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Top 50 Books Read end of 2012 - 21/11/2012 10:41:52 PM   
Rinc


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RE: To 50 Books Read end of 2012 - 21/11/2012 10:43:43 PM   
elab49


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  1. Daughter of Time (Josephine Tey, 1951)
  2. Nelson (Rob Davis/Woodrow Phoenix, 2011)
  3. Havoc in its Third Year (Ronan Bennett, 2005)
  4. London Dust (Lee Jackson, 2003)
  5. OUtpost (Adam Baker, 2011)
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RE: To 50 Books Read end of 2012 - 21/11/2012 10:58:28 PM   
impqueen


Posts: 7474
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Fiction: 43 Non-Fiction: 09 Play: 06 Total: 58

2010: 08
2000: 13
1990: 05
1980: 02
1960: 05
1950: 09
1940: 03
1930: 03
1920: 01
1910: 02
1900: 02
1890: 02
1880: 02
1810: 01
1320: 01

01. Ubik (Philip K. Dick, 1969) Science Fiction (5)
02. The Man Who Was Thursday: A Nightmare (G. K. Chesterton, 1908) Thriller Mystery (5)
03. Slaughterhouse-Five (Kurt Vonnegut, 1969) Dark Comedy Science Fiction War Meta (5)
04. The Stars My Destination / Tiger! Tiger! (Alfred Bester, 1956) Science Fiction (5)
05. Pale Fire (Vladimir Nabokov, 1962) Poetry (5)
06. Collected Ghost Stories (M. R. James, 1931) Horror Short Stories (5)
07. The Island of Dr. Moreau (H. G. Wells, 1896) Science Fiction Horror (5)
08. At Swim-Two-Birds (Flann O'Brien, 1939) Irish Humour Fantasy Meta (5)
09. All Quiet on the Western Front (Erich Maria Remarque, 1929) War (5)
10. Diary of a Nobody (George & Weedon Grossmith, 1892) Humour (5)

11. Looking Backward: 2000-1887 (Edward Bellamy, 1888) Science Fiction, Utopia (5)
12. Ishmael (Star Trek: The Original Series #23) (Barbara Hambly, 1991) Science Fiction Crossover Fantasty (5)
13. The Quiet American (Graham Greene, 1955) Historical Fiction War Classic (4)
14. Dubliners (James Joyce, 1914) Short Story (4)
15. Behold the Man (Michael Moorcock, 1969) Science Fiction Religion Philosophy (4)
16. A Confederacy of Dunces (John Kennedy Toole, 1980) Comedy Tragicomedy (4)
17. Arrival and Departure (Arthur Koestler, 1943) History War (4)
18. The House of Mirth (Edith Wharton, 1905) Classic Women (4)
19. Lolita (Vladimir Nabokov, 1955) Classic (4)
20. The Thirty-Nine Steps (John Buchan, 1915) Mystery Thriller Espionage (4)

21. Anno Dracula (Kim Newman, 1992) Horror, Alternate History (4)
22. The Weir (Conor McPherson, 1997) Play (4)
23. La Divina Commedia: Inferno / Dante’s Inferno (the Divine Comedy Vol #01 (Dante Alighieri, 1321) Poetry Religion (4)
24. Goodbye Berlin (Christopher Isherwood, 1939) Short Stories Culture Semi Biographic (4)
25. All My Sons (Arthur Miller, 1947) Play (4)
26. The Ghosts of Sleath (James Herbert, 1994) Horror (4)
27. Felidae (Akif Pirinçci, 1989) Mystery Crime Cats (4)
28. The House of Silk (Anthony Horowitz, 2011) Detective Fiction (4)
29. World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War (Max Brooks, 2006) Horror Science Fiction Post Apocalyptic (4)
30. The Crucible (Arthur Miller, 1953) Play (3.5)

31. Things Fall Apart (Chinua Achebe, 1959) Culture Historical Fiction (3.5)
32. Death of a Salesman (Arthur Miller, 1949) Play (3.5)
33. Tom All Alone's / The Solitary House (Lynn Shepherd, 2012) Historical Fiction, Mystery, Dickens (3.5)
34. Nekropolis: Matt Richter #01 (Tim Waggoner, 2004) Fantasy Horror Zombie (3)
35. Drood (Dan Simmons, 2009) Historical Fiction, Mystery, Horror, Fantasy, Thriller (3)
36. The Plot Against America (Philip Roth, 2004) Historical Fiction Alternative History (3)
37. Silverhair Mammoth #01 (Stephen Baxter, 1999) Fantasy Science Fiction Historical Fiction (3)
38. La mécanique du Coeur / The Boy with the Cuckoo-Clock Heart (Mathias Malzieu, 2007) Fantasy Steam Punk Romance (3)
39. A View from the Bridge (Arthur Miller, 1955) Play (3)
40. A Memory of Two Mondays (Arthur Miller, 1955) Play (3)

41. The Ka of Gifford Hillary (Black Magic, #5) (Dennis Wheatley, 1956) Fantasy, Occult (3)
42. Lullaby (Chuck Palahniuk, 2002) Horror Fantasy (3)
43. The Company of the Dead (David Kowalski, 2007) Alternate History, Science Fiction, Action (2.5)
44. The Lost Fleet #01: Dauntless (Jack Campbell, 2006) Science Fiction (2.5)
45. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (Ransom Riggs, 2011) Young Adult Fantasy Horror (2.5)
46. Emma (Jane Austen, 1815) Romance Classics (2)
47. The Hunger Games #01 (Suzanne Collins, 2008) Science Fiction, Dystopian, Young Adult (2)
48. Catching Fire Hunger Games #02 (Suzanne Collins, 2009) Science Fiction, Dystopian, Young Adult (2)
49. Mockingjay Hunger Games #03 (Suzanne Collins, 2010) Science Fiction, Dystopian, Young Adult (2)

01. The Devils of Loudun (Aldous Huxley, 1952) Historical Narrative, Biography (5)
02. How Very Interesting!: Peter Cook's Universe And All That Surrounds It (Peter Gordon, Dan Kieran, Paul Hamilton, 2006) Conversations, Interviews and Reflection (4)
03. Fat, Gluttony and Sloth: Obesity in Literature, Art and Medicine (David W. Haslam, Fiona Haslam, 2009) Culture, History (4)
04. British Goblins: Welsh Folk Lore, Fairy Mythology, Legends and Traditions (Wirt Sikes, 1880) Mythology (4)
05. The Etymologicon: A Circular Stroll through the Hidden Connections of the English Language (Mark Forsyth The Inky Fool, 2011) History, Humour (4)
06. A Radical History of Britain: Visionaries, Rebels and Revolutionaries-the Men and Women Who Fought for Our Freedom (Edward Vallance, 2010) History (3)
07. The End of Illness (David B. Agus, 2012) Health (3)
08. The Lost Tomb of Viracocha: Unlocking the Secrets of the Peruvian Pyramids (Maurice Cotterell, 2002) Mythology, Ancient History (2)
09. Then Again (Diane Keaton, 2011) Memoir (2)


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RE: To 50 Books Read end of 2012 - 21/11/2012 11:01:30 PM   
Rinc


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Here you go:

2012

Fiction: 36 Non-Fiction: 09 Play: 06 Total: 51

2010: 08
2000: 10
1990: 05
1980: 02
1960: 05
1950: 07
1940: 03
1930: 03
1920: 01
1910: 02
1900: 01
1890: 02
1880: 02
1810: 01



01. Ubik (Philip K. Dick, 1969) Science Fiction (5)
02. The Man Who Was Thursday: A Nightmare (G. K. Chesterton, 1908) Thriller Mystery (5)
03. Slaughterhouse-Five (Kurt Vonnegut, 1969) Dark Comedy Science Fiction War Meta (5)
04. The Stars My Destination / Tiger! Tiger! (Alfred Bester, 1956) Science Fiction (5)
05. Pale Fire (Vladimir Nabokov, 1962) Poetry (5)
06. Collected Ghost Stories (M. R. James, 1931) Horror Short Stories (5)
07. The Island of Dr. Moreau (H. G. Wells, 1896) Science Fiction Horror (5)
08. At Swim-Two-Birds (Flann O'Brien, 1939) Irish Humour Fantasy Meta (5)
09. All Quiet on the Western Front (Erich Maria Remarque, 1929) War (5)
10. Diary of a Nobody (George & Weedon Grossmith, 1892) Humour (5)

11. Looking Backward: 2000-1887 (Edward Bellamy, 1888) Science Fiction, Utopia (5)
12. Ishmael (Star Trek: The Original Series #23) (Barbara Hambly, 1991) Science Fiction Crossover Fantasty (5)
13. Dubliners (James Joyce, 1914) Short Story (4)
14. Behold the Man (Michael Moorcock, 1969) Science Fiction Religion Philosophy (4)
15. A Confederacy of Dunces (John Kennedy Toole, 1980) Comedy Tragicomedy (4)
16. Arrival and Departure (Arthur Koestler, 1943) History War (4)
17. The Thirty-Nine Steps (John Buchan, 1915) Mystery Thriller Espionage (4)
18. Anno Dracula (Kim Newman, 1992) Horror, Alternate History (4)
19. The Weir (Conor McPherson, 1997) Play (4)
20. Goodbye Berlin (Christopher Isherwood, 1939) Short Stories Culture Semi Biographic (4)

21. All My Sons (Arthur Miller, 1947) Play (4)
22. The Ghosts of Sleath (James Herbert, 1994) Horror (4)
23. Felidae (Akif Pirinçci, 1989) Mystery Crime Cats (4)
24. The House of Silk (Anthony Horowitz, 2011) Detective Fiction (4)
25. The Crucible (Arthur Miller, 1953) Play (3.5)
26. Things Fall Apart (Chinua Achebe, 1959) Culture Historical Fiction (3.5)
27. Death of a Salesman (Arthur Miller, 1949) Play (3.5)
28. Tom All Alone's / The Solitary House (Lynn Shepherd, 2012) Historical Fiction, Mystery, Dickens (3.5)
29. Nekropolis: Matt Richter #01 (Tim Waggoner, 2004) Fantasy Horror Zombie (3)
30. Drood (Dan Simmons, 2009) Historical Fiction, Mystery, Horror, Fantasy, Thriller (3)

31. Silverhair Mammoth #01 (Stephen Baxter, 1999) Fantasy Science Fiction Historical Fiction (3)
32. La mécanique du Coeur / The Boy with the Cuckoo-Clock Heart (Mathias Malzieu, 2007) Fantasy Steam Punk Romance (3)
33. A View from the Bridge (Arthur Miller, 1955) Play (3)
34. A Memory of Two Mondays (Arthur Miller, 1955) Play (3)
35. The Ka of Gifford Hillary (Black Magic, #5) (Dennis Wheatley, 1956) Fantasy, Occult (3)
36. The Company of the Dead (David Kowalski, 2007) Alternate History, Science Fiction, Action (2.5)
37. The Lost Fleet #01: Dauntless (Jack Campbell, 2006) Science Fiction (2.5)
38. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (Ransom Riggs, 2011) Young Adult Fantasy Horror (2.5)
39. Emma (Jane Austen, 1815) Romance Classics (2)
40. The Hunger Games #01 (Suzanne Collins, 2008) Science Fiction, Dystopian, Young Adult (2)

41. Catching Fire Hunger Games #02 (Suzanne Collins, 2009) Science Fiction, Dystopian, Young Adult (2)
42. Mockingjay Hunger Games #03 (Suzanne Collins, 2010) Science Fiction, Dystopian, Young Adult (2)

Non-Fiction:
01. The Devils of Loudun (Aldous Huxley, 1952) Historical Narrative, Biography (5)
02. How Very Interesting!: Peter Cook's Universe And All That Surrounds It (Peter Gordon, Dan Kieran, Paul Hamilton, 2006) Conversations, Interviews and Reflection (4)
03. Fat, Gluttony and Sloth: Obesity in Literature, Art and Medicine (David W. Haslam, Fiona Haslam, 2009) Culture, History (4)
04. British Goblins: Welsh Folk Lore, Fairy Mythology, Legends and Traditions (Wirt Sikes, 1880) Mythology (4)
05. The Etymologicon: A Circular Stroll through the Hidden Connections of the English Language (Mark Forsyth The Inky Fool, 2011) History, Humour (4)
06. A Radical History of Britain: Visionaries, Rebels and Revolutionaries-the Men and Women Who Fought for Our Freedom (Edward Vallance, 2010) History (3)
07. The End of Illness (David B. Agus, 2012) Health (3)
08. The Lost Tomb of Viracocha: Unlocking the Secrets of the Peruvian Pyramids (Maurice Cotterell, 2002) Mythology, Ancient History (2)
09. Then Again (Diane Keaton, 2011) Memoir (2)

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RE: To 50 Books Read end of 2012 - 21/11/2012 11:01:49 PM   
Olaf


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Joined: 26/2/2007
From: 41°N 93°W
Fiction

  1. Albert Camus - The Stranger (1942)
  2. David Foster Wallace - Infinite Jest (1996)
  3. Samuel Beckett - Three Novels: Molloy, Malone Dies, The Unnamable (1951-1953)
  4. Don DeLillo - Libra (1988)
  5. Samuel Beckett - Endgame (1957)
  6. Neil Gaiman - The Sandman (1989-1996)
  7. James Joyce - Dubliners (1915)
  8. Haruki Murakami - The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle (1994)
  9. F. Scott Fitzgerald - The Great Gatsby (1922)
  10. Thomas Mann - Death In Venice (1912)
  11. Bryan Lee O'Malley - Scott Pilgrim (2004-2010)
  12. Ernest Hemingway - The Old Man and the Sea (1952)
  13. Cormac McCarthy - No Country For Old Men (2005)
  14. Voltaire - Candide (1759)
  15. Grant Morrison - Animal Man (1988-1990)
  16. Haruki Murakami - Norwegian Wood (1987)
  17. John Banville - The Book of Evidence (1989)
  18. Don DeLillo - The Angel Esmeralda: Nine Stories (2011)
  19. Ray Bradbury - Fahrenheit 451 (1953)
  20. Jesmyn Ward - Salvage the Bones (2012)
  21. Bryan Lee O'Malley - Lost at Sea (2003)
  22. Bret Easton Ellis - Lunar Park (2004)
  23. Doris Lessing - The Grass Is Singing (1950)
  24. Don DeLillo - Falling Man (2007)
  25. Bertolt Brecht - St. Joan of the Stockyards (1931)
  26. Junot Diaz - The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (2007)
  27. Philip Roth - The Human Stain (2000)
  28. Alan Moore/David Lloyd - V For Vendetta (1982-89)


Non-Fiction

  1. Art Spiegelman - Maus (1986/1992)
  2. W.G. Sebald - The Rings of Saturn (1999)
  3. Iain Sinclair - Lights Out For The Territory: 9 Excursions in the Secret History of London (1998)
  4. Roland Barthes - Camera Lucida (1980)
  5. John Miller Chernoff - African Rhythm and African Sensibility: Aesthetics and Social Action in African Musical Idioms (1979)
  6. George E. Lewis - A Power Stronger Than Itself: The AACM and American Experimental Music (2008)


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BOOKS BY MONTH (TOTAL)
January - 2
February - 4
March - 6
April - 1
May - 1
June - 4
July - 1
August - 2
September - 1
October - 5
November - 5
December - 1

BOOKS BY DECADE
2010s - 02
2000s - 07
1990s - 04
1980s - 08
1970s - 01
1960s - 00
1950s - 05
1940s - 01
1930s - 01
1920s - 01
1910s - 02
1900s - 00
pre-1900s - 01

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RE: To 50 Books Read end of 2012 - 21/11/2012 11:02:14 PM   
Rinc


Posts: 12760
Joined: 2/10/2005
From: A park bench, with a newspaper quilt
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Top 50 Books I've Read This Year

2012

(New Entries In Red)

Total: 47

The Big Sleep ~ Raymond Chandler (1939)
One Hundred Years Of Solitude ~ Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez (1967)
Fahrenheit 451 ~ Ray Bradbury (1953)
Ubik ~ Philip K. Dick (1969)
Animal Farm ~ George Orwell (1945)
The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time ~ Mark Haddon (2003)
Into The Wild ~ Jon Krakauer (1996)
Carrie ~ Stephen King (1974)
Flow My Tears, The Policeman Said ~ Philip K. Dick (1974)
A Confederacy of Dunces ~ John Kennedy Toole (1975)

In Cold Blood ~ Truman Capote (1966)
'Salem's Lot ~ Stephen King (1975)
Lolita ~ Vladimir Nabokov (1955)
The Divine Comedy: Inferno ~ Dante Alighieri (1308-1321)
The Day Of The Triffids ~ John Wyndham (1951)
Night Shift ~ Stephen King (1978)
Romeo & Juliet ~ William Shakepeare (1591-1596)
The Divine Comedy: Purgatorio ~ Dante Alighieri (1308-1321)
Foundation ~ Isaac Asimov (1951)
The Island Of Doctor Moreau ~ H.G. Wells (1896)

Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep? ~ Philip K. Dick (1968)
Candide: or, Optimism ~ Voltaire (1759)
Factotum ~ Charles Bukowski (1975)
The Tempest ~ William Shakepeare (1610-1611)
Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus ~ Mary Shelley (1818)
A Midsummer Night's Dream ~ William Shakepeare (1590-1596)
Just Kids ~ Patti Smith (2010)
As You Like It ~ William Shakepeare (1598-1600)
Blood Meridian ~ Cormac McCarthy (1985)
The Maltese Falcon ~ Dashiell Hammett (1929)

Much Ado About Nothing ~ William Shakepeare (1598-1599)
The Plague ~ Albert Camus (1947)
The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through The Madness Industry ~ Jon Ronson (2011)
Dance, Dance, Dance ~ Haruki Murakami (1988)
Hothouse ~ Brian Aldiss (1961)
On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft ~ Stephen King (2000)
The Tragedy of Othello, The Moor of Venice ~ William Shakepeare (1603)
King Lear ~ William Shakepeare (1603-1606)
The Tragedy of Macbeth ~ William Shakepeare (1603-1606)
After Dark ~ Haruki Murakami (2004)

Steppenwolf ~ Hermann Hesse (1927)
I'm The King Of The Castle ~ Susan Hill (1970)
The Merchant Of Venice ~ William Shakepeare (1596-1598)
The Elephant Vanishes ~ Haruki Murakami (1993)
We ~ Yevgeny Zamyatin (1921)
The Thing On The Doorstep and Other Weird Stories ~ H.P. Lovecraft (2001)
The Divine Comedy: Paradiso ~ Dante Alighieri (1308-1321)

BOOKS BY MONTH

Jan - 3
Feb - 6
Mar - 6
Apr - 2
May - 4
Jun - 2
July - 9
Aug - 7
Sep - 4
Oct - 2
Nov - 2
Dec -

BOOKS BY DECADE

2010s - 2
2000s - 4
1990s - 2
1980s - 3
1970s - 6
1960s - 5
1950s - 4
1940s - 2
1930s - 1
1920s - 3
19thC - 2
18thC - 1
17thC - 4
16thC - 5
14thC - 3

FORMAT

Fiction - 30
Non-Fiction - 5
Plays - 9
Poetry - 3

AUTHOR COUNT

9

William Shakespeare

4

Stephen King

3

Haruki Murakami; Dante Alighieri; Philip K. Dick.

1

Patti Smith; H.P. Lovecraft; Susan Hill; Yevgeny Zamyatin; Jon Ronson; Mark Haddon; Brian Aldiss; Hermann Hesse; Jon Krakauer; John Wyndham; George Orwell; Albert Camus; Raymond Chandler; Dashiell Hammett; H.G. Wells; Isaac Asimov; Cormac McCarthy; Mary Shelley; Truman Capote; Ray Bradbury; Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez; Charles Bukowski; John Kennedy Toole; Vladimir Nabokov; Voltaire.

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RE: To 50 Books Read end of 2012 - 21/11/2012 11:02:47 PM   
Rinc


Posts: 12760
Joined: 2/10/2005
From: A park bench, with a newspaper quilt
I cna't be bothered to do anymore, I need to get some sleep!

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RE: To 50 Books Read end of 2012 - 21/11/2012 11:04:07 PM   
impqueen


Posts: 7474
Joined: 24/7/2006
Cheers Rinc

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RE: To 50 Books Read end of 2012 - 22/11/2012 12:12:06 AM   
Larry of Arabia

 

Posts: 7576
Joined: 28/2/2007
From: Turtle Island
Top 50 Books I've Read This Year - 2012

***Completed***


Total: 50


  1. The Big Sleep~ Raymond Chandler (1939)
  2. One Hundred Years Of Solitude ~ Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez (1967)
  3. Ubik ~ Philip K. Dick (1969)
  4. Watchmen ~ Alan Moore/Dave Gibbons (1986)
  5. Fahrenheit 451 ~ Ray Bradbury (1953)
  6. Animal Farm ~ George Orwell (1945)
  7. The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time ~ Mark Haddon (2003)
  8. Into The Wild ~ Jon Krakauer (1996)
  9. Carrie ~ Stephen King (1974)
  10. Flow My Tears, The Policeman Said ~ Philip K. Dick (1974)

  11. A Confederacy of Dunces ~ John Kennedy Toole (1975)
  12. In Cold Blood ~ Truman Capote (1966)
  13. 'Salem's Lot ~ Stephen King (1975)
  14. Lolita ~ Vladimir Nabokov (1955)
  15. The Divine Comedy: Inferno ~ Dante Alighieri (1308-1321)
  16. The Day Of The Triffids ~ John Wyndham (1951)
  17. Night Shift ~ Stephen King (1978)
  18. Romeo & Juliet ~ William Shakepeare (1591-1596)
  19. The Divine Comedy: Purgatorio ~ Dante Alighieri (1308-1321)
  20. Foundation ~ Isaac Asimov (1951)

  21. The Island Of Doctor Moreau ~ H.G. Wells (1896)
  22. Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep? ~ Philip K. Dick (1968)
  23. Candide: or, Optimism ~ Voltaire (1759)
  24. Factotum ~ Charles Bukowski (1975)
  25. A Scanner Darkly ~ Philip K. Dick (1977)
  26. The Tempest ~ William Shakepeare (1610-1611)
  27. Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus ~ Mary Shelley (1818)
  28. A Midsummer Night's Dream ~ William Shakepeare (1590-1596)
  29. Just Kids ~ Patti Smith (2010)
  30. As You Like It ~ William Shakepeare (1598-1600)

  31. Blood Meridian ~ Cormac McCarthy (1985)
  32. The Maltese Falcon ~ Dashiell Hammett (1929)
  33. Much Ado About Nothing ~ William Shakepeare (1598-1599)
  34. The Plague ~ Albert Camus (1947)
  35. The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through The Madness Industry ~ Jon Ronson (2011)
  36. Dance, Dance, Dance ~ Haruki Murakami (1988)
  37. Hothouse ~ Brian Aldiss (1961)
  38. Ghost Stories ~ M.R. James (1931)
  39. On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft ~ Stephen King (2000)
  40. The Tragedy of Othello, The Moor of Venice ~ William Shakepeare (1603)

  41. King Lear ~ William Shakepeare (1603-1606)
  42. The Tragedy of Macbeth ~ William Shakepeare (1603-1606)
  43. After Dark ~ Haruki Murakami (2004)
  44. Steppenwolf ~ Hermann Hesse (1927)
  45. I'm The King Of The Castle ~ Susan Hill (1970)
  46. The Merchant Of Venice ~ William Shakepeare (1596-1598)
  47. The Elephant Vanishes ~ Haruki Murakami (1993)
  48. We ~ Yevgeny Zamyatin (1921)
  49. The Thing On The Doorstep and Other Weird Stories ~ H.P. Lovecraft (2001)
  50. The Divine Comedy: Paradiso ~ Dante Alighieri (1308-1321)

BOOKS BY MONTH

Jan - 3
Feb - 6
Mar - 6
Apr - 2
May - 4
Jun - 2
July - 9
Aug - 7
Sep - 4
Oct - 2
Nov - 3
Dec - 2

BOOKS BY DECADE

2010s - 2
2000s - 4
1990s - 2
1980s - 4
1970s - 7
1960s - 5
1950s - 4
1940s - 2
1930s - 2
1920s - 3
19thC - 2
18thC - 1
17thC - 4
16thC - 5
14thC - 3

FORMAT

Fiction - 32
Non-Fiction - 5
Plays - 9
Poetry - 3
Graphic Novel - 1

AUTHOR COUNT

9

William Shakespeare

4

Stephen King; Philip K. Dick

3

Haruki Murakami; Dante Alighieri.

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Patti Smith; H.P. Lovecraft; Susan Hill; Yevgeny Zamyatin; Jon Ronson; Mark Haddon; Brian Aldiss; Hermann Hesse; Jon Krakauer; John Wyndham; George Orwell; Albert Camus; Raymond Chandler; Dashiell Hammett; H.G. Wells; Isaac Asimov; Cormac McCarthy; Mary Shelley; Truman Capote; Ray Bradbury; Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez; Charles Bukowski; John Kennedy Toole; Vladimir Nabokov; Voltaire; Alan Moore/Dave Gibbons/M.R. James.

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RE: To 50 Books Read end of 2012 - 22/11/2012 9:06:07 AM   
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I think that must be the case. We've heard nothing back from Empire and are still not sure what happened other than Paul probably got caught up in spam removal.

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RE: To 50 Books Read end of 2012 - 27/12/2012 10:08:07 PM   
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TOP 50 BOOKS I'VE READ: 2012



  1. Animal FarmGeorge Orwell (1945)
  2. World War ZMax Brooks (2006)
  3. A Study in ScarletArthur Conan Doyle (1887)
  4. All Quiet on the Western FrontErich Maria Remarque (1929)
  5. The Adventures of Sherlock HolmesArthur Conan Doyle (1892)
  6. Captain Corelli’s MandolinLouis de Bernieres (1994)
  7. The Mayor of CasterbridgeThomas Hardy (1886)
  8. BirdsongSebastian Faulks (1993)
  9. UbikPhilip K. Dick (1969)
  10. LullabyChuck Palahniuk (2002)
  11. Snow Falling on CedarsDavid Guterson (1994)
  12. The Diary of a Young GirlAnne Frank (1947)
  13. InfernoDante Alighieri (1308-1321)
  14. DublinersJames Joyce (1914)
  15. The Sign of the FourArthur Conan Doyle (1890)
  16. MatildaRoad Dahl (1988)
  17. The Diary of a NobodyGeorge and Weedon Grossmith (1892)
  18. Twelfth NightWilliam Shakespeare (c.1601-2)
  19. The BFGRoald Dahl (1982)
  20. The WitchesRoad Dahl (1983)
  21. The Man Who Was ThursdayG.K. Chesterton (1908)
  22. A Confederacy of DuncesJohn Kennedy Toole (1980)
  23. Chinese CinderellaAdeline Yen Mah (1999)
  24. Fantastic Mr. FoxRoald Dahl (1970)
  25. The TwitsRoald Dahl (1980)
  26. George’s Marvellous MedicineRoald Dahl (1981)
  27. The Quiet AmericanGraham Greene (1955)
  28. Daz 4 ZoeRobert Swindells (1990)
  29. Danny the Champion of the WorldRoald Dahl (1975)
  30. The Giraffe and the Pelly and MeRoad Dahl (1985)
  31. EmmaJane Austen (1815)
  32. The WeirConor McPherson (2007)
  33. The Island of Dr MoreauH.G. Wells (1896)
  34. The Wind in the WillowsKenneth Grahame (1908)
  35. Feminine GospelsCarol Ann Duffy (2002)
  36. Collected Ghost StoriesM.R. James (1931)
  37. Charlie and the Great Glass ElevatorRoald Dahl (1972)
  38. The Magic FingerRoald Dahl (1966)
  39. Refugee BoyBenjamin Zephaniah (2001)
  40. Artemis FowlEoin Colfer (2001)


BOOKS BY MONTH
Jan - 6
Feb - 4
Mar - 3
Apr - 2
May - 3
Jun - 2
July - 4
Aug - 3
Sep - 4
Oct - 4
Nov - 2
Dec - 3

FORMAT
Fiction - 34
Non-fiction - 2
Plays – 2
Epic poem – 1
Poetry – 1

BOOKS BY DECADE
2010s -
2000s - 6
1990s - 5
1980s - 7
1970s - 3
1960s - 2
1950s - 1
1940s - 1
1930s - 1
1920s - 1
1910s - 3
1900s - 1
19thC - 7
18thC -
17thC - 1
16thC -
14thC - 1

AUTHOR COUNT
10: Roald Dahl
3: Arthur Conan Doyle
1: Adeline Yen Mah, Eoin Colfer, Sebastian Faulks, Kenneth Grahame, George Orwell, Robert Swindells, William Shakespeare, Thomas Hardy, James Joyce, Philip K. Dick, H.G. Wells, Erich Maria Remarque, Conor McPherson, Anne Frank, Benjamin Zephaniah, Louis de Bernieres, David Guterson, G.K. Chesterton, Jane Austen, M.R. James, John Kennedy Toole, Max Brooks, George and Weedon Grossmith, Dante Alighieri, Carol Ann Duffy, Graham Greene, Chuck Palahniuk


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RE: To 50 Books Read end of 2012 - 28/12/2012 10:47:01 PM   
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Well sir, that is fifty for the year just in the nick of time.

Watchmen (Alan Moore/Dave Gibbons) came out on top of the 5 books I read over November/December. Brilliant stuff which makes the film adaptation look pretty mediocre in hindsight and Matthew Goode as Ozymandias even more miscast. Flow My Tears, The Policeman Said is another boffo PKD squeaking into the top 10 that has bizarro characters and a unique way with words and situations ("He paused a moment to quietly fart..." Could not stop laughing!), even if it suffers from a rushed ending that kind of peters out. The final PKD of the year was not as satisfying - the interesting premise and identity switches of A Scanner Darkly was never really capitalised on, and the plot twists came and went in such an unassuming fashion that they never really had the impact they could have. Candide (Voltaire) was a more interesting little farce that passed the time jauntily. Sadly, Ghost Stories (M.R. James) had the unfortumate distinction of being the book I most fell asleep trying to read this year. That wasn't to say it was bad, it's just that the contrast between the bucolic openers populated with learned scholars investigating manor houses and churches and the terror lurking later often backfired, meaning I often dropped off while I was still in the non-scary part. Not to say some didn't give me the willies (The Mezzotint, The Treasure of Abbot Thomas, The Casting Of The Runes, "Oh Whistle and I'll Come, My Lad") but some never had any suspense, never mind scares (spiders in a tree, indeed...).

An interesting experiment, doing this fifty. The constant nag of not wanting to fall behind kept me reading throughout the year (this time), but if I often found myself reading less interesting but shorter fare in order to meet my target of 50 books instead of the longer works I really fancied. I don't think I'll be doing it next year, as I want to delve into some of the bigger classics (The Brothers Karamazov, Moby Dick, Midnight's Children) that I have a genuine interest in getting into without worrying about falling behind on a target (yes, this would actually bother me for about five minutes).

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RE: To 50 Books Read end of 2012 - 29/12/2012 3:10:04 AM   
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some never had any suspense, never mind scares (spiders in a tree, indeed...).



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RE: To 50 Books Read end of 2012 - 30/12/2012 4:32:26 PM   
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The Brothers Karamazov is as many a learned scholar has said, amazeballs. It is one of my all-time favourite books, Dostoyevsky was a genius and though I slightly prefer Demons, Karamazov is in my view well worth the effort. Hope you get to it and enjoy it. As for Moby Dick I think it is superb too though it took me a good few attempts before I finally read it through, again I thought it was totally worth it.

Really pleased to see PKD getting some love, I like Policeman a lot and though Scanners is good I too find it a ‘lesser’ effort. M. R. James is aces.

Top 20 of 2012

01. Ubik (Philip K. Dick, 1969) Science Fiction (5)
02. The Man Who Was Thursday: A Nightmare (G. K. Chesterton, 1908) Thriller Mystery (5)
03. Slaughterhouse-Five (Kurt Vonnegut, 1969) Dark Comedy Science Fiction War Meta (5)
04. The Stars My Destination / Tiger! Tiger! (Alfred Bester, 1956) Science Fiction (5)
05. Pale Fire (Vladimir Nabokov, 1962) Poetry (5)
06. Collected Ghost Stories (M. R. James, 1931) Horror Short Stories (5)
07. The Island of Dr. Moreau (H. G. Wells, 1896) Science Fiction Horror (5)
08. At Swim-Two-Birds (Flann O'Brien, 1939) Irish Humour Fantasy Meta (5)
09. All Quiet on the Western Front (Erich Maria Remarque, 1929) War (5)
10. Diary of a Nobody (George & Weedon Grossmith, 1892) Humour (5)

11. Looking Backward: 2000-1887 (Edward Bellamy, 1888) Science Fiction, Utopia (5)
12. Ishmael (Star Trek: The Original Series #23) (Barbara Hambly, 1991) Science Fiction Crossover Fantasty (5)
13. The Quiet American (Graham Greene, 1955) Historical Fiction War Classic (4)
14. Dubliners (James Joyce, 1914) Short Story (4)
15. Behold the Man (Michael Moorcock, 1969) Science Fiction Religion Philosophy (4)
16. A Confederacy of Dunces (John Kennedy Toole, 1980) Comedy Tragicomedy (4)
17. Arrival and Departure (Arthur Koestler, 1943) History War (4)
18. The House of Mirth (Edith Wharton, 1905) Classic Women (4)
19. Lolita (Vladimir Nabokov, 1955) Classic (4)
20. The Thirty-Nine Steps (John Buchan, 1915) Mystery Thriller Espionage (4)


01. The Devils of Loudun (Aldous Huxley, 1952) Historical Narrative, Biography (5)
02. How Very Interesting! Peter Cook's Universe And All That Surrounds It (Peter Gordon, Dan Kieran, Paul Hamilton, 2006) Conversations, Interviews and Reflection (4)
03. Fat, Gluttony and Sloth: Obesity in Literature, Art and Medicine (David W. Haslam, Fiona Haslam, 2009) Culture, History (4)
04. British Goblins: Welsh Folk Lore, Fairy Mythology, Legends and Traditions (Wirt Sikes, 1880) Mythology (4)
05. The Etymologicon: A Circular Stroll through the Hidden Connections of the English Language (Mark Forsyth The Inky Fool, 2011) History, Humour (4)

Total: 58 Fiction: 49 Non Fiction: 09


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RE: To 50 Books Read end of 2012 - 1/1/2013 9:29:16 PM   
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The Brothers Karamazov is as many a learned scholar has said, amazeballs. It is one of my all-time favourite books, Dostoyevsky was a genius and though I slightly prefer Demons, Karamazov is in my view well worth the effort. Hope you get to it and enjoy it. As for Moby Dick I think it is superb too though it took me a good few attempts before I finally read it through, again I thought it was totally worth it.

Really pleased to see PKD getting some love, I like Policeman a lot and though Scanners is good I too find it a ‘lesser’ effort. M. R. James is aces.


I read Crime & Punishment and The Idiot years ago but they have stayed with me ever since, so I can't wait to get stuck into Karamazov. I have heard from a few people that Moby Dick was hard going because there's a lot of nautical jargon, but I'm hoping 19 lots of Patrick O'Brian have prepared me.

As far as PKD goes, I picked up VALIS not long ago, so there's that to look forward to as well.


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