Last night I finished up the last book in the Harry Potter series, and I looked back on what I have read since I started reading back in January of 2009.
It has been a fun ride for me, fantasy books, hacker stories, more fantasy books. I have been keeping track of the books I have read, and when I finished them… and here we are!
- Queen of the Demonweb Pits (Paul Kidd) 3/29/2009
- White Plum Mountain (Paul Kidd) 5/1/2009
- Descent into the Depths of the Earth (Paul Kidd) 6/9/2009
- Keep of the Borderlands (Ru Emerson) 6/25/2009
- The Tomb of Horrors (Keith Francis Strohm) 8/9/2009
- Day of the Dragon () 8/25/2009
- Snow Crash (Neal Stephenson) 11/7/2009
- Cockcoo’s Egg (Cliff Stohl) 12/31/2009
- Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone (1/14/2010)
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets – (1/19/2010)
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – (1/27/2010)
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire – (2/7/2010)
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix – (2/22/2010)
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince – (3/11/2010)
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – (3/27/2010)
Taking a look at that, from January 1st of 2009 to March 29th, I read one book, a total of 320 pages, pretty sad rate I’d say. But then I noticed that from January 1st of 2010 to today, 7 books an 4,200 pages read in the same amount of time it took me to read 320 pages in 2009. I guess you do read faster when you “practice” :) And I think it helps if you catch the “bug” too. I got it from Laura, she is a read-addic (when she is not playing peggle). Watching her read all the time, I figured there must be something entertaining about it, and there was! Not really an escape, but a “time-out” if you will, from the ups and downs of everyday life.
I really enjoyed the Harry Potter series! And as I said on my facebook post, the first few books were really fun and exciting. The last few books were dark and mystery type tales. Both ends were great and interesting to read, but there is a definite difference in the stores from beginning to end.
Next up will probably be some more tech/hacker/computer related books. I am trying to mix them up a bit, as I like both types, but don’t want to get totally burned out on either. I am either going to begin with a series by Daniel Suarez, starting with Daemon, or a new book by Joseph Menn called Fatal System Error.