2015: SilentRoamer by the numbers.

2015: SilentRoamer by the numbers.

— Happy 2016! —

At the end of another year I wanted to summarise my reading related activities but rather than go into specific musings I decided to do a by the numbers approach and just detail some stats and figures. (See above).

My usual annual routine is to set myself a reading target at the start of the year, I started detailing this a little bit more than I normally would earlier this year which has served me well now this blog is up and running.

I have been keeping track of purchases and current reads over at The Second Apocalypse forums:

Yearly Targets

Book Purchases

Thanks to all the guys over there for their participation and a great (albeit small) group of guys who are always welcoming new members.

A little bit more detailed info below:


Books Read: 20

  • Daniel Keyes: Flowers for Algernon – Read 14/01/2015.
  • H. G. Wells: War of the Worlds – Read 20/01/2015.
  • Frank Herbert: Dune – Read 13/02/2015.
  • Frank Herbert: Dune Messiah – Read 21/02/2015.
  • Frank Herbert: Children of Dune – Read 20/03/2015.
  • Joe Abercrombie: The Blade Itself – Read 27/03/2015.
  • Joe Abercrombie: Before They Are Hanged – Read 06/04/2015.
  • Alfred Bester: The Stars my Destination – Read 11/04/2015.
  • Joe Abercrombie: Half a King – Read 16/04/2015.
  • Olaf Stapledon: Star Maker – Read 01/05/2015.
  • E.M. Forster: The Machine Stops – Read 01/05/2015 (Short story not included in statistics).
  • Adrian Tchaikovsky: Heirs of the Blade – Read 27/05/2015.
  • Joe Abercrombie: The Last Argument of Kings – Read 23/06/2015.
  • Isaac Asimov: The Stars Like Dust – Read 22/07/2015.
  • Cormac McCarthy: The Road – Read 05/08/2015.
  • James S. A. Corey: Leviathan Wakes – Read 24/08/2015.
  • Joe Haldeman: The Forever War – Read 29/08/2015.
  • Timothy Zahn: Heir Empire – Read 22/09/2015.
  • Timothy Zahn: Dark Force Rising– Read 23/10/2015.
  • Timothy Zahn: The Last Command – Read 12/11/2015.
  • Jo Zebedee: Inish Carraig – Read 27/11/2015.

Total Books Acquired: 157

  • Purchases:  148
  • Gifts: 4
  • Submissions: 3

Total Purchase Value: £161.08

  • Total Purchase Value of Second Hand Books: £136.59
  • Total Purchase Value of New Books: £24.49

Book Purchase Breakdown:

January

  • Star Wars: A Visual History – Gift.
  • Peter V. Brett: The Painted Man – Second hand purchase.
  • Anne McCaffrey: Talents of the Earth #2: Pegasus in Flight – Second hand purchase.
  • Bernard Cornwell: The Grail Quest #1: Harlequin – Second hand purchase.
  • James S. A. Corey: The Expanse #1: Leviathan Wakes – Second hand purchase.
  • David Gemmell: Lion of Macedon – Second hand purchase.
  • Bernard Cornwell: The Last Kingdom – Second hand purchase.
  • J. R. R. Tolkien: The Hobbit – Second hand purchase.
  • Eragon: Christopher Paolini – Second hand purchase.
  • Joe Abercrombie: The First Law #1: The Blade Itself – Second hand purchase.
  • Garth Nix: Across The Wall – Second hand purchase.
  • Stephen King: Insomnia – Second hand purchase.
  • Trudi Canavan: The Magicians Apprentice – Second hand purchase.
  • Trudi Canavan: The Ambassadors Mission – Second hand purchase.
  • T. H. White: The Once and Future King – Second hand purchase.
  • Arthur C. Clarke: 3001 The Final Odyssey – Second hand purchase.
  • Adrian Tchaikovsky: Shadows of the Apt #2: Dragonfly Falling – Second hand purchase.
  • Adrian Tchaikovsky: Shadows of the Apt #5: The Scarab Path – Second hand purchase.

February

  • Adrian Tchaikovsky: Shadows of the Apt #3: Blood of the Mantis – New purchase.
  • Dan Simmons: Hyperion – New purchase.
  • Michael Moorcock: The History of the Runestaff #1: The Jewel in the Skull – Second hand purchase.
  • Frank Herbert: The Dragon in the Sea – Second hand purchase.
  • Harry Harrison: The Stainless Steel Rat Saves The World – Second hand purchase.
  • Robert Heinlein: The Moon is a Harsh Mistress – Second hand purchase.
  • Brian Aldiss: The Moment of Eclipse – Second hand purchase.
  • Ursula K. Le Guin: The Dispossessed – Second hand purchase.
  • Poul Anderson: The Long Way Home – Second hand purchase.
  • Robin Hobb: The Farseer Trilogy #3: Assassins Quest – Second hand purchase.
  • John Marco: Tyrants and Kings #2: The Grand Design– Second hand purchase.
  • Brian Jacques: Tales of Redwall #15: Triss – Second hand purchase.
  • Scott Lynch: The Gentleman Bastards #1: The Lies of Locke Lamora – Second hand purchase.
  • Isaac Asimov: Nightfall One – Second hand purchase.
  • Isaac Asimov: Nightfall Two – Second hand purchase.
  • Isaac Asimov: The Stare Like Dust – Second hand purchase.
  • Frank Herbert: The Priests of Psi – Second hand purchase.
  • Vernor Vinge: The Peace War – Second hand purchase.
  • David Gemmell: The Hawk Queen #1: Ironhands Daughter – Second hand purchase.
  • David Gemmell: The Hawk Queen #2: The Hawk Eternal –  Second hand purchase.
  • David Gemmell: Stone of Power: The Sipstrassi Omnibus – Second hand purchase.
  • David Eddings: Castle of Wizardry – Second hand purchase.
  • Brian Adams: Watership Down – Second hand purchase.
  • Brian Jacques: Mossflower – Second hand purchase.
  • Dan Simmons: The Fall of Hyperion – Second hand purchase.
  • Robert Jordan: The Wheel of Time #9: Winter’s Heart – Second hand purchase.
  • Karen Miller: Godspeaker #1: Empress – Second hand purchase.
  • Micheal Moorcock: The History of the Rune Staff #4: The Runestaff – Second hand purchase.
  • David Gemmell: Rigante #3: Ravenheart – Second hand purchase.
  • Brandon Sanderson: The Stormlight Archive #1 Part #1: The Way of Kings – Second hand purchase.
  • Jim Butcher: Dresden Files: White Night – Second hand purchase.
  • Brian Herbert & Kevin J. Anderson: Paul of Dune – Second hand purchase.

March

  • George R. R. Martin: Game of Thrones: A Storm of Swords Part II: Blood and Gold – New purchase.
  • Joe Abercrombie: Shattered Sea Trilogy: Half a King – New purchase.
  • Robert Jordan: Conan Chronicles 2 – New purchase.
  • Frank Herbert: Children of Dune – Second hand purchase.
  • Terry Pratchett: Soul Music – Second hand purchase.
  • David and Leigh Eddings: The Redemption of Althalus – Second hand purchase.
  • Joe Halderman: Peace and War – Second hand purchase.
  • Terry Brooks: The First King of Shannara – Second hand purchase.
  • Terry Brooks: Shannara #1: The Sword of Shannara – Second hand purchase.
  • Terry Brooks: Shannara #3: The Wishsong of Shannara – Second hand purchase.
  • Terry Brooks: The Voyage of the Jerle Shannara #2: Antrax – Second hand purchase.
  • Terry Brooks: The Voyage of the Jerle Shannara #3: Morgawr – Second hand purchase.
  • Terry Brooks: High Druid of Shannara #1: Jarka Ruins – Second hand purchase.
  • Terry Brooks: High Druid of Shannara #2: Tanequil – Second hand purchase.
  • Terry Brooks: The Heritage of Shannara #1: The Scions of Shannara – Second hand purchase.
  • Terry Brooks: The Heritage of Shannara #3: The Elf Queen of Shannara – Second hand purchase.
  • Joe Abercrombie: The First Law #3: Before They Are Hanged – Second hand purchase.
  • Greg Bear: The Forge of God – Second hand purchase.
  • Olaf Stapledon: Star Maker – Second hand purchase.
  • Karen Miller: A Blight of Mages – New purchase.
  • Brandon Sanderson: The Alloy of Law – New purchase.
  • Douglas Adams: Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy #1: The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy  – Second hand purchase.
  • Douglas Adams: Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy #2: The Restaurant at the End of the Universe – Second hand purchase.
  • Douglas Adams: Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy #3: Life, the Universe and Everything  – Second hand purchase.
  • Douglas Adams: Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy #4: So Long, and Thankyou for the Fish – Second hand purchase.
  • Douglas Adams: Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy #5: Mostly Harmless – Second hand purchase.
  • Valerio Massimo: Alexander #1: Child of a Dream – Second hand purchase.
  • George R. R. Martin: Game of Thrones #5: A Dance with Dragons Part II: After the Feast – Second hand purchase.
  • Steven Erikson: Malazan Book of the Fallen #3: Memories of Ice – Second hand purchase.
  • Kim Stanley Robinson: A Future History of Mars #3: Blue Mars – Second hand purchase.
  • R. Scott Bakker: The Aspect Emperor #1: The Judging Eye – Second hand purchase.
  • Tad Williams: The Shadowmarch Trilogy #2: Shadowplay – Second hand purchase.
  • Patrick Rothfuss: The Kingkiller Chronicles #1: The Name of the Wind – Second hand purchase.

April

  • Alfred Bester: The Stars My Destination – Second hand purchase.
  • Richard Mathieson: The Shrinking Man – Second hand purchase.
  • Terry Pratchett: A Hat Full of Sky – Second hand purchase.
  • William Gibson: Neuromancer – Second hand purchase.
  • Gail Z. Martin: The Ascendat Saga #1: Ice Forged – Second hand purchase..
  • Isaac Asimov: Second Foundation – Second hand purchase.
  • Patrick Rothfuss: Kingkiller Chronicles #2: The Wise Man’s Fear – Second hand purchase.

May

  • Iain M. Banks: Look to Windward – Second hand purchase.
  • Robert Jordan: The Conan Chronicles – Second hand purchase.
  • Edited by Stephen Donaldson: Strange Dreams (Works from Greg Bear, Theodore Sturgeon, Harlan Ellison, C.J. Cherryh, Jack Vance, Walter Jon Williams, M. John Harrison, Orson Scott Card, Franz Kafka.) – Second hand purchase.
  • Arthur C. Clarke and Gentry Lee: Rama Revealed – Second hand purchase.
  • Tad Williams: The War of the Flowers – Second hand purchase.
  • Michael Moorcock: The Winds of Limbo – Second hand purchase.
  • Harry Harrison: Lifeboat – Second hand purchase.
  • Joe Abercrombie: The First Law #3: Last Argument of Kings – New purchase.
  • Anne McCaffrey: The Renegades of Pern – Second hand purchase.
  • Robin Hobb: Soldiers Son Trilogy #2: Forest Mage – Second hand purchase.
  • David Zindell: A Requiem for Homo Sapiens #1: The Broken God – Second hand purchase.

June

  • Scott Lynch: Gentleman Bastards #1: The Lies of Locke Lamora – Second hand purchase.
  • Robert Jordan: The Wheel of Time #3: The Dragon Reborn – Second hand purchase.
  • Lois McMaster Bujold: Barrayar – Second hand purchase.
  • Christopher Paolini: Brisingr – Second hand purchase.
  • Wilbur Smith: Elephant Song – Second hand purchase.
  • Luke Scull: The Grim Company – New purchase.

July

  • Anne McCaffrey: Pern #1: Dragonflight – Second hand purchase.
  • Anne McCaffrey: Harper Halles #3: Dragondrums – Second hand purchase.
  • Anne McCaffrey: Pern #10: The Renegades of Pern – Second hand purchase.
  • Anne McCaffrey: Pern #11: All the Weyrs of Pern – Second hand purchase.
  • Anne McCaffrey: Pern #12: The Chronicles of Pern: First Fall – Second hand purchase.
  • Anne McCaffrey: Pern #13: The Dolphins of Pern – Second hand purchase.
  • Anne McCaffrey: Pern #15: The MasterHarper of Pern – Second hand purchase.
  • Anne McCaffrey: The Girl Who Heard Dragons – Second hand purchase.
  • Anne McCaffrey: Doona #1: Decision at Doona – Second hand purchase.
  • Anne McCaffrey: Doona #2: Crisis at Doona – Second hand purchase.
  • Anne McCaffrey: The Talent #3: Pegasus in Space – Second hand purchase.
  • Anne McCaffrey and Jody Lynn Nye: Brainship #1: The Ship Who Sang – Second hand purchase.
  • Anne McCaffrey and Jody Lynn Nye: Brainship #5: The Ship Who Won – Second hand purchase.
  • Anne McCaffrey: Black Horses for the King – Second hand purchase.
  • Anne McCaffrey: Get off the Unicorn – Second hand purchase.
  • Anne McCaffrey and Margaret Hall: Acorna #1: Acorna the Unicorn Girl  – Second hand purchase.
  • Anne McCaffrey and Elizabeth Ann Scarborough: Acorna #3: Acorna’s People – Second hand purchase.
  • Anne McCaffrey and Elizabeth Ann Scarborough: Acorna #6: Acorna’s Rebels – Second hand purchase.
  • David Gemmell: Midnight Falcon – Second hand purchase.
  • Timothy Zahn: Star Wars Heir to the Empire #1: Heir to the Empire – Second hand purchase.
  • Yann Martell: Life of Pi – Second hand purchase.
  • Hugh Howey: Shift – Second hand purchase.

August

  • Matthew Stover: Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith – Second hand purchase.
  • Timothy Zahn: Sar Wars: Allegiance – Second hand purchase.
  • James Lucieno: Star Wars: Rise of the Darth Vader – Second hand purchase.
  • David Gemmell: Morningstar – Second hand purchase.
  • Alan Dean Foster: The End of the Matter – Second hand purchase.
  • Alan Dean Foster: Mission to Moulokin – Second hand purchase.
  • J.R.R. Tolkin: The Children of Hurin – Second hand purchase.
  • Tad Williams: The Shadowmarch Trilogy #1: Shadowmarch – Second hand purchase.
  • Greg Keyes: The Kingdoms of Thorn and Bone #1: The Briar King – Second hand purchase.
  • Greg Keyes: The Kingdoms of Thorn and Bone #2: Thw Charnel Prince – Second hand purchase.
  • Greg Keyes: The Kingdoms of Thorn and Bone #3: Blood Knight – Second hand purchase.
  • Ian C. Esselmont: Night of Knives – Second hand purchase.
  • David Gemmell: Echoes of the Great Song – Second hand purchase.
  • Hugh Howey: Dust – Second hand purchase.

September

  • Dr. Who: The Vault – New purchase.
  • H. G. Wells: The Sleeper Awakes – Second hand purchase.

October

  • George R. R. Martin: Game of Thrones #5: A Dance With Dragons Part 1: Dreams and Dust – Second hand purchase.
  • Dreams and Dust – Second hand purchase.
  • Gary Gibson: Angel Stations – Second hand purchase.
  • Marlon James: A Breif History of Seven Killings – Gift.

November

  • Tad Williams: City of Golden Shadow – Second hand purchase.
  • Neal Asher: The Departure – Second hand purchase.

December

  • Stephen Baxter & Terry Pratchett: The Long War – Second hand purchase.
  • Jo Zebedee: Inish Carraig – Submission.
  • Zoe Sumra: Sailor for a Siren – Submission.
  • Dave De Burgh: Betrayals Shadow – Submission
  • Stephen Wade: Foul Deeds @ Suspicious Deaths In & Around Doncaster – Gift.
  • Dune: Folio Society Print – Gift.

 

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