Ryan Martinsen

Books I read in 2016

My goal for 2016 was to read 25 books. I managed to read 20.

Those 20 books contain 7,805 pages. Or, since I mostly listened to audiobooks in 2016, only 906 pages plus 238 hours of audio. I listen to books at an average of 1.5x normal speed so the actual number of hours I spent listening to books is closer to 159. That’s just over 3 hours of listening per week or about 26 minutes a day.

Here’s how my 2016 reading compares to years past:

Book Reading Goals vs Books Read from 2011 to 2016

2010 was the first year I read a significant number of books (36), but I didn’t start making yearly reading goals until 2011. I went a little overboard in 2012, thinking I could read 52 books and failing miserably. I’ve since tried for more realistic goals, but have fallen short the last few years. I’m shooting for 25 books again this year even though I didn’t manage it in 2016.

Anyway, here’s the list of books I read in 2016, organized by date read. Here’s the same list on Goodreads.

January

Sabriel (Abhorsen, #1), by Garth Nix

February

The Bands of Mourning (Mistborn, #6), by Brandon Sanderson
Mistborn: Secret History (Mistborn, #3.5), by Brandon Sanderson
Lirael (Abhorsen, #2), by Garth Nix
Calamity (Reckoners, #3), by Brandon Sanderson

March

Abhorsen (Abhorsen, #3), by Garth Nix

April, May

I didn’t finish a single book in April or May. :(

June

Bluescreen (Mirador, #1), by Dan Wells
The Dragons of Dorcastle (The Pillars of Reality, #1), by Jack Campbell
Clariel: The Lost Abhorsen (Abhorsen, #4), by Garth Nix

July

Age of Myth (The Legends of the First Empire, #1), by Michael J. Sullivan

August

The Swarm (The Second Formic War, #1), by Orson Scott Card

September

Queen of Fire (Raven’s Shadow, #3), by Anthony Ryan
Furies of Calderon (Codex Alera, #1), by Jim Butcher

October

Academ’s Fury (Codex Alera, #2), by Jim Butcher

November

Cursor’s Fury (Codex Alera, #3), by Jim Butcher
Captain’s Fury (Codex Alera, #4), by Jim Butcher
Princeps’ Fury (Codex Alera, #5), by Jim Butcher

December

First Lord’s Fury (Codex Alera, #6), by Jim Butcher
The Dispatcher, by John Scalzi
The Shepherd’s Crown (Discworld #41), by Terry Pratchett

The last book, The Shepherd’s Crown, is the last book Terry Pratchett wrote before he died in March 2015. It was his 41st Discworld novel and a fitting way to end my reading for 2016. Pratchett’s Discworld series is weird and hilarious and I highly recommend checking them out if you’re into fantasy at all.

Cities I visited in 2016

These are the cities I spent one or more nights in during 2016:

  • Anaheim, California (Disneyland)
  • Brooklyn, New York
  • Kaysville, Utah
  • Orlando, Florida
  • Salt Lake City, Utah

Where did you go?

See where I went in 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, and 2009.

10 years of charity: water

This video is just over 20 minutes long, but well worth your time. Please watch it when you have a chance.

Everyone in the world needs clean drinking water and you can be part of making that happen.

There’s a lot of crap going on in the world. Be a force for good.