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So everyone, post your reading goals here and keep us updated on how you are doing!
In 2010, I intend
  • Not to buy any more ebooks until at least my birthday on 8th May
  • To buy as few ebooks as I can possibly manage after that
  • To get my "to be read" folder below 200* by the end of the year

As for what I'll be reading:

Analog SFF, Asimov's SF, F&SF and Interzone magazines
Lots of nice new SF and Fantasy
The occasional mystery (e.g. any new No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency books that aren't a silly price.)

But I don't really have a list of titles. Hmm... listing them here from 1st January as I start them would be fun! Oh - and I'll give them a score as I finish them. The marking will be quite harsh - to enable amazing books to stand out from the merely very good. I might update marks as I go along. And just for fun, I'll add in each book's net cost to me (NB this is not their current price, but the price I paid, subtracting any micropay rebate if from fictionwise).
  1. Jan 1st: The Night Bird by Catherine Asaro - $6.59 - 7/10
  2. Jan 2nd: Quanty by Darrell Bain - $2.55 - 5/10
  3. Jan 3rd: Ragamuffin by Tobia Buckell - $3.03 - 8/10
  4. Jan 5th: Stealing the Elf-King's Roses by Diane Duane - $3.18 - 8/10
  5. Jan 7th: Shipscat series (4 short ebooks) by Mercedes Lackey - $2.20 - 5/10
  6. Jan 7th: The Girl Who Married a Lion by Alexander McCall Smith - $7.61 - 4/10
  7. Jan 9th: Inferno by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle - $0.95 - 9/10
  8. Jan 9th: Escape From Hell by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle - $6.36 - 7/10
  9. Jan 10th: Eye of the Storm by John Ringo - $3.75 - 7/10
  10. Jan 11th: The Android's Dream by John Scalzi - $2.16 - 8/10
  11. Jan 12th: Overthrowing Heaven by Mark L. Van Name - $3.75 - 9/10
  12. Jan 13th: Darkship Thieves by Sarah A. Hoyt - $3.75 - 9/10
  13. Jan 14th: Dipped, Stripped, and Dead by Sarah A. Hoyt as Elise Hyatt - $3.28 - 6/10
  14. Jan 15th: Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris - $3.40 - 8/10
  15. Jan 16th: Voyage From Yesteryear by James P. Hogan - $3.75 - 6/10
  16. Jan 16th: The Counterfeit Heinlein by Laurence M. Janifer - $4.45 - 5/10
  17. Jan 17th: Orphans of Chaos by John Wright - Free - 8/10
  18. Jan 19th: Living Dead in Dallas by Charlaine Harris - $3.40 - 8/10
  19. Jan 19th: In The Stormy Red Sky by David Drake - $3.75 - 8/10
  20. Jan 21st: F&SF, January–February 2010 by Spilogate, Inc.- $3.12 - 4/10
  21. Jan 23rd: Asimov's, February 2010 by Dell Magazines - $1.79 - 7/10
  22. Jan 25th: Analog, March 2010 by Dell Magazines - $1.79 - 9/10
  23. Jan 26th: Children of Hope by David Feintuch - $3.40 - 8/10
  24. Jan 28th: Timeline by Michael Crichton - $3.35 - 6/10
  25. Feb 2nd: The King of Elfland's Daughter by Lord Dunsany - Free - 7/10
  26. Feb 7th: Daughter of the Blood by Anne Bishop - $3.40 - 2/10 (unfinished)
  27. Feb 8th: Club Dead by Charlaine Harris - $3.40 - 7/10
  28. Feb 10th: Patriots by David Drake - $3.75 - 7/10
  29. Feb 13th: Tailchaser's Song by Tad Williams - $2.54 - 8/10
  30. Feb 16th: Analog, April 2010 by Dell Magazines - $1.79 - 8/10
  31. Feb 16th: Asimov's, March 2010 by Dell Magazines - $1.79 - 8/10
  32. Feb 18th: Federations edited by John Joseph Adams - $4.23 - 9/10
  33. Feb 22nd: Lord Edgware Dies by Agatha Christie - $0.95 - 8/10
  34. Feb 23rd: Bound in Blood by P. C. Hodgell - $3.75 - 7/10
  35. Feb 25th: The Complete Bolo by Keith Laumer - $3.75 - 7/10
  36. Feb 27th: Jim Baen's Universe, Vol 4 # 1 - $5.00 - 8/10
  37. March 2nd: Dead to the World - Charlaine Harris - $3.40 - 8/10
  38. March 3rd: Grantville Gazette Volume 27 - edited by Paula Goodlett - $4.50 - 7/10
  39. March 4th: Dead as a Doornail - Charlaine Harris - $3.40 - 8/10
  40. March 4th: Grantville Gazette Volume 28 - edited by Paula Goodlett - $4.50 - 7/10
  41. March 7th: The Game of Stars and Comets by Andre Norton - $3.75 - 6/10
  42. March 13th: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson - $3.28 - 9/10
  43. March 16th: Heaven by Ian Stewart and Jack Cohen - $1.57 - 10/10
  44. March 19th: Definitely Dead by Charlaine Harris - $3.40 - 7/10
  45. March 21st: American Gods by Neil Gaiman - $3.35 - 8/10
  46. March 24th: Nation by Terry Pratchett - $3.02 - 9/10
  47. March 26th: Exodus: The Ark by Paul Chafe - $3.75 - 7/10
  48. March 28th: Kai Lung's Golden Hours by Ernest Bramah - Free - 8/10
  49. April 1st: Analog, May 2010 by Dell Magazines - $1.79 - 8/10
  50. April 5th: Asimov's, April/May 2010 by Dell Magazines - $1.79 - 7/10
  51. April 6th: All Together Dead by Charlaine Harris - $3.40 - 7/10
  52. April 7th: From Dead To Worse by Charlaine Harris - $3.40 - 8/10
  53. April 9th: Dead and Gone by Charlaine Harris - $6.38 - 8/10
  54. April 9th: Influx by J. C. Jones - $3.77 - 4/10
  55. April 10th: The City on the Edge of Forever by Harlan Ellison - $4.25 - 7/10
  56. April 11th The Reincarnationist by M. J. Rose - Free - 2/10 (unfinished)
  57. April 11th Search for the Star Stones by Andre Norton - $3.75 - 7/10
  58. April 14th The Onuissance Cells by Steve Jordan - Free - 5/10
  59. April 21st The End of Eternity by Isaac Asimov - $4.38 - 7/10
  60. April 22nd Torch of Freedom by David Weber and Eric Flint - $3.75 - 7/10
  61. April 27th My Son, the Wizard by Christopher Stasheff - $3.79 - 8/10
  62. April 29th: The Dragon Man by Brian Stableford - $2.98 - 9/10
  63. May 1st: Restoree by Anne McCaffrey - $4.12 - 7/10
  64. May 3rd: The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne - Free - 6/10
  65. May 10th: The Cosmic Computer by H. Beam Piper - Free - 7/10
  66. May 12th: The Eternity Brigade by Stephen Goldin - $6.99 - 9/10
  67. May 12th: Analog, June 2010 by Dell Magazines - $1.79 - 7/10
  68. May 15th: Asimov's, June 2010 by Dell Magazines - $1.79 - 7/10
  69. May 18th: A Matter of Oaths by Helen S. Wright - Free - 6/10
  70. May 19th: Monster Hunter International by Larry Correia - $3.75 - 8/10
  71. May 20th: Tea-time for the Traditionally Built by Alexander McCall Smith - $8.50 - 9/10
  72. May 21st: Second Contact by Mike Resnick - $4.41 - 5/10
  73. May 21st: Emissary by Fiona McIntosh - $3.39 - 8/10
  74. May 23rd: Goddess by Fiona McIntosh - $5.08 - 8/10
  75. May 25th: The Sharp End by David Drake - $3.75 - 7/10
  76. May 26th: Worlds of Weber by David Weber - $3.75 - 8/10
  77. May 31st: Thin Blood by Vicki Tyley - $0.99 - 7/10
  78. May 31st: Tigra by R. A. Leahy - $5.05 - 4/10
  79. June 1st: Whose Body by Dorothy L. Sayers - Free - 8/10
  80. June 2nd: Brittle Shadows by Vicki Tyley - ARC - 6/10
  81. June 4th: Analog, July–August 2010 by Dell Magazines - $1.79 - 7/10
  82. June 6th: July 2010 Asimov's by Dell Magazines - $1.79 - 7/10
  83. June 7th: The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan - Free - 6/10
  84. June 8th: Ender in Exile by Orson Scott Card - $6.38** - 8/10
  85. June 9th: F&SF, March–April 2010 by Spilogate, Inc.- $3.12 - 5/10
  86. June 12th: Live Free or Die by John Ringo - $3.75 - 8/10
  87. June 13th: The Tuloriad by John Ringo & Tom Kratman - $3.75 - 7/10
  88. June 13th: Red Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson - $3.40 - 6/10
  89. June 21st: Night of Madness by Lawrence Watt-Evans - paperback - 7/10
  90. June 22nd: Man-Kzin Wars VI edited by Larry Niven - $3.75 - 6/10
  91. June 26th: Dragon's Ring by Dave Freer - $3.75 - 8/10
  92. July 2nd: Sheepfarmer's Daughter by Elizabeth Moon - Free - 6/10
  93. July 4th: The Deed of Paksenarrion by Elizabeth Moon - $3.75 - 8/10
  94. July 7th: The Double Comfort Safari Club by Alexander McCall Smith - $8.50 - 8/10
  95. July 7th: French Fried by Chris Dolley - $3.99 - 5/10
  96. July 10th: Analog, September 2010 by Dell Magazines - $1.79 - 8/10
  97. July 12th: Asimov's, August 2010 by Dell Magazines - $1.79 - 6/10
  98. July 12th: F&SF, July-August 2010 by Spilogate, Inc. - $3.12 - 6/10
  99. July 20th: Destroyer of Worlds by Larry Niven and Edward M Lerner - $5.63 - 7/10
  100. July 22nd: Soothsayer by Mike Resnick - $3.86 - 6/10
  101. July 23rd: Oracle by Mike Resnick - $4.41 - 6/10
  102. July 25th: Prophet by Mike Resnick - $4.41 - 5/10
  103. July 26th: Camouflage by Joe Haldeman - $3.39 - 6/10
  104. July 28th: Rise of the Terran Empire by Poul Anderson - $3.75 - 7/10
  105. August 4th: Dissolution by C. J. Sansom - $6.07 - 8/10
  106. August 8th: Analog, October 2010 by Dell Magazines - $1.79 - 7/10
  107. August 11th: Asimov's, September 2010 by Dell Magazines - $1.79 - 7/10
  108. August 13th: Oath of Fealty by Elizabeth Moon - $7.21 - 7/10
  109. August 15th: The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch - $2.93 - 8/10
  110. August 19th: Jim Baen’s Universe, Volume IV #2- $6.00 - 8/10
  111. August 23rd: Jim Baen’s Universe, Volume IV #3 - $6.00 - 8/10
  112. August 25th: Jim Baen’s Universe, Volume IV #4 - $6.00 - 8/10
  113. August 27th: Jim Baen’s Universe, Volume IV #5 - $6.00 - 8/10
  114. August 29th: Jim Baen’s Universe, Volume IV #6 - $6.00 - 8/10
  115. August 31st: Green Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson - $3.40 - 6/10
  116. September 6th: Analog, November 2010 by Dell Magazine - $1.79 - 8/10
  117. September 8th: Asimov's, October/November 2010 by Dell Magazine - $1.79 - 7/10
  118. September 10th: F&SF, September-October 2010 by Spilogate, Inc. - $3.12 - 6/10
  119. September 16th: The Vondish Ambassador by Lawrence Watt-Evans - $5.94 - 8/10
  120. September 16th: His Majesty's Dragon by Naomi Novik - Free - 8/10
  121. September 17th: Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr - Free - 7/10
  122. September 20th: The Girl Who Played With Fire by Steig Larsson - $8.50** - 9/10
  123. September 21st: Of Berserkers, Swords and Vampires by Fred Saberhagen - $3.75 - 8/10
  124. September 25th: Spellwright by Blake Charlton - Free - 7/10
  125. September 27th: The Green Hills of Earth/The Menace from Earth by Robert Heinlein - $3.75 - 9/10
  126. September 29th: Trouble Magnet by Alan Dean Foster - $5.43 - 6/10
  127. October 1st: Patrimony by Alan Dean Foster - $6.24 - 6/10
  128. October 3rd: Flinx Transcendent by Alan Dean Foster - $3.40 - 8/10
  129. October 5th: Dead Witch Walking by Kim Harrison - $0.63 - 8/10
  130. October 7th: Crucible of Empire by Eric Flint and K. D. Wentworth - $3.75 - 8/10
  131. October 9th: The Science Behind The Secret by Travis S. Taylor - $3.75 - 3/10
  132. October 10th: The Complete Hammer's Slammers: Volume 1 by David Drake - $3.75 - 7/10
  133. October 13th: One Good Soldier by Travis S. Taylor - $3.75 - 5/10
  134. October 14th: 1635: The Tangled Web by Virginia DeMarce - $3.75 - 6/10
  135. October 17th: The Sorceress of Karres by Eric Flint and Dave Freer - $3.75 - 8/10
  136. October 18th: The Complete Hammer's Slammers: Volume 2 by David Drake - $3.75 - 8/10
  137. October 24th: Little Brother by Cory Doctorow - Free - 9/10
  138. October 25th: The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest by Steig Larsson - $5.72 - 8/10
  139. October 27th: Swords and Deviltry by Fritz Leiber - $3.83 - 7/10
  140. October 30th: The Disinherited by Steve White - $3.75 -7/10
  141. November 1st: Legacy by Steve White - $3.75 - 7/10
  142. November 2nd: Debt of Ages by Steve White - $3.75 - 8/10
  143. November 2nd: Ulysses by James Joyce - Free - In Progress
  144. November 6th: Analog SFF, December 2010 by Dell Magazines - $1.79 - 8/10
  145. November 8th: F&SF, November-December 2010 by Spilogale, Inc. - $3.12 - 8/10
  146. November 11th: Asimov SFF, December 2010 by Dell Magazines - $1.79 - 8/10
  147. November 13th: The Cyborg and the Sorcerers by Lawrence Watt-Evans - $3.40 - 7/10
  148. November 15th: The Wizard and the War Machine by Lawrence Watt-Evans - $3.40 - 7/10
  149. November 17th: Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang - 4.23 - 9/10
  150. November 21st: The Dragon Keeper by Robin Hobb - Free - 7/10 (dropped a point for just stopping)
  151. November 24th: Use of Weapons by Iain M. Banks - $1.66 - 6/10
  152. November 28th: Transgalactic by A E Van Vogt - $3.75 - 7/10
  153. November 30th: Time's Eye by Arthur C Clarke and Stephen Baxter - $4.12 - 8/10
  154. December 3rd: Sunstorm by Arthur C Clarke and Stephen Baxter - $4.12 - 8/10
  155. December 4th: Firstborn by Arthur C Clarke and Stephen Baxter - $4.12 - 6/10 (for the end)
  156. December 8th: The D'Artagnan Romances Vol 1 by Alexandre Dumas - Free - 8/10
  157. December 17th: Asimov's SFF, January 2011 by Dell Magazines - $1.79 - 7/10
  158. December 19th: The Soapmaster's Apprentice by Geoff Geauterre - $2.76 - 4/10
  159. December 21st: Analog SF, January 2011 by Dell Magazines - $1.79 - 8/10
  160. December 26th: Awakening by William Campbell - Free - 7/10
December 29th: Started D'Artagnan Romances Vol. 2 - I'll count as first book of 2011!

FINAL TOTALS FOR 2010:

TBR: 417
Ebooks read in 2010: 160
Non-free ebooks read in 2010: 138
Total cost of ebooks read in 2010: $512.48
Average cost of non-free ebooks:: $3.71

* I'm obviously not going to make my goal of a TBR list of under 200. Indeed, it seems unlikely that I'll make under 400 by the end of the year. Perhaps if I aim for under 300 by the end of 2011... Perhaps getting those Agatha Chrsties in February was a mistake :-)

Books bought/obtained in 2010: 246
(January +14: four from February webscription and six I bought in late December from fictionwise and had forgotten to download, and four magazines (F&SF, Analog, Asimov's, Grantville Gazette 27))
(February +169: four from March webscription, Jim Baen's Universe magazine; Analog; Asimov's; The Girl Who Played with Fire; 78 Agatha Christie mysteries; Ender in Exile; Dead and Gone; End of Eternity; The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, 79 romance/mystery freebies from fictionwise)
(March +7: One Agatha Christie, Grantville Gazette 28, Interzone 225, Interzone 226, Analog, Asimov's, Dead Witch Walking)
(April +4: Analog, Asimov's, F&SF, JBU)
(May +7: The Eternity Brigade, Tea Time for the Traditionally Built, The Double Comfort Safari Club, Thin Blood, Analog, Asimov's, Interzone)
(June: +6: The Girl Who Kicked a Hornet's Nest, His Majesty's Dragon, F&SF, Analog, Asimov's, Oath of Fealty)
(July: +1 French Fried)
(August +8: Dissolution, Analog, Asimov's, Interzone, F&SF, Soul Identity, Winnie-the-Pooh, Moominpappa at Sea)
(September: +8: Analog, Asimov's, Spellwright, Cybill Disobedience, Lyra's Oxford, Flinx Transcendent, Ultimate Hitchhiker's Omnibus, Into the Out Of)
(October: +6: Analog, Asimov's, F&SF, The Wizard and the War Machine, The Cyborg and the Sorcerers, The Story of Your Life and Others)
(November: +2: Analog, Asimov's)
(December: +14: Heinlein Bundle (Citizen of the Galaxy, Have Space Suit — Will Travel, Methuselah's Children, Revolt in 2100, Tramp Royale, Grumbles from the Grave), Asimov's, Analog, The Soapmaster's Apprentice, Why Didn't They Ask Evans, Murder is Easy, A Pocket Full of Rye, Hickory Dickory Dock, Interzone )

** one of the reasons I'll miss fictionwise. This was actually on a 100% micropay rebate. I count 100% rebates at 50% of the cost.

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