Reading v.12

  1. 1Q84 – Haruki Murakami
  2. Yoga for People Who Can’t Be Bothered to Do It – Geoff Dyer
  3. The Flame Alphabet – Ben Marcus
  4. The Infinities – John Banville
  5. A Game of Thrones – George R. R. Martin
  6. A Clash of Kings – George R. R. Martin
  7. A Storm of Swords – George R. R. Martin
  8. A Feast for Crows – George R. R. Martin
  9. Superfreakonomics – Steven Levitt & Stephen Dubner
  10. A Dance with Dragons – George R. R. Martin
  11. The Right Stuff – Tom Wolfe
  12. Empires of the Word – Nicholas Ostler
  13. Otherwise Known as the Human Condition – Geoff Dyer
  14. The Swerve – Stephen Greenblatt
  15. Zone One – Colson Whitehead
  16. Gods Without Men – Hari Kunzru
  17. The Vanishers – Heidi Julavits
  18. Imagine: How Creativity Works – Jonah Lehrer
  19. The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins
  20. Catching Fire – Suzanne Collins
  21. Mockingjay – Suzanne Collins
  22. Hyperion – Daniel Simmons
  23. The Fall of Hyperion – Daniel Simmons
  24. Shutter Island – Dennis Lehane
  25. Death Comes to Pemberley – P.D. James
  26. Winds of Fate – Mercedes Lackey
  27. Winds of Change – Mercedes Lackey
  28. Winds of Fury – Mercedes Lackey
  29. Broken Harbour – Tana French
  30. The Likeness – Tana French
  31. In the Woods – Tana French
  32. America Pacifica – Anna North
  33. The Devil and Sherlock Holmes – David Grann
  34. The Investigation – Philippe Claudel
  35. Paris, I Love You, But You’re Bringing Me Down – Rosecrans Baldwin
  36. The Invention of Everything Else – Samantha Hunt
  37. The Scottish Ploy – Quinn Fawcett
  38. The Leopard – Jo Nesbo
  39. The Violinist’s Thumb – Sam Kean
  40. Angelmaker – Nick Harkaway
  41. San Miguel – T.C. Boyle
  42. The Beautiful and the Damned – F. Scott Fitzgerald
  43. The Disappearance of Sherlock Holmes – Larry Millett
  44. Nemesis – Jo Nesbo
  45. The Redbreast – Jo Nesbo
  46. The Devil’s Star – Jo Nesbo
  47. The Phantom – Jo Nesbo
  48. The Redeemer – Jo Nesbo
  49. The Snowman – Jo Nesbo
  50. The Revisionists – Thomas Mullen
  51. City of Bohane – Kevin Barry
  52. Woes of the True Policeman – Roberto Bolaño
  53. Shine Shine Shine – Lydia Netzer
  54. The Fifty Year Sword – Mark Danielewski
  55. A Wilderness of Error – Errol Morris

NUMBER OF BOOKS READ: 55

  • FICTION: 44
  1. Literature: 15
  2. Science Fiction & Fantasy: 15
  3. Murder Mystery: 14
  • NON-FICTION: 11
  1. Science: 2
  2. History: 2
  3. Essays: 5
  4. True Crime: 1
  5. Linguistics: 1
  • REREADS: 7
  1. Winds of Fate – Mercedes Lackey
  2. Winds of Change – Mercedes Lackey
  3. Winds of Fury – Mercedes Lackey
  4. The Likeness – Tana French
  5. In the Woods – Tana French
  6. The Scottish Ploy – Quinn Fawcett
  7. The Disappearance of Sherlock Holmes – Larry Millett

LONGEST: A Storm of Swords (1216pp). Followed closely by 1Q84 (944pp).

SHORTEST: The Fifty-Year Sword (228pp). Essentially a short story spread out to novel length with creative design.

OLDEST: The Beautiful and the Damned (1922)

NEWEST: I read 18 books published in 2012, making this the first year I have been at all caught up on new releases.

FAVORITES:  1Q84, Angelmaker, The Revisionists, Shine Shine Shine

LEAST FAVORITES: Empires of the Word, The Investigation

BEST SERIES: A tie between A Song of Ice and Fire and The Harry Hole Novels.

REVELATIONS: While I did meet my goal of reading less this year, it really wasn’t by much.  I can say, however, that I did spend a hell of a lot more time either re-reading things or reading fantasy and somewhat “light” murder mystery novels.  However, no regrets there.  The best times I had reading this year were when I was reading about George R.R. Martin’s games of thrones or Harry Hole’s crime solving.  I am also quite glad I dug deep into the new releases from last year and this – that endeavor was, for the most part, rewarding and enjoyable.

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