2017 reads ranked by book size

I have read a few bigger books this year, but also a few novellas and small books and I thought it would be interesting to see the various sizes of books I have read this year.  These are for the most part the editions I read (or a close approximation for the audiobooks, generally the paperback version which I tend to read more). 

663 Pages      Gemina

645 Pages      The Way of Shadows

640 Pages      Games Wizards Play

576 Pages      Bitterblue

547 Pages      Eve: the Awakening

502 Pages      The Night Circus

470 Pages      Working Stiff

448 Pages      Queen of the Tearling

464 Pages      Lirael

416 Pages      Failure is not an Option

416 Pages      Lady Knight

400 Pages      Squire

396 Pages      Beauty Queens

388 Pages      Remembrance

372 Pages      Ready Player One

369 Pages      The Martian

369 Pages      Tortall and Other Lands

368 Pages      I Contain Multitudes

359 Pages      Demonglass

346 Pages      Learning to Swear in America

336 Pages      Famous in Love

323 Pages      Hex Hall

311 Pages      Sabriel

304 Pages      Nerve

304 Pages      Truly, Madly, Famously

290 Pages      Page

288 Pages      The Gods Themselves

240 Pages      First Test

233 Pages      Matilda

189 Pages      Down Among the Sticks and Bones

144 Pages      Proposal

118 Pages      Dancing Barefoot

12 Pages        Every Girl’s Dream

Average number of pages: 11 858*

Average number of pages per day: 58*

Average pages per book: 359*

369 was the mode book, with 50% of the books having more the 369 pages. If the 12 page book was removed from the data set the average jumps up to 370, which is the same as the mode. 

A few surprises in the book size, I didn’t think some of them were as big as they were and didn’t realize I had read as many 500+ page books this year.  Also there were a few books I had forgotten I had read.  The first book I finished this year has remained the longest so far, I kinda want to try and kick it off that spot, but I’m not sure which book I would read that would supersede it.  

Now I need to stop, otherwise I will be trying to stats the crap out of this list, and graphs might start happening.  Overall, interesting to see half of a reading year organized like this. 

*101 Dalmations was a special BBC audiobook presentation of the book that was an abridged edition.  An accurate page count could not be done and it was not included in the list or the stats, but it was approx. 180 pages.   

The Next Nine

Books Read

1. The Way of Shadows by Brent Weeks (Paul Boehmer)     4 Stars

2. Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore (Xanthe Elbrick)     4 Stars

3. Hex Hall by Rachal Hawkins (Cris Dukehart)     3.5 Stars

4. Failure is not an Option by Gene Kranz (Danny Campbell)     3.5 Stars

5. Demonglass by Rachel Hawkins (Cris Dukehart)     3 Stars

6. Sabriel by Garth Nix (Tim Curry)     4 Stars

7. 101 Dalmations by Dotie Smith (BBC production)     4 Stars

8. Nerve by Jeanne Ryan     2 Stars

9 Dancing Barefooot by Wil Wheaton (Wil Wheaton)     4 Stars

Average Rating: 3.56

Audiobooks: 8

Re-reads: 1.3

Indy/self-published: 0, I believe

Number Reviewed on blog: Also 0, and none really planned and I’m behind on Goodreads reviews…

Number of my owned books read (for my personal reading goal): 1

Comments:

Obviously a lot of audiobooks!  I am a convert.  Since I have roughly an hour of walking commute time to work every day I can get a lot of reading done, so that is where the majority of my reading has occurred and will for the foreseeable future until I learn to manage my time outside of work better and have to start biking to work.  However, considering the changes in my life the past month and a half, I consider this a great amount of books read!

I’m also well ahead of my semi-randomly picked Goodreads goal, which implies I can up it to another semi-randomly picked goal, however, I predict based on past experience a lull in reading starting in about a month, so I will wait for now. 

The books I read this round were good, as evidenced by the decent ratings and average, but nothing really amazed me of blew me away.  I hope the next group of books will have some of those.

Finally, I ‘read’ one of the unread books on my self, though I did it by audiobook not reading the physical book I own….  Since I have also bought another book I have not read and discovered a few others when moving that I didn’t want donate, my reading goal to reduce the number of unread books on my self by half of the starting number at the beginning of the year (aka have max of 6 unread books on my shelf by the end of 2017) is going quite terribly.  However, I have a hold on the audiobook for another book on my shelf for commute reading and once I finish off the last library book I have had forever and want to read, there is another I want to immediately start on my shelf.  After that my plan gets a little fuzzy…

What’s next:

I think I answered this nicely, if rather non-specifically.  So as a shameless plug, you can find out my what’s next if you follow or friend my on Goodreads!  Link is in my about page. 

 

Audiobook review: Protector of the Small

Protector of the Small is my favourite series.  Fullstop.  I love this series and I talk about it and the author all the time.  I recently did an audiobook re-read and while I could talk about this series for days, today I want to focus and review the audiobooks.  Not enough people talk about and review audiobooks and I have been making a concerted effort this year to do so whenever I read by audiobook.

So here we go!

These books were read by Bernadette Dunne and I really liked her narration.  She does different voices and I liked most of them.  Dunne also speaks clearly and at a pace that I can easily speed up the audio and still understand the book.  Not all productions you can do this, though I think most audiobook productions nowadays keep this in mind when recording, or so I’d like to think.

While she does a great job, this is my favourite series and I’m rather picky.  One thing I noticed is some of the emotional cues in the book were not done to what I had hoped for.  For example, in the prologue of the first book there is a scene where Lady Alanna is very angry but the narration doesn’t go as far as I would have wanted and you can barely tell she was angry.  However, everyone imagines books differently and I need to learn to be open to other people’s interpretations.

For part of Squire I read and listened to the audio and noticed there were some (minor) differences between the text and the spoken words.  This at first bugged me but the differences were minor and mostly helped the listener better understand what was happening.  I’m not sure if it was intentional on the production part or due to a difference in what was given to Dunne to read (like a different version of the story), but over all it didn’t matter to the story.  However, those that read and listen might notice and get frustrated at this.

Overall I do highly recommend not only this series but the audiobooks as well!  

If there is something you would like me to cover about these audiobooks or others, please let me know!  I would like to be better at reviewing audiobooks.  

Bookish Pet Peeves #4

A miscellaneous assortment of more pet peeves of mine that relate to books!  Didn’t realize I had so many strong feels about this sort of thing.

1. Double stacking bookshelves.  This is a personal thing, but I like to see all my books, so I could never stack books in front of other books on my shelf!

2. Lack of physical descriptions, or descriptions being told more then 50 pages after character is introduced.  Sure, I rarely ever picture characters (with the exceptions being when there is good cover art of the character, typically hand-drawn art (TP example here)), but I still like to know what they look like!  And not after I have had the chance to picture them wrong for chapters before being told.

3. Vague descriptions of characters.  Similar to above, I hate vague descriptions.  If your character is black, say so!  Don’t hint at things (she is dark/swarthy or his skin was a different shade then mine) in the hopes that your readers will figure it out because everyone will interpret it differently and that is why there are arguments about whether Hermione is black.  Authors/editors might think it will make the characters more relatable because you get to picture whatever, but that is part of why I can never picture characters in my head as anything more then a bloob.

4. When a book does not clearly state that it is in a series and which book in the series it is.  First books will sometimes get a pass if the author and publisher didn’t know at the time there was going to be more, but this is often a rare case, and does not apply when the covers are remade.  I get the reasons for NOT clearly indicating these things: you sell more books.  But you also catch more flies with sugar water then vinegar. 

5. Unpronounceable names.  This is a me problem that is based on my lack of language skills and my terrible ability to spell and pronounce unknown words.  Basically I’m talking about names with letters in an arrangement I’m not familiar with because it’s more typical of a language I cannot speak and I acknowledge this is a me problem, a person that learned English from birth and only has a bit of other language experience, but that is French which has similar letter arrangements and predictable pronunciations as English (kinda?).  Now when names are inspired by other languages with different letter arrangements I get confused and don’t know how to pronounce the character’s name and I don’t like it.  But it’s a me problem.  

Book Haul #2

A new city means a new library system and thus new books!  Here is the first haul of books I choose to sign out.  There are a lot of books on my to read list.  These are just a start and a fairly random assortment of books I thought I’d be in the mood to read (and were available). (Links to Goodreads page included, covers are the versions I have, not the ones I prefer to look at).

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Learning to Swear in America by Katie Kennedy: A Russian teen physics prodigy is called to America and NASA to help save the Earth from an asteroid that will destroy the planet. While in America he meets others his age and learns more about the people that live on Earth and why it should be saved.

Why I’m interested: This books seems like a mix of SciFi and the teen finding yourself generas and it has me interested. Plus I love the name of the book.

Nerve by Jeanne Ryan: An online game posts anonymous dares for the challengers to complete for the amusement of the world. As you can imagine, they get more and more dangerous and other things are likely at play here.

Why I’m interested: It has an interesting premise, one which I gravitate to reading (other examples include Fire and Flood by Victoria Scott and Flash Point by Nancy Kress) though I often find them predictable and not as good as they promise. I do live in hope that one day I will find one that lives up to my expectations. Also this book is now a movie that I am interested in seeing.

The Young Elites by Marie Lu: An illness swept the world and left some of the survivors with mutant/magical powers. This book follows one such girl as she learns more about her powers the people that want to use and abuse them.

Why I’m interested: It’s been on my list for years, with a good premise and good reviews, both of the series and the author, who also did some of the artwork in Gemina (Kaufman and Kristoff). Since I’m currently in a SciFi kick that will not let me go, I’m thinking and hoping this might appease that while also maybe letting me transition back into fantasy.

Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen: This books continues Kelsea’s journey as she takes over as Queen of the Tearling, a country on the cusp of war.  In the first book we learn about Kelsea: a queen hidden away from her country in order to prevent assassination as she grows up and is taught how to rule.  Once she is of age she goes to take her crown and her place on the throne, but learns not everything she was taught (or not taught) is as it seems. 

Why I’m interested: This is simple: I loved the first book and want to continue on the series!

Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss: This book is the tale of Kvothe, a mighty wizard. It chronicals his various adventures and exploits.

Why I’m interested: Everyone has amazing things to say about this book and it has an amazing 4.55 star rating on Goodreads. Also a classic adult fantasy novel with more of a character driven plot (something I love) and one I’ve been interested in for a while. I’ve read the first chapter and a half and was very interested, just need to read the rest of this massive sucker!

Buying Books?

Due to Big Life Changes (TM) I will soon have a (small) budget for buying books and because of this I started a list of books I would like to buy to add to my shelves!  It was a personal list but then I was thinking it would be an interesting one to share with people because these are the books I have read recently that I have deemed good enough to be bought.  This means they are books I know I will read again (and again and again).

However, this list is a bit larger then I would like, having taken a look at all the books I own and have had to move recently.  So while I will be able to spend money on books a bit more regularly then I previously have, I want and need to keep the amount of books that I own to a minimum.

The books:

Night Study and Dawn Study by Maria V Synder

Illuminae and Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johanson (but only a certain cover, because I like it best)

(Preorder) Tortall: A Spy’s Guide by Tamora Pierce, Julie Holderman, Timothy Leibe, Magan Messinger and Cora Colville

Book Blogging Things I Suck At

I took inspiration for this post based off of a video on KatesBookDate YouTube channel, which I can’t find but I swear she had one, here are some book blogging things I’m not very good at.  

1. Having an interesting theme – The bridge image was supposed to be temporary until I could get a picture of my books up, but I have yet to do so.  Whoops.  Also the images on my blog do this weird fade thing when you mouse over them?

2. Making visually appealing posts – I need to learn/try out other post formats, particularly for reviews.  Also more pictures and/or gifs!

3. Reading and commenting on other’s posts – As always, time is a major barrier to doing this, also I follow too many blogs which are not as similar to my blog reading and commenting tastes as I would like, 

Bonus things I think I am good at:

Interesting and diverse blog posts and topics

Commenting back to comments on my blog