Hello, Ranting Readers. I’m Dan, one of the regular (ish) guest writers for Ranting Dragon, and like all of you, I’m a big reader. I also keep track of every book I read, and this past year I set a new personal record, reading 40,319 pages. I thought I’d compile my thoughts on the year’s reading, generate a few lists to go with the best-of lists appearing all over the internet at this time of year, and give a few of my thoughts on some of the best (and worst) of my 2011 year of reading. Bear in mind, this is what I read in 2011; many (almost all) of these books were not published in 2011.
You can see the complete list of books I read this year on our forums here, since the complete list would take up a pretty big chunk of article space. So without further ado, lets get going.
… Okay, so there’s a bit more ado. I’m going to put the text accompanying each section inside spoiler tags because, well… there might be spoilers in there. That way you can read any of the selections regarding books you’ve already read or won’t read, without a chance of spoiling yourself on one you’re planning to read. So click those buttons at your own risk.
Top 5 Books or Series
1. Snuff by Terry Pratchett (2011)
2. Malazan Book of the Fallen by Steven Erikson (2000 – 2011)
3. The Lions of Al-Rassan by Guy Gavriel Kay (1995)
4. The Warded Man by Peter V Brett (2009)
5. Elminster Must Die by Ed Greenwood (2010)
Bottom 5 Books or Series
61: Emperor by Stephen Baxter (2007)
62: The Age of Zeus by James Lovegrove (2010)
63: Furies of Calderon by Jim Butcher (2004)
64: The Secret History of Moscow by Ekaterina Sedia (2007)
65: Out of the Dark by David Weber (2010)
And there you have it. My year in review. Agree with any of my choices? Disagree with any of them? Want to duel me to the death for not liking your favorite thing ever? Please comment!
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