Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Books in 2013

So last year I (foolishly) broke my resolution to not make resolutions at New Year, and resolved to read 200 books in the year. I started well, faltered and never came close to recovering. I think this past year was the lowest total for me in a year since I started keeping track of such things. On the other hand, it was the year with highest percentage of new books read by a wide margin. Huzzah, I suppose? To aid you in your participation in my narcissistic review of my reading habits, here are links to previous years' accountings. Yes, I know years 2009-2011 are missing; I didn't keep track those years.

2006 - 178 (some basic stats)
2007 - 161 (some basic stats)
2008 - 165 (some basic stats)
In 2009 I stopped  blogging for a while and stopped keeping track of the books I read. I started logging books again in 2012, but I didn't post that year's list anywhere. After the jump I'll list the books from 2012 and 2013.

First the list for 2012:

January
1. The Nursing Home Murder - Ngaio Marsh
2. A Man Lay Dead - Ngaio Marsh
3. Patrick O'Brian: Critical Essays and a Bibliography - AE Cunningham (Ed.)
4. Extravagant Expectations - Paul Hollander
5. The Gold Bat - PG Wodehouse
6. A Canticle for Leibowitz - Walter Miller
7. Snuff - Terry Pratchett

February
8. Wizardry - Michael Humphreys
9. The Gods of Mars - Edgar Rice Burroughs
10. The Return of Tarzan - Edgar Rice Burroughs
11. The Warlord of Mars - Edgar Rice Burroughs
12. The World of Null-A - AE Van Vogt
13. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
14. Return to the Whorl - Gene Wolfe
15. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea - Jules Verne
16. Slan - AE Van Vogt
17. Singing in the Shrouds - Ngaio Marsh
18. Time Garden - Edward Eager

March
19. Death in Ecstasy - Ngaio Marsh
20. Death of a Peer - Ngaio Marsh
21. Colour Scheme - Ngaio Marsh
22. Count to a Trillion - John C Wright
23. Nine Princes in Amber - Roger Zelazny
24. The Guns of Avalon - Roger Zelazny
25. Sign of the Unicorn - Roger Zelazny
26. The Hand of Oberon - Roger Zelazny
27. The Courts of Chaos - Roger Zelazny
28. Trumps of Doom - Roger Zelazny
29. The New Vichy Syndrome - Theodore Dalrymple
30. Talking About Detective Fiction - PD James
31. The Door Between - Ellery Queen

April
32. The Stars My Destination - Alfred Bester
33. Revenge - Stephen Fry
34. Richelieu and Olivares - JH Barrett
35. Four of Hearts - Ellery Queen
36. Gun, with Occasional Music - Jonathan Lethem
37. The American Gun Mystery - Ellery Queen
38. Master and Commander - Patrick O'Brian
39. Post Captain - Patrick O'Brian
40. The Sorcerer's House - Gene Wolfe
41. H.M.S. Surprise - Patrick O'Brian
42. The Complete Hammer's Slammers - David Drake
43. Home Fires - Gene Wolfe

May
44. Lord of the Isles - David Drake
45. Magic or Not? - Edward Eager
46. The Mauritius Command - Patrick O'Brian
47. The Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
48. Desolation Island - Patrick O'Brian
49. The Fortune of War - Patrick O'Brian
50. The Tyranny of Clichés - Jonah Goldberg
51. Death Comes to Pemberly - PD James
52. The Surgeon's Mate - Patrick O'Brian

June
53. The Halls Below - Jerry Holkins and Mike Krahulik
54. The Splendid Magic of Penny Arcade - Jerry Holkins and Mike Krahulik
55. Be Good, Little Puppy - Jerry Holkins and Mike Krahulik
56. It Was a Long Time Ago, and It Never Happened Anyway - David Satter
57. Demon Mask - Stan Sakai
58. Grey Shadows - Stan Sakai
59. Fathers and Sons - Stan Sakai
60. Travels with Jotaro - Stan Sakai
61. The Last Gentleman of War - RK Lochner
62. Triplanetary - EE Doc Smith
63. Legion of Space - Jack Williamson
64. The Players of Null-A - AE Van Vogt
65. In Praise of Shadows - Junichiro Tamizaki
66. Peace, They Say - Jay Nordlinger
67. The Ionian Mission - Patrick O'Brian

July
68. Falling Up the Stairs - James Lileks
69. Old Boys - Charles McCarry
70. Casino Royale - Ian Fleming
71. The Maltese Falcon - Dashiell Hammett
72. The Thin Man - Dashiell Hammett
73. Red Harvest - Dashiell Hammett
74. Treason's Harbour - Patrick O'Brian
75. Traitors of the Earth - Stan Sakai
76. Death is a Lonely Business - Ray Bradbury
77. The Miernik Dossier - Charles McCarry
78. The Far Side of the World - Patrick O'Brian
79. The Reverse of the Medal - Patrick O'Brian

August
80. Escape from Camp 14 - Blaine Harden
81. The Letter of Marque - Patrick O'Brian
82. The Thirteen-Gun Salute - Patrick O'Brian
83. The Nutmeg of Consolation - Patrick O'Brian
84. The Long Good-bye - Raymond Chandler
85. The Truelove - Patrick O'Brian
86. The High Window - Raymond Chandler
87. The Wine-Dark Sea - Patrick O'Brian
88. Love Among the Chickens - PG Wodehouse
89. The Commodore - Patrick O'Brian
90. The Yellow Admiral - Patrick O'Brian
91. The Hundred Days - Patrick O'Brian
92. Blue at the Mizzen - Patrick O'Brian
93. Jane Eyre - Charlotte Brontë

September
94. The Man Upstairs - PG Wodehouse
95. Death of a Doxy - Rex Stout
96. The Diamond Throne - David Eddings
97. The Ruby Knight - David Eddings
98. The Sapphire Rose - David Eddings
99. Domes of Fire - David Eddings
100. The Shining Ones - David Eddings
101. The Hidden City - David Eddings
102. Graveyard Special - James Lileks
103. Enlightened Democracy - Tara Ross
104. Under Heaven - Guy Gavriel Kay

October
105. Soldier of the Mist - Gene Wolfe
106. Soldier of Arete - Gene Wolfe
107. The Sour Lemon Score - Richard Stark
108. Deadly Edge - Richard Stark

November
109. Clockwork Phoenix - Mike Allen (Ed.)
110. Slayground - Richard Stark
111. Plunder Squad - Richard Stark
112. Butcher's Moon - Richard Stark
113. Tigana - Guy Gavriel Kay
114. Comeback - Richard Stark
115. Backflash - Richard Stark
116. Flashfire - Richard Stark
117. The Case of the Baited Hook - Erle Stanley Gardner
118. The Case of the Drowning Duck - Erle Stanley Gardner
119. Old Reliable - PG Wodehouse

December
120. The Damsel - Richard Stark
121. Ice in the Bedroom - PG Wodehouse
122. The Dame - Richard Stark
123. Breakout - Richard Stark
124. Nobody Runs Forever - Richard Stark
125. Ask the Parrot - Richard Stark
126. Dirty Money - Richard Stark
127. The Case of the Mischevious Doll - Erle Stanley Gardner
128. Count to a Trillion - John C Wright
129. The Case of the Haunted Husband - Erle Stanley Gardner
130. Widows Wear Weeds - Erle Stanley Gardner
131. The Rivan Codex - David Eddings
132. Caves of Steel - Isaac Asimov
133. The Naked Sun - Isaac Asimov
134. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - JK Rowling
135. Castleview - Gene Wolfe
136. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - JK Rowling
137. The Crime at Black Dudley - Margery Allingham
138. The Blackbird - Richard Stark
139. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - JK Rowling
140. Robots of the Dawn - Isaac Asimov
141. Death in a White Tie - Ngaio Marsh
142. Mystery Mile - Margery Allingham

And here is the list for 2013

January
1. For Love of Mother-Not - Alan Dean Foster
2. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - JK Rowling
3. Lemons Never Lie - Richard Stark
4. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - JK Rowling
5. Look to the Lady - Margery Allingham
6. True Grit - Charles Portis
7. The Tar-aiym Krang - Alan Dean Foster
8. Trouble is My Business - Raymond Chandler
9. Police at the Funeral - Margery Allingham
10. The Case of the Singing Skirt - Erle Stanley Gardner
11. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - JK Rowling
12. Orphan Star - Alan Dean Foster
13. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - JK Rowling
14. The Case of the Blonde Bonanza - Erle Stanley Gardner
15. The Case of the Horrified Heirs - Erle Stanley Gardner
16. The End of the Matter - Alan Dean Foster
17. Sweet Danger - Margery Allingham
18. Flinx in Flux - Alan Dean Foster
19. The Danger Zone - Erle Stanley Gardner
20. The Hunter - Darwyn Cooke
21. The Outfit - Darwyn Cooke
22. Diary of an Anti-Chomskyite - Benjamin Kersten
23. The Case of the Careless Cupid - Erle Stanley Gardner
24. Mid-Flinx - Alan Dean Foster
25. The Hermitic Millenia - John C Wright
26. Death of a Ghost - Margery Allingham
27. Flowers for the Judge - Margery Allingham
28. Dancers in Mourning - Margery Allingham

February
29. The Case of the Late Pig - Margery Allingham
30. The Joy of Hate - Greg Gutfeld
31. The Score - Darwyn Cooke
32. Endangered Species - Gene Wolfe
33. Pirate Freedom - Gene Wolfe
34. Reunion - Alan Dean Foster
35. The Fashion in Shrouds - Margery Allingham
36. Traitor's Purse - Margery Allingham
37. Bleeding Talent - Tim Kane
38. Archie Meets Nero Wolfe - Robert Goldsborough
39. Coroner's Pidgin - Margery Allingham
40. More Work for the Undertaker - Margery Allingham
41. The Tiger in the Smoke - Margery Allingham

March
42. The Beckoning Lady - Margery Allingham
43. Flinx's Folly - Alan Dean Foster
44. Sliding Scales - Alan Dean Foster
45. Running from the Deity - Alan Dean Foster
46. The Rubber Band - Rex Stout
47. After America - Mark Steyn
48. The Intemperate Professor - Russell Kirk
49. Trading Bases - Joe Peta

April
50. Iron Curtain - Anne Applebaum
51. Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
52. What to Expect When No One's Expecting - Jonathan Last
53. Black as He's Painted - Ngaio Marsh
54. The American Cause - Russell Kirk
55. The Tough Guide to Fantasyland - Dianna Wynne Jones
56. Charmed Life - Dianna Wynne Jones
57. Howl's Moving Castle - Dianna Wynne Jones
58. The Underwater Welder - Jeff Lemire
59. Pole to Pole - Michael Palin

May
60. Edmund Burke, A Genius Reconsidered - Russell Kirk
61. Coolidge - Amity Shlaes
62. Drive - Daniel H Pink
63. The Pothunters - PG Wodehouse
64. A Prefect's Uncle - PG Wodehouse
65. Tales of St. Austin's - PG Wodeouse
66. The Gold Bat - PG Wodehouse
67. The Head of Kay's - PG Wodehouse

June
68. Free Live Free - Gene Wolfe
69. The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis
70. Prince Caspian - CS Lewis
71. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader - CS Lewis
72. The Magician's Nephew - CS Lewis
73. The Horse and His Boy - CS Lewis
74. The Silver Chair - CS Lewis
75. The Last Battle - CS Lewis

July
76. Champagne for One - Rex Stout
77. Trio for Blunt Instruments - Rex Stout
78. Curtains for Three - Rex Stout
79. Thieves of Book Row - Travis McDade
80. Hunt for Red October - Tom Clancy
81. In the Best Families - Rex Stout
82. The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction - Alan Jacobs
83. Lord Talon's Revenge - Tom Simon
84. The End of Earth and Sky - Tom Simon
85. Not Quite Dead Enough - Rex Stout
86. And Be a Villain - Rex Stout

August
87. Dr No - Ian Fleming
88. Goldfinger - Ian Fleming
89. The Fall of the House of Dixie - Bruce Levine
90. For Your Eyes Only - Ian Fleming
91. Thunderball - Ian Fleming
92. You Only Live Twice - Ian Fleming
93. The Little Way of Ruthie Leming - Rod Dreher
94. How Not to Write Bad - Ben Yagoda

September
95. The Golden Dream of Carlo Chuchio - Lloyd Alexander
96. To America With Love - AA Gill
97. The Rope Trick - Lloyd Alexander
98. Killing Floor - Lee Child
99. A Town Called Hell - Stan Sakai
100. Sayonara Home Run! - John Gall and Gary Engel
101. Latro in the Mist - Gene Wolfe
102. Interesting Times - Terry Pratchett
103. The Final Deduction - Rex Stout

October
104. Writing Down the Dragon - Tom Simon
105. Soldier of Sidon - Gene Wolfe
106. Peace - Gene Wolfe
107. An Evil Guest - Gene Wolfe

November
108. Quiet - Susan Cain
109. Two Gentleman of Lebowski - Adam Bertocci
110. The Score - Richard Stark
111. Nobody Runs Forever - Richard Stark
112. Ask the Parrot - Richard Stark
113. Dirty Money - Richard Stark

December
114. The Hunter - Richard Stark
115. Firebreak - Richard Stark
116. The King's Gambit - John Maddox Roberts
117. The Catiline Conspiracy - John Maddox Roberts
118. The Sacrilege - John Maddox Roberts
119. The Temple of the Muses - John Maddox Roberts
120. Solo - Various
121. Second Opinion - Theodore Dalrymple
122. Where There's a Will - Rex Stout