With the start of the television adaptation of Lev Grossman’s The Magicians, I knew that I had to read the series of books. It’s been coming for a while, but finally, it was the turn of these books. I have to say, just like the TV show, that I was happily surprised at how good they were. I managed to finish reading the first book, The Magicians, in a few days.
It was an interesting reading year. I finally managed to read more than 100 books in a year. It was challenging to say the least. However, it kept me focused. From time to time, I didn’t read as much. I kept away from reading multiple books at once. I only did this from time to time when the book I was reading wasn’t that good.
For some reason, Sun of Suns popped up in my reading queue late last year. I wasn’t sure what to expect. While Sun of Suns started quite confusingly (it was hard to pin down the reason why it wasn’t gripping as the rest of the series), it matured quickly into a great book.
I managed to read four of the five Books of Virga late last year. I started this year by finishing Ashes of Candesce. All in all, it was a great series. I’m a bit sad that Schroeder didn’t write more books in this series. It just started getting really interesting towards the end, when more bubbles were discovered adjacent to Virga, some of which contained artificial life that existed outside of Artificial Nature.
I like the concept of AIs that are thinking whilst eschewing consciousness. It’s a theme that I’ve seen come up in a few different books that I read in 2015 (Poseidon’s Wake by Alastair Reynolds).
Alastair Reynolds has been one of my favorite authors ever since I discovered him. In recent years, with his departure from the Revelation Space universe, his work hasn’t been as good. He was a master at hard science-fiction, creating intricate storylines that blew me aways.It was with high hopes that I anticipated his Poseidon’s Children series. I started the last book in the series, Poseidon’s Wake, a few days ago and finished it quite quickly.
It’s not like Michael Connelly is a new name in detective novels, but it took the Amazon TV series Bosch for me to take another look at this prolific author. Years ago, I had read Bloodwork. It must have been around the time that the Clint Eastwood movie came out. Since I had enjoyed the TV series Bosch, I decided to start reading the Harry Bosch novels. I enjoy complex mysteries, like Hercules Poirot, and right from the start, Bosch was my kind of detective.
2013 in books was lost due to a HD malfunction, but I have been recording the books that I read on my other computer. I had my ups and downs in reading, and I did spend time rereading books that I had already read before. I was able to find most of Roberto Bolano’s novels in epub format, which is simply great. The Peripheral was definitely a great read from William Gibson.
Well, I’m about 3 months late, but rest assured, I still keep tabs on what I read. I’ve had my ups and downs last year, voraciously reading on my iPad for months on end, then falling into TV series for weeks before returning to books once again. In 2011, I read 85 books. I didn’t manage to read 100 in 2012, but I’ll try once again this year. Although, I’m onto a slow start. However, things are picking up again, and I hope to have at least 20-40 books read by midyear.
Here is the complete list of books that I read in 2011. There are some months that I didn’t read much, and in late December, I got an iPad since I started reading a lot more ebooks. The iPad makes reading books so much more convenient. Once you finish one, you can immediately start another. I’ve probably read a lot more because of the iPad and the 2,881 books that I have on it. I had been reading books on my MacBook Pro for the last couple of months, and I found it tiresome, especially when you read at night before going to bed. This isn’t the case with the iPad. I’ve read a lot of books on it in the month of December, almost all of them, and it was a pleasant experience.
Compared to last year, I read 41 more books. I read a total of 85 books last year. This year, I hope to reach 100. Standout books for this year were 1Q84, The Prague Cemetery, 2666, The Savage Detectives,Reamde, and the Jasper Fforde books. At the rate I read, and because of the prevalence of ebooks, I tend to read through an author’s repertoire quickly, unless they’re prolific.
Towards the end of the year, after reading a lot of fiction, I started to read some science-fiction again. I finally finished all of the Ender’s Game and Ender’s Shadow novels by Orson Scott Card. A friend also suggested Richard Morgan. I devoured his books, though the last one, Woken Furies, wasn’t as good as the previous two.
This is the year that I started reading many books at the same time. Once I felt that a book was challenging, I usually started reading something else, to make it easier. At the worst, I was reading 7 books at the same time. Now, I’m back to more manageable number, with still a few books to finish. I also live by a rule: any book that I start must be finished, even if it is boring. I keep my list updated with the books I read over the months. I might have to switch to a monthly digest as I have done before to make the list easier to peruse.
Recently, we started to leave our MacBook Pro at home more and more in favor of using the iPad 2 to consult ebooks. iBooks is great for viewing Epub files, but when it comes to PDF files, we’ve found it somewhat lacking in polish. That’s why we found this handy workaround that will allow you to view PDF files how they were supposed to be viewed.
Tablets are fun and recent studies have shown that most people use theirs to consume media in some form. For us, it’s books. We bought our iPad mainly to read books, and as such, iBooks is the most used app. The problem is that iBooks can get buggy, especially if you have a lot of books.