2012 Year in Books

As 2012 closes out, so does the first year of this blog.  I started the year out with a pregnant wife about to give birth, and what do I do?  I start yet another blog dedicated to reading and writing while we have a baby to take care of.  I must have been crazy.  Well, I’m loving doing this blog.

So what happened in 2012?  I finished reading 14 books, most of them in the second half of the year.  I set a target of 12 books and I exceeded it.  I’ll go for 25 next year.

2012 was also the year that I finally became serious about writing books.  I’ve developed so many ideas, though I’m going to concentrate on only 2 of them for now.  I decided to try out self-publishing through Amazon’s Kindle and Smashwords.  I’ve been working on using social media to get myself known.  I still have a lot of work to do on that.

best book of the year

This is a pretty easy topic.  There’s one book I was completely enthralled by, and that would have to be A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin.   I found it refreshing to read, although it took me a long time.  I started reading 3 big epic fantasy series this year, and A Song of Fire and Ice seems to be leading the pack (the others are Wheel of Time and Malazan Book of the Fallen).

worst book of the year

This is a really difficult choice to make.  I didn’t read any bad books.  I enjoyed every book I read.  However, I would have to choose Gunship by John Davis. It’s not that it’s bad, it’s just that it’s a simple, action oriented book with little depth.  I don’t intend to stop anyone from reading it, I think it was a good, light read.  I do recommend reading it, by all means.  But the main thing that didn’t impress me was the lack of editing.

top 13 most popular posts

Why top 13? Numbers 9 to 13 all have the same number of views. The most popular posts on this blog are the following:

  1. Which Shakespearean play should I read? – This was a poll I ran to choose a Shakespearean play to read.  Macbeth won.
  2. What’s the greatest epic fantasy series? – A question for my readers.  Of course, go there and leave a comment!
  3. What is an advanced society? – Are we advanced? See what I say.
  4. What should I read next? – Another poll to ask what I should read.
  5. Book Review – 2001: A Space Odyssey – My most popular review.
  6. Wow! Moment: Killer whales – An incredible event in my life.
  7. My dream writing studio – This is mine, what’s yours?
  8. Why are people afraid of gay marriage? – No reason to be afraid.
  9. A bright comet for 2013 – I’m really looking forward to this!
  10. Another poll. What should I read? – Yup, a poll.
  11. Book Review – A Game of Thrones – My second most popular review.
  12. Random things you may not know about me – Go ahead, find out a bit about me.
  13. Poll: the Sequel – Another poll!

Other noteworthy posts

These are some other posts I think you really should read!

My SF world teaser – I’m writing a science fiction novel.  Here’s a bit about my world.

I am a Geek – Yes, I am.  And I’m proud of it!

What does an earthquake feel like? – I’ve been through many earthquakes in Japan.  This is what it feels like to be in one.

Who are you? – I actually just posted this today.  I still think you should read it and post your comment.

The evolution of alien species – What do you do when you create an alien world?

Goodreads and giving reviews – I suggest to anyone who likes books to join Goodreads!

World creation, development, and planning – This is a big topic, and I think well worth the read.

Well, that’s about it for 2012.  I’m looking forward to 2013, and hopefully a published book!  Thanks for reading, everyone!

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