2015 in Books

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.

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2014 in Books

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.

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2012 In Books

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.

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2011 in Books

1Q84 by Haruki Murakami

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.

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2010 in Books Annotated

Transition by Iain M. Banks, photo by Paul Campbell

Here are the books that I read in 2010. During the first few months of 2010, I didn’t read much. I picked up some speed during the summer. I read a total of 44 books. Standout new novels of this year include Transition by Iain M. Banks, which surprised me a lot. That book was actually better than his Culture novel Surface Detail.

Other really good books include Zero History by William Gibson, which I truly enjoyed. It made me want to buy all of his old novels and read them again. I last read them when I was a teenager and I didn’t like them all that much.

In this list, you’ll find novels that I’ve read countless time, like House of Suns and Pushing Ice by Alastair Reynolds. His last book Terminal World was disappointing, as I pointed out earlier.

Compared to last year, I read a bit less (61 vs 44) but that’s understandable as I spent a few months reading nothing. This year, I want to read 100 books. That is not going to be easy, but it’s feasible.

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Tech Idea Gifts For The Parents & Slightly Older Family

It’s not always easy to buy tech for your parents or someone who’s slightly older than your usual friends. What do you get? You’ve probably heard the tech complaints already from your parents, so you might already know what they need. Here are our ideas.

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Software That We Use Daily: Improving Computer Life

From Gmail to Microsoft Word, here are our favorite computer software. We use these programs daily and have generally try to keep them updated as much as possible. While it can get costly for some of them, they are definitely worth keeping.

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Books of November & December 2009

Romanian version of Kafka on the Shore

Since I started reading again, voraciously, I decided that it was time to finish publishing my complete list of books that I read in 2009. In total, I’ve read 63 books in 2009. For 2010, I’ve only read 5 books, most of them in April and May. At the same time last year, I had read about 25. I think that I’ll continue keeping a list. As long as I read 52 books in 2010, I’ll be happy. I tend to read in spurts. Sometimes, I need a break.

If you must know, I read House of Suns again a few weeks ago. It’s definitely one of my favorite books. I want to read Ilium and Olympos by Dan Simmons again. I also need to stock up on books. One of the reasons why I haven’t read that many books this year is because I haven’t bought any new ones since last year. I’ll go to the library on the weekend to pick up a few nice reads.

November and Decemberreading

Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami
Sputnik Sweetheart by Haruki Murakami
Diary by Chuck Palahniuk
Invisible Monsters by Chuck Palahniuk

September and October reading

The Time Travelers by Linda Buckley Archer
The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown
(Pandora’s Star by Peter F. Hamilton)⁵
(Judas Unchained by Peter F. Hamilton)⁵

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Big Bang List Part 2 November 2008

It has to be split in two, due to WP restrictions on how many links can be in one post…


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