Monday, December 30, 2013

2013 - My Year in Reading

The past bunch of years, I haven't been reading nearly as much as I'd like to, so I made it a point to get a lot of reading in this year. My goal was to read at least 40 books in 2013, and I ended up reading 42.

One of the things I wanted to do this year was read a lot of books that I've been meaning to read for a long time, but haven't gotten around to. So I did! Plus I read some new ones, and others that I found lying around the house that have been calling to me for a while.

So, without further ado, here's what I read in 2013:

Some classics:

Leo Tolstoy's Anna Karenina (I actually finished the year on this one. Took me most of December to read. An amazing novel.)
Gustave Flaubert's Madame Bovary
Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre
Thomas Hardy's Tess of the d'Urbervilles 
Kenneth Grahame's The Wind in the Willows
Robert L. Stevenson's Treasure Island
Stephen Crane's The Red Badge of Courage
Thomas de Quincey's Confessions of an English Opium Eater

Some modern classics:

Frank Herbert's Dune
Ray Bradbury's The Martian Chronicles
Cormac McCarthy's Blood Meridian
Dashiel Hammett's Red Harvest
Raymond Chandler's The Long Goodbye
Miller's A Canticle for Liebowitz
George Stewart's Earth Abides
Lois Lowry's The Giver
Dee Brown's Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee

Some horror:

Stephen King's Dr. Sleep
Stephen King's Joyland (this was really more a mystery. Good book, though.)
Clive Barker's Books of Blood, Volumes 1 & 2
Ronald Malfi's The Mourning House
Kealan Patrick Burke's The Turtle Boy
James Newman's The Wicked
Dan Simmons' Song of Kali
Joe Hill's NOS4A2
C. Dennis Moore's The Third Floor
Christopher Golden's Horseman (The Hollow #1)

Some sci-fi:

Roger Zelazny's Damnation Alley
Mike Resnick's The Soul Eater
Hugh Howey's Wool

Some mystery:

J.K. Rowling's The Cuckoo's Calling (writing as Robert Galbraith)
Susan Koefod's Washed Up
Jan Dunlap's Murder on Warbler Weekend
Pat Dennis's Murder by Chance
Agatha Christie's The A.B.C. Murders
Robert Crais' Best American Mystery Stories 2012

Some non-fiction:

Kenneth Carley's The Dakota War of 1862
Gary Clayton Anderson's Through Lakota Eyes
S.C. Gwynne's Empire of the Summer Moon

And even a couple westerns:

Louis L'Amour's Dark Canyon and The Quick & the Dead (I've always wanted to try a Louis L'Amour book or two, and they were better than I thought they'd be.)

What's in store for 2014? I'm going to try to read another 40 - some old, some new - hopefully another nice variety!

What were some of your highlights for the year?

Happy reading!

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