Tuesday, January 1, 2013

2012 in Retrospect

So it's been a big reading year for me, literally reading double the amount of books that I read in 2011. This probably has a lot to do with not studying the final year of my degree, which involved over 50 contact hours a week. 

Obviously there aren't enough books here to make up a top ten or some such list and I even struggle to pick my top/favourite read for the year (usually my favourite book is the one I most recently finished). I can pick a few standouts however. Firstly I have to mention the A Song of Ice and Fire series (an obvious choice) but one that I think is always understated. Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson, Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins, Prince of Thorns by Mark Lawrence and The Blinding Knife were my favourites for the year.

I don't think 2013 will bring another doubling of books read (unless I quit my job) but I will be aiming for a similar amount. I've been thinking for a while that this year I want to tackle the Malazan Book of the Fallen series.

A visual list is below. Happy New Year everyone!


  1. Some good picks. I still have yet to read the latest Song of Ice and Fire novel, and Warbreaker is the one Sanderson title I have yet to read.

  2. Great site, found it while looking for some thoughts on Sanderson. Loved his MIstborn, but, very undecied on what of his to read next. :)

    1. Mike, they're all brilliant. Warbreaker and Elantris are great because they're stand alones, but The Way of Kings is the beginning of something truly epic.

    2. Thanks. I picked up Way of Kings, and War Break tonight. Took a week off so I am thinking War Breaker. Looks to be a good fun read, but, then again, Way of Kings looks, well, like you said. Epic. :)