This year, I read 100 books. Actually, 102 if you count the two Harry Potter books I read concurrently in English and Spanish (which I do). Here is the break down.
Short Stories III
Same books, chopped off differently:
From Annie IIIIIII
In Spanish II
Books read at the behest of my grandma I (The Sisterhood)
Books Stephen King tweeted about that I read I (Red Moon)
Men AND women IIIIIIIIIII
My favorite was Saga, which is also the highest rated of all the books I read on Goodreads. Saga is a comic series about new alien parents trying to escape war with their newborn. You are probably sold already, aren’t you? Unlike most comics, it is not en media res-style, where the writer slowly unwinds what the hell is going on, panel by panel or even issue by issue. Other favorites were Eden’s Outcasts, A Good Man is Hard to Find, Sailing Alone Around the Room, Zealot and 11/22/63.
My least favorite was Dune. I might never forgive Luke for letting me read it. Incidentally, another book I read, Joe McQueen’s “One for the Books” talks smack repeatedly about Dune. I didn’t understand it at the time. The lowest rated book I read according to Goodreads was “Three Famines” by Thomas Keneally, which I also did not particularly like. Interesting topic, poorly executed.
The author I read most is Brian K Vaughn, who does comics and wrote Saga (two read, impatiently waiting for more), Y the Last Man (three) and Runaways (one). In second place with five each, George R.R. Martin and Jeaniene Frost. I read all of the A Song of Fire and Ice series (or Game of Thrones to you HBO fans), which was shockingly good. I have a theory that books are usually exciting or beautifully written (think Treasure Island vs Salman Rushdie) but I think Martin pulled off doing both. As research for a still in-development story, I read a bunch of vampire books by Jeaniene Frost. Not my favorite, but this article idea I have should be worth it.
Here is to 2014, and (at least) another 100 books.