2011 in Reading, or Paul joins two blogs and reads lots of First Novels

2011 was quite a year for me on the reading front, even if it wasn’t in terms of raw numbers.
In 2011 I finished 50 books:
32 Fantasy
11 Science Fiction
7 Other
26.5 books authored or co-authored by Women.
Laura Anne Gilman wins the plurality award, with 5 books read (Hard Magic, Dragon Virus, Flesh and Fire, Weight of Stone, The Shattered Vine)
I read plenty of first novels, and even more to the point, a bunch of 2011 first novels. All of the First Novels:
God’s War, Kameron Hurley
The Unremembered, Peter Orullian
The Quantum Thief, Hannu Rajanemi
Hounded, Kevin Hearne
Winds of Khalakovo, Bradley Beaulieu
Shadow’s Son, Jon Sprunk
The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack, Mark Hodder
Sword of Fire and Sea, Erin Hoffman
Miserere, Teresa Frohock
The Whitefire Crossing, Courtney Schafer
Of Blood and Honey, Stina Leicht
The Black God’s War, Moses Siregar
Southern Gods, John Hornor Jacobs
Redemption in Indigo, Karen Lord
Technically, Blackdog (KV Johansen) and Wolfsangel (MD Lachlan) count since they are their genre first novels, but both have written books before.
So, counting those, 16 first novels?!
Anyway, the big news was that I was “picked up” by both SF Signal and The Functional Nerds and that’s where the vast majority of my reviews are these days. People read my reviews, I talk to authors.
I may be a third rate book blogger, but I used to be a 6th rate one. 🙂

My year in travel

My 2011 travel was not very extensive.
The main reason is that my main traveling companions, My Friends The Olsons™, uprooted themselves and moved to Iowa this past year. The loss of their trailer to theft didn’t help.
And of course, the bugbear of us all in this tough economy, money.
So, anyway, 2011 recap in travel:
States Visited: 3
Minnesota
Iowa
Wisconsin
Places slept:
Blaine, Minnesota
Roseville, Minnesota
Marion, Iowa
Furthest North traveled: Oberg Mountain, on Minnesota’s North Shore
Furthest South traveled: State Capitol, Des Moines, Iowa
Furthest East traveled: Springfield, Ohio (for work)
Furthest West traveled: Itasca State Park, Minnesota
States Visited for the First time:
Indiana (Auburn, Indiana)
State Parks visited for the first time:
Willow River (Wisconsin)
Lake Bemidji State Park
State Parks revisited:
Itasca
Jay Cooke
Gooseberry
Amnicon Falls (Wisconsin)
Tettegouche
Interstate State Park (Minnesota)
Interstate State Park (Wisconsin)
Interstate Highways completed: 1 (I-380 in Iowa)
Conventions Visited: 1 (Diversicon)

Ring out Solstice Bells

Now is the Solstice of the Year
Winter is the Glad song that you hear
Seven maids move in seven time
Have the lads ready up in a line
Ring out these bells
Ring out, Ring Solstice Bells
Ring Solstice Bells
Join together beneath the mistletoe
By the holy oak where on it grows
Seven druids dance in seven time
Sing the song the bells call loudly chiming
Ring out these bells
Ring out, Ring Solstice Bells
Ring Solstice Bells
Praise be to the distant sister sun
Joyful as the silver planets run
Seven maids move in seven time
Sing the song the bells call loudly chiming
Ring out these bells
Ring out, Ring Solstice Bells
Ring Solstice Bells
Ring on, Ring Out
Ring on, Ring Out
Jethro Tull, _Ring Solstice Bells_