Books in 2013

So last year I (foolishly) broke my resolution to not make resolutions at New Year, and resolved to read 200 books in the year. I started well, faltered and never came close to recovering. I think this past year was the lowest total for me in a year since I started keeping track of such things. On the other hand, it was the year with highest percentage of new books read by a wide margin. Huzzah, I suppose? To aid you in your participation in my narcissistic review of my reading habits, here are links to previous years’ accountings. Yes, I know years 2009-2011 are missing; I didn’t keep track those years.

2006 – 178 (some basic stats)
2007 – 161 (some basic stats)
2008 – 165 (some basic stats)
In 2009 I stopped  blogging for a while and stopped keeping track of the books I read. I started logging books again in 2012, but I didn’t post that year’s list anywhere. After the jump I’ll list the books from 2012 and 2013.

First the list for 2012:

January
1. The Nursing Home Murder – Ngaio Marsh
2. A Man Lay Dead – Ngaio Marsh
3. Patrick O’Brian: Critical Essays and a Bibliography – AE Cunningham (Ed.)
4. Extravagant Expectations – Paul Hollander
5. The Gold Bat – PG Wodehouse
6. A Canticle for Leibowitz – Walter Miller
7. Snuff – Terry Pratchett

February
8. Wizardry – Michael Humphreys
9. The Gods of Mars – Edgar Rice Burroughs
10. The Return of Tarzan – Edgar Rice Burroughs
11. The Warlord of Mars – Edgar Rice Burroughs
12. The World of Null-A – AE Van Vogt
13. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
14. Return to the Whorl – Gene Wolfe
15. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea – Jules Verne
16. Slan – AE Van Vogt
17. Singing in the Shrouds – Ngaio Marsh
18. Time Garden – Edward Eager

March
19. Death in Ecstasy – Ngaio Marsh
20. Death of a Peer – Ngaio Marsh
21. Colour Scheme – Ngaio Marsh
22. Count to a Trillion – John C Wright
23. Nine Princes in Amber – Roger Zelazny
24. The Guns of Avalon – Roger Zelazny
25. Sign of the Unicorn – Roger Zelazny
26. The Hand of Oberon – Roger Zelazny
27. The Courts of Chaos – Roger Zelazny
28. Trumps of Doom – Roger Zelazny
29. The New Vichy Syndrome – Theodore Dalrymple
30. Talking About Detective Fiction – PD James
31. The Door Between – Ellery Queen

April
32. The Stars My Destination – Alfred Bester
33. Revenge – Stephen Fry
34. Richelieu and Olivares – JH Barrett
35. Four of Hearts – Ellery Queen
36. Gun, with Occasional Music – Jonathan Lethem
37. The American Gun Mystery – Ellery Queen
38. Master and Commander – Patrick O’Brian
39. Post Captain – Patrick O’Brian
40. The Sorcerer’s House – Gene Wolfe
41. H.M.S. Surprise – Patrick O’Brian
42. The Complete Hammer’s Slammers – David Drake
43. Home Fires – Gene Wolfe

May
44. Lord of the Isles – David Drake
45. Magic or Not? – Edward Eager
46. The Mauritius Command – Patrick O’Brian
47. The Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
48. Desolation Island – Patrick O’Brian
49. The Fortune of War – Patrick O’Brian
50. The Tyranny of Clichés – Jonah Goldberg
51. Death Comes to Pemberly – PD James
52. The Surgeon’s Mate – Patrick O’Brian

June
53. The Halls Below – Jerry Holkins and Mike Krahulik
54. The Splendid Magic of Penny Arcade – Jerry Holkins and Mike Krahulik
55. Be Good, Little Puppy – Jerry Holkins and Mike Krahulik
56. It Was a Long Time Ago, and It Never Happened Anyway – David Satter
57. Demon Mask – Stan Sakai
58. Grey Shadows – Stan Sakai
59. Fathers and Sons – Stan Sakai
60. Travels with Jotaro – Stan Sakai
61. The Last Gentleman of War – RK Lochner
62. Triplanetary – EE Doc Smith
63. Legion of Space – Jack Williamson
64. The Players of Null-A – AE Van Vogt
65. In Praise of Shadows – Junichiro Tamizaki
66. Peace, They Say – Jay Nordlinger
67. The Ionian Mission – Patrick O’Brian

July
68. Falling Up the Stairs – James Lileks
69. Old Boys – Charles McCarry
70. Casino Royale – Ian Fleming
71. The Maltese Falcon – Dashiell Hammett
72. The Thin Man – Dashiell Hammett
73. Red Harvest – Dashiell Hammett
74. Treason’s Harbour – Patrick O’Brian
75. Traitors of the Earth – Stan Sakai
76. Death is a Lonely Business – Ray Bradbury
77. The Miernik Dossier – Charles McCarry
78. The Far Side of the World – Patrick O’Brian
79. The Reverse of the Medal – Patrick O’Brian

August
80. Escape from Camp 14 – Blaine Harden
81. The Letter of Marque – Patrick O’Brian
82. The Thirteen-Gun Salute – Patrick O’Brian
83. The Nutmeg of Consolation – Patrick O’Brian
84. The Long Good-bye – Raymond Chandler
85. The Truelove – Patrick O’Brian
86. The High Window – Raymond Chandler
87. The Wine-Dark Sea – Patrick O’Brian
88. Love Among the Chickens – PG Wodehouse
89. The Commodore – Patrick O’Brian
90. The Yellow Admiral – Patrick O’Brian
91. The Hundred Days – Patrick O’Brian
92. Blue at the Mizzen – Patrick O’Brian
93. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Brontë

September
94. The Man Upstairs – PG Wodehouse
95. Death of a Doxy – Rex Stout
96. The Diamond Throne – David Eddings
97. The Ruby Knight – David Eddings
98. The Sapphire Rose – David Eddings
99. Domes of Fire – David Eddings
100. The Shining Ones – David Eddings
101. The Hidden City – David Eddings
102. Graveyard Special – James Lileks
103. Enlightened Democracy – Tara Ross
104. Under Heaven – Guy Gavriel Kay

October
105. Soldier of the Mist – Gene Wolfe
106. Soldier of Arete – Gene Wolfe
107. The Sour Lemon Score – Richard Stark
108. Deadly Edge – Richard Stark

November
109. Clockwork Phoenix – Mike Allen (Ed.)
110. Slayground – Richard Stark
111. Plunder Squad – Richard Stark
112. Butcher’s Moon – Richard Stark
113. Tigana – Guy Gavriel Kay
114. Comeback – Richard Stark
115. Backflash – Richard Stark
116. Flashfire – Richard Stark
117. The Case of the Baited Hook – Erle Stanley Gardner
118. The Case of the Drowning Duck – Erle Stanley Gardner
119. Old Reliable – PG Wodehouse

December
120. The Damsel – Richard Stark
121. Ice in the Bedroom – PG Wodehouse
122. The Dame – Richard Stark
123. Breakout – Richard Stark
124. Nobody Runs Forever – Richard Stark
125. Ask the Parrot – Richard Stark
126. Dirty Money – Richard Stark
127. The Case of the Mischevious Doll – Erle Stanley Gardner
128. Count to a Trillion – John C Wright
129. The Case of the Haunted Husband – Erle Stanley Gardner
130. Widows Wear Weeds – Erle Stanley Gardner
131. The Rivan Codex – David Eddings
132. Caves of Steel – Isaac Asimov
133. The Naked Sun – Isaac Asimov
134. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone – JK Rowling
135. Castleview – Gene Wolfe
136. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets – JK Rowling
137. The Crime at Black Dudley – Margery Allingham
138. The Blackbird – Richard Stark
139. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – JK Rowling
140. Robots of the Dawn – Isaac Asimov
141. Death in a White Tie – Ngaio Marsh
142. Mystery Mile – Margery Allingham

And here is the list for 2013

January
1. For Love of Mother-Not – Alan Dean Foster
2. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire – JK Rowling
3. Lemons Never Lie – Richard Stark
4. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix – JK Rowling
5. Look to the Lady – Margery Allingham
6. True Grit – Charles Portis
7. The Tar-aiym Krang – Alan Dean Foster
8. Trouble is My Business – Raymond Chandler
9. Police at the Funeral – Margery Allingham
10. The Case of the Singing Skirt – Erle Stanley Gardner
11. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince – JK Rowling
12. Orphan Star – Alan Dean Foster
13. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – JK Rowling
14. The Case of the Blonde Bonanza – Erle Stanley Gardner
15. The Case of the Horrified Heirs – Erle Stanley Gardner
16. The End of the Matter – Alan Dean Foster
17. Sweet Danger – Margery Allingham
18. Flinx in Flux – Alan Dean Foster
19. The Danger Zone – Erle Stanley Gardner
20. The Hunter – Darwyn Cooke
21. The Outfit – Darwyn Cooke
22. Diary of an Anti-Chomskyite – Benjamin Kersten
23. The Case of the Careless Cupid – Erle Stanley Gardner
24. Mid-Flinx – Alan Dean Foster
25. The Hermitic Millenia – John C Wright
26. Death of a Ghost – Margery Allingham
27. Flowers for the Judge – Margery Allingham
28. Dancers in Mourning – Margery Allingham

February
29. The Case of the Late Pig – Margery Allingham
30. The Joy of Hate – Greg Gutfeld
31. The Score – Darwyn Cooke
32. Endangered Species – Gene Wolfe
33. Pirate Freedom – Gene Wolfe
34. Reunion – Alan Dean Foster
35. The Fashion in Shrouds – Margery Allingham
36. Traitor’s Purse – Margery Allingham
37. Bleeding Talent – Tim Kane
38. Archie Meets Nero Wolfe – Robert Goldsborough
39. Coroner’s Pidgin – Margery Allingham
40. More Work for the Undertaker – Margery Allingham
41. The Tiger in the Smoke – Margery Allingham

March
42. The Beckoning Lady – Margery Allingham
43. Flinx’s Folly – Alan Dean Foster
44. Sliding Scales – Alan Dean Foster
45. Running from the Deity – Alan Dean Foster
46. The Rubber Band – Rex Stout
47. After America – Mark Steyn
48. The Intemperate Professor – Russell Kirk
49. Trading Bases – Joe Peta

April
50. Iron Curtain – Anne Applebaum
51. Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
52. What to Expect When No One’s Expecting – Jonathan Last
53. Black as He’s Painted – Ngaio Marsh
54. The American Cause – Russell Kirk
55. The Tough Guide to Fantasyland – Dianna Wynne Jones
56. Charmed Life – Dianna Wynne Jones
57. Howl’s Moving Castle – Dianna Wynne Jones
58. The Underwater Welder – Jeff Lemire
59. Pole to Pole – Michael Palin

May
60. Edmund Burke, A Genius Reconsidered – Russell Kirk
61. Coolidge – Amity Shlaes
62. Drive – Daniel H Pink
63. The Pothunters – PG Wodehouse
64. A Prefect’s Uncle – PG Wodehouse
65. Tales of St. Austin’s – PG Wodeouse
66. The Gold Bat – PG Wodehouse
67. The Head of Kay’s – PG Wodehouse

June
68. Free Live Free – Gene Wolfe
69. The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe – CS Lewis
70. Prince Caspian – CS Lewis
71. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader – CS Lewis
72. The Magician’s Nephew – CS Lewis
73. The Horse and His Boy – CS Lewis
74. The Silver Chair – CS Lewis
75. The Last Battle – CS Lewis

July
76. Champagne for One – Rex Stout
77. Trio for Blunt Instruments – Rex Stout
78. Curtains for Three – Rex Stout
79. Thieves of Book Row – Travis McDade
80. Hunt for Red October – Tom Clancy
81. In the Best Families – Rex Stout
82. The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction – Alan Jacobs
83. Lord Talon’s Revenge – Tom Simon
84. The End of Earth and Sky – Tom Simon
85. Not Quite Dead Enough – Rex Stout
86. And Be a Villain – Rex Stout

August
87. Dr No – Ian Fleming
88. Goldfinger – Ian Fleming
89. The Fall of the House of Dixie – Bruce Levine
90. For Your Eyes Only – Ian Fleming
91. Thunderball – Ian Fleming
92. You Only Live Twice – Ian Fleming
93. The Little Way of Ruthie Leming – Rod Dreher
94. How Not to Write Bad – Ben Yagoda

September
95. The Golden Dream of Carlo Chuchio – Lloyd Alexander
96. To America With Love – AA Gill
97. The Rope Trick – Lloyd Alexander
98. Killing Floor – Lee Child
99. A Town Called Hell – Stan Sakai
100. Sayonara Home Run! – John Gall and Gary Engel
101. Latro in the Mist – Gene Wolfe
102. Interesting Times – Terry Pratchett
103. The Final Deduction – Rex Stout

October
104. Writing Down the Dragon – Tom Simon
105. Soldier of Sidon – Gene Wolfe
106. Peace – Gene Wolfe
107. An Evil Guest – Gene Wolfe

November
108. Quiet – Susan Cain
109. Two Gentleman of Lebowski – Adam Bertocci
110. The Score – Richard Stark
111. Nobody Runs Forever – Richard Stark
112. Ask the Parrot – Richard Stark
113. Dirty Money – Richard Stark

December
114. The Hunter – Richard Stark
115. Firebreak – Richard Stark
116. The King’s Gambit – John Maddox Roberts
117. The Catiline Conspiracy – John Maddox Roberts
118. The Sacrilege – John Maddox Roberts
119. The Temple of the Muses – John Maddox Roberts
120. Solo – Various
121. Second Opinion – Theodore Dalrymple
122. Where There’s a Will – Rex Stout

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