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12-31-2012, 10:22 AM
Alright bibliophiles, its that time again. Remember to subscribe to this thread to make it easy to find when you want to update!

Books marked with an * indicate ebook.

January (3)
Medium Raw - Anthony Bourdain
Towers of Midnight - Robert Jordan
A Memory of Light - Robert Jordan

February (0)

March (3)
The Emperor's Soul - Sanderson
Team of Rivals - Doris Kearns Goodwin
Ravage - Jeff Sampson

April (0)

May (3)
Tender at the bone - Ruth Reichl
The Making of a Chef- Michael Ruhlman
The Blade Itself- Joe Abercrombie*

June (2)
Before They are Hanged - Joe Abercrombie*
Final Argument of Kings - Joe Abercrombie *
July (0)

August (2)
Zealot - Reza Aslan
Happy Hour in Hell - Tad Williams

September (0)

October (0)

November (1)
Throne of the Crescent Moon - Saladin Ahmed*

December (1)
The reach of a chef - ruhlman

2012 Total: 43 (17 ebooks)
2011 Total: 42
2010 Total: 37
2009 Total: 38

12-31-2012, 12:12 PM
I've never tracked my reading before. Am I to assume these are new books, not rereads?

12-31-2012, 12:31 PM
I've never tracked my reading before. Am I to assume these are new books, not rereads?

whatever you feel like keeping track of. i note rereads too, because they're still books that took time to read.

12-31-2012, 01:24 PM
January (5):
Warrior's Apprentice - Lois McMaster Bujold
The Mountains of Mourning - Lois McMaster Bujold
The Vor Game - Lois McMaster Bujold
Gun Machine - Warren Ellis
Swords Against Death - Fritz Leiber

February (3):
Dead Space: Martyr - Brian Evenson
Odd and the Frost Giants - Neil Gaiman
Glamour in Glass - Mary Robinette Kowal

March (2):
Embassytown - China Mieville
That is All - John Hodgman

April (2):
Railsea - China Mieville
The Annotated Phantom Tollbooth - Norton Juster

May (5):
The Human Division - John Scalzi
The Annotated Wizard of Oz - L. Frank Baum
How to Talk to Girls at Parties - Neil Gaiman
Ransom River - Meg Gardiner
Thumbprint - Joe Hill

June (3):
Killing Is Harmless: A Critical Reading of Spec Ops: The Line - Brendan Keogh
Tales of Pirx the Pilot - Stanislaw Lem
Dead Ever After - Charlaine Harris

July (3):
Without a Summer - Mary Robinette Kowal
The Shadow Tracer - Meg Gardiner
A Drink Before the War - Dennis Lehane

August (4):
Sick Little Monkeys: The Unauthorized Ren & Stimpy Story - Thad Komorowski
Dead Pig Collector - Warren Ellis
Darkness, Take My Hand - Dennis Lehane
Coraline - Neil Gaiman

September (2):
Freaky Deaky - Elmore Leonard
Eats, Shoots and Leaves - Lynne Truss

October (2):
Self-Inflicted Wounds - Aisha Tyler
The Shining - Stephen King

November (3):
Doctor Sleep - Stephen King
A Light in the Dark - various
The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks

December (2):
NOS4A2 - Joe Hill
Returning My Sister's Face and Other Far Eastern Tales of Whimsy and Malice - Eugie Foster

2013 Total: 36
2012 Total: 37 (http://www.talking-time.net/showpost.php?p=1220161&postcount=12)
2011 Total: 40 (http://www.talking-time.net/showpost.php?p=936424&postcount=17)
2010 Total: 35 (http://www.talking-time.net/showpost.php?p=642303&postcount=6)
2009 Total: 34 (http://www.talking-time.net/showpost.php?p=383835&postcount=39)
2008 Total: 10

12-31-2012, 01:31 PM
it's 2013 in japan!

12-31-2012, 02:30 PM
Books, y'all!

January (2)

The Will of Zeus (Stringfellow Barr)
The Masks of God: Primitive Mythology (Joseph Campbell)

February (1)

The Masks of God: Oriental Mythology (Joseph Campbell)

March (1)

The Upanishads: Part 1 (Max Müller)

April (2)

The Upanishads: Part 2 (Max Müller)
All the King's Men (Robert Penn Warren)

May (2)

Pepita: Takehiko Inoue Meets Gaudi (Takehiko Inoue)
The Masks of God: Occidental Mythology (Joseph Campbell)

June (1)

The Navigator (Morris West)

July (1)

A Clockwork Orange (Anthony Burgess)

August (3)

The Red Badge of Courage (Stephen Crane)
The Picture of Dorian Gray (Oscar Wilde)
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (Ken Kesey)

September (1)

Hawaiian Mythology (Martha Beckwith)

October (3)

Fahrenheit 451 (Ray Bradbury)
Mabinogion (Jeffrey Gantz)
Cannery Row (John Steinbeck)

November (2)

The Moon is Down (John Steinbeck)
The Pearl (John Steinbeck)

December (3)

Popol Vuh (Dennis Tedlock)
Siddhartha (Hermann Hesse)
Slaughterhouse-Five (Kurt Vonnegut)

2013 Total: 22
2012 Total: 19 (http://www.talking-time.net/showpost.php?p=1378594&postcount=63)

Little Sampson
12-31-2012, 04:27 PM
Another year for me to barely have time to read anything and forget to record what I do read!

January (2)
This Book Is Full of Spiders - David Wong (1/2)
Casino Royale - Ian Fleming (1/4)

February (0)

March (0)

April (0)

May (0)

June (0)

July (0)

August (0)

September (0)

October (0)

November (0)

December (0)

Paul le Fou
12-31-2012, 04:45 PM
Haven't done this in a while due to study breaks and not knowing how to count individual volumes of comic series, but what the hey. I like reading.

January (7)
ROBOT vol. 1-7 - Range Murata (ed.)

February (0)

March (3)
The Moor's Last Sigh - Salman Rushdie
Howl's Moving Castle - Diana Wynne Jones
The Poisonwood Bible - Barbara Kingsolver

April (3)
Kraken - China Mieville
The Giver - Lois Lowry
A Passage to India - E.M. Forster

May (1)
Best Served Cold - Joe Abercrombie

June (0)

July (0)

August (0)

September (1)
Against the Day - Thomas Pynchon

October (0)

November (0)

December (3)
Inherent Vice - Thomas Pynchon
The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins
Catching Fire - Suzanne Collins

Plus... 6 volumes of Attack on Titan in later months.

Pajaro Pete
12-31-2012, 04:46 PM
Books! I need to read more in 2013.

January (0)

February (0)

March (0)

April (0)

May (0)

June (0)

July (0)

August (0)

September (0)

October (0)

November (0)

December (0)

12-31-2012, 05:03 PM
I will keep track for once!

January (9)
Casino Royale - Ian Fleming
Alloy of Law - Brandon Sanderson
Neverwhere - Neil Gaiman
A Memory of Light - Jordan / Sanderson
Human Division: Episodes #1-3 - John Scalzi
Live and Let Die - Ian Fleming
Fuzzy Nation - John Scalzi
Railsea - China Miéville
Moonraker - Ian Fleming
Life of Pi - Yann Martel

Sequential Art (5):
The Unwritten Vol. 6 - Carey / Gross
The Heart of Thomas - Moto Hagio
21st Century Boys Vol. 1 - Naoki Urasawa
Richard Stark's Parker: The Score - Darwyn Cooke
Kaoru Mori: Anything and Something

February (2)
Human Division: Episodes #4-7 - John Scalzi
Under the Dome - Stephen King
Diamonds are Forever - Ian Fleming

Sequential Art (1):
A Bride's Story vol. 4, Kaoru Mori

March (5)
Human Division: Episode #8-#11 - John Scalzi
John Dies at the End - David Wong
The Hydrogen Sonata - Iain M. Banks
The Hot Rock - Donald E. Westlake
From Russia with Love - Ian Fleming
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang - Ian Fleming

Sequential Art (2)
Nemo: Heart of Ice - Alan Moore
21st Century Boys Vol. 2 - Naoki Urasawa

April (5)
Bitter Seeds - Ian Tregllis
Human Division: Episode #12-13 - John Scalzi
River of Stars - Guy Gavriel Kay
The Way of Kings - Brandon Sanderson
Dragon Haven - Robin Hobb

Sequential Art (5)
The Unwritten Vol. 7 - Carey / Gross
Gundam the Origin Vol. 1 - Yoshikazu Yasuhiko
Berserk Vol. 36 - Kentaro Miura
Saturn Apartments Vol. 6 - Hisae Iwaoka
Avatar: The Search Part One

May (4)
City of Dragons - Robin Hobb
Blood of Dragons - Robin Hobb
The Emperor's Soul - Brandon Sanderson
Dr. No - Ian Fleming

Sequential Art (2)
Unico - Osamu Tezuka
Saturn Apartments Vol. 7 - Hisae Iwaoka

June (2)
The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Tyrant's Law - Daniel Abraham

Sequential Art (1)
Gundam the Origin Vol. 2 - Yoshikazu Yasuhiko

July (4)
Goldfinger - Ian Fleming
Pacific Rim: Man, Machines and Monsters
For Your Eyes Only - Ian Fleming
The Rithmatist - Brandon Sanderson

Legend of Korra, Book 1: Art of the Animated Series
The Sky - Yoshitaka Amano

August (4)
The Master and Margarita - Mikhail Bulgakov
Caliban's War - James S.A. Corey
Thunderball - Ian Fleming
Farthing - Jo Walton

Sequential Art (6)
Blade of the Immortal Vols. 24, 25, 26 - Hiroaki Samura
Comic Book History of Comics - Van Lente & Dunlavey
Kitaro - Shigeru Mizuki
Avatar: The Search Part Two

September (3)
REAMDE - Neal Stephenson
Freaky Deaky - Elmore Leonard
The Spy Who Loved Me - Ian Fleming

Sequential Art (2)
Gundam the Origin Vol. 3 - Yoshikazu Yasuhiko
A Bride's Story vol. 5, Kaoru Mori

October (8)
On Her Majesty's Secret Service - Ian Fleming
Ha'penny - Jo Walton
Half a Crown - Jo Walton
You Only Live Twice - Ian Fleming
The October Country - Ray Bradbury
This Book is Full of Spiders - David Wong
The Shining - Stephen King
Something Wicked This Way Comes - Ray Bradbury

Sequential Art (2)
Battling Boy Vol.1 - Paul Pope
Blade of the Immortal Vol. 27 - Hiroaki Samura

November (7)
Abaddon's Gate - James S.A. Corey
Steelheart - Brandon Sanderson
Dear Life - Alice Munro
The Man with the Golden Gun - Ian Fleming
The Devil in the White City - Erik Larson
Best Served Cold - Joe Abercrombie
Octopussy & the Living Daylights - Ian Fleming

Sequential Art (9)
The Animal Man Omnibus - Grant Morrison
RASL - Jeff Smith
The Finder Library Vol. 2 - Carla Speed McNeil
Avatar: The Search Part Three
Complete Pogo Vol.1 - Walt Kelly
Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth - Chris Ware
Vinland Saga Vol.1 - Makoto Yukimura
Berserk Vol. 37 - Kentaro Miura
Asterios Polyp - David Mazzucchelli

December (7)
Peace - Gene Wolfe
Inherent Vice - Thomas Pynchon
Hogfather - Terry Pratchett
A Christmas Carol and other Christmas Books -Charles Dickens
The Ocean at the End of the Lane - Neil Gaiman
The Quarry - Iain Banks
Mary Poppins - P. L. Travers

Sequential Art (5)
Gunnerkrigg Court Vol.1 - Tom Siddell
Locke & Key Vol. 1 - Hill & Rodriguez
What a Wonderful World Vol. 1 & 2 - Inio Asano
Yotsuba& Vol.12 - Kiyohiko Azuma

Total 2013:
60 prose books
40 units Sequential Art
2 low-text artsy picture books

12-31-2012, 05:36 PM
it's 2013 in japan!

Really I was just dropping in a place holder for myself and used the opportunity to bust your balls.

I've never tracked my reading before. Am I to assume these are new books, not rereads?

As shivam said, your list - your rules. If you want to count re-reads, do it. If you want to count a 20 page pamphlet you read at the doctor's office, do it. It's all up to you.

12-31-2012, 06:46 PM
January (6)
John Dies at the End by David Wong
Our Gleaming Bones Unrobed by Grant Loveys
Justinian's Flea by William Rosen
Bad Machinery: The Case of Team Spirit by John Allison
Boom! by Thomas Richard Harry
This Book has Spiders in it by David Wong

February (6)
The Enlightenment Vision by Stuart Jordan
Tarzan the Centennial Celebration by Scott Tracy Griffin
The Adventurer's Handbook by Mick Conefrey
Budget Travel through Space and Time by Albert Goldbarth
Not Buying It by Judith Levine
In the Shadow of the Greatest Generation by Melinda L. Pash

March (3)
It's Even Worse than it Looks by Thomas E. Mann and Norman J. Ornstein
Where Men Win Glory by Jon Krakauer
The Girl in the Flammable Skit by Aimee Bender

April (2)
Overheated by Andrew Guzman
Going Clear by Lawrence Wright

May (4)
The Myth of Persecution by Candida Moss
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie

June (2)
City of Quartz by Mike Davis
Faust Eric by Terry Pratchett

July (1)
Escape Velocity by Mark Dery

August (1)
The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov

September (1)
Alas, Poor Yorick by Ryan North

October (12)
All Your Yesterdays by John Conway, C.M. Kosemen, Darren Naishi
The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
Moving Pictures by Terry Pratchett
The Son I Never Had by Kevin Wolf
Make me a Sandwich by Jemma Salume
Moses and Bean: School Bus Sex Ed by Matt and Jeanie Bryan
All Yesterdays by John Conway, C.M. Kosemen, Darren Naishi
The Men Who Lost America by Andrew Jackson O'Shaughnessy
Skin Deep: Orientations by Kory Bing
Please Don't Give Up (1 of 4) by Thien Pham
The Adventures of the 19XX: Rise of the Black Faun by Paul Martinez
Murder and Magic by Randall Garrett

November (3)
Too Many Magicians by Randall Garrett
Lord Darcy Investigates by Randall Garrett
The Castle in the Forest by Norman Mailer

December (1)
Reaper Man by Terry Pratchett

2013 Total: 42

2012 Total:
2011 Total:
2010 Total:

Red Silvers
12-31-2012, 07:45 PM
do you post the book when finished?

12-31-2012, 08:57 PM
do you post the book when finished?

This thread is for the lists. Posts with specifics on books go in the Wat'cha readin' thread (or others).

12-31-2012, 11:17 PM
* Short Stories

January (3)
Cryptonomicon - Neil Stephenson
Cryoburn - Lois McMaster Bujold
Redshirts - John Scalzi

February (1)
Julius Caesar - William Shakespeare

March (5)
King Lear - William Shakespeare
The Women and the Warlords - Hugh Cook
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd - Agatha Christie
The Black Company - Glenn Cook
A Way with Words: Writing Rhetoric and the Art of Persuasion - Michael D. C. Drout

April (2)
A Way with Words: Approches to Literature - Michael D. C. Drout
The Furthest Shore - Ursula K. LeGuin

May (2)
Demesion of Miracles - Robert Sheckley
Sabriel - Garth Nix

June (2)
Slaughterhouse-Five - Kurt Vonnegut
Mega Man: Let the Games Begin - Ian Flynn



September (2)
The 13 1/2 Lives of Captain Bluebear - Walter Moers
The Shadow of the Torturer - Gene Wolfe

October (3)
The Wicked and the Witless - Hugh Cook
A Spell for Chameleon - Piers Anthony
The Halloween Tree - Ray Bradbury

November (5)
The Source of Magic - Piers Anthony
The Dragon's Path - Daniel Abraham
What We Have Come To - Lord Dunsany*
The Hoard of the Gibbelins - Lord Dunsany*
Transmetropolitan Vol.1 - Warren Ellis
Treasure Island - Robert Luis Stevenson
The Book of the Dun Cow - Walter Wangerin, Jr

December (2)
Dealing with Dragons - Patricia C. Wrede
Classics of British Literature - John Sutherland

Total: 27

01-01-2013, 03:56 AM
New year, more reading? Who knows...

Normal Book
Pulp Fiction (64 pages, cheap)
Comic, Graphic Novel
entries with a * have been consumed digitally

Now Reading:
Stephen King - The Drawing of the Three

January (0) (4) (0)
* Jason Dark - John Sinclair 714: Die Totenfrau ist da 07.01.2013
* Jason Dark - John Sinclair 715: Tanz der Messer 14.01.2013
* Jason Dark - John Sinclair TB 132: Miss Monster 19.01.2013
* Jason Dark - John Sinclair 716: Der Flammen-Friedhof 29.01.2013

February (2) (4) (0)
* Jason Dark - John Sinclair 717: Treibhaus des Schreckens 01.02.2013
* Jason Dark - John Sinclair 718: Tango Fatal 11.02.2013
* Jason Dark - John Sinclair 719: Myxins Henker 19.02.2013
Clay Nichols et al. - Windelalarm (aka DadLabs (TM) Guide to Fatherhood) 21.02.2013
* Jason Dark - John Sinclair TB 133: Der Hexenmeister 27.02.2013
* Remember - Amnesia Short Story Collection 28.02.2013

March (1) (9) (0)
Simon Brett - How to be a Little Sod 03.03.2013
* Jason Dark - John Sinclair 720: Die Verdammten aus Aibon 04.03.2013
* Jason Dark - John Sinclair 721: Stärker als der Teufel? 07.03.2013
* Jason Dark - John Sinclair 722: Böser Zauber in Montmartre 09.03.2013
* Jason Dark - John Sinclair 723: Der Teufels-Autor 10.03.2013
* Jason Dark - John Sinclair TB 134: Flucht nach Avalon 18.03.2013
* Jason Dark - John Sinclair 724: Der Stasi-Vampir 25.03.2013
* Jason Dark - John Sinclair 725: Der Satan von Sachsen 26.03.2013
* Jason Dark - John Sinclair 726: Krematorium der Angst 26.03.2013
* Jason Dark - John Sinclair 727: Mystic, der Maniac 26.03.2013

April (0) (4) (0)
* Jason Dark - John Sinclair TB 135: Gassen der Angst 04.04.2013
* Jason Dark - John Sinclair 728: Angst in den Alpen 11.04.2013
* Jason Dark - John Sinclair 729: Laurins finsteres Reich 18.04.2013
* Jason Dark - John Sinclair 730: Der unheimliche Todesengel 22.04.2013

May (0) (1) (0)
* Jason Dark - John Sinclair 731: Die Blüten-Bestie 05.05.2013

June (0) (6) (0)
* Jason Dark - John Sinclair 732: Schattenreiter 03.06.2013
* Jason Dark - John Sinclair 733: Ort des Schreckens 05.06.2013
* Jason Dark - John Sinclair 734: Dem Wahnsinn nahe 06.06.2013
* Jason Dark - John Sinclair 735: Die Teleporter 07.06.2013
* Jason Dark - John Sinclair 736: Jäger der Nacht 10.06.2013
* Jason Dark - John Sinclair TB 136: Der Gerechte 20.06.2013

July (0) (4) (0)
* Jason Dark - John Sinclair TB 137: Karas Reich 10.07.2013
* Jason Dark - John Sinclair TB 138: Alptraum-Sommer 19.07.2013
* Jason Dark - John Sinclair 737: Kreaturen der Finsternis 25.07.2013
* Jason Dark - John Sinclair 738: Luzifers furchtbares Erbe 28.07.2013

August (0) (3) (0)
* Jason Dark - John Sinclair 739: Teufelsträume 11.08.2013
* Jason Dark - John Sinclair 740: Todesgruß der Templer 21.08.2013
* Jason Dark - John Sinclair 741: Das Haus der Ghouls 31.08.2013

September (0) (3) (0)
* Jason Dark - John Sinclair 742: Der Junge mit dem Jenseitsblick 13.09.2013
* Jason Dark - John Sinclair 743: Finsternis 17.09.2013
* Jason Dark - John Sinclair 744: Die Verwandlung 24.09.2013

October (0) (1) (0)
* Jason Dark - John Sinclair 745: Angst über Altenberg 08.10.2013

November (0) (0) (0)

December (1) (0) (0)
* Stephen King - The Dark Tower 1 - The Gunslinger 28.12.2013

2013 end total:

4 "Normal" Books
39 Pulp Books

- OR -

2 Physical Books
* 41 Digital Books

I love my eReader :-)

2012 Total: 7 real + 41 pulp (http://www.talking-time.net/showpost.php?p=1220250&postcount=16)
2011 Total: 8 (http://www.gamespite.net/talkingtime/showthread.php?p=936105#post936105)
2010 Total: 26 (http://www.gamespite.net/talkingtime/showpost.php?p=642432&postcount=10)

01-01-2013, 10:26 AM
All right! Let's do this!

* Denotes a re-read
~ Denotes a classic. Goal: at least one classic per month.

January (12):
The Dark Tower by Stephen King*
Velveteen vs. the Junior Super Patriots by Seanan McGuire
Troll or Derby by Red Tash
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkein*~
Side Jobs by Jim Butcher
Ghost Story by Jim Butcher
Married in Haste by Cathy Maxwell
The Witch's Daughter by Paula Brackston
Stakeout at the Vampire Circus by Kevin J. Anderson
Blackbirds by Chuck Wendig
Firelight by Kristen Callihan
Magic for Beginners by Kelly Link

February (10):
The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch
Agatha H. and the Clockwork Princess by Phil and Kaja Foglio
Dracula by Bram Stoker~
The Banishment by Marion Chesney
Start With a Happy Ending #1 by Risa Motoyama
The Scandalous Lady Wright by Marion Chesney
Sir Philip's Folly by Marion Chesney
The Reluctant Debutante by Becky Lower
The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

March (13):
Dodger by Terry Pratchett
Discount Armageddon by Seanan McGuire*
Midnight Blue-Light Special by Seanan McGuire
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum~
The Marvelous Land of Oz by L. Frank Baum~
Ozma of Oz by L. Frank Baum~
Oz Reimagined edited by John Joseph Adams
So You Want to Be a Wizard (New Millennium Edition) by Diane Duane
Deep Wizardry (New Millennium Edition) by Diane Duane
High Wizardry (New Millennium Edition) by Diane Duane
Ravishing in Red by Madeline Hunter
Westward Weird edited by Martin H. Greenberg and Kerrie Hughes
The Ladies of Mandrigyn by Barbara Hambly*

April (10):
Sweet Venom by Tera Lynn Childs
Sweet Shadows by Tera Lynn Childs
Only Serious About You #1 by Asou Kai
Only Serious About You #2 by Asou Kai
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte~
The Miser of Mayfair by Marion Chesney
Bitten by Kelley Armstrong*
Stolen by Kelley Armstrong*
Dime Store Magic by Kelley Armstrong*
Industrial Magic by Kelley Armstrong*

May (9):
Haunted by Kelley Armstrong*
The Ace of Diamonds by Nona King
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald*~
Silent Revenge by Laura Landon
The Most to Lose by Laura Landon
Jane Carver of Waar by Nathan Long
Born to Run by Mercedes Lackey and Larry Dixon*
Wheels of Fire by Mercedes Lackey and Mark Shepard*
When the Bough Breaks by Mercedes Lackey and Holly Lisle*

June (5):
Chrome Circle by Mercedes Lackey and Larry Dixon*
The Taken by Vicki Pettersson
The Wretched of Muirwood by Jeff Wheeler
The Blight of Muirwood by Jeff Wheeler
The Scourge of Muirwood by Jeff Wheeler
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller~ (ABORTED)

July (10):
Archie Meets Nero Wolfe by Robert Goldsborough
The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett~
Angel Ink by Jocelynn Drake
Loving Lady Marcia by Kieran Kramer
How Green This Land, How Blue This Sea by Mira Grant
The Oracle Glass by Judith Merkle Riley
Fer-de-Lance by Rex Stout
The Grave Gourmet by Alexander Campion
Home From the Sea by Mercedes Lackey
Zoo City by Lauren Beukes

August (9):
Nine Rules to Break While Romancing a Rake by Sarah MacLean
The Snow Queen's Shadow by Jim C. Hines
Goblin Quest by Jim C. Hines
The Last Unicorn (graphic novel) by Peter Gillis
Goblin Hero by Jim C. Hines
Princess Charming by Beth Pattillo
The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov ~
Goblin War by Jim C. Hines
Pebble in the Sky by Isaac Asimov*

September (8):
Moonlight and Vines by Charles de Lint*
Chimes at Midnight by Seanan McGuire
Dark Legacy by Anna DeStefano
The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett*
Tempting Fate by Alissa Johnson
The Biscuit Witch by Deborah Smith
Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell~
Cold Days by Jim Butcher

October (15):
Freaky Deaky by Elmore Leonard
Shards of Honor by Lois McMaster Bujold
Pump Six and Other Stories by Paolo Bacigalupi
Black Hole Sun by David MacInnis Gill
Broken by Kelley Armstrong
No Humans Involved by Kelley Armstrong
Personal Demon by Kelley Armstrong
Living with the Dead by Kelley Armstrong
Indexing by Seanan McGuire
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley~
Frostbitten by Kelley Armstrong
Waking the Witch by Kelley Armstrong
Spell Bound by Kelley Armstrong
Thirteen by Kelley Armstrong
Velveteen Vs. the Multiverse by Seanan McGuire

November (8):
Parasite by Mira Grant
Pirate Cinema by Cory Doctorow
The Lost Code by Kevin Emerson
Darkbeast by Morgan Keyes
Stranger Things Happen by Kelly Link
Intimate Surrender by Laura Landon
The Poison Eaters and Other Stories by Holly Black
Erotic Vampire Bank Heist by E. J. Ehlers

December (5):
Dear Life by Alice Munro
Silverlock by John Myers Myers*
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens~
King of Swords by Dave Duncan
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain~

Total New Books: 96
Total Re-Reads: 18
2013 TOTAL: 114

Goodreads, where I'm tracking my ebook ownership only, here (http://www.goodreads.com/review/list/15981695?shelf=%23ALL%23).

Database of physical books here (https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AsKm3wgQ6JAudGh6R2JJR3VpbG5WM2pZc3pfWWd1d EE#gid=0).

01-01-2013, 11:04 AM
2010 Total (http://www.gamespite.net/talkingtime/showpost.php?p=642544&postcount=12): 19
2011 Total (http://www.gamespite.net/talkingtime/showpost.php?p=936118&postcount=4): 12
2012 Total (http://www.talking-time.net/showpost.php?p=1222320&postcount=24): 24

Gun Machine by Warren Ellis












2013 Total: 1

01-01-2013, 11:43 AM
I was cruising ahead of the curve towards my 50 book goal last year but dropped off my reading horribly after being laid off in August. I apparently cannot focus on reading when horribly anxious...who knew? SO, once again I am shooting for a goal of at least 50 books in 2013.

Goodreads here (http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/3936531-nick-schroeder)

January (2)

A Betrayal in Winter - Daniel Abraham
An Autumn War - Daniel Abraham

February (7)

The Price of Spring - Daniel Abraham
The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald
John Dies at the End - David Wong
This Book Contains Spiders: Seriously, Dude, Don't Touch It - David Wong
Storm Front - Jim Butcher
Fool Moon - Jim Butcher
Grave Peril - Jim Butcher

March (9)

Summer Knight - Jim Butcher
Death Masks - Jim Butcher
Blood Rites - Jim Butcher
Dead Beat - Jim Butcher
Proven Guilty - Jim Butcher
White Night - Jim Butcher
Small Favor - Jim Butcher
Turn Coat - Jim Butcher
Changes - Jim Butcher

April (3)

Side Jobs - Jim Butcher
Ghost Story - Jim Butcher
Cold Days - Jim Butcher

May (4)

Dad is Fat - Jim Gaffigan
The Once and Future King - T.H. White
Inferno - Dan Brown
American Gods - Neil Gaiman

June (2)

Best Served Cold - Joe Abercrombie
The Heroes - Joe Abercrombie

July (6)

Red Country - Joe Abercrombie
The Long Hard Road Out of Hell - Marilyn Manson and Neil Strauss
Term Limits - Vince Flynn
American Assassin - Vince Flynn
Kill Shot - Vince Flynn
Transfer of Power - Vince Flynn

August (1)

The Master and Margarita - Mikhail Bulgakov (Pevear/Volokhonsky translation)

September (7)

The Third Option - Vince Flynn
Separation of Power - Vince Flynn
Executive Power - Vince Flynn
Memorial Day - Vince Flynn
Consent to Kill - Vince Flynn
Act of Treason - Vince Flynn
Protect and Defend - Vince Flynn

October (6)

Extreme Measures - Vince Flynn
Pursuit of Honor - Vince Flynn
The Last Man - Vince Flynn
Freaky Deaky - Elmore Leonard
Booker T: From Prison to Promise: Life Before the Squared Circle - Booker T. Huffman with Andrew William Wright
The Third Kingdom - Terry Goodkind

November (3)

The Shining - Stephen King
Doctor Sleep - Stephen King
The Republic of Thieves - Scott Lynch

December (1)

The Hobbit - J.R.R. Tolkien

2013 Total: 51
2012 Total: 33
2011 Total: 37
2010 Total: 4

01-01-2013, 12:35 PM
Broke my 3-year streak of 100+ books. Dangit. 2009 (http://www.gamespite.net/talkingtime/showthread.php?p=387987#post387987), 2010 (http://www.gamespite.net/talkingtime/showpost.php?p=642200&postcount=4), 2011 (http://www.gamespite.net/talkingtime/showthread.php?p=936212#post936212), and 2012 (http://www.talking-time.net/showpost.php?p=1221325&postcount=21) were decent years for reading. Goodreads here (http://www.goodreads.com/review/list/3708637).

Soldiers Live, by Glen Cook
Towers of Midnight, by Robert Jordan
Memory of Light, by Robert Jordan

The Currents of Space, by Isaac Asimov
The Concrete Jungle, by Charles Stross
The Stars Do Not Lie, by Jay Lake

Gokusen (v1-15), by Kozueko Morimoto
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, by Stiegg Larsson
Usagi Drop (v1-10), by Yumi Unita
Sandman (v1-12), by Neil Gaiman
Death - The Time of your Life, by Neil Gaiman
Song of Orpheus, by Neil Gaiman
The Girl Who Would Be Death, by Neil Gaiman
At Death's Door, by Neil Gaiman


The Blade Itself, by Joe Abercrombie


Before They Are Hanged, by Joe Abercrombie
Hinamatsuri v1-4, by Masao Ohtake
Last Argument of Kings, by Joe Abercrombie


NOS4A2, by Joe Hill


A Colder War, by Charles Stross
Missile Gap, by Charles Stross
Iron Sunrise, by Charles Stross
How Green This Land, How Blue This Sea, by Mira Grant
Lucifer and the Biscuit Hammer ch 1-38, by Satoshi Mizukami
Under the Dome, by Stephen King
The Ocean At The End of the Lane, by Neil Gaiman
Asgard Unlimited, by Michael Stackpole
Toast and other stories, by Charles Stross
I, Cthulhu, by Neil Gaiman


The Man Who Rode The Thunder, by William Rankin
Apollo's Outcasts, by Allen Steele


His Majesty's Dragon, by Naomi Novik
Feast or Famine, by Naomi Novik
Throne of Jade, by Naomi Novik
Black Powder War, by Naomi Novik
Empire of Ivory, by Naomi Novik
Victory of Eagles, by Naomi Novik
Tongues of Serpents, by Naomi Novik
Crucible of Gold, by Naomi Novik
Fireworks in the Rain, by Steven Brust


Blood of Tyrants, by Naomi Novik
The Never List, by Koethi Zan
Saturn's Children, by Charles Stross
Rondo of the Transient Sword, by Reki Kawahara
Neptune's Brood, by Charles Stross
Makers, by Cory Doctorow


A Light in the Dark, compiled by Andy Keener
The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, by Nagaru Tanigawa
Rapture of the Nerds, by Charles Stross / Cory Doctorow
Equoid, by Charles Stross
The Incrementalists, by Steven Brust / Skyler White
Fortunately, The Milk, by Neil Gaiman
The Sighs of Haruhi Suzumiya, by Nagaru Tanigawa
Altered Carbon, by Richard Morgan


Broken Angels, by Richard Morgan
Woken Furies, by Richard Morgan

Total: 103

2012: 92
2011: 106
2010: 134
2009: 104

01-01-2013, 05:09 PM
Yeah I got this

Last year: 24
Goal: 48

January: 3
Crash, by J.G. Ballard
How to Talk About Books You Haven't Read, by Pierre Bayard (NF)
Pattern Recognition, by William Gibson

February: 3
Confessions of a Crap Artist, by Phillip K. Dick
Double Star, by Robert A. Heinlein
Spook Country, by William Gibson

March: 2
Zero History, by William Gibson
The Stars My Destination, by Alfred Bester

April: 1
A Case of Conscience, by James Blish

May: 1
Who?, by Algis Budrys

June: 0
July: 1
The Big Time, by Fritz Leiber

August: 1
Use of Weapons, by Iain M. Banks

01-01-2013, 07:41 PM
2013 Goodreads goal: 25

goodreads page (http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/6074441)

I saw someone in this thread do micro-reviews and that's a great idea! Added.

An asterisk * denotes a re-read.

January (3)

Writing the Other by Nisi Shawl and Cynthia Ward - (a short, encouraging and practical book about writing characters unlike yourself.)
The Stepsister Scheme by Jim C. Hines - (this book had a lot going for it, but for whatever reason I thought it was boring.)
The Dispossessed by Ursula K. Le Guin - (this was my first Le Guin, and I will follow up with more.)

February (0)

March (3)

Shards of Honor by Lois McMaster Bujold - (my first Vorkosigan read. I enjoyed the romance.)
A Caress of Twilight by Laurell K. Hamilton - (largely guilty pleasure material. the fae court parts of the series are keeping me interested.)
Ship of Magic by Robin Hobb - (so much good about it, but it's too damn long. I'll finish the series but am very unlikely to come back to it.)

April (2)

On a Red Station, Drifting by Aliette de Bodard - (technically a novella. but it was in its own binding so I'm counting it. good stuff!)
Spice and Wolf v. 1 by Isuna Hasekura* (trans. from Japanese) - (feels very much "for boys." the financial parts were interesting.)

May (1)

Discount Armageddon by Seanan McGuire - (fun, fluffy urban fantasy.)

June (1)

Daggerspell by Katherine Kerr - (it being from the mid-'80s I expected it to show its age in specific ways, and it didn't. And I loved it.)

July (3)

Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency by Douglas Adams* - (funny, wry and very human, just like everything he wrote.)
Brood of Bones by A.E. Marling - (a Kindle freebie. Dark fantasy/mystery. I was expecting fanfic level dross and ended up being impressed enough with it to continue the series.)
Ru by Kim Thuy - (an emotionally distant narrator made me not connect to it very well.)

August (3)

Gooseberry Bluff Community College: The Thirteenth Rib by David J. Schwartz - (got nothing out of it. It's telling that I had to look up the author's name on goodreads, since usually I remember.)
Shakespeare: A Beginner's Guide by Ros King - (pretty much what it says on the tin. It made me interested in further exploration, just as a beginner's book should.)
Sorcery & Cecilia, or: The Enchanted Chocolate Pot by Caroline Stevermer and Patricia Wrede - (had a lot going for it, including a charming pair of heroines, but it could have stood another editing pass to tighten it up.)

September (2)

Kitty and the Midnight Hour by Carrie Vaughn - (this introductory volume to a UF series didn't motivate me to explore it any further.)
Guards! Guards! by Terry Pratchett - (other readers tell me the Night Watch series gets better as it goes along. very encouraging, as I liked this introductory volume a lot.)

October (2)

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams* - (I hadn't read this one for years, and enjoyed coming back to it.)
Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie - (I don't often read SF, and parts of this lost me. I liked the two leads and the corpse soldier/AI concept was fascinating.)

November (2)

Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard - (YA soap opera/suspense. Fun, shallow.)
Moonlight and Memories by Patricia Rice - (Historical romance. Alas, the romance made me roll my eyes too frequently to keep me emotionally engaged with it.)

December (1)

Indexing by Seanan McGuire - (The narrative was scattered and the characterization weak. Fun if you turn your brain off.)

Grand Total: 23

01-01-2013, 08:38 PM
Feeling pretty book-hungry right now. Hoping to make it a yearlong thing!

January: (4)
John McPhee, Annals of the Former World
Alan Sepinwall, The Revolution Was Televised
Charles C. Mann, 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus
Ken Jennings, Because I Said So

February: (2)
Hans Fallada, Every Man Dies Alone
Stephen Tobolowsky, The Dangerous Animals Club

March: (3)
Gilbert Seldes, The Stammering Century
Walter Moers, The Labyrinth of Dreaming Books
Scott Lynch, The Lies of Locke Lamora

April: (2)
Sarah Vowell, The Wordy Shipmates
Rudyard Kipling, Kim

May: (2)
Charles Portis, Masters of Atlantis
John Sladek, Roderick

June: (2)
James Ellroy, The Black Dahlia
John Sladek, Roderick at Random

July: (1)
John Irving, The World According to Garp

August: (1)
Lawrence Wright, Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief

September: (2)
James Ellroy, The Big Nowhere
Scott Lynch, Red Seas Under Red Skies

October: (3)
Nate Silver, The Signal and the Noise
Scott Lynch, The Republic of Thieves
Adam Johnson, The Orphan Master's Son

November: (3)
Dennis Lehane, Prayers for Rain
Jeffrey Euginides, Middlesex
Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid's Tale

December: (2)
Thomas Pynchon, Inherent Vice
Walter Murch, In the Blink of an Eye

2013 Total: 27
2012 Total: 29

01-02-2013, 07:26 PM
This seems like a fun thing to do.

January (6)
God Bless You Mr. Rosewater - Kurt Vonnegut
Consider the Lobster - David Foster Wallace
Obsidian - Jennifer L. Armentrout
Cat's Cradle - Kurt Vonnegut
Under the Never Sky - Veronica Rossi
The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood

February (5)
The Rook - Daniel O'Malley
The Color of Magic - Terry Pratchett
Brief Interviews with Hideous Men - David Foster Wallace
Oryx and Crake - Margaret Atwood
Snow Crash - Neal Stephenson

March (2)
Shadow and Bone - Leigh Bardugo
Inheritance - Christopher Paolini

April (2)
A Feast for Crows - George R. R. Martin
A Storm of Swords - George R. R. Martin

May (2)
A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again - David Foster Wallace
The Light Fantastic - Terry Pratchett

June (3)
The Mists of Avalon - Marion Zimmer Bradley
Equal Rites - Terry Pratchett
For Darkness Shows the Stars - Diana Peterfreund

July (2)
Catch-22 - Joseph Heller
Grave Mercy - Robin LaFevers

August (1)
American Gods - Neil Gaiman

September (3)
Cryptonomicon - Neal Stephenson
Mort - Terry Pratchett
Those Across the River - Christopher Buehlman

October (3)
Infinite Jest - David Foster Wallace
Sourcery - Terry Pratchett
The Year of the Flood - Margaret Atwood

November (3)
A Dance with Dragons - George R. R. Martin
MaddAddam - Margaret Atwood
Throne of Glass - Sarah J. Maas

December (4)
Anathem - Neal Stephenson
Wyrd Sisters - Terry Pratchett
Pyramids - Terry Pratchett
Quicksilver - Neal Stephenson

2013 Total: 36

01-02-2013, 07:30 PM
A new thread to motivate me with peer pressure and potential public shame, and then make me feel guilty at the end of the year for not reading much? Count me in!

A good portion of what I read are textbooks (yes, I like reading textbooks cover to cover, why do you ask), and I'm not sure whether they qualify. It does seem like a fun thing to do, though.

January (0)

February (0)

March (0)

April (0)

May (0)

June (0)

July (0)

August (0)

September (0)

October (0)

November (0)

December (0)

2013 Total: 0

01-02-2013, 07:39 PM
Why wouldn't they count? They are books. This is the book thread.

Why are you people making this harder than it is?

01-02-2013, 07:50 PM
Well textbooks are for classes, so they're typically not books you actually choose to read. I haven't kept a annual books read list, but finishing a textbook didn't make me feel like I accomplished something in the reading department while it still took up reading time.

So I guess it depends on whether you just want to write down everything you read (but then I read a lot of magazines!) or you want to track your progress on that becoming more well-read /a better reader goal.

01-03-2013, 08:50 AM
January (1):
Anansi Boys - Neil Gaiman

February (2):
The Blade Itself - Joe Abercrombie
Before They are Hanged - Joe Abercrombie

March (1):
Last Argument of Kings - Joe Abercrombie

April (0):

May (1):
Best Served Cold - Joe Abercrombie

June (1):
Fire - Kristin Cashore
The Ocean at the End of the Lane - Neil Gaiman

July (0):

August (0):

September (0):

October (0):

November (0):

December (0):

01-03-2013, 05:48 PM
January (1):

Anatomy of Criticism, by Northrop Frye

February (2):

Studies in Tectonic Culture, by Kenneth Frampton
The Age of the Cathedrals: Art and Society 980–1420, by Georges Duby

March (2):

Trout Fishing in America, by Richard Brautigan
Caddo Verb Morphology, by Lynette R. Melnar

April (1):

Complete Poems, by Marianne Moore

May (0):
June (0):
July (0):
August (0):
September (0):
October (0):
November (0):
December (0):

01-04-2013, 08:07 AM
Last year I read 25 books. This year my goal is to beat that, and finally finish Moby Dick. (These two goals may be inversely related.)

January (0)

February (0)

March (0)

April (0)

May (0)

June (0)

July (0)

August (0)

September (0)

October (0)

November (0)

December (0)

Rascally Badger
01-04-2013, 08:19 PM
My goal for this year is 50, which I made last year. 50 new books that is, I don't intend to count rereads, though if it looks like I won't make my goal. I still intend to track my rereads.

January: 2 3
Crossroads of Twilight
The Gathering Storm
Towers of Midnight
A Memory of Light
The Last Dragonslayer

A Mapping of Love and Death
The Black Echo

March: 1
Casino Royale - Ian Fleming

Your Movie Sucks - Roger Ebert
Live and Let Die - Ian Fleming

May: 4
Colonel Roosevelt - Edmund Morris
Callahan's Crosstime Saloon - Spider Robinson
The Fourth Bear - Jasper Fforde
Moonraker - Ian Fleming

June: 2
Whose Body - Dorothy Sayers
Shades of Grey - Japser Fforde

July: 2
Elegy For Eddie - Jacqueline Winspear
The Woman Who Died a Lot - Jasper Fforde

August: 3
Clouds of Witness - Dorothy Sayers
Strong Poison - Dorothy Sayers
Llana of Gathol -Edgar Rice Burroughs

September: 3
Gaudy Night - Dorothy Sayers
4:50 to Paddington - Agatha Christie
Lord Peter Views the Body - Dorothy Sayers

October: 7
The Iron Wyrm Affair
All Yesterdays
Maps & Legends
Sleeping Murder
The Hanover Square Affair
A Splendid Hazard



Total: 32

2011 Total: 47 (http://www.talking-time.net/showpost.php?p=936519&postcount=18)
2012 Total: 47 (http://www.talking-time.net/showpost.php?p=1222907&postcount=27)

01-04-2013, 09:56 PM
Hard to believe I've done this three years already. And that of those, the first is still pretty clearly the best. This year is off to a good start, however, even though it was a re-read.

* = re-read

2010 (http://www.toastyfrog.com/talkingtime/showpost.php?p=682714&postcount=32)
2011 (http://www.toastyfrog.com/talkingtime/showpost.php?p=941406&postcount=30)
2012 (http://www.talking-time.net/showpost.php?p=1224052&postcount=29)

The Hobbit (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Hobbit)*
Dodger (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dodger_%28novel%29)

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Girl_Who_Circumnavigated_Fairyland_in_a_Ship_o f_Her_Own_Making)
The Man Who Was Thursday (http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/The_Man_Who_Was_Thursday)*

The Jungle Book (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Jungle_Book)


How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/How_I_Killed_Pluto_and_Why_It_Had_It_Coming)
The Great Gatsby (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Great_Gatsby)*


The Ocean at the End of the Lane (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Ocean_at_the_End_of_the_Lane)

The Red Pyramid (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Red_Pyramid_%28novel%29)

The Throne of Fire (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Throne_of_Fire)

Going Postal (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Going_Postal)*



01-05-2013, 08:15 AM
My total dropped to 38 last year, so I'm going to try to bring it back up this year. Last year was also the first time in four years that I didn't read the Catcher in the Rye to finish the year, which sucks.

*Indicates a re-read.

January (3)
Obasan by Joy Kogawa
What We All Long For by Dionne Brand
It's a Good Life, If You Don't Weaken by Seth

February (1)
Lives of Girls and Women by Alice Munro

March (1)
The Teeth of Time by Ramsay Cook

April (3)
Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
Understanding Comics by Scott McCloud
The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway*

May (2)
The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz by Mordecai Richler
The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco

June (3)
Federalism: An Introduction by George Anderson
Paul à la Campagne by Michel Rabagliati
Zanta: The Living Legend by Jason Kieffer

July (3)
The Tyrant's Law by Daniel Abraham
Contes du Jour et de la Nuit by Guy de Maupassant
The Klondike by Zach Worton

August (1)
The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov

September (0)

October (4)
Strange Things Done by Ken Coates and William Morrison
Death So Noble by Jonathan F. Vance
Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese
The Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch

November (1)
Dear Life by Alice Munro

December (1)
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger*

2013 Total: 22

01-08-2013, 09:40 AM
My goal (as lame as it sounds) is to simply finish at least 1 book a month.


July (1):
A Storm of Swords


October (1):
Torment Saint: The Life of Elliott Smith


Total: 2

2012 Total (http://www.talking-time.net/showpost.php?p=1231529&postcount=33): 5

Red Silvers
01-09-2013, 04:44 PM
January (5)
Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi: Backlash - Aaron Allston
Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi: Allies - Christie Golden
Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi: Vortex - Troy Denning
Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi: Conviction - Aaron Allston
Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi: Ascension - Christie Golden

February (1)
Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi: Apocalypse - Troy Denning

March (0)

April (0)

May (0)

June (0)

July (0)

August (0)

September (0)

October (0)

November (0)

December (0)

01-13-2013, 06:17 PM
I should have done this last year when I read a good amount, but ah well.

Currently Reading

A Memory of Light - Robert Jordan/Brandon Sanderson (1/13)
A Storm of Swords - George R. R. Martin (1/27)

GameSpite Quarterly 7 - Parish et al. (2/7)
A Feast for Crows - George R. R. Martin (2/24)

On the Wrong Track - Steve Hockensmith (3/2)
The American Revolution - Gordon S. Wood (3/15)

GameSpite Journal 10 - Parish et al. (4/?)
The Black Dove - Steve Hockensmith (4/?)
The Art of War - Sun Tzu (4/22)
Tuf Voyaging - George R.R. Martin (4/29)

A Crack in the Lens - Steve Hockensmith (5/22)

World's Greatest Sleuth - Steve Hockensmith (6/6)

Dreamsongs Volume 2 - George R.R. Martin (7/6)
Threat Vector - Tom Clancy (7/9)
A Dance with Dragons - George R.R. Martin (7/17)
The Dark Legacy of Shannara: Wards of Faerie - Terry Brooks (7/23)
The Dark Legacy of Shannara: Bloodfire Quest - Terry Brooks (7/31)

Inferno - Dan Brown (8/6)

The Rogue Republic - William C. Davis (9/10)
The Sandman: The Dream Hunters - Neil Gaiman/Yoshitaka Amano (9/11)
The Dark Legacy of Shannara: Witch Wraith - Terry Brooks (9/16)
The Sandman: Dream Country - Neil Gaiman (9/17)
The Sandman: Season of Mists - Neil Gaiman (9/21)
Conan the Invincible - Robert Jordan (9/24)
Conan the Defender - Robert Jordan (9/28)

Conan the Unconquerable - Robert Jordan (10/3)
Green Hornet Vol. 1: Sins of the Father - Kevin Smith (10/4)
Green Hornet Vol. 2 - Kevin Smith (10/5)
Poor Yorick - Ryan North (10/5)
To Be Or Not To Be - Ryan North (10/7)

Dreamsongs Volume 1 - George R.R. Martin (11/9)
The Sandman: The Kindly Ones - Neil Gaiman (11/15)

Best Served Cold - Joe Abercrombie (12/13)
Marvel 1602 - Neil Gaiman (12/17)
The Emperor's Soul - Brandon Sanderson (12/21)
Mateki: The Magic Flute - Yoshitaka Amano (12/21)
Batman: The Widening Gyre - Kevin Smith (12/24)

Total: 37 books
Goal: 12 books

01-14-2013, 12:06 AM
January (2)
Dinosaur Fantastic, edited by Mike Resnick and Martin H. Greenberg
The Drawing of the Three, Stephen King

February (5)
The Waste Lands, Stephen King
Apt Pupil, Stephen King
Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption, Stephen King
The Silence of the Lambs, Thomas Harris
Hamlet, William Shakespeare

March (2)
Wizard and Glass, Stephen King
The Little Sisters of Eluria, Stephen King

April (4)
The Wind Through the Keyhole, Stephen King
The Yat Dictionary, Christian Champagne
The Outlaws of Sherwood, Robin McKinley (re-read)
Living Dead in Dallas, Charlaine Harris

May (2)
Club Dead, Charlaine Harris
The Talisman, Stephen King

June (2)
Black House, Stephen King
Dead to the World, Charlaine Harris

July (4)
The Revolt of "Mother" and Other Stories, Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
Insomnia, Stephen King
The Body, Stephen King
The Breathing Method, Stephen King

August (6)
Tam Lin, Susan Cooper
The Regulators, Stephen King
Seaward, Susan Cooper
The Giver, Lois Lowry
The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook, Joshua Piven and David Borgenicht
The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius, translated by George Long

September (3)
Desperation, Stephen King
Frankenstein, Mary Shelley
The Eyes of the Dragon, Stephen King

October (1)
The Green Mile, Stephen King

November (2)
Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc, Volume 1, Mark Twain
Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc, Volume 2, Mark Twain

December (2)
Salem's Lot, Stephen King
The Fall of Arthur, J.R.R. Tolkien

2013 Total: 35

01-28-2013, 09:04 PM
Cucumber Quest Prologue - Gigi D. G. (2011)
Gamespite Quarterly: Vol. 1, 2 - Gamespite (2009)
High Fidelity - Nick Hornby (1995)
Dragon Ball Vol. 1 - 8 - Akiri Toriyama (1985-87)

Cucumber Quest Chapter 0 & 1 - Gigi D. G. (2011/12)
Dragon Ball Vol. 9 & 10 - Akiri Toriyama (1987)

Dragon Ball Vol. 11 - 16 - Akiri Toriyama (1988/89)
Dragon Ball Z Vol. 1 - 4 - Akiri Toriyama (1989/90)
Cardcaptor Sakura Vol. 1 - 50 - Clamp (1996-2000)
One Piece Vol. 13 - 21 Eiichiro Oda (2000/01)

One Piece Vol. 22 - 27 Eiichiro Oda (2002/03)
Dragon Ball Z Vol. 5 - 9 - Akiri Toriyama (1990/91)

The count system doesn't make sense with the Manga I've been reading so I'm not going to worry about it.

01-29-2013, 09:25 AM
COMPLETED BOOK THREAD GO! (I read more when I'm nervous and stressed. The end of the semester is fast approaching here in April. Yep.)
January (1)
Care of Wooden Floors by Will Wiles (A... comedy? It was a strange little story. I stayed engaged the whole way through, but it didn't totally rock my world.)

February (2)
Hamlet's Hit Points by Robin D. Laws (A gift from the boyfriend, it's a really interesting look at Tabletop roleplaying through an actor's eyes, using acting-based analysis to offer tips on proper DMing.)
A Series of Unfortunate Events #1: The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket (I had like 5 students write about Lemony Snicket last semester, so I felt I needed to investigate. I would have loved these as a kid, if this is any indication. If they were cheaper to grab on my kindle, I'd probably devour the whole series. Just simple fun children's lit, with a really strong female lead, which I appreciate.)

March (2)
The Yoga Stripper: A Las Vegas Memoir of Sex, Drugs and Namaste by Laila Lucent (I read a snippet on a website, and I love a good naughty memoir, but the writing teacher in me ruined a lot of this. I hated how it was laid out and jumped around constantly. But it wasn't bad, perse. Just... rough.)
Here's Looking At Euclid: A Surprising Excursion Through the Astonishing World of Math by Alex Bellos (Completely amazing. Math written about by a dual major Math/English dude, it explains Math in a way that will get you excited about it, especially if you still have some math knowledge lingering.)

April (10)
Live and Let Die by Ian Fleming (I love Fleming. He is so amazingly sexist and racist. I laughed the whole way through Casino Royale, and I did even harder in this one. It's just amazing that someone once thought it was okay to write this way. How times have changed.)
Needle in the Groove by Jeff Noon (Jeff Noon is one of my literary heroes. In this book, he's writing a novel, but it's kinda poetry, but it's kinda song lyrics? I thought it was a failure, in the beginning, but by the end, I was totally into his experimentation here. If you like his work, a must read. If you're interested in him, start with Vurt.)
The Key to the Kingdom by Jeff Dixon (So terrible. So bad. And in such an unbelievable way. The book forgets its own plot points, has the dumbest hero I have ever experienced, and the "dramatic ending" is just so fucking off the rails I could barely breathe from laughing. It's amazing to me that this book is like... well reviewed. Wow.)
Monkey Mind: A Memoir of Anxiety by Daniel Smith (Like, the entire time I was reading this book, I felt like I was becoming more anxious sort of sympathetically? I know how it feels to be really nervous and crazy, and this captures a lot of that perfectly. Wasn't so much humorous as the descriptions claim, though. It was alright. No complaints.)
Turn of Mind by Alice LaPlante (It's sort of attempting to be a murder mystery with a strange perspective, one of a character with dementia, but really it ends up just being kinda depressing. What draws you in is trying to understand the characters, less than the mystery aspect. They are some well-made characters.)
Moonraker by Ian Fleming (I want to give Fleming an award for "Most Improved Over Previous Novel." Casino Royale was ridiculous because Bond did nothing but eat fancy food and get lovesick. Live and Let Die was ridiculous because AMAZING CONSTANT RACISM. This was... an alright little book. Not great, but a fine read. Good job, Fleming! I look forward to seeing if you go off the rails again.)
How To Succeed At Aging Without Really Dying by Lyla Blake Ward (Man, I picked this up as it seemed like an interesting little book of essays, but it was so weird. The first part was like... something such as "Have you noticed bubble packaging is hard to open?" for 4 pages, and then would end with a really painfully not good pun, and this coming from someone who likes most puns. Later, the essays got more essay-like, and were better, but overall, I wouldn't recommend this.)
Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls: Essays, Etc. by David Sedaris (I love David Sedaris, and his new book is completely fantastic, as expected. It gets more political at times than he has in the past, and as usual, his fiction, this time in the form of several monologues by characters sprinkled throughout the book, didn't do much for me, but damn. The man knows how to write a funny essay!)
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum (Randomly inspired to investigate these classic books. Was a quick read, and fun enough. It was interesting to see how it deviated from what I knew of the story. We'll see how completely strange the rest of the novels get, as I'm sure I'll slowly work my way through them, knowing me.)
The Marvelous Land of Oz by L. Frank Baum (Man, the end of this book. Man, what? I had peeked at a plot summary before I read it, so I knew what was coming, but it was still kind of insane whiplash. Who allows their name and gender to be changed and just goes along with it, even though it wasn't their will? Glinda, is it really "good" to change someone back who doesn't wish it? Man, what. Such a strange look at gender politics in this book. I'm betting Ozma of Oz won't deal with anything I'm having issues with, either. Ozma will probably be a totally different character. Lame!)

May (9)
Ozma of Oz by L. Frank Baum (Well, Ozma wasn't a different character from Tip, perse, but seriously, no adjustment, no anything is seen, which just saddens me. What she went through at the end of the last book would really mess a person up! Outside of my personal holdups, though, this is more of the same, and I don't mean that in a bad way, really. This book certainly has some very creepy moments, though. Enjoyable, to be sure.)
Killing is Harmless: A Critical Reading of Spec Ops: The Line by Brendan Keogh (I want more long form close readings of games like this, and I want more games to aspire to be worthy of long form close readings like Spec Ops: The Line attempted to do.)
Escape by Perihan Magden (Really repetitive, but on purpose. The entire book is clearly supposed to make you feel on edge. And it did! I can't say I enjoyed it, perse, but I'm glad I read it. It succeeded at putting me in the head of some really messed up people and drowning me in their world.)
Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz by L. Frank Baum (The amount of overwhelming in-your-face retconning that happens in this book just feels insulting and stupid. I understand Baum says Oz and such is a "fairy land" and thus he can do whatever he wants, but that doesn't involve rewriting the past stated in your own books! I lost a lot of respect for him as a writer with this one, basically.)
Pixel Juice by Jeff Noon (Collection of short stories. A few in, I realized I had read this before and totally forgot! A few of the best stories stuck in my head, but there were plenty that had totally slipped out. Still, with so many stories tying in to his other novels, this isn't a place to start for people who haven't read his stuff.)
Storm Front by Jim Butcher (Now everyone can stop telling me to read this book! I always resisted due to connections to exes of various sorts, and it certainly didn't blow me away but I understand why the series has fans, to be sure. The book felt very... over-inflated though. Like it needed to ratchet the danger up EVEN HIGHER constantly, which left it feeling a bit silly to me. But I bet that's something that's fixed as the book is no longer a one-off but a series.)
[I]Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach (I have used Mary Roach's essays in my classes often, and think she's awesome, but never dove into her books before this. This book is fantastic, entertaining, and really interesting. I also had to take breaks and was really uncomfortable reading it, not because she did a bad job, but just because of the subject matter! She makes the subject matter interesting and sometimes funny, but it's still kinda tough to read about some of these things. Still, if you can handle the topic, highly recommended.)
Naked Came The Stranger by Penelope Ashe (Oh man. Oh man. This book. Oh man. Written to mock and make fun of horrible, churned out "big money" writing full of terrible sex. A huge number of reporters wrote this in a week, each taking one chapter. It makes no sense, it's offensive, it's terribly written, and it was apparently a huge hit. Read this and despair... but in an entertaining way.)
Diamonds Are Forever by Ian Fleming (My Bond exploration continues with another nice book! I really wonder what happened between Live and Let Die and Moonraker, as that book, and this one, almost seem like they are written by different people. Suspense, actually action... Bond fired his gun for the first time in this one! The action cut away when non-relevant things were going on! Fleming is learning! It's neat to see.)

June (3)
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller (You all were talking about it in the "Whatcha' reading" and I realized I had never read it, and tried it, and HOLY FUCK WHAT A BOOK. What a hilarious and incredibly affecting and gut-wrenching novel. If you were like me and haven't read this, you HAVE to. You just have to.)
Air Force Gator by Dan Ryckert (See, you gotta follow up something so literary and classic with something completely fucking stupid. It's the only way, clearly.)
[Citation Needed] 2: The Needening: More of The Best of Wikipedia's Worst Writing by Josh Fruhlinger and Conor Lastowka (A cheap, quick look at some really terrible writing and I was once again very entertained. Who wouldn't be?)

July (2)
The Disappearing Spoon And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements by Sam Kean (A title so long my Kindle cannot properly display it. This book starts out really slow, if you know your high school chemistry, but then quickly blossoms into awesome stories of scientists and interesting facts about the elements that I certainly didn't know and found captivating.)
Falling Out of Cars by Jeff Noon (Was not expecting a weird post-apocalypse sort of scenario when I started the book, but that's what I got. I thought the ending was weak, but I'm still in love with Noon's writing. The narrator, Marlene, really connected with me. I've felt lost like that, with nothing to hold onto but words, and those too fading away...)

August (4)
From Russia With Love by Ian Fleming (Man, the beginning of this book is bonkers. Like over a third of it is just pointless backstory about people in SMERSH! It's crazy. Overall, the actually story itself is not TOO bad? Not up to the improvement Fleming's been having though. Also, dunno what's up with the CLIFFHANGER ENDING.)
The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle (Here's a classic that's been around my peripheral vision that I got gently pushed into trying, and it was quite nice! This was a weird deluxe edition with a little novella at the end and all kinds of extra material... it was a nice way to experience this story for the first time. Light, breezy, and fun. A good book, though I could poke at it if I really wanted to nitpick. Also, random thought, it's kinda silly how much past me would think all the extra material (interviews and such) in this book was stupid, and how much current me enjoys it. Times change, I guess.)
To Be Or Not To Be by Ryan North (I'm sure I've missed a couple endings, but I've given it a thorough read, and it is quite a fun little book, and I am 100% glad I backed it. The end.)
B^F: The Novelization of the Feature Film by Ryan North (This came with the previous book! I had started reading that blog but lost track of it! So this was a good reason to just read the whole gosh-darned thing, and it was lovely, and hilarious, and [warm and] wonderful.)

September (6)
Dr. No by Ian Fleming (More Bond! It was... alright. This book is clearly where the concept of the crazy Bond supervillian with the evil deathtrap lair comes from. Bond, of course, had horrible sexist thoughts throughout, but the book omitted the scene from the film where Bond basically rapes a lady and laughs about it, so that's nice.)
Bridge of Birds by Barry Hughart (A friend of mine told me this was his favorite book ever, and I should read it, so I did, and it was cute, and funny, and fun, and lovely, and I would recommend it to basically anybody who likes to read a book.)
It's Kind of a Cute Story by Rolly Crump and Jeff Heimbuch (Yeah, more Disney stuff. I'm still obsessed. Still, it was a pretty neat look behind the curtain of a lot of stuff I love, so I really can't complain!)
Mary Poppins by P. L. Travers (Man, this was weird. I really don't know what to think about it. At the very least, it seemed to have very little thematic connection between the weird little stories that led up to anything. Glad I looked into it, but yeah... huh.)
Soulless by Gail Carriger (Oh man, shivam was so right about this book and me. Oh man. I have not read a book this fun and this sexy and this smart in a long time, and I am shocked and VERY pleased that they were somehow all in the same book. So good.)
Changeless by Gail Carriger (Yep, more of the same. I am pleased. Ending makes me annoyed in "I love the characters and am invested way" but not in the "I am someone who studies literature and this is not well done" way which I think is about the best way for something like that to be, even if annoyed. I feel for all these characters. That's awesome.)

October (1)
Blameless by Gail Carriger (More fun. More awesome. I have not cared about characters, even fairly minor background characters, this much in a long time. They are fun to read about, and I care when things happen. These books are just completely awesome.)

November (2)
Heartless by Gail Carriger (The series continues to be lovely, though less sexy than before! Heh, though for good reason. Onward to the last one.)
Timeless by Gail Carriger (And now I'm out of this series, which is bittersweet. I can respect ending when things are done, and it feels pretty done! But I was having so much fun and want more. Oh well, so it goes. Heh. READ THIS SERIES, SERIOUSLY.)

December (4)
Thy Neighbor's Wife by Gay Talese (What a strange book. While sometimes the tone of how it describes sex gets unquestionably hilarious, this is an extremely interesting and person book of history about the sexual revolution of the 60's and 70's, and I'm very glad I read it. It's dense and long, but good.)
Felidae by Akif Pirincci (That weird German cartoon you may have seen on Youtube is now a book! Well, uh, it's the book that film was based on. It has an interesting tone in the narration, but wasn't as divergent from the movie as I expected. I look forward to reading Felidae On The Road sometime.)
Earthbound by Ken Baumann (Baumann obviously should have written a memoir instead of trying to force all his memories into video game criticism. The amount this book is not about Earthbound, given it's title, is ridiculous, and it's kind of oddly organized besides. In no way recommended, especially if you want to, say, read a book of criticism about Earthbound that approaches that game's text with any sort of insight or usefulness. I really hope the rest of the Boss Fight Books stuff is like... much much different than this.)
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C O'Brien (I had always meant to read this book, especially after I saw the movie after some prodding and had many issues with it. As expected, those were totally addressed and not issues in the book, and man, Mrs. Frisby is such a wonderful protagonist. A heroic mother in a realistic way. It's such a fun book, and I would have loved it as a kid.)

01-30-2013, 06:12 AM
January (1)
George Skaff Elias, Richard Garfield, K Robert Gutschera - Characteristics of Games (You've probably spent your whole life casually dissecting games, and you'll still gain new insights from this book.)

February (1)
Salman Rushdie - Midnight's Children (I feel like the scope of the novel is vast enough to merit another reading, but that's going to have to wait for a while.)

March (3)
Lloyd Alexander - The High King (The series as a whole was difficult to enjoy as an adult, but there are still moments in each book that made me smile.)
Iain M Banks - Player of Games (This was enjoyable, and a hell of a climax. Everything ties up very neatly, which is nice to see once in a while.)
Peter Watts - Starfish (Slow reveal of information done very well. It evokes the feeling of, well, being at the bottom of the ocean while people make decisions that affect your life in ways that you don't understand. And then when you finally get to see from their point of view, you find out they don't understand, either.)

April (0)

May (0)

June (0)

July (0)

August (0)

September (0)

October (0)

November (0)

December (0)

2012 Total: 22

cool onion
02-02-2013, 05:57 PM
nothing in january, not a good start.

January (0)

February (1)
Colonel Roosevelt - Edmund Morris

March (2)
Midnight's Children - Salman Rushdie
Death From The Skies - Philip Plait

April (1)
As I Lay Dying - William Faulkner

May (1) (1)
The Crying of Lot 49 - Thomas Pynchon
Violence - Slavoj Zizek

June (0) (1)
The Stories of Vladimir Nabokov

July (4) (1)
The Sound and the Fury - William Faulkner
The Enchanter - Vladimir Nabokov
Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea - Barbara Demick
Measure for Measure - William Shakespeare
The Tin Drum - Günter Grass

August (7)
Crabwalk - Günter Grass
King Lear - William Shakespeare
A Midsummer Night's Dream - William Shakespeare
1 Henry IV - William Shakespeare
A Curtain of Green and Other Stories - Eudora Welty
The Tragedy of Julius Caesar - William Shakespeare
Dead Souls - Nikolai Gogol

September (5)
As You Like It - William Shakespeare
Othello - William Shakespeare
Things Fall Apart - Chinua Achebe
Romeo and Juliet - William Shakespeare
Antony and Cleopatra - William Shakespeare

October (4) (1)
The Thirty-Nine Steps - John Buchan
Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
The Tempest - William Shakespeare
Macbeth - William Shakespeare
Waiting for Godot - Samuel Beckett

November (2)
The Searchers: The Making of an American Legend - Glenn Frankel
The Book of Dave - Will Self

December (3)
The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark - William Shakespeare
Light in August - William Faulkner
When She Was Good - Philip Roth

2013 Total: 34
2012 Total: 27 (http://www.talking-time.net/showpost.php?p=1236620&postcount=35)
2011 Total: 38

04-18-2013, 02:19 PM
This thread exists.

Just reminding you all.

cool onion
04-19-2013, 10:41 PM
I just can't concentrate on a book this year. It sucks. Maybe when the weather warms up and I can read outside...

04-29-2013, 06:14 PM
Why do I do this? Because I love lists.

I'm listing finished books under the months in which I finally reach the back cover. Asterisks mark re-reads.

January (3)
-Night (Elie Wiesel)
-The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea (Yukio Mishima)
-The Woman in the Dunes (Kobo Abe)

February (1)
-Innocents Aboard (Gene Wolfe)*

March (3)
-Labyrinths (Jorge Luis Borges)*
-No Country for Old Men (Cormac McCarthy)
-If on a winter's night a traveler (Italo Calvino)

April (3)
-The Name of the Rose (Umberto Eco)
-Stories of Your Life and Others (Ted Chiang)*
-Mean Deviation: Four Decades of Progressive Heavy Metal (Jeff Wagner)

May (3)
-The Napoleon of Notting Hill (G.K. Chesterton)
-Tough, Tough Toys for Tough, Tough Boys (Will Self)*
-Dubliners (James Joyce)*

June (2)
-Lolita (Vladimir Nabokov)
-Child of God (Cormac McCarthy)*

July (2)
-God is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything (Christopher Hitchens)
-Mortality (Christopher Hitchens)

August (4)
-A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again: Essays and Arguments (David Foster Wallace)
-The End of Faith: Religion, Terrorism and the Future of Reason (Sam Harris)
-Pnin (Vladimir Nabokov)
-The Player of Games (Iain M. Banks)

September (5)
-The Ocean at the End of the Lane (Neil Gaiman)
-Religion and the Decline of Magic (Keith Thomas)
-An Imaginary Life (David Malouf)*
-Brave New World Revisited (Aldous Huxley)
-Dispatches (Michael Herr)

October (2)
-The Prague Cemetery (Umberto Eco)
-The Man Who Was Thursday (G.K. Chesterton)

November (3)
-The Stories of Vladimir Nabokov (Vladimir Nabokov)
-Peace (Gene Wolfe)*
-Heart of Darkness (Joseph Conrad)*

December (2)
-The Myth of the Eternal Return or, Cosmos and History (Mircea Eliade)
-Flaubert's Parrot (Julian Barnes)*

Favourite fiction of the year: Lolita and The Name of the Rose
Favourite non-fiction of the year: Dispatches
Slog of the year: A Voyage to Arcturus (unfinished); The Player of Games (barely finished)

05-01-2013, 09:52 AM
this is my worst reading year yet.

05-30-2013, 04:25 PM
Time to update!

05-30-2013, 06:56 PM
this is my worst reading year yet.

Agreed. I'm way behind.

Rascally Badger
06-02-2013, 08:48 PM
this is my worst reading year yet.

Agreed. I'm way behind.

Me too.

06-03-2013, 11:29 AM
I should bite the bullet and make that list of Agatha Christie books I read, so that I know which I have yet to enjoy and which ones I've already done.

The Mysterious Affair at Styles; check. Hastings is very funny when he's trying to make himself out to be much better at detection than that silly foreigner Poirot, but then it was their first case. Decent for a first novel, in any event.

The Secret Adversary; I like Tommy and Tuppence judging by this novel, and it's a sweet little thriller. Very much of its era.

The Murder on the Links; again, further enjoyable Hastings shenanigans, as he's quite charming. The plot seemed outre even for a Christie, so I guess she started on those bewildering endings early.

The Secret of Chimneys; one of Christie's loveable rogues gets the bulk of the screen time and justifies it too. Lots of political machinating, in a rather Anthony Hope-esque fashion.

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd; one of my first Christies. It entirely deserves its reputation, the first-person narrator is a charm to read, and for goodness sake don't read spoilers if you haven't heard about the ending yet.

The Big Four; Agatha thought it was embarrassing filler. I thought it was a hilarious attempt to merge the serenely laid-back Poirot with a globe-spanning political conspiracy worthy of a Fleming thriller. Also, Achille Poirot.

The Mystery of the Blue Train; so this is the one that introduces Poirot's valet George? I find George much funnier than probably makes any sense. The restricted number of personalities in the story helps no end with the characterisation and making everyone seem like a real person, not just one of a number of suspects.

The Murder at the Vicarage; it doesn't matter so much for Poirot, but it is good to read the first Miss Marple novel first, because that gives you the basic grounding in St. Mary Mead that is necessary for her background. Even if all my favourite Marple novels take place elsewhere. Still, it's more fun than Poirot's first spin.

Peril at End House; one of the many, many Christie stories to have the difficulties of keeping up a fine old English manor as a key plot point. Also lots of drugs. Christie had worked with pharmaceutics and clearly enjoyed showing off her knowledge about them.

Lord Edgeware Dies; Jane Wilkinson is one of Christie's more memorable characters. Poirot is a bit hapless, but by now he's there for the flavour as much as anything.

Murder on the Orient Express; yes, it deserves its reputation, and yes, there are lots of loving descriptions of the Orient Express. Which is what I was expecting, so I was very happy with it.

Death in the Clouds; my first one, as per Gareth Roberts recommending it in "The Unicorn and the Wasp". It's a jolly modern-sounding romp and is a fine intro for Poirot, so you could certainly do worse than starting here as well.

"Cards on the Table"; the introduction of my beloved Ariadne Oliver, a mystery writer who doesn't know herself why she writes about. The shtick of the murders and detective party would make it memorable all by itself, though I was surprised as the sheer amount of technical detail about contract bridge.

"Dumb Witness"; bog-standard Poirot material. And some of Christie's fascination with spirituality is a bit silly.

"And Then There Were None"; yes, the "murderers trapped alone on an island" plot is very exciting, but Christie really has stretched plausibility to its limits on this one. I mean, the business about the eyeglasses and the gun, really...I think I might enjoy the stage version better.

"Sad Cypress"; more intrigue about poison, Poirot is slightly overly dramatic, but then he's having trouble believing that there's much of a case at all on this one...

"One, Two, Buckle My Shoe"; Poirot goes to the dentist. This is more amusing than it ought to be, given his reserve and OCD, but quickly turns philosophical and musing, with Poirot having to decide on what's to him a very puzzling dilemma. I like that flair in Christie's writing, and this is one of the first good examples of it.

"Evil Under the Sun"; it feels to me like a dry-run for "A Caribbean Mystery", which is a much better book. Poirot goes vacationing and inevitably it turns into a busman's holiday. The climax requires some silly mucking about to set up but is genuinely suspenseful.

"Towards Zero"; it's a soap opera story revolving around a very messy divorce. And the detective is completely unmemorable, it must be said. But it is a very good soap story, for what that's worth.

"The Hollow"; a more-than-usually touching novel of the "everyone hates the murder victim" variety. Poirot appears purely for the sake of making a nuisance of himself. I can see why Christie was grumpy with him at this stage.

"Taken at the Flood"; another of Christie's laments about how difficult it is to keep up fine country houses these days, but paired with the characters interrogating their own "look at us and our silly first world-problems" in a rather dry fashion. I did think the double-bluffing in this one was silly, but it's not too difficult to catch if you're paying attention.

"They Came to Baghdad"; A spy thriller that just happens to include a murder mystery, Victoria Jones is one of the strongest of Christie's heroines and it's good fun watching her. Accept the one tremendously silly coincidence and you're good to go.

"They Do It With Mirrors"; another of the "Jane Marple is anywhere except St Mary" novels. I'm quite fond of these, and of her quiet ways of observing while all hell breaks loose around her, so basically if you like Miss Marple this is a good one.

"A Pocket Full of Rye"; most memorable for the carrying out of the nursery rhyme, and the way that doing so doesn't actually make much sense. Marple sets on on a trip to go save an maid who she once had, and pulls it off with flair.

"Ordeal by Innocence"; another novel with a philosophical streak, this time about innocence. It doesn't have a name detective in it and it doesn't need it. The themes in this one would hold it up even without the quite good plot.

"The Pale Horse"; it's the 60s! With a vengeance; the writing goes between dry, wry takes on modern youth and completely inept attempts to talk about said youth. There's a very strong attempt to convince us that the killings are being carried out by spiritualist voodoo...also it's got Ariadne Oliver being hilarious and that's always good.

"A Caribbean Mystery". The papers made fun of Christie for turning a vacation into the book, but Jane Marple in the Carribean is practically a story all by itself. I found it more tense a novel than most, and for once Marple meets someone to match her smarts.

"At Bertram's Hotel"; one of Christie's best, in my opinion, though not good to start off with. Marple is enjoying another holiday in a lovely old Edwardian-style hotel, but then it turns to murder, and a meditation on nostalgia that is devastatingly painful in places. Some silly coincidences are entirely by the wayside.

"Third Girl"; Christie does Soho and Poirot makes himself ridiculous trying to deal with the Swinging 60s, much to his displeasure. Like "The Pale Horse" but more so, and Ariadne has some truly exciting scenes in this one.

"Hallowe'en Party"; this is, admittedly, the one to read if you can't stand Ariadne Oliver and would like to see her discombobulated. On the other hand, it has her in it. There's an undercurrent about child abuse which is rather more disturbing than you'd normally expect of Christie. And the quarry garden is strangely memorable for an author who preferred people to landscapes.

"Passenger to Frankfurt"; wot larks! I've written this up before, but to reiterate, Christie delves into SF in a thriller much like the lurid 30s ones. The climax is very, very silly but that's not the point.

"Nemesis"; read the other Marple books first. Because it's a sequel! The rich bloke from "A Caribbean Mystery", an excellent judge of character, was so impressed by Marple that he sets up for her to win 20,000 pounds if she can solve the mystery. This was the last Marple book Christie wrote, and I'm glad the character gets to go out with her head held high. She's not just old maid Miss Marple with a taste for gossip now, she's the avenging Nemesis for justice now, and she finally accepts that she's a dammed good detective who is very good at this most unladylike of pursuits. I loved it.

"Elephants Can Remember"; actually my first Oliver novel, but that was all right, it's as good a start for her as any. Poirot is increasingly doddery and undergoing something of a crisis, but pulls himself together to solve a mystery as a favour.

"The Mysterious Mr Quin"; in my personal opinion, the finest book that Christie ever wrote, and Christie seems to believed something close to that herself; she only wrote two more stories about Mr Quin and declared that he and the good Mr Satterwaite were her favourite characters. Touching, inspiring, miserable, terrifying by turns...I am deeply fond of it and only wonder why Gareth Roberts didn't use it as a springboard for his Christie story. Perhaps because it's so much of itself and might be spoilt by too crass an adaptation.

"Come, Tell Me How You Live"; a nonfictional book about Christie's experiences on archeological digs with her husband. It's slight, but entertaining, and you might learn an item or two about the Middle East.

"Agatha Christie: An Autobiography"; a massive tome that deals with her youth in a big English country house for nostalgia galore, then moves into her exciting life abroad and and only a few pages about her mysteries proper towards the end. I enjoyed it as I would any book about English culture, especially since she has some interesting points about the mid-war period. It should be noted that all her little prejudices about taxation and "things were better in my day" and all that are fleshed out here, though her gentle sardonic sense of proportion helps with that.

So that leaves "The Man in the Brown Suit", "The Seven Dials Mystery", "The Sittaford Mystery", "Why Didn't They Ask Evans?", "Three Act Tragedy", "The A. B. C. Murders", "Murder in Mesopotamia", "Death on the Nile", "Hercule Poirot's Christmas", "Murder is Easy", "N or M?", "The Body in the Library", "Five Little Pigs", "The Moving Finger", "Death Comes At the End", "Sparkling Cyanide", "Crooked House", "A Murder is Announced", "Mrs McGinty's Dead", "After the Funeral", "Destination Unknown", "Hickory Dickory Dock", "Dead Man's Folly", "4.50 from Paddington", "Cat Among the Pigeons", "The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side", "The Clocks", "Endless Night", "By the Pricking of my Thumbs", "Postern of Fate", "Curtain," and "Sleeping Murder". And goodness knows how many short stories. I think. I may have read one or two of these and not found them memorable, so I'll have to double check that.

06-03-2013, 11:53 AM
I'm having a bad reading year too. I'm reading too much absurdist, willy-nilly fiction that doesn't hold my attention very well. Perhaps a dose of hard, cold non-fiction is in order.

06-03-2013, 12:08 PM
I'm having a bad reading year too. I'm reading too much absurdist, willy-nilly fiction that doesn't hold my attention very well. Perhaps a dose of hard, cold non-fiction is in order.

I'm reading Mike Davis' City of Quartz, it's a fascinating history of Los Angeles

06-03-2013, 12:11 PM
I'm reading Mike Davis' City of Quartz, it's a fascinating history of Los Angeles

I read Ecology of Fear for school and thought it was pretty interesting. Best part was his recounting of the number of times Los Angeles has been completely annihilated in movies (apparently it's in the 200+ range).

06-03-2013, 12:18 PM
I read Ecology of Fear for school and thought it was pretty interesting. Best part was his recounting of the number of times Los Angeles has been completely annihilated in movies (apparently it's in the 200+ range).

I'm sure it is a regular fantasy of the people who live there... City of Quartz is a social history of the region and city, from the original spanish colony up to the early nineties. That is centered on the premise of LA being both an idealized utopia and a realized dystopia. With discussion of how the rest of the country is moving that way...

I'm fascinated by the similarities between Los Angeles of the post war era and what we are seeing in Houston, Phoenix, etc now.

07-09-2013, 11:13 AM
Only four in May, two in June, and one so far this month. My monthly average is tanking...

08-03-2013, 04:32 PM
Bump! We missed it because of Reddit!

10-02-2013, 09:48 AM
Heading into the final stretch.

10-03-2013, 12:53 PM
I've been reading a lot lately, clearing about 10 books in the last two months. My goal for this year is 30 completed books, novels or otherwise, which I'll probably finish by the end of November. With some of the quickies I've been reading, I'll probably end up with 33-35 on the year. Not my most productive year but I played a lot of 3DS from February to April, let me tell you.

Paul le Fou
10-03-2013, 09:47 PM
My list doesn't look too good until I realize that I was reading Against the Day pretty consistently and it still took four months.

cool onion
10-03-2013, 10:04 PM
I had a similar thing happen when I read Infinite Jest a few years ago. At least you read a good book :cool:

10-03-2013, 10:30 PM
This is the third year in a row that I set a goal of 50 books read. I fell well short the last couple of years, but I'm already at 42 finished for the year with just under 3 months to go. Feeling pretty good about this!

10-04-2013, 07:15 AM
I had a similar thing happen when I read Infinite Jest a few years ago. At least you read a good book :cool:

Ha, I'm reading that now. 300-some pages in! I actually like it, at least more so than Brief Interviews with Hideous Men. I find it really interesting how Wallace delves into the psyche of each of the characters, and the Eschaton game going on right now is fascinating in a Calvinball kind of way.

Paul le Fou
10-04-2013, 07:22 AM
This is the third year in a row that I set a goal of 50 books read. I fell well short the last couple of years, but I'm already at 42 finished for the year with just under 3 months to go. Feeling pretty good about this!

Don't read Against the Day (or Infinite Jest)

10-04-2013, 11:53 AM
worst reading year ever

10-06-2013, 07:51 PM
Did I really read nothing in August and September?!


10-07-2013, 05:35 AM
Did I really read nothing in August and September?!


You read The Master and Margarita, didn't you? I forgot about that one too. September is empty for me too, though.

10-07-2013, 06:03 AM
worst reading year ever
:( I haven't read much at all this year.

11-05-2013, 06:10 PM
Late reminder that reading is FUNdamental!

11-05-2013, 06:26 PM
I... I read a lot. I mean, damn.

11-05-2013, 06:26 PM
I... I read a lot. I mean, damn.

I was just noticing this... Where do you get the time?!

11-05-2013, 06:54 PM
I was just noticing this... Where do you get the time?!

Lunch hour at work, and I take my Nook in the bath, but mostly? It's just what I do. Standing in line at the grocery checkout? Book. Eating by myself? Book. Fishing in Animal Crossing or grinding in a JRPG? Book. My boy once caught me playing FFXI, Sims 3, and reading at the same time. This is the first time I've tracked my reading, so I never really noticed how much I do.

I suppose it's just as well; thanks to Amazon daily deals, my backlog is at a hundred and thirty-five books and climbing...

11-19-2013, 02:49 PM
As of today, I officially hit my goal of 50 books read with a month and a half to go! HUZZAH

11-21-2013, 05:31 PM
I may not make my 25-book goal this year, with 21 thus far, and the holidays coming up. But it's cool, 21 far outstrips the feeble 8 I managed last year.

12-04-2013, 12:38 PM
I've made it to 31 by the end of November (goal was 30), but I'm not sure I'll make any more progress this month. I'm out of new books on my shelf and I'm not really in the mood to re-read anything else. Getting new books costs money too, and reading PDFs on my monitor during slow times at work just sucks.

A convenient store in my area is stocking inexpensive books for an out-of-business used book shop, so maybe I can find a gem or two if I go by tonight.

Evil Dead Junkie
12-30-2013, 09:29 PM
http://i257.photobucket.com/albums/hh240/evildeadjunkie/Photo0004.jpg (http://s257.photobucket.com/user/evildeadjunkie/media/Photo0004.jpg.html)

What I read this year, not including ebooks, books I leant and library books.

12-31-2013, 07:18 AM
Last chance folks. Time to close the books on 2013