Retrospective for 2019

View of the Inland Sea, seen from Awashima shrine

Well, another year draws to a close so it’s time to reveal Who’s Dreaming Who’s most viewed posts for 2019. Which authors and books attracted the most clicks this year? Without further ado, here’s 2019’s Top 20 viewed posts:

(Clicking on the number will take you to the review.)

1. The Exegesis of Philip K. Dick (2011) Edited by Pamela Jackson & Jonathan Lethem
2. Impostor (1953) by Philip K. Dick
3. Pyramids (1989) by Terry Pratchett
4. Inverted World (1974) by Christopher Priest
5. The Big Time (1958) by Fritz Leiber
6. The Fog Horn (1951) by Ray Bradbury
7. Neuromancer (1984) by William Gibson
8. Groo versus Conan (2013) by Sergio Aragones et al
9. Ubik (1969) by Philip K. Dick
10. Burning Chrome (1986) by William Gibson
11. Fairyland (1995) by Paul McAuley
12. The Transmigration of Timothy Archer (1982) by Philip K. Dick
13. Mona Lisa Overdrive (1988) by William Gibson
14. Good Omens (1990) by Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman
15. Rosewater (2016) by Tade Thompson
16. The City and the City (2009) by China Mieville
17. Oh, to be a Blobel (1964) by Philip K. Dick
18. White Time (2000) by Margo Lanagan
19. Ten Thousand Light-Years from Home (1973) by James Tiptree, Jr
20. The Best Science Fiction & Fantasy: Vol.12 (2018) Edited by Jonathan Strahan

Well, what do you think? Did you read any of these books or authors this year? If so, I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.

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Art (c) Artur Sadlos

There’s a real cyberpunk flavour to my most-viewed posts in 2019. Philip K. Dick has five entries in the Top 20, showing he is, again, the most popular author on my site. William Gibson has three entries and Terry Pratchett has two (if you include the co-authored ‘Good Omens’, which I do).

I’ve written reviews on works by 75 different authors over the past four years of blogging on Who’s Dreaming Who. From 2019, the most popular older work is Ray Bradbury’s short story from 1951, The Fog Horn. The most recent work is the Jonathan Strahan edited The Best SF&F: Vol.12, published in 2018. That’s quite a span, 67 years to be precise.

One fact I found particularly interesting was the most popular decade being the 1980s with five entries. This is mainly down to William Gibson’s wonderful Sprawl Trilogy. I highly recommend these early works of his to everyone.


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My Top 5 Books Read in 2019

Always difficult to whittle this down to five. Here they are in no particular order:

  1. Rosewater (2016) by Tade Thompson
  2. The City and the City (2009) by China Mieville
  3. Neverwhere (1996) by Neil Gaiman
  4. Heir to the Empire (1991) by Timothy Zahn
  5. Witches Abroad (1991) by Terry Pratchet

Honorable mentions also go to George R.R. Martin’s A Dance with Dragons (2011) and Mythos: The Greek Myths Retold (2017) by Stephen Fry.


My Top 5 Graphic Novels Read in 2019

Here are my favourite graphic novels read this year, (in no particular order):

  1. Batman: White Knight (2018) by Sean Gordon Murphy
  2. Daredevil, Vol. 1: Know Fear (2019) by Chip Zdarsky
  3. Lucifer Vol. 1: The Infernal Comedy (2019) by Dan Watters
  4. Batman: Detective Comics, Vol. 4: Deus Ex Machina (2017) by James Tynion IV
  5. Hawkman, Vol. 1: Awakening (2019) by Robert Venditti

My Thoughts

I’ve noticed a substantial dip in the amount of novels I finished reading this year. I’ve started listening to audiobooks during my daily commute, but only manage about one title per month. I am reading a lot more comics and graphic novels these days, which has affected my novel-reading time. I’m also watching more TV on streaming services.

I only managed to read 19 books in 2019. That’s quite embarrassing to admit. I also read 29 graphic novels and a load of comics, too. I’m embracing my inner-geek and why not. I will always be a comic book fan!

I’m planning to read more short stories next year, mainly because I have a number of unread short story collections on my TBR mountain. I will be starting a challenge of reading one short story per week. I’m hoping a bit of variety will re-spark my love of reading as well as lead me to some great authors.

2019 New year greeting card with fireworks

How about you? How was your year?

View of Yonago from Awashima shrine

5 thoughts on “Retrospective for 2019

  1. I read a diversity of stuff over the year, a lot of it based on your recommendations, either directly or indirectly. So, thanks for that! Keep up the good work and, as they say here in Germany, have a good slide into the new year.

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