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. 🙂