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Number of books read in 2011

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1Azeryk
Jan 4, 2012, 3:01pm Top

So how many books did you all get through last year; and which one was your favourite.

Due to getting a Kindle I've been able to get more short stories so I finished on 63 (up from 41 the previous year).

It's hard to pick one top book, I'd have to say Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry, a very good story with good characters; which has started off what should be a promising series.

Other top books I read last year were The Strain by Guillermo Del Toro, Waiting Out Winter by Kelli Owen, The King of Plagues again by Jonathan Maberry and finally The Enemy by Charlie Higson.

2PJGraham
Jan 4, 2012, 3:08pm Top

I only got through 20 or so (I know – pathetic – it's been a crazy year), but Maberry's Ghost Road Blues and The Mammoth Book of Wolf Men were among my faves.

3bibliobeck
Edited: Jan 4, 2012, 3:36pm Top

I think I read quicker on my Kindle. I read 42 in 2010 and 61 in 2011

Favourite horror was The Mall by S.l. Grey- can't wait for the new book to come out this year. I think it's called The Ward.

Another (non-horror) favourite was Anthropology by Dan Rhodes - sheer genius!

Going for the 50 book challenge again as well as I think this helps keep me going - watching that little ticker move towards my goal...

4paradoxosalpha
Jan 4, 2012, 3:42pm Top

I read about 120 books, and reviewed them all. My best-received review (by thumb-count) was for The Three Impostors and Other Stories , which was also my favorite horror book read in 2011. I think my favorite novel was Desolation Road, and my favorite nonfiction was The Gift of Death.

5Azeryk
Jan 4, 2012, 4:29pm Top

PJGrahan - Have you read Bad Moon Rising yet? I found that to be the best of the trilogy personally.

Bibliobeck - I think the same about my Kindle, I think it just makes reading easier somehow.

6bibliobeck
Jan 4, 2012, 5:08pm Top

Azeryk - I have the text set large so I don't need my reading glasses which helps :-D Also I think there's something about the contrast which is better. I read a study about older people who apparently read up to 3 times faster on Kindle than with a physical book.

Hmmm... now I'm wondering if I'm in the 'older people' bracket! ::eeek::

7PJGraham
Jan 4, 2012, 5:57pm Top

#5 Axerul - I have all three books, but I just haven't had a chance the other two. Looking forward to it this year though!

8PJGraham
Jan 4, 2012, 5:57pm Top

Azeryk – sorry I mangled your name. :(

9Azeryk
Jan 4, 2012, 6:13pm Top

PJGraham - No worries, it happens often for some reason. You should enjoy the other two books - I didn't think I would like the trilogy and only tried them after reading other Jonathan Maberry books and ended up enjoying them.

10timdt
Jan 4, 2012, 7:27pm Top

I've read 58 for 2011. As with you, Azeryk, some were short stories or novellas thanks to those available through my nook. We've read some of the same, or at lease within the same series.
Favorites are hard to decide but Dust & Decay, sequel to Rot & Ruin, is certainly one. Some of Maberry's others are also favorites: King of Plagues, Dead of Night, A Zombie Novel and a couple of short stories on the nook. Actually, anything by Maberry is great.

Others are some noirettes by Tom Piccirilli and some good ones by Jeff Strand and Greg Gifune.

I've been tagging my reads by year to help me keep track. Here's my 2011 Reads.

11timdt
Edited: Jan 4, 2012, 9:56pm Top

bibliobeck - The Mall looks interesting. I'm going to have to pick that one up.

#3, 5-6 - I also find it much, much easier to read on my nook. And I love that I can increase the font size.

12Azeryk
Jan 5, 2012, 4:05am Top

timdt - Am also a big fan of Maberry - not been able to read Dead of Night yet but hoping to get it for my birthday :)

13StefanY
Jan 5, 2012, 10:06am Top

I only managed 30 books last year, but they were thicker for the most part and I managed to average over 1000 pages per month for the first time since I've been tracking it (from 550 per month in 2006).

Books of particular interest for this group (with my LibraryThing rating) that I read in 2011 in the order that I read them are:

1. H.G. Wells - The Invisible Man - 3 (Hard to place an actual genre on this book, but it is a classic and contains some horror elements.)

2. Terry Goodkind - The Law of Nines - 4 (Not really a horror by any means, but it has some good thriller moments and the mix of the "real" world with fantasy elements does make for a bit of the same feel as some horror.)

3. Stephen King - Cell - 3.5 (I liked this better than I thought that I would based on the reviews that I saw before I read it. However, looks like my rating is right along with the average LibraryThing rating.)

4. Justin Cronin - The Passage - 4.5 (One of the best books that I read in any genre all year. Reminded me a little of Stephen King's The Stand in it's scope and feel.)

5. Stephenie Meyer - New Moon (Twilight Series, Book 2) - 3 (Ok, so I only included this one to see if anyone was paying attention, but it IS vampires, right? My wife read the series and liked it ok and thought that I should read it. While it's not my favorite thing ever, it's really not too bad.)

6. Richard Doetsch - The 13th Hour - 4 (Again more of a thriller than a horror, but I really liked the concept in this one and it seems to have gotten very little hype.)

7. Stephen King - Just After Sunset - 3 (Not bad, but not among King's best story collections.)

8. Ira Levin - Rosemary's Baby - 3.5 (Another horror classic. I thought this was a well written, if slow moving, novel. One tip, if you happen to have the Stephen King Horror Library version of this, do NOT read the introduction by King before reading the novel. It is very well written and informative, but King gives away many, many major plot points and even includes important blocks of text from the novel in his intro that kind of took a little shine off of reading the novel itself.)

14magnumpigg
Jan 5, 2012, 5:23pm Top

Maybe it’s the snow, I don’t know, but something about stories taking place in snowy cold climes set right with me. My favorite horror reads for 2011 had snow settings: Midnight Solitaire by Greg F. Gifune and Snow by Ronald Malfi. (In fact, two of my favorite non-horror reads had snow storm settings: The Cold Kiss by John Rector and Shadow Season by Tom Piccirilli.)

Not sure off the top of my head how many horror books I read this year, but these were tops for me.

15Azeryk
Jan 5, 2012, 6:38pm Top

StefanY - Am paying attention :-) My fiancée has those books and she likes them but I have no desire to read them. I tried a similar book a few years ago and hated it and it's put me off for good.

16bibliobeck
Jan 5, 2012, 7:00pm Top

#14 Magnum - have you read Dark Matter by Michelle Paver? Sounds right up your street if you haven't. I loved it :o)

17timdt
Jan 5, 2012, 10:02pm Top

#14 - I read Midnight Solitaire as well and Snow the year before. Both really good. Another good one by Greg Gifune in a snow setting is A View From the Lake.

#16 - I've heard a lot of good things about Dark Matter but have had a hard time finding it so far. I need to check my library again or just order it from amazon. Either way, I think I'm going to have to read that one this year.

18StefanY
Jan 5, 2012, 10:32pm Top

#15 Heh, you caught that one huh? As for the series, they're a bit sappy with a lot of teenage angst, but hardly the worst thing that I've ever read.

19coachtim30
Jan 9, 2012, 9:45pm Top

I got through 32 books in 2011. 13 of which were horror novels. My favorites were: The Pine Deep Trilogy (Ghost Road Blues, Dead Man's Song, and Bad Moon Rising) by Jonathan Maberry, Feeding Ground by Sarah Pinborough, Beware and Resurrection Dreams by Richard Laymon, Clickers by J.F. Gonzalez, and one of my all-time favorites, Swan Song by Richard McCammon.

20pollux
Jan 12, 2012, 4:28pm Top

I read 86 books in 2011. Only 14 of them received my highest rating of 5 stars.

Probably my favorite was SANCTUS by SIMON TOYNE. If I had realized it was the first of a trilogy, I would have waited to read them all at once as I do hate waiting. Anybody else do that?

Sorry about no touchstones, but I am doing this on a tablet and don't seem to have brackets.

21magnumpigg
Jan 13, 2012, 1:02pm Top

#16 bibliobeck: wow, thanks for the recom. Just looked into Dark Matter and as you wrote, yep, up my street.
#17 timdt: Yes, have read Gifune's A View From the Lake and loved it; it think it just slipped my mind when writing that entry. (I don't necessarily look up things when I post a message -- just what comes off the top of my head.) Thanks for the recom.

22tjm568
Jan 14, 2012, 1:23am Top

Made it through 90 books this year (first time I have ever kept track). I don't know what percentage was horror, but my favorite horror was the Guillermo del Toro trilogy, and the Jonathan Maberry Pine Deep Trilogy. I also really liked I Am Not a Serial Killer by Dan Wells

23bibliobeck
Jan 14, 2012, 4:01pm Top

90!!! :::fainted:::

24Huge_Horror_Fan
Jan 16, 2012, 12:25pm Top

#22 - I really enjoyed I am Not a Serial Killer as well. Make sure you pick up the other two in the trilogy if you have not already done so. They are just as good as the first entry.

25tjm568
Jan 16, 2012, 10:52pm Top

Just finished Mr. Monster which I liked a lot. Checked out I Don't Want to Kill You but have to finish a sizable fantasy, The Name of the Wind first. I really like Dan Wells.

26Huge_Horror_Fan
Edited: Jan 17, 2012, 5:50pm Top

Name Of The Wind was awesome too. I hope Patrick Rothfuss is here to stay. The sequel was slow in parts, but overall, a solid effort.

27tjm568
Feb 12, 2012, 11:32pm Top

26- Finished The Name of the Wind and The Wise Man's Fear. Probably the most enjoyable fantasy I have read in quite a while. Doesn't have the complexity of The George R. R. Martin stories, which is actually a relief.

28artturnerjr
Feb 22, 2012, 10:19am Top

23 - one less than in 2010. Only about 5 or 6 horror titles (depending on whether you want to count The Invisible Man or not), but I did read a lot of short stories in the genre that aren't on the list. Hard to pick favorites on such an apples-and-orange sort of list, but a top 5 would probably be something like (in no order) The Picture of Dorian Gray, The Machine Stops, Essential Fantastic Four, Vol. 3, David Boring, and Life.

Here's the list:

http://amzn.com/lm/R6PUZT0U5GTD4

29StefanY
Feb 22, 2012, 4:02pm Top

#28 I would count The Invisible Man as a horror. The funny thing about that one is that the main character is so horrible (pun intended) that you feel more sorry for those around him than you do for his predicament!

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