Well, it took me a bit to get all the metadata in my Goodreads account in order to get some decent numbers but I fixed the issues. The irony of a librarian having insufficient Goodreads metadata is not lost on me. So, for 2012, I read 167 total volumes counting both books and manga/graphic novels. I’m going to round up that a bit to account for manga ebooks (from Jmanga) that aren’t listed on Goodreads, so it was probably closer to 175-180, really. I read roughly 75 volumes of manga. I’m estimated roughly 90-100 books, and the reason why that total is so high is due to the high percentage of fluffy romance series that I can tear through in a very short amount of time. I’ve also been reading more and more ebooks, which I think I tend to read a bit faster than print.
Favorite book I read this year:
The Sisters Brothers by Patrick Dewitt – This Cohen Brothersesque novel about two assassins during the Gold Rush was so good, it totally spoiled me for reading for a long time because absolutely nothing else could measure up to it. The dialog and use of language was spectacular, and the combination of violence, humor, and unlikely adventure gave it the feeling of an unlikely epic.
Best Manga I should have read a long time ago
Co-hosting the Takehiko Inoue manga moveable feast was great, because I finally got around to reading parts of Slam Dunk and Real. Inoue’s sports manga is just as fantastic as Vagabond.
Favorite graphic novel:
As much as I enjoyed Saga, reading the first couple volumes of Mark Waid’s Daredevil was such a fresh take on the character, I’m going to have to go with this, both in visual execution and the fun of seeing Daredevil not act like the Marvel Universe’s Prince of Gloom.
Most Underwhelming Comic Reboot:
I wouldn’t expect that a new Amethyst of Princess of Gemworld series would leave me largely indifferent but after looking forward to it with guarded optimism, I was just generally disappointed by the Amethyst reboot. The occasional cute character moments and humor don’t really make up for the rapes as narrative device and shuffled reenvisioning of the Gemworld.
Notable Romance novels
This was the year I read most of Courtney Milan’s books. I also enjoyed reading Thea Harrison’s Elder Races series and Tessa Dare’s Spindle Cove series.
John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars and Maggie Stiefvater’s The Scorpio Races were my favorite YA reads.