What I read in 2011
I read 36 books in 2011, which is two fewer than my 2010 total, but a number which still pleasantly surprised me, given that I landed a full-time career-changing job in February.
Mostly fiction, by far. The eight non-fiction reads included two biographies, an essay collection, a book on gaming and society, and four pop culture niche explorations.
Nine books on the list are re-reads, although one of those was the extensively annotated Heir to the Empire 20th Anniversary Edition. If you want to get technical, it’s ten counting Pillars of Pentegarn although it’s been probably 25 years – at least – since I last read it.
Obsessive streak: I closed the year on a 10-day break from work, during which time I read volumes 2-7 of the Harry Potter series. (I had planned to read the entire set, but then realized I had already read Sorceror’s Stone over the summer.)
Shared joy: My daughter and I fell in love with the Scott Pilgrim series after I bought her the first volume and then went to the library within a day or two to check out the other five.
I have Adam to thank for two books on the list which were gifts: John Landis and Manhood for Amateurs. Excellent call on both.
I reviewed twelve of the books for GeekDad.
- Reality is Broken: Why Games Make Us Happy and How They Can Change the World – Jane McGonigal
- John Landis – Giulia D’Agnolo Vallan
- The Star Wars Craft Book – Bonnie Burton
- Fuzzy Nation – John Scalzi
- Geek Fantasy Novel – E. Archer
- Manhood for Amateurs – Michael Chabon
- Serenity: The Shepherd’s Tale – Joss Whedon, Zack Whedon and Chris Samnee
- Nerd Do Well – Simon Pegg
- Transformers Vault – Pablo Hidalgo
- The Snow Queen’s Shadow – Jim C. Hines
- Agent to the Stars – John Scalzi
- Harry Potter and the Sorceror’s Stone – – J.K. Rowling
- Watchmen – Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons
- Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life – Bryan Lee O’Malley
- Scott Pilgrim vs. the World – Bryan Lee O’Malley
- Scott Pilgrim & the Infinite Sadness – Bryan Lee O’Malley
- Scott Pilgrim Gets It Together – Bryan Lee O’Malley
- Scott Pilgrim vs. the Universe – Bryan Lee O’Malley
- Star Wars: Heir to the Empire (20th Anniversary Edition) – Timothy Zahn
- Scott Pilgrim’s Finest Hour – Bryan Lee O’Malley
- Mail-Order Mysteries: Real Stuff from Old Comic Book Ads – Kirk Demarais
- Prophets – S. Andrew Swann
- The Complete Vader – Ryder Windham and Peter Vilmur
- Amazing Everything: The Art of Scott C. – Scott Campbell
- At the Mountains of Madness and Other Tales of Terror – H.P. Lovecraft
- Ready Player One – Ernest Cline
- Kraken – China Mieville
- Cloak – James Gough
- Pillars of Pentegarn – Rose Estes
- Star Wars: Millennium Falcon Owner’s Workshop Manual – Ryder Windham, Chris Reiff, Chris Trevas
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets – J.K. Rowling
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – J.K. Rowling
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire – J.K. Rowling
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix – J.K. Rowling
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince – J.K. Rowling
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – J.K. Rowling
And first on the list for 2012:
Ganymede by Cherie Priest