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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.

Year-End Book Wrap-up: 2012

I was this close to finishing 100 books this year. Just two short! Maybe next year.

Books Read in 2012:
1. Childhood’s End by Arthur C. Clarke
2. All Her Father’s Guns by James Warner
3. The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling
4. Maus I: A Survivor’s Tale: My Father Bleeds History by Art Spiegelman
5. Maus II: A Survivor’s Tale: And Here My Troubles Began by Art Spiegelman
6. Tales from Moominvalley by Tove Jansson
7. Black Bodies and Quantum Cats by Jennifer Ouellette
8. Jaguar Sun by Martha Bourke
9. Ugly to Start With by John Michael Cummings
10. The Professor and the Madman by Simon Winchester
11. Shite’s Unoriginal Miscellany by A. Parody
12. Fire Baptized by Kenya Wright
13. e: The Story of a Number by Eli Maor
14. Pope Joan by Donna Woolfolk Cross
15. Beginner’s Luck by Laura Pedersen
16. Walpurgis III by Mike Resnick
17. The Book of Unholy Mischief by Elle Newmark
18. America: The Book by Jon Stewart
19. Passage by Connie Willis
20. First Person Plural by Andrew W. M. Beierle
21. Why Rattlesnakes Rattle by Valeri R. Helterbran
22. War of the Twins (Dragonlance Legends vol. 2) by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman
23. Test of the Twins (Dragonlance Legends vol. 3) by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman
24. The Daily Telegraph’s Book of Obituaries edited by Hugh Massingberd
25. Merciful Flush by Lance Manion
26. Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
27. Ernie by Tony Mendoza
28. Ghosts of the Tower of London by G. Abbott
29. Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin
30. Diary of a Spider by Doreen Cronin
31. The Best of Shrdlu by Denys Parsons
32. Breaking the Devil’s Heart by H.A. Goodman
33. Hey Canada! by Vivian Bowers and Milan Pavlovic
34. 84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff
35. and then there were three… by Supriya Bhatnagar
36. Bitter is the New Black by Jen Lancaster
37. The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid
38. Inkdeath by Cornelia Funke
39. The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher by Kate Summerscale
40. Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
41. Marly’s Ghost by David Levithan
42. The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith
43. Why People Believe Weird Things by Michael Shermer
44. The Stray Shopping Carts of Eastern North America by Julian Montague
45. Tau Zero by Poul Anderson
46. Mrs. Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
47. As Nature Made Him by John Colapinto
48. The Food of the Gods by H.G. Wells
49. The Club Dumas by Arturo Perez-Reverte
50. The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin
51. The Areas of My Expertise by John Hodgman
52. The Daria Diaries by Anne D. Bernstein
53. Thank You for Smoking by Christopher Buckley
54. Ring by Koji Suzuki
55. Found by Davy Rothbart
56. Jenny Kidd by Laury A. Egan
57. Godspeed by Dan Chabot
58. Servant of the Jackal God by Keith Taylor
59. The Darlings by Christina Alger

Books Listened to in 2012:
1. The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly
2. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
3. Luminous Airplanes by Paul La Farge
4-5. Back Story and Widow’s Walk by Robert B. Parker
6. Atonement by Ian McEwan
7. Evermore by Alyson Noel
8. Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk by David Sedaris
9. Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared M. Diamond
10. The Ruby in the Smoke by Philip Pullman
11. Galileo’s Daughter by Dava Sobel
12. The Silent Boy by Lois Lowry
13. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas
14. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne
15. The Worthing Saga by Orson Scott Card
16. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
17. Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger
18. Lost in a Good Book by Jasper Fforde
19. A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
20. The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larrson
21. In the Company of the Courtesan by Sarah Dunant
22. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson
23. Inkspell by Cornelia Funke
24. Stuart Little by E.B. White
25. The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo
26. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle [reread]
27. A Wind in the Door by Madeleine L’Engle
28. A Swiftly Tilting Planet by Madeleine L’Engle
29. Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman! by Richard P. Feynman
30. A Study in Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
31. Angelica by Arthur Phillips
32. Cod by Mark Kurlansky
33. An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
34. So Yesterday by Scott Westerfeld
35. The 13th Tale by Diane Setterfield
36. The Gun Seller by Hugh Laurie
37. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
38. The Laughing Corpse by Laurell K. Hamilton
39. City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare

Books Started but Not Finished:
* Queen Victoria: Demon Hunter by A.E. Moorat (just didn’t care)
* Make Love the Bruce Campbell Way by Bruce Campbell (not my style of humor)
* Their Eyes were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston (disc 3 of audiobook too scratched)
* Silence the Whispers by Cait London (didn’t interest me)

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Literary Synchronicity

Coincidence is a funny thing. I suppose if you do enough reading you’ll start picking out patterns whether or not they’re actually there. Still, even if my own brain is inventing the connection it amuses me all the same to note them. Sometimes I’ll encounter the same book in many unrelated places, or something amazing will fall into my lap at random. Then there are the strange connections that seem to pop up between books. For example, I read The Fault in Our Stars, which involves both cancer and Amsterdam, immediately before starting Her Fearful Symmetry, which begins with one character dying of cancer and another moving to Amsterdam. Then I was reading both Inkheart and Lost in a Good Book simultaneously, which are both about real people and fictional characters jumping into and out of books. I wonder what little connections I’ll notice next.

Any strange literary coincidences pop up in your life lately?

Audiobook Recap 2011

I participated in two audiobook reading challenges in 2011, and I think I did fairly well, all told.

Books listened to: 34 (plus the last bit of Spook by Mary Roach and the first bit of The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly)

Total discs: 309 (though I did listen to a few on mp3)

Total time: 16 days, 13 hours, 29 minutes (aka 397 hours, 29 minutes). Most of that was in my car.

Male/Female Authors: 23/11

Male/Female Readers: 20/19

Shortest: Dream Angus by Alexander McCall Smith at 3 hours.

Longest: I Know This Much is True by Wally Lamb at 32 hours, 15 minutes.

Full list: here

I don’t think I’ll be getting any awards, though as far as I can tell I’ve earned the “obsessed” and “singing it from the mountaintops” badges. I was so close to the highest badge on Bewitched Bookworks, but oh well. I would have made it had I driven to Illinois this summer instead of flown, but my busted ankle changed my life in a lot of ways.

You may have noticed that I didn’t mention which books I liked best or least. That’s just too hard. I really enjoyed the Hunger Games trilogy by Collins, the Uglies series by Westerfeld, and of course everything by Gaiman and Funke and Hill. Most of the readers were excellent, with extra props to Corine Montbertrand and the cast of The Help in particular.

I won’t be signing up for any challenges this year. I’m tired, man! But I wish everyone the best of luck in whatever challenges they pursue in 2012. Happy New Reading Year! :D

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