Friday, May 17, 2013

Books Read in 2013

For the last four years I've kept track of the books I've read (2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012).  I don't think any year's list is complete, but it gives a general picture of what I've been reading.

The Lost Hero
by Rick Riordon
I picked this up over Christmas while I was visiting my family.  It picks up where the Percy Jackson books leave off, but is much better.  The Percy Jackson books were crap.  In this series, the Romans and their gods are introduced into the Camp Half Blood universe and they team up to save the world.

The Son of Neptune
by Rick Riordon
This is book two of the series.  The adventure returns to Percy Jackson who has been missing through all of book one.  They set off on an adventure to save the world.

The Mark of Athena
by Rick Riordon
In book three the characters from the first two books join forces to save the world.

The Great Gatsby
by F. Scott Fitzgerald
This book was great.

The Hunger Games
by Suzanne Collins
I read this last year.  It's good airplane reading, so I took it to Hawaii.

Catching Fire
by Suzanne Collins
I was supposed to be just going to Hawaii, so I only brought two books.

A Game of Thrones
by George Martin
Turns out I had to go to Fiji all of a sudden, so I picked up this book in Suva.  Getting through the rest of the series and then the dvds will probably take the rest of the year.

A Short History of Nearly Everything
by Bill Bryson
This was everything I was supposed to learn in college, compressed into a single book.  If only it had been published in 1996 I could have saved some time and money.

The Hobbit
by JRR Tolkien
Haven't read this once in years, perhaps since high school.  It was the fun little romp that I remember and Peter Jackson's movie sucks.

Ready Player One
by Ernest Cline
I think this could be my new favorite book.  If you like video games and jedis, this is a book you need to read.

A Clash of Kings
by George Martin
I'm going to end up reading all of these.  It is kind of hard to keep track of all the characters at times.  Wikipedia helps.

Mockingbird
by Suzanne Collins
I read the first two, so whipped through the last one.  It was a fun read the second time through.

Guns, Germs, and Steel
by Jared Diamond
I read Collapse years ago picked this up during a last minute trip to Fiji.  Eh.  Maybe his stuff has been so reported on since the year he wrote this that it wasn't as new, or maybe Collapse is basically the same book?  As someone who works on fisheries, I drew parallels to what humans did to megafauna where ever they want.  I think we're doing that to the oceans now.  Bummer.

A Storm of Swords
by George R. R. Martin
Best one yet!  Everyone dies!

A Feast for Crows
by George R. R. Martin
I've officially been sucked into Game of Thrones fanboydom.  I've watched all of Season 1 on Bluray, selections of Season 2 on Youtube, and the first two episodes of Season 3 on an airplane.  Comicbookgirl19 also has some amazing videos.  The fifth book is in the mail.  Once I finish it I'll fall into a deep depression.

Coral Reefs in the Microbial Seas
by Forest Rohwer
Came across this gem in my quest to link climate change to coral reefs to sharks.  This book does the trick!  It describes the effects of overfishing in simple to understand terms.   A must read!

A Dance With Dragons
by George R.R. Martin
Wait, that's it?  He hasn't written the other books yet?  No!!!!!

Oh, Myyy
by George Takei
This book isn't what you think.  And I should probably write a full blog about it.

Song for the Blue Ocean
by Carl Safina
Why didn't someone give me this book in 1997 when it was published?  The book is split up into three parts, discussing blue fin tuna in the Atlantic, salmon in the Pacific, and the aquarium trade in the western Pacific.  The blue fin tuna discussion shocked me because we are still dealing with the same exact issues 20 years later.  Several chapters of the aquarium trade focus on Palau (with even a mention of Saipan!) and the Philippines, places I love.

1 comment:

Deece said...

My niece is really into all those Rick Riordan series (series'?). I just started The Lightening Thief on audio book, I like it so far. My daughter finished it, she really likes it. I watched The Hunger Games...didn't care much for it, so I doubt I'll read it. I'm considering The Great Gatsby, I definitely want to read it before I watch it. We'll see. I first learned of Games of Thrones as the HBO series. I bought the first book, but because it was similar enough to the first season of the show, I kept getting bored with it - plus that was when I just had the baby and I couldn't find enough time to read it. My sister read the whole series pretty quickly. I'm caught up on all of the shows, so I'm not sure if I really have the motivation to read the books. Maybe some day. I'm going to check out A Short History of Nearly Everything. Thanks. About half of the books I've read this year were pretty bad free or really cheap kindle books. I really want to read more, but I'm having a hard time quieting my mind....too busy thinking about and preparing for our move. And travelling with three kids, I doubt I'll be able to read on the planes.