Posts Tagged ‘reading’

What I read in 2013

December 31, 2013

Past editions of this list:  2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008.  This list is also available in pictorial format at Pinterest.

It was a good year for reading here!  Thirty-nine books finished.  Some illustrated books, some YA novels–and I counted 1Q84 as THREE books, because it is. 😉 BG=Book Group selection.  I’m in two book groups, so a lot of my reading is driven by that. Also, I’ve been getting a lot of advanced reader copies from Mysterious Galaxy Redondo Beach, so some of these were read in that format (one of the books listed, Annihilation, won’t be published until February 2014, for example).  Finally, this was the first year I read any books on a Kindle (starting with The Age of Miracles).

These are numbered in chronological order, from January to December.

1.  Erin Morgenstern, The Night Circus (BG)
2. Jo Walton, Among Others (BG)
3. Rhoda Janzen, Mennonite in a Little Black Dress
4. Cory Doctorow, Eastern Standard Tribe
5. Lisa Genova, Left Neglected
6. Jess Walter, Beautiful Ruins (BG)
7. Cory Doctorow, Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town
8. Melanie Gideon, Wife 22 (BG)
9. Katy Gardner, Losing Gemma
10.-12. Haruki Murakami, 1Q84 (three volumes)
13. Cheryl Strayed, Wild (BG)
14. Kirsten Miller, Kiki Strike:  Inside the Shadow City
15. Erik Larson, Thunderstruck (BG)
16. Marisha Pessl, Night Film
17. Doris Lessing, The Fifth Child
18. Jim Knipfel, Slackjaw (BG)
19. Kirsten Miller, Kiki Strike:  The Empress’s Tomb
20. Jim Knipfel, Quitting the Nairobi Trio
21.  Karen Thompson Walker, The Age of Miracles
22. Peter Heller, The Dog Stars
23.  Molly Peacock, The Paper Garden
24. Susan Nussbaum, Good Kings Bad Kings (BG)
25.  Kirsten Menger-Anderson, Doctor Olaf van Schuler’s Brain
26.  Kate Atkinson, Behind the Scenes at the Museum (BG)
27.  Nick Bantock, The Forgetting Room
28.  Heidi W. Durrow, The Girl Who Fell from the Sky
29.  Amy Gail Hansen, The Butterfly Sister
30. Jeff Vandermeer, Annihilation
31. Nick Bantock, The Venetian’s Wife
32. Lisa Brackmann, Hour of the Rat
33. Thrity Umrigar, The Space Between Us (BG)
34.  Tana French, In the Woods
35.  Julian Barnes, England, England
36.  Connie Willis, To Say Nothing of the Dog (BG)
37.  John Scalzi, Redshirts
38.  Tana French, The Likeness
39. Ann Patchett, The Patron Saint of Liars (BG)

What I read in 2009

January 2, 2010

BG=Book Group selection.  I’m in two book groups (and sometimes a third), so a lot of my reading is driven by that.  These are numbered in chronological order, from January to December.  I don’t read very fast, and I don’t read a lot of short books, so 23 books in a year is kinda good for me.

1. April Witch (Majgull Axelsson)

2. People of the Book (Geraldine Brooks) BG

3. Planet of the Blind (Stephen Kuusisto) BG

4. A Fraction of the Whole (Steve Toltz) BG

5. Idiocy: A Cultural History (Patrick McDonagh)

6. Out of Joint (Mary Felstiner) BG

7. The Book Borrower (Alice Mattison) BG

8. The Unheard (Josh Swiller) BG

9. The Diagnosis (Alan Lightman)

10. Unaccustomed Earth (Jhumpa Lahiri) BG

11. The Air We Breathe (Andrea Barrett) BG

12. A Blind Man Can See How Much I Love You (Amy Bloom)

13. When We Were Orphans (Kazuo Ishiguro) BG

14. Black Snake Green (David Mitchell)

15. The Peppered Moth (Margaret Drabble)

16. Franklin Flyer (Nicholas Christopher) BG

17. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Steig Larsson) BG

18. The Monsters of Templeton (Lauren Groff)

19. The Fig Eater (Jody Shields)

20. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows) BG

21. Hippolyte’s Island  (Barbara Hodgson)

22. The Confessions of Madame Psyche (Dorothy Bryant)

23.  Up in the Air (Walter Kirn) BG