Tuesday, December 31, 2013

A year of pretty good, nay, great reads ... 2013 reading list in review

2013.07.26-IMG_4970Here's my reading list for 2013; discovered some new things (Kelly Hand), re-read a number of old friends (Hesse, Tolkien, Orwell, Huxley); completed Hugh Howey's amazing Wool series and also a bunch of the Wool World from some pretty talented authors.

Spent some very good quality time with a few series of essays and breezed through Jo Wood's rock and roll biography while going more slowly through the Bruce Springsteen bio. I started earlier in the year planning to read through a series of "English Country House" novels, starting with Brideshead, but that turned into a min-Forster marathon when I started planning a work trip to Florence. Speaking of travel, Edith Wharton's In Morocco joined me in Fes.

My non-fiction reading was all over the map with no common theme. And in the world of speculative fiction, I stuck with the masters, Bradbury, Clarke, Vonnegut (and also a short Hugh Howey novella plus Jack London's Scarlet Plague. And, the three Margaret Atwood Positron novellas published during 2012-2013 (new one is out, number 4, but haven't read that yet).

Only able to get around to one book of poetry, Lawrence Ferlinghetti's Leaving San Francisco.

And, my major reading project for the year, DFW's Infinite Jest (read more about that here).

So, here are the lists ...
A random series of novels:
  • Au Pair Report, Kelly Hand
  • Siddartha, Herman Hesse
  • The Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkien
  • 1984, George Orwell
  • Odd and the Frost Giants, Neil Gaiman
  • The Plagiarist, Hugh Howey
  • The Scarlet Plague, Jack London
From the Wool series by Hugh Howey:
  • First Shift, Hugh Howey
  • Second Shift, Hugh Howey
  • Third Shift, Hugh Howey
  • Dust, Hugh Howey
Hugh Howey's Wool, in the wilds of a brick and mortar store Three series from the greater Wool World:
  • The Runner, W.J. Davies
  • The Diver, W.J. Davies
  • The Watcher, W.J. Davies
  • The Sky Used to Be Blue, Patrice Fitzgerald
  • Cleaning Up, Patrice Fitzgerald
  • Deep Justice, Patrice Fitzgerald
  • Rising Up, Patrice Fitzgerald
  • Last Walk: A Silo Story, Patrice Fitzgerald
  • Silo 49: Going Dark, Ann Christy
  • Silo 49: Deep Dark, Ann Christy
2013.07.25-IMG_4852 In non-fiction:
  • What Matters in Jane Austen? John Mullan
  • Governing the Commons, Elinor Ostrom
  • The Best of Both Worlds, G. Wayne Clough
  • Winning Isn't Normal, Jason Shen
Masters of more than just "Sci-Fi": Clarke, Bradbury, and Vonnegut:
  • The City and the Stars, Arthur C. Clarke
  • Childhood's End, Arthur C. Clarke
  • Mother Night, Kurt Vonnegut
  • The Sirens of Titan, Kurt Vonnegut
  • The Martian Chronicles, Ray Bradbury
  • Dandelion Wine, Ray Bradbury
Margaret Atwood keeping us entertained in short form:
  • I'm Starved for You, Margaret Atwood
  • Choke Collar, Margaret Atwood
  • Erase Me, Margaret Atwood
Great collections of essays:
  • Some Remarks: Essays and Other Writings, Neal Stephenson
  • Distrust That Particular Flavor, William Gibson
  • Brave New World Revisited, Aldous Huxley
  • Resistance, Rebellion, and Death: Essays, Albert Camus
2013.05.26-IMG_3021 For my travels:
  • In Morocco, Edith Wharton
  • Italian Hours, Henry James
  • Mornings in Florence, John Ruskin
E.M. Forster:
  • Brideshead Revisited, Evelyn Waugh
  • Where Angels Fear to Tread, E.M. Forster
  • A Room with a View, E.M. Forster
It's Only Rock and Roll Bios:
  • Hey Jo: The Rolling Stones, Ronnie Wood, and My Rock and Roll Fairy Tale, Jo Woods
  • Bruce, Peter Ames Carlin
  • Starting from San Francisco, Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Sui generis:
  • David Foster Wallace, Infinite Jest
Infinite Jest

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