faunal_fantasy (faunal_fantasy) wrote,

2014 Books

My goal was to read or listen to 30 books in 2014. I managed 31. I also wrote approximately 50 pages of thesis, 10 technical reports, defended my thesis and graduated, so I don’t feel so bad about the limited reading.

Red Mars (Mars Trilogy Book 1) by Kim Stanley Robinson (January)
Green Mars (Book 2) by Kim Stanley Robinson (February)
Blue Mars (Book 3) by Kim Stanley Robinson (March)
An Empire of Ice: Scott, Shackleton, and the Heroic Age of Antarctic Science by Edward J. Larson (March)
Redshirts By John Scalzi (March)
A Fire Upon the Deep (Zones of Thought Book 1) by Vernor Vinge (April)
The RVer’s Bible by Kim and Sunny Baker (April)
The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson (April)
The Man in the High Castle by Phillip K. Dick (April)
Spin (Spin Book 1) by Robert Charles Wilson (April)
Axis (Spin Book 2) by Robert Charles Wilson (April)
The Medicine Bows: Wyoming’s Mountain Country by Scot Thybony et al. (May)
A Deepness in the Sky (Zones of Thought Book 2) by Vernor Vinge (June)
Cyteen (Book 1) by C. J. Cherryh (July)
Downbelow Station (Company Wars Book 1) by C. J. Cherryh (September)
Regenesis (Book 2) by C. J. Cherryh (September)
Sundiver (The Uplift Saga Book 1) by David Brin (September)
Startide Rising (The Uplift Saga Book 2) by David Brin (September)
The Uplift War (The Uplift Saga Book3) by David Brin (October)
Gateway (Heechee Saga Book 1) by Frederik Pohl (October)
Among Others by Jo Walton (October)
To Your Scattered Bodies Go (Riverworld 1) by Philip Jose Farmer (October)
Falling Free (Vorkosigan Saga Book 1—chronological) by Lois McMaster Bujold (October)
Shards of Honor (Vorkosigan Saga Book 2—chronological) by Lois McMaster Bujold (October)
Barrayar (Vorkosigan Saga Book 3—chronological) by Lois McMaster Bujold (October)
The Warrior’s Apprentice (Vorkosigan Saga Book 4—chronological) by Lois McMaster Bujold (November)
The Vor Game (Vorkosigan Saga Book 5—chronological) by Lois McMaster Bujold (November)
Cetaganda (Vorkosigan Saga Book 6—chronological) by Lois McMaster Bujold (November)
Brothers in Arms (Vorkosigan Saga Book 7—chronological) by Lois McMaster Bujold (December)
Borders of Infinity (Vorkosigan Saga Book 8—chronological) by Lois McMaster Bujold (December)
Mirror Dance (Vorkosigan Saga Book 9—chronological) by Lois McMaster Bujold (December)

My favorites were Gateway, Cyteen, and Mirror Dance; my least favorites were Sundiver, and Axis. Everything else was a mix of 3 to 4 stars. I think I am going to stick to the Vorkosigan series for a while, at least until I have read all the award winners. My goal, as it has been for a while, is to read every Hugo and Nebula winning novel. I have nearly read all the stand alone novels or novels that are the first in a series, so now I am finding myself having to read several books in a series just to get to the award winner. The award winners are read in no particular order, although currently that order is controlled by what I can find unabridged on audiobook, and then price—cheapest books if I have no audible credits, or most expensive books if I have a credit. For the Nebula award I have yet to read 24 out of 51 novels; 19 out of 63 left for the Hugo. Of course, the total number increases by two each year.
I have been attempting to watch every film that has won best picture at the academy awards, as well, but I haven’t been keeping a good record of that. According to my Netflix queue I have about 37 left out of approximately 85 (assuming that a film has been awarded best picture every year since 1929).
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