever continue this series because of how painful the first book was compared to the TV series.
    The Last Unicorn - OMG - this was awful. I was tempted SO MANY times to put this down.
    Norse Mythology - Gaiman is hit and miss to me, and while this was a miss to read, I LOVED listening to him read one of the stories live. Maybe he needs to narrate the audio version and I'd give it a listen
    Lock & Key: Small World - I didn't see the point of this "deluxe" version of a one issue comic. It did have David "Mouse Guard" Petersen do a cover so I always have that to look back on.
    Thrawn - I LOVED Zahn's original Star Wars books (memory could be confusing me too) so I was excited to read about Thrawn's reintroduction to the Star Wars Universe. And I hated it.
    Way Station - Admittedly I don't remember why this was a miss - something must have turned me off.
    Monstress: Volume 1 - I'm conflicted. The artwork was AMAZING. Such beauty. But the story left me with an overall feeling of WTF is going on? I might pick up Volume 2 to see things make more sense.
    Once Gone - definitely worth the price I paid - $FREE.99 on Amazon. Generic FBI thriller story.

    Here's to a good 2018!

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    2017 was a year of heavy re-reads for me. Here's a list of new reads for me, then I'll mention some of my re-reads.


    Magnus Chase Trilogy - Rick Riordan is one of the very few YA authors whose work I really enjoy reading. He takes ancient mythology and brings it to the modern day. This set of books focuses on Norse mythology and I really enjoyed it.

    Ready Player One - I've owned this one for awhile, but only got around to it this year. This one is really only actually good if you care for the nostalgia it brings. Otherwise it's kinda over hyped. I care about the nostalgia though, so it worked for me.

    The Black Elfstone: The Fall of Shannara - The first book in the final trilogy Terry Brooks is writing in his "Shannara World". This one was good, but kinda "un-memorable" in that I really don't remember what it was about anymore. Then again almost anything is better than the previous trilogy he wrote in this world. That one was a slog and I never finished it.

    The Sorcerer's Daughter: The Defender's of Shannara - This is the third book of this trilogy and I'm pretty sure I started this one at the begining of 2017 and disliked it so much I never bothered to finish it.

    Empire's End: Aftermath: Star Wars - The final book in the Aftermath trilogy. I really enjoyed this book and this trilogy. It had a bit of a rocky start but each book in the trilogy was better than the previous.


    Here are some rereads from this year as well:

    Harry Potter series (this one ends up being about every other year)
    The Martian
    Some (maybe most) of the Shannara books


    Something to note is that these are all audio books. So re-reading them isn't really that big of a deal as I'm usually just listening to them while I'm working or driving. The re-reads are also harder for me to remember as most of them I've re-read so many times that I just can't remember if I did or didn't this year.
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