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Year-End Book Wrap-Up 2020

Yes I know how ridiculously late this is.

Books Read in 2020:

  1. Hope Abandoned by Mark Perrott
  2. The Secret Diary of Tiddles, Aged 3 3/4 by Gemma Correll
  3. Sourcery by Terry Pratchett
  4. Hamster Princess: Harriet the Invincible by Ursula Vernon
  5. Mallworld by Somtow Sucharitkul
  6. Hot or Not by Jessica Campbell
  7. Happy Cat Day by Tiger and Stu Hample
  8. Strange Planet by Nathan Pyle
  9. Millions of Cats by Wanda Gag
  10. The Wonderling by Mira Bartok
  11. The Creative License by Danny Gregory
  12. The Little World of Liz Climo by Liz Climo
  13. The Dark Heart: A True Story of Greed, Murder, and an Unlikely Investigator by Joakim Palmkvist
  14. Hyperion by Dan Simmons
  15. Over the Edge of the World by Laurence Bergreen
  16. Stranger Planet by Nathan Pyle
  17. Remnant Population by Elizabeth Moon

Audiobooks Listened to in 2020:

  1. An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green
  2. The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee
  3. It by Stephen King
  4. Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris
  5. Miles Morales: Spider-Man by Jason Reynolds
  6. Millions by Frank Cottrell Boyce
  7. More Information Than You Require by John Hodgman
  8. Space Opera by Catherynne M. Valente
  9. The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl: Squirrel Meets World by Shannon Hale & Dean Hale
  10. Vincent and Theo by Deborah Heiligman
  11. Because Internet by Gretchen McCulloch

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Year-End Book Wrap-up 2019

Books Read in 2019:

  1. The Man Who Loved Books Too Much by Allison Hoover Bartlett
  2. Tides by Jonathan White
  3. It Looked Different on the Model by Laurie Notaro
  4. The Crow by J. O’Barr
  5. Ghost World by Daniel Clowes
  6. The Bloodthirsty Weasels by Theresa Bane
  7. The Fearsome Foursome by Amicus Arcane
  8. F in Exams by Richard Benson
  9. Customers Suck by Jennie Breeden and Rapscallion
  10. 100 Years by Joshua Prager and Milton Glaser
  11. Midnight at Madame Leota’s by Amicus Arcane
  12. Grim Grinning Ghosts by Aminus Arcane
  13. The Book of Extraordinary Deaths by Cecilia Ruiz
  14. The Journal Junkies Workshop by Eric M. Scott and David R. Modler
  15. Hit Reblog by Megan Kearney
  16. Trickster edited by Matt Dembicki
  17. An Audacious Alphabet by Amy J. Francisconi
  18. Book Learnin’ by John McNamee
  19. If You Lived at the Time of the Great San Francisco Earthquake by Ellen Levine
  20. Moominvalley Turns Jungle by Tove Jannson
  21. Cat Tails by Charles Wysocki
  22. Mr. Big by Carol and Matt Dembicki
  23. Levitation by Jim Ottaviani
  24. What’s the Difference? by Marc Tyler Nobleman
  25. Best in Class by Tim Clancy
  26. Eiffel’s Tower by Jill Jonnes
  27. The Nine Lives of Catseye Gomez by Simon Hawke
  28. The Clouds Above by Jordan Crane
  29. The Time Traveler’s Pocket Guide by K. Sekelsky
  30. The Zombie Survival Guide by Max Brooks
  31. Dracula (graphic novel) by Bram Stoker, Michael Mucci, Ben Caldwell, and Bill Halliar
  32. My Mother was Human! by Lonnie Millsap
  33. The Martian by Andy Weir
  34. Erstwhile by Gina Biggs
  35. Muppet King Arthur by Paul Benjamin
  36. Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett
  37. Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi
  38. 1000 Artist Journal Pages by Dawn DeVries Sokol

Audiobooks Listened to in 2019:

  1. A Voyage Long and Strange by Tony Horwitz
  2. The Witch of Lime Street by David Jaher
  3. Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld
  4. The Alchemyst by Michael Scott
  5. Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
  6. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang by Ian Fleming
  7. The Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. Carey
  8. I was Told There would be Cake by Sloane Crosley
  9. Imposters by Scott Westerfeld
  10. La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman
  11. Doctor Who: The Last Voyage by Dan Abnett
  12. The Magicians by Lev Grossman
  13. A Man Called Ove by Fredrick Backman
  14. Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
  15. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
  16. Nexus by Scott Westerfeld
  17. Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
  18. Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
  19. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
  20. The Shadow Land by Elizabeth Kostova
  21. The Smartest Book in the World by Greg Proops
  22. American Eclipse by David Baron
  23. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
  24. Black Like Me by John Howard Griffin
  25. Born to Run by Christopher McDougall
  26. Calypso by David Sedaris

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Year-End Book Wrap-up 2018

Books Read in 2018:

  1. The Wicked Boy by Kate Summerscale
  2. The Magic of Christmas by various
  3. The Girl with the Sturgeon Tattoo by Lars Arffssen
  4. Fum by Adam Rapp
  5. Star Wars Super Graphic by Tim Leong
  6. The Mother Tongue by Bill Bryson
  7. As You Wish by Cary Elwes
  8. Innovation Nation by David Johnston and Tom Jenkins
  9. Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  10. Alexander Hamilton’s Guide to Life by Jeff Wilser
  11. The Buntline Special by Mike Resnick
  12. Outwitting History by Aaron Lansky
  13. Leave the Lipstick, Take the Iguana edited by Marcy Gordon
  14. We are Legion (We are Bob) by Dennis E. Taylor
  15. Blue Noon by Scott Westerfeld
  16. For We Are Many by Dennis E. Taylor
  17. Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
  18. Gentlemen of the Road by Michael Chabon
  19. Horrorstor by Grady Hendrix
  20. Black Orchid by Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean
  21. All These Worlds by Dennis E. Taylor
  22. The Day Lincoln was Shot by Jim Bishop
  23. Deeply Grateful & Entirely Unsatisfied by Amanda Happé
  24. The Good Old Days–They Were Terrible! by Otto Bettmann
  25. The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
  26. Flanimals by Ricky Gervais
  27. Trafalgar True by Stephen Cosgrove
  28. Tiny Hats on Cats by Adam Ellis

Audiobooks Listened to in 2018:

  1. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  2. Marina by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  3. Road Rage by Richard Matheson, Joe Hill, and Stephen King
  4. Salt by Mark Kulansky
  5. Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
  6. The Slither Sisters by Charles Gilman
  7. Trigger Warning by Neil Gaiman
  8. Unstoppable by Bill Nye
  9. Vampires in the Lemon Grove by Karen Russell
  10. Bellevue by Eric Oshinsky
  11. Giant Treasury of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter
  12. Dodge City by Tom Clavin
  13. The Fireman by Joe Hill
  14. Going Postal by Terry Pratchett
  15. How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell
  16. I Must Say by Martin Short
  17. Invisibility by Andrea Cremer and David Levithan
  18. The Jewel by Amy Ewing
  19. Landline by Rainbow Rowell
  20. Notorious RBG by Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik
  21. The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall
  22. Roots by Alex Haley
  23. The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place by Julie Berry
  24. The Spiderwick Chronicles Vol 1 by Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi
  25. Teacher’s Pest by Charles Gilman
  26. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
  27. The View from the Cheap Seats by Neil Gaiman
  28. The World Without Us by Alan Weisman
  29. Yes Please by Amy Poehler
  30. The Black Count by Tom Reiss
  31. Mad About the Boy by Helen Fielding
  32. Christine by Stephen King
  33. Epitaph by Mary Doria Russell
  34. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
  35. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
  36. The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury
  37. The Penderwicks on Gardam Street by Jeanne Birdsall
  38. Rock On by Dan Kennedy
  39. The Secret History of Wonder Woman by Jill Lepore
  40. Strangers on a Train by Patricia Highsmith
  41. Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup
  42. The Inventor and the Tycoon by Edward Ball

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Year-End Book Wrap-up 2017

Books Read in 2017:
1. Entanglement by Emma Tarlo
2. The Einstein Prophecy by Robert Masello
3. Space Rocks! by Tom O’Donnell
4. Angel by Elizabeth Taylor
5. The Madonna of Las Vegas by Gregory Blake Smith [quit 20 pages before the end]
6. All My Friends are Dead by Avery Monsen and Jory John
7. Battle Bunny by Jon Scieszka and Mac Barnett
8. Founding Brothers by Joseph J. Ellis
9. Breathers by S.G. Browne
10. The Yellow House by Martin Gayford
11. Team Human by Justine Larbalestier and Sarah Rees Brennan
12. Hot Donut Salad by Alison Cowell
13. Taft 2012 by Jason Heller
14. How to Success! by Corinne Caputo
15. His Bloody Project by Graeme Macrae Burnet
16. Lost Science by Kitty Ferguson
17. How My Cat Made Me a Better Man by Jeremy Feig
18. Step Aside, Pops! by Kate Beaton
19. Rifles for Watie by Harold Keith
20. Hexed by Kevin Hearne

Audiobooks Listened to in 2017:
1. A Soldier of the Great War by Mark Helprin
2. What If? by Randall Munroe
3. Zombie Baseball Beatdown by Paolo Bacigalupi
4. Alchemy and Meggy Swann by Karen Cushman
5. Bloody Bones by Laurell K. Hamilton
6. Cockroaches by Jo Nesbo
7. The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp by Rick Yancey
8. Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford
9. Invasion of the Body Snatchers by Jack Finney
10. A Kiss before dying by Ira Levin
11. M is For Magic by Neil Gaiman
12. Undeniable by Bill Nye
13. Charlie Chaplin and His Times by Kenneth S. Lynn
14. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
15. Dead Wake by Erik Larson
16. Doc by Mary Doria Russell
17. Dr. Mutter’s Marvels by Cristin O’Keefe Aptowitz
18. Swarm by Scott Westerfeld
19. A World Without Princes by Soman Chainani
20. Ever by Gail Carson Levine
21. Falling Free by Lois McMaster Bujold
22. Foxglove Summer by Ben Aaronovitch
23. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
24. Igraine the Brave by Cornelia Funke
25. The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher
26. Professor Gargoyle by Charles Gilman
27. Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow
28. America’s Hidden History by Kenneth C. Davis
29. Common Sense by Thomas Paine
30. The Daily Show (The Book) by Chris Smith
31. Dreamers of the Day by Mary Doria Russell
32. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
33. Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson
34. George Washington’s Secret Six by Brian Kilmeade
35. Hamilton: The Revolution by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter
36. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling
37. John Dies at the End by David Wong

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Year-End Book Wrap-up 2016

Books Read in 2016:
1. The Evolution of Useful Things by Henry Petroski
2. Puckster Plays the Hockey Mascots by Lorna Schultz Nicholson
3. Feminist Ryan Gosling by Danielle Henderson
4. Are You Dissing Me? by Simon Winheld
5. Seriously, You Have to Eat by Adam Mansbach
6. The Beginning Place by Ursula K. Le Guin
7. Monster Trucks & Hair In A Can: Who Says America Doesn’t Make Anything Anymore? by Bill Geist
8. The Rule of Four by Ian Caldwell and Dustin Thomason
9. Mark Twain’s Guide to Diet, etc… edited by Mark Dawidziak
10. Drawing Lab for Mixed Media Artists by Carla Sondheim
11. Freehand Drawing and Discovery by James Richards
12. Nightfall and Other Stories by Isaac Asimov
13. You Can Never Find a Rickshaw When It Monsoons by Mo Willems
14. The Light of the Fireflies by Paul Pen
15. Fearless Drawing by Kerry Lemon
16. Fake Mustache by Tom Angleberger
17. Drawn In by Julia Rothman
18. Lincoln’s Dreams by Connie Willis
19. The Egypt Game by Zilpha Keatley Snyder
20. Choose Your Own Autobiography by Neil Patrick Harris
21. Torchwood: The Undertaker’s Gift by Trevor Baxendale
22. Animals Talking in All Caps by Justin Valmassoi
23. Blood Song by Anthony Ryan
24. MegaTokyo vol. 1 by Fred Gallagher
25. The Cartoon History of Humanism: Volume One: Antiquity To Enlightenment by Dale DeBakcsy
26. To Sin Again by Beth McMullen
27. The Wrong Reflection by Gillian Bradshaw
28. Kate the Great Except When She’s Not by Suzy Becker
29. Wings of Madness by Paul Hoffman
30. Visit Sunny Chernobyl by Andrew Blackwell
31. What in God’s Name by Simon Rich

Books Listened to in 2016:
1. Fool by Christopher Moore
2. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
3. In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson
4. Jim Henson: The Biography by Brian Jay Jones
5. Medium Raw by Anthony Bourdain
6. The Mental Floss History of the World by Steve Wiegand and Erik Sass
7. Mirrormask by Neil Gaiman
8. My Antonia by Willa Cather
9. The White Cat by Holly Black
10. Circus of the Damned by Laurell K. Hamilton
11. The Maze Runner by James Dashner
12. Mystic Warrior by Tracy and Laura Hickman
13. Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman
14. The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani
15. The Secret History by Donna Tartt
16. Shockaholic by Carrie Fisher
17. America Again by Stephen Colbert
18. Food by Jim Gaffigan
19. Longitude by Dava Sobel
20. The Lunatic Cafe by Laurell K. Hamilton
21. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
22. Sh*t My Dad Says by Justin Halpern
23. Ubik by Philip K. Dick
24. You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) by Felicia Day
25. Wild by Cheryl Strayed
26. La’s Orchestra Saves the World by Alexander McCall Smith
27. Earth: The Book by Jon Stewart
28. Death by Black Hole by Neil DeGrasse Tyson
29. Ghost Knight by Cornelia Funke
30. Mistress of the Art of Death by Ariana Franklin
31. Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely
32. Zeroes by Scott Westerfeld
33. The Bat by Jo Nesbo
34. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
35. Dad is Fat by Jim Gaffigan
36. A Scanner Darkly by Philip K. Dick

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Year-End Book Wrap-up 2015

Books Read in 2015:
1. Summer Knight by Jim Butcher
2. Twilight: The Graphic Novel, vol. 2 by Stephenie Meyer and Young Kim
3. The Fly by Elise Gravel
4. Death Masks by Jim Butcher
5. ‘Scuse Me While I Kiss This Guy by Gavin Edwards
6. The Lynne Truss Treasury by Lynne Truss
7. Everyday Matters by Danny Gregory
8. Bright Lights, Big Ass by Jen Lancaster
9. A History of PI by Petr Beckmann
10. The Ladies of Grace Adieu and Other Stories by Susanna Clarke
11. Midnighters: Touching Darkness by Scott Westerfeld
12. Stimulated! by Andrew Pek and Jeannine McGlade
13. Farscape: Dark Side of the Sun by Andrew Dymond
14. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Holmes by John H. Watson
15. Cosmos by Carl Sagan
16. Sandman: Preludes and Nocturnes by Neil Gaiman et al
17. Tolstoy’s Short Fiction by Leo Tolstoy
18. Kingdom Keepers: Disney After Dark by Ridley Pearson
19. The Stranger and the Statesman by Nina Burleigh
20. Krakatoa by Simon Winchester
21. Latitude Zero by Gianni Guadalupi and Antony Shugaar
22. Torchwood: Another Life by Peter Anghelides
23. The Tower Room by Dorothy Daniels
24. Bring Me the Head of Prince Charming by Roger Zelazny and Robert Sheckley (reread)
25. Art Before Breakfast by Danny Gregory
26. If You Want To Write by Brenda Ueland
27. The Art of Urban Sketching: Drawing On Location Around The World by Gabriel Campanario
28. If at Faust You Don’t Succeed by Roger Zelazny and Robert Sheckley
29. Urban Sketching Handbook: Architecture and Cityscapes by Gabriel Campanario
30. Nathaniel’s Nutmeg by Giles Milton
31. Night of the Avenging Blowfish by John Welter
32. Finder by Emma Bull

Books Listened to in 2015:
1. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
2. Blade Runner by Philip K. Dick
3. The Disappearing Spoon by Sam Kean
4. The Silence of Murder by Dandi Daley Mackall
5. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
6. The Scavengers by Michael Perry
7. NOS4A2 by Joe Hill
8. Stories edited by Nail Gaiman and Al Sarrantonio
9. My Fair Lazy by Jen Lancaster
10. Odd and the Frost Giants by Neil Gaiman
11. Barrel Fever by David Sedaris
12. Hallucinations by Oliver Sacks
13. Interworld by Neil Gaiman and Michael Reaves
14. The Meaning of Everything by Simon Winchester
15. People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks
16. Birdseye by Mark Kurlansky
17. The Boys from Brazil by Ira Levin
18. Flight by Sherman Alexie
19. God is Not Great by Christopher Hitchens
20. Once Upon a Time in the North by Philip Pullman
21. The Poisoner’s Handbook by Deborah Blum
22. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
23. How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming by Mike Brown
24. The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor
25. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
26. The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare
27. A Curious Man by Neal Thompson
28. Doctor Who and the Abominable Snowmen by Terrance Dicks
29. Hearts, Keys, and Puppetry by Neil Gaiman and the Twitterverse
30. Pebble in the Sky by Isaac Asimov
31. Seeing Redd by Frank Beddor
32. Street Gang by Michael Davis
33. The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons by Sam Kean
34. The Art of Asking by Amanda Palmer
35. Little Bee by Chris Cleave
36. Fortunately, The Milk by Neil Gaiman
37. From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg
38. Boneshaker by Cherie Priest

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Year-End Book Wrap-Up 2014

Books Read in 2014:
1. Obstacles by Chris Reardon
2. The Yellow Eyes of Crocodiles by Katherine Pancol
3. The Conspiracy Kid by E.P. Rose
4. The Secret Rooms by Catherine Bailey
5. Noodles by Michael Zulli
6. The Law of Superheroes by James Daily and Ryan Davidson
7. The Passion of Artemisia by Susan Vreeland
8. Peeps by Scott Westerfeld
9. A Tale Dark and Grimm by Adam Gidwitz
10. Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris
11. The Know-It-All by A.J. Jacobs
12. Long Quiet Highway by Natalie Goldberg
13. Lexicon by Max Barry
14. Isaac’s Storm by Erik Larson
15. Tokyo Fiancee by Amelie Nothomb
16. Doctor Who: The Clockwise Man by Justin Richards
17. Eiger Dreams by Jon Krakauer
18. Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh
19. The Bookman’s Tale by Charlie Lovett
20. A Gazillion Little Bits by Claudia Brevis
21. Assassination Vacation by Sarah Vowell
22. Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde
23. World War Z by Max Brooks
24. Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch
25. The Infernals by John Connolly
26. Moon Over Soho by Ben Aaronovitch
27. Whispers Under Ground by Ben Aaronovitch
28. Broken Homes by Ben Aaronovitch
29. Lies Across America by James W. Loewen
30. 5 Very Good Reasons to Punch a Dolphin in the Mouth and Other Useful Guides by Matthew Inman
31. Doctor Who: The Monsters Inside by Stephen Cole
32. City of Illusions by Ursula K. LeGuin
33. To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis
34. You Have to F*****g Eat by Adam Mansbach
35. How I Paid for College by Marc Acito
36. Attack of the Theater People by Marc Acito

Books Listened to in 2014:
1. The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
2. The Ghost Map by Steven Johnson
3. The Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Fforde
4. Rendezvous with Rama by Arthur C. Clarke
5. Sacred Hearts by Sarah Dunant
6. Reckless by Cornelia Funke
7. Something Rotten by Jasper Fforde
8. Don’t Know Much about Geography by Kenneth C. Davis
9. The Water Castle by Megan Frazer Blakemore
10. Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins
11. Gregor and the Prophecy of Bane by Suzanne Collins
12. First Among Sequels by Jasper Fforde
13. Neptune’s Brood by Charles Stross
14. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
15. The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides
16. Junius and Albert’s Adventures in the Confederacy by Peter Carlson
17. The Spellman Files by Lisa Lutz (abridged)
18. The Hit by Melvin Burgess
19. Dreamwood by Heather Mackley
20. Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell
21. The Book of Madness and Cures by Regina O’Melveny
22. The Gates by John Connolly
23. Fearless by Cornelia Funke
24. Plato and a Platypus Walk Into a Bar by Thomas Cathcart and Daniel Klein
25. Thunderstruck by Erik Larson
26. 11/22/63 by Stephen King
27. Dark of the Moon by John Sandford
28. The Children Act by Ian McEwan
29. Life Beyond Measure by Sidney Poitier
30. Bossypants by Tina Fey
31. Vampirates: Tide of Terror by Justin Somper
32. The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe
33. Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey by The Countess of Carnarvon

Only 69 this year, fewer than usual but not half bad. My car died, so I had a few weeks of listening to nothing until I got a new one, which explains some of it. But mostly I just wasn’t spending as much time reading. No long plane rides and very little solo travel. I also did not keep track of the books I started but didn’t finish, but there were a bunch of those, for various reasons.

A coworker introduced me to Ben Aaronovich and Marc Acito by lending me their books. Acito is fantastic but unfortunately has only written those two books. I gave the Sookie Stackhouse and Outlander series (serieses? seriesss?) a go but decided they weren’t my thing. I rediscovered my love for Erik Larson and Connie Willis, and was delighted by just how excellent 11/22/63 by Stephen King turned out to be.

All in all, a pretty good year, literatarily. (Oh come on, that’s a great word.) Here’s to the next!

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Year-End Book Wrap-up: 2013

Here we go again. Almost-but-not-quite reached triple digits again this year. Just 4 books short.

Books Read in 2013:
1. Eighty Days by Matthew Goodman
2. The Devil and His Boy by Anthony Horowitz
3. The Fantasy Worlds of Peter S. Beagle
4. The Burning Time by J.G. Faherty
5. What Cats Teach Us by Glenn Dromgoole
6. The Ghosts of Nagasaki by Daniel Clausen
7. Uglies: Shay’s Story by Scott Westerfeld, Devin Grayson, and Steven Cummings
8. The Manual of Aeronautics by Scott Westerfeld and Keith Thompson
9. Flimsy Little Plastic Miracles by Ron Currie Jr.
10. A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki
11. Marbles by Ellen Forney
12. The Dark Lady by Mike Resnick
13. English As She Is Spoke by José Da Fonseca and Pedro Carolino
14. We by Yevgeny Zamyatin
15. There Once Lived a Girl Who Seduced Her Sister’s Husband, and He Hanged Himself: Love Stories by Ludmilla Petrushevskaya
16. Goblin Quest by Jim C. Hines
17. The Futurological Congress by Stanislaw Lem
18. Mrs. T’s Bedside Book
19. How to Make Your Man Behave in 21 Days or Less Using the Secrets of Professional Dog Trainers by Karen Salmansohn
20. Thwonk by Joan Bauer
21. Seahorse in the Sky by Edmund Cooper
22. Bad Science by Ben Goldacre
23. Harley Loco by Rayya Elias
24. God’s Gift by Lucie Cave
25. Home Protection: How to Make Your Home a Safe Place by 55DSL.com
26. The Two Kings by A.J. Jacobs
27. It’s Nothing Personal by Kate O’Reilley
28. Leave of Absence by Tanya J. Peterson
29. Outside the Spotlight by Sophie Weeks
30. Movies in Fifteen Minutes by Cleolinda Jones
31. Vampirates: Demons of the Ocean by Justin Somper
32. If You Were Here by Jen Lancaster
33. Reader by Erec Stebbins
34. The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells
35. American Elsewhere by Robert Jackson Bennett
36. The Ghost from the Grand Banks by Arthur C. Clarke
37. Fool Moon by Jim Butcher
38. Grave Peril by Jim Butcher
39. Mr. Obvious by James Lileks
40. The Stepford Wives by Ira Levin
41. The Winter Ghosts by Kate Mosse
42. The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 3/4 by Sue Townsend
43. The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell
44. I am the Messenger by Markus Zusak
45. Red Dragon by Thomas Harris
46. Night Film by Marisha Pessl
47. The Book of Times by Lesley Alderman
48. The Hand of Osiris by Jim Mastro
49. The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex
50. BUtterfield 8 by John O’Hara
51. French for Cats by Henri de la Barbe
52. xo Orpheus edited by Kate Bernheimer
53. Otherworld Tales: Demon Invasion by C.T. Markee
54. The De-Textbook by Cracked.com
55. Standing Up by Marion Grodin
56. Solomon the Peacemaker by Hunter Welles
57. Broken Allegiance by Mark Young

Books Listened to in 2013:
1. City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
2. The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
3. Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld
4. Behemoth by Scott Westerfeld
5. The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner
6. Goliath by Scott Westerfeld
7. The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran
8. Hoot by Carl Hiaasen
9. The Sign of the Four by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
10. The Fourth Bear by Jasper Fforde
11. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
12. Blue Moon by Alyson Noel
13. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
14. Every Day by David Levithan
15. American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis
16. Blackout by Connie Willis
17. All Clear by Connie Willis
18. Lyra’s Oxford by Philip Pullman
19. Dragons of the Dwarven Depths by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman
20. Incarceron by Catherine Fisher
21. Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld
22. Dragon’s Keep by Janet Lee Carey
23. And Another Thing… by Eoin Colfer
24. The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana by Umberto Eco
25. Gulp by Mary Roach
26. The Well of Lost Plots by Jasper Fforde
27. Packing for Mars by Mary Roach
28. Native Tongue by Carl Hiaasen
29. The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas
30. Little Brother by Cory Doctorow
31. Just Ella by Margaret Peterson Haddix
32. Feed by M.T. Anderson
33. Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
34. City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau
35. Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare
36. Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare
37. People of Sparks by Jeanne DuPrau
38. Dragon Wing by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman
39. Undead by Kirsty McKay

Books Started but not finished:
* Mr. Darwin’s Shooter by Roger McDonald (could not follow)
* The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo (bad translation)
* Wearing Dad’s Head by Barry Yourgrau (not my style)
* The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks (didn’t interest me)
* Anne Frank: The Biography by Melissa Muller (boring)

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Classics Retold Wrap-up

This has been fun. I haven’t been able to watch quite as much as I’d hoped, largely due to some unforeseen situations in the months leading up to September, but I made a decent go of it. Here are the posts:

If I were to do it again, I’d also include these:

That last one would have been especially nice to get my hands on, since it’s an actual adaptation of the book. That was the main problem I ran into: most of the retellings I could find were not the original story, but only the character of an invisible man placed in various scenarios. It’s a shame, because there’s so much that could be done with the original tale of Dr. Griffin.

One last homage to my subject, The Invisible Man: a monument in Yekaterinburg, Sverdlovsk Oblast, Russia. The inscription reads: “The first monument to the Invisible man, the hero of Herbert Wells’ novel.” Hero? I’m not so sure that’s quite the word you’re looking for, but it might be a mistranslation. He’s certainly the central figure, but very definitely not a hero.

Classics Retold

September is the month of Classics Retold, courtesy of Bookish Whimsy, among others. I decided to go with The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells, one of my favorite authors. I’ll start with the book review tomorrow, then post reviews of assorted other things – mostly movies – based on this story.

I thought about making this a weekly thing, but instead I think I’ll just post things as I get to them, which will end up being distributed more or less evenly through the month, depending on how quickly Netflix delivers.

Note: many of these posts will contain spoilers, but I think most people know the general story of The Invisible Man – that is, there’s this dude who figures out how to make himself invisible and this ability makes him powerful, dangerous, and ultimately tragic. It’s a very short novel and is available online and via email for free, so you really ought to go read it.

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