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Books read in 2012

Little bit behind y'all both in posting and in number of books read, but such is life. I have very much enjoyed the lists posted so far!

My total was 41 for this past year (I was counting 42 but forgot there's one still unfinished), nine of which were re-reads, 2 were non-fiction, 15 were straight fiction, and 24 were science or speculative fiction (take your pick of labels, I'm labeling it according to me). None were audiobooks. Almost 50% of them passed the Bechdel test, according again to me (since people disagree about how to evaluate that).

I tend to rate stuff from 1 to 5 stars (1 being "Burn this book" and 5 being "Best Evah"), so in decreasing number of stars for the year, here's my list:

Book, Author, Genre, Rating
  • Moby Dick Herman Melville F 4.8
  • Glittering Images Susah Howatch F 4.5
  • The Man who knew too much GK Chesterton F 4.4
  • Empress Karen Miller SF 4.4
  • Niccolo Rising Dorothy Dennett F 4.3
  • Ha'Penny Jo Walton SF 4.2
  • Wuthering Heights Emily Bronte F 4
  • The Innocence of Father Brown GK Chesterton F 4
  • Memoirs of a Catholic Girlhood Mary McCarthy NF 4
  • Across the Nightingale Floor Liam Hearn SF 4
  • The Brilliance of the Moon Liam Hearn SF 4
  • Mars Ben Bova SF 4
  • The Day the Martians Came Frederik Pohl SF 4
  • Keeping it Real Justina Robson SF 4
  • Kingdoms of the Wall Robert Heinlein SF 4
  • Allan Quatermain H. Rider Haggard F 3.8
  • Grass for His Pillow Liam Hearn SF 3.8
  • The Earth Abides George R. Stewart SF 3.8
  • Get off the Unicorn Anne McCaffrey SF 3.8
  • The Sword of the Lady S.M. Stirling SF 3.8
  • Lion of Macedon David Gemmel F 3.7
  • Fata Morgana William Kotzwinkle SF 3.6
  • King Solomon's Mines H. Rider Haggard F 3.5
  • She H. Rider Haggard F 3.5
  • Don Quixote Cervantes F 3.5
  • Pope Joan Donna Woolfolk Cross F 3.5
  • Nova Samuel Delaney SF 3.5
  • The Return of She H. Rider Haggard SF 3.5
  • Death and Thraxas Martin Scott SF 3.5
  • Turning on the Girls Cheryl Bernard SF 3.5
  • Hexed Kevin Hearne SF 3.5
  • A Study in Scarlet Arthur Conan Doyle F 3.3
  • The Sign of Four Arthur Conan Doyle F 3.3
  • Hounded Kevin Hearne SF 3.2
  • The Thorn Birds Colleen McCullough F 3
  • The Luminous Web: Essays on Science and Religion Barbara Brown Taylor NF 3
  • Quarreling, They met the Dragon Sharon Baker SF 3
  • Blackwood Farm Anne Rice SF 3
  • Mistress Masham's Repose T.H. White SF/YA 3
  • Hammered Kevin Hearne SF 3
  • Mention my name in Atlantis John Jakes SF 2.5

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