Here we are in 2015, what should be the ‘future’, and yet it’s still very much the present. As I look back at the previous year, and all the books I read, it’s interesting to see where we are in regards to the fictional version of 2015–the things we have, and the technology that hasn’t shown up. “Where’s my flying car?” people ask. And while the flying car does technically exist (though not for purchase yet), something far more practical is on the verge of becoming reality: the self-driving car.

But I digress, this is supposed to be a review of what I read last year, not the state of technology, or science fiction. But speaking of science fiction, I tend to read the genre almost exclusively. While that’s still true in 2014, I made a couple picks that were far from my usual, with choices like The Girl With All The Gifts, and  The Silkworm. There were also a couple standout novels that introduced me to new authors whom I will be looking at far more closely in the future.

Some things truly never change, however. I started the year with a goal of reading 35 books. I did, in fact, exceed that goal by reading 38 books. This was actually one of my highest years in both books and page count. Prior to 2014 (and 2013 before that), you’d have to go back to 2007 to find higher totals; I’m rather impressed with myself.

I ended 2013 with 62 books on my to-read list, and at the end of 2014, still have 62 books on my to-read list; I fear it’s a never-shortening list. It seems the more things change, the more they stay the same.

A couple other tidbits of note: This was yet another year in that I read 100% eBooks (with the exception of one audiobook that I also had as an eBook.) It was also my 2nd full year without reading a Star Wars book. While some may see this as unremarkable, for me, it’s far from it.

So without further ado, here’s what I read in 2014:

Books

Books Read: 38
Pages Read: 14,324 (39.35 pages/day)

  1. The Road by Cormac McCarthy (306 pages | 1/1 – 1/6 | My rating: 4/5)
  2. Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay (304 pages | 1/7 – 1/10 | My rating: 3/5)
  3. On the Steel Breeze by Alastair Reynolds (492 pages | 1/12 – 1/23 | My rating: 4/5)
  4. Proxima by Stephen Baxter (464 pages | 1/23 – 1/31 | My rating: 5/5)
  5. Home Fires by Gene Wolfe (305 pages | 2/1 – 2/11 | My rating: 2/5)
  6. Dark Eden by Chris Beckett (448 pages | 2/11 – 2/23 | My rating: 4/5)
  7. *The Martian by Andy Weir (385 pages | 2/23 – 2/27 | My rating: 4/5)
  8. Life After Life by Kate Atkinson (512 pages | 2/28 – 3/14 | My rating: 3/5)
  9. *Red Rising by Pierce Brown (401 pages | 3/14 – 3/21 | My rating: 5/5)
  10. Influx by Daniel Suarez (417 pages | 3/22 – 3/28 | My rating: 3/5)
  11. Archetype by M.D. Waters (384 pages | 3/30 – 4/12 | My rating: 4/5)
  12. Great North Road by Peter F. Hamilton (946 pages | 4/13 – 5/14 | My rating: 3/5 | My Review)
  13. Transhuman by Ben Bova (368 pages | 5/15 – 5/20 | My rating: 3/5)
  14. Power Play by Ben Bova (353 pages | 5/20 – 5/28 | My rating: 3/5)
  15. Mars, Inc: The Billionaire’s Club by Ben Bova (319 pages | 5/29 – 6/7 | My rating: 3/5)
  16. Last and First Contacts by Stephen Baxter (149 pages | 6/7 – 6/11 | My rating: 3/5)
  17. While We Run by Karen Healey (333 pages | 6/12 – 6/20 | My rating: 3/5)
  18. Shipstar by Gregory Benford and Larry Niven (416 pages | 6/20 – 7/2 | My rating: 3/5)
  19. The Long Mars by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter (373 pages | 7/2 – 7/14 | My rating: 4/5)
  20. **The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Carey (408 pages | 7/15 – 7/25 | My rating: 4/5)
  21. World of Trouble by Ben H. Winters (322 pages | 7/26 – 7/29 | My rating: 4/5)
  22. The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith (455 pages | 7/30 – 8/10 | My rating: 4/5)
  23. *Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas by John Scalzi (318 pages | 8/10 – 8/13 | My rating: 5/5)
  24. The Maze Runner by James Dashner (386 pages | 8/13 – 8/18 | My rating: 4/5)
  25. The Scorch Trials by James Dashner (370 pages | 8/19 – 8/26 | My rating: 3/5)
  26. The Death Cure by James Dashner (370 pages | 8/26 – 8/31 | My rating: 4/5)
  27. *Lock In by John Scalzi (337 pages | 8/31 – 9/5 | My rating: 5/5)
  28. Frameshift by Robert J. Sawyer (352 pages | 9/6 – 9/11 | My rating: 4/5)
  29. Starplex by Robert J. Sawyer (304 pages | 9/12 – 9/18 | My rating: 4/5)
  30. The Revisionists by Thomas Mullen (407 pages | 9/18 – 9/30 | My rating: 4/5)
  31. The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey (300 pages | 10/1 – 10/8 | My rating: 3/5)
  32. *Replay by Ken Grimwood (320 pages | 10/9 – 10/11 | My rating: 5/5)
  33. The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North (424 pages | 10/12 – 10/28 | My rating: 4/5)
  34. The Stars, Like Dust by Isaac Asimov (252 pages | 10/29 – 11/6 | My rating: 3/5)
  35. The Currents of Space by Isaac Asimov (252 pages | 11/6 – 11/19 | My rating: 3/5)
  36. Pebble in the Sky by Isaac Asimov (256 pages | 11/20 – 12/5 | My rating: 3/5)
  37. Coming Home by Jack McDevitt (368 pages | 12/5 – 12/11 | My rating: 3/5)
  38. Ultima by Stephen Baxter (464 pages | 12/12 – 12/30 | My rating: 4/5)
  • Highly recommended titles.
    ** Odd choice for me, as this is a zombie novel.

To see this list (and accompanying details) on Goodreads, click here.

In 2015, those 62 books on my to-read list still contain the Culture series, which I’ve yet to start reading. There’s a series by John Scalzi that I’m interested in, now that I’m familiar with his work. I’ve still got Orson Scott Card’s Shadow series to dip into, and I’ll likely spend a good chunk of the year delving into the return of the Retrieval Artist series, as there are several of those novels due out this year. Some of my most anticipated novels of the year are Golden Son, which is due early in January, and The Long Utopia.

While most of my list is still made up of science fiction, I’m still willing to try books outside of my comfort zone. Some of the better books I’ve read have been from there.

So now for predictions: I’m going to shoot for 25 books in 2015–why so low? Two reasons: I’m not sure that I’ll have a commute to work anymore (where I do a lot of my ‘reading’), and because some of the books on my list are quite lengthy in page count. I figure if I manage to read 25 this year, I’m doing quite nicely.