A reading list for January 2016 (and beyond)

I ended 2015 reading non-fiction.

Between the World and Me

And the first book I finished in 2016 was also non-fiction.

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?

So, I thought I might run with the non-fiction theme in this first month of 2016. To that end, I created a January TBR of all non-fiction books.

January TBR

Here are some more details and thoughts on these books:

  • The Oregon Trail by Rinker Buck (audiobook, library) — I started this audio book during our holiday travels, but didn’t get very far. It’s a LONG audio book. It’s entertaining, but dense with details on basically everything you never knew you wanted to know about the Oregon Trail: mules, wagons, people, routes, etc. And I’m only 25% done. Phew.
  • The Art of Asking by Amanda Palmer (hardcover, signed) — I’m already about half finished with this book. So far I think it has several things in common with Felicia Day’s book, You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost), but I’m not enjoying it as much. Possibly it’s because I’m just more of a Felicia Day fan than an Amanda Palmer fan (even though I like both of them). Possibly it’s because I can relate more to Felicia Day. I don’t know. I may have more thoughts on this after I finish the book.
  • The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown (Kindle) — As I mentioned in a previous post, I purchased this book in July 2014 but still haven’t read it, and it was the book most recommended to me by friends and family in 2015. Time to get reading.
  • Information Doesn’t Want To Be Free by Cory Doctorow (hardcover, signed) — This is a short book about copyright laws, a topic of great interest to me. I’ve listened to Cory Doctorow talk about these issues on several occasions, and if his book is anything like his talks, I think I’ll really enjoy this one.
  • Deep by James Nestor (Kindle) — Ever since I watched The Big Blue in a high school French class (in French), I’ve loved the idea of free diving. Nestor’s book talks about the science behind this sport that fascinates me so much.
  • Lean In by Sheryl Sandburg (Kindle) — This is the book I least want to read on this list. But, it’s short. Based on what I’ve read about this book, I’m not sure I buy into her advice, but I know a lot of people think highly of her and the advice she dispenses in this book. So, I’m going to read what she has to say.

And more about the one I finished:

  • Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling (Kindle) — I picked this up because it was on sale and I have a vague awareness of Mindy Kaling as someone I think is cool even though I’ve never seen The Office (yeah, I know…) or her show on NBC (It’s on NBC, right? I can only watch TV on my computer, so I don’t pay attention to networks these days.). In general, I don’t watch a lot of sit-coms anymore. But I enjoyed the book. It’s funny. In a few places it is even laugh-out-loud funny. It made me like her even more, and maybe want to watch her shows. Or at least read her latest book.

In general, my intention for 2016 is to read books I already own, since I own about 100 books that I haven’t read yet. If I really want to read something that I don’t own, I’m trying to get it from the library before I consider buying more books. The exception to this plan is going to be for 2016 new releases that I am super excited about. So excited that I can’t wait for them to go on sale or for a library hold, and must read them immediately upon release.

Some examples from my pre-orders shelf on Goodreads:

2016 Releases

As you can see, several of these don’t even have titles and/or official covers yet… but they’re due out this year and I’m so excited to read them! About half of these are written by what I would consider to be my “auto-buy” authors (Alastair Reynolds, Sarah J Maas, Laini Taylor, Victoria Schwab, Curtis Sittenfeld). The rest are either the next in a series I enjoyed (Sabaa Tahir’s book), or debut novels by PitchWars mentors that sounded like books I would love. There’s one more that should be on this list, but Goodreads seems to think comes out in 2017, even though I’m pretty sure it’s a 2016 debut novel: The Blood Rose Rebellion by Rosalyn Eves.

I know I already said no book projects or challenges in 2016. I’m sticking to that. I reserve the right to change my mind at any time and not follow through with any of these plans. 😉

Reading List: Powell’s staff’s best books of 2015

I don’t read a lot of literary fiction, but when I do it’s almost always because it was a Powell’s staff pick. Maybe it’s our shared Pacific Northwest sensibilities, but if Powell’s staff loves something, it’s highly likely that I will also love it. That’s why I subscribe to their Indiespensible box. It’s also why I pay close attention to their end-of-year best of lists. These lists are extra special because every staff member does a “top five” list of their favorite books read in that year. And you know how much I love top five lists.

Last year, I posted about how Buzzfeed created an uber “top thirteen” list using their “top-secret scientific algorithmic process” to determine the best of the best for the year, according to Powell’s. After I saw that list, I created a Goodreads shelf to track these books and keep them on my radar for future reading.

This year, Powell’s staff’s top five lists were posted on New Year’s Day, and I’ve been waiting for another summary post from Buzzfeed. So far, nothing. So I decided to do my own analysis and create my own uber “top thirteen” list.

I’ll be more transparent with my “super secret algorithm” and go ahead and tell you that I did some good old “copying and pasting” of all the lists into Excel. Then I assigned points to each mention of each book based on where it appeared in each list (5 points for first place, 4 points for second place, etc.). Then I made a pivot table and sorted the results by total number of points in descending order. There was an obvious cut-off after the first fourteen books, and one of those books was published in a previous year (Station Eleven). So I dropped that one off this list and capped the list at thirteen.

And the result… Here are the thirteen books that received the most points (mentions) on the Powell’s staff lists:

  1. A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara (50 points)
  2. Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates (40 points)
  3. The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson (38 points)
  4. Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf (18 points)
  5. A Manual for Cleaning Women by Lucia Berlin (16 points)
  6. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo (14 points)
  7. Did You Ever Have a Family by Bill Clegg (12 points)
  8. H Is for Hawk by Helen MacDonald (12 points)
  9. A Kim Jong Il Production by Paul Fischer (12 points)
  10. M Train by Patti Smith (10 points)
  11. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins (10 points)
  12. The Story of the Lost Child by Elena Ferrante (10 points)
  13. Welcome to Night Vale by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor (10 points)

So far, I’ve only read one of these (Between the World and Me). But several others were already on my “to buy/borrow” list. And there were a few where I had an instant reaction of “no way, I’m never going to read that,” even though they come highly recommended by Powell’s staff.

For example, everyone seems to be in love with A Little Life. It’s the number one book on this list, by far. But every review I’ve read talks about how sad this book is. Here’s an example from one of the Powell’s staff:

Tremendous. Devastating. Torturous. Hard-to-take hurts-your-heart scenes of the deep and dark sides of humanity.

Basically every review I’ve read, or heard in a podcast, says the same thing. But devastating, sad, torturous books are not my jam. The only thing I like less than a tragic sad book is a super scary book. Blood and gore I can handle, but scary stuff creeps me out. As an example, I have never read a Stephen King book. I’m probably missing out, but I just don’t like being scared, or sad. Life is already sad and scary enough. So, even though A Little Life was the clear winner, I will likely skip that one.

Overall, I think this year’s list is a bit heavily weighted towards the non-fiction and memoir categories. Last year’s list felt like it had more novels on it. Regardless, I’m tracking both lists in Goodreads and I’ll be checking them when I’m looking for ideas about books to read. Here’s a link to my 2015 shelf if you want to follow along.

What do you think? Are there books on this list that you’ve read and highly recommend? Do you think you can convince me to change my mind about A Little Life? Which book on this list are you most excited about reading?

#ABookishHoliday Day 31: Ring in the New Year

Nothing like a top five list to “ring in the New Year,” right? (Yes, I’m taking some liberties with today’s #ABookishHoliday theme…)

For today’s post I give you my list of the top five popular sci-fi and fantasy series that are now complete, but that I haven’t read yet and plan to read in 2016 (listed in the order in which I will most likely read them):

  1. MagiciansThe Magicians series — I’m so late to the party on this one that it’s soon to be a series on the SyFy Channel… I bought the first book back in August 2014, but never got around to reading it. This will be rectified in 2016.
  2. SelectionThe Selection Series — I have the first book in this series, but I haven’t read it yet. I guess the series is still going if you count the “next generation” books. But the original series is complete, and it’s a hugely popular series, so I’m including it here.
  3. LunarThe Lunar Chronicles — I own the first three books in this series, but I’ve only read the first book (Cinder). Now that the two companion books (Fairest and Winter) are out, and the series is complete, I probably should just binge-read my way through these.
  4. InheritanceThe Inheritance Trilogy — I bought the whole series on Kindle back in August when the price dropped to $9.99. Basically, the cost of one “normally priced” Kindle book.
  5. AncillaryThe Imperial Radch series — Probably better known as “all those books with Ancillary in the title”… The first book has been on my TBR for a while, but I didn’t own it and there was a long wait at the library. Then the first book went on sale last week for $1.99 on Kindle, and now I have no more excuses.

So that takes care of at least fifteen books of the fifty or so I plan to read in 2016….

Happy New Year! Here’s to another great year in reading!

Reading List: Book Riot’s 2015 Read Harder Challenge

About half-way through this year, I decided I would participate in Book Riot’s 2015 Read Harder Challenge. You may remember, this is a list of 24 reading tasks, meant to be completed in 2015, each intended to broaden your reading horizons.

Results: 21 down and 3 to go… (see also: my Goodreads shelf)

Completed tasks:

  1. A book published by an indie press — Sword
  2. A book by or about someone that identifies as LGBTQ — Afterworlds
  3. A book by a person whose gender is different from your own — The Bone Clocks (plus a lot more…)
  4. A book that takes place in Asia — Fire Horse Girl (plus a few more…)
  5. A book by an author from Africa — Half of a Yellow Sun and Americanah
  6. A book that is by or about someone from an indigenous culture (Native Americans, Aboriginals, etc.) — The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian
  7. A YA novel — The Raven Boys (plus a lot more…)
  8. A sci-fi novel — Fortune’s Pawn (plus a lot more…)
  9. A romance novel — The Duchess War
  10. A book that is a retelling of a classic story (fairytale, Shakespearian play, classic novel, etc.) — A Court of Thorns and Roses
  11. A book that someone else has recommended to you — Handmaid’s Tale
  12. A book published this year — Selfish, Shallow, and Self-Absorbed: Sixteen Writers on Their Decision Not To Have Kids (plus a few more…)
  13. An audiobook — The Rosie Effect
  14. A graphic novel, a graphic memoir or a collection of comics of any kind — Ms. Marvel vol 1 (plus a lot more…)
  15. A book that you would consider a guilty pleasure (Read, and then realize that good entertainment is nothing to feel guilty over) — re-read Suddenly Royal
  16. A microhistory — Astoria
  17. A National Book Award, Man Booker Prize or Pulitzer Prize winner from the last decade <– All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  18. A book written by someone when they were over the age of 65 <– Emma: A Modern Retelling by Alexander McCall Smith
  19. A self-improvement book (can be traditionally or non-traditionally considered “self-improvement”) <– You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) by Felicia Day
  20. A book that was originally published in another language <– My Brilliant Friend by by Elena Ferrante
  21. A book written by someone when they were under the age of 25 <– Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

Unfinished tasks:

  1. A collection of poetry <–I’d planned to read The Essential Neruda: Selected Poems. I bought it. I read the first few poems. Then never finished reading it.
  2. A collection of short stories (either by one person or an anthology by many people) <– I was thinking I’d either read Magic for Beginners (which I got in an Indiespensible shipment this year) or I would finish Hieroglyph (which I started reading with my hubby, but stalled out somewhere in the middle and never finished.) I ended up reading neither.
  3. A book published before 1850 <– I’d planned to read The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas as a “buddy read.” We started it. Neither of us got very far. Then we decided to bail on it. I think I’ll try again at some point, but I don’t know when.

I may still finish these last three tasks in 2016. But I’m not committing to anything because I already decided that I wasn’t going to do any reading projects or challenges in 2016. So, we’ll see what happens.

Reading List: Book Riot’s 2016 Read Harder Challenge

Book Riot is doing another Read Harder Challenge list of 24 reading tasks to be completed in 2016. I’m tempted because I’m a sucker for a challenge. But I already said I wasn’t going to do any reading projects in 2016. So, I’m officially not doing this challenge.

But… just for fun, I am going to track how the books I do read off my TBR in 2016 match up with the tasks on this reading challenge list. I’ve already tagged some books and added them to a new Goodreads shelf. I probably won’t check off all the tasks, but I am curious how many I can check off without really trying.

Here is the list for 2016 (and selections from my TBR are in parenthesis):

  1. Read a horror book (Slade House)
  2. Read a nonfiction book about science (Deep: Freediving, Renegade Science, and What the Ocean Tells Us about Ourselves)
  3. Read a collection of essays (The Empathy Exams)
  4. Read a book out loud to someone else (Information Doesn’t Want to Be Free)
  5. Read a middle grade novel (The Neptune Project)
  6. Read a biography, not a memoir, or an autobiography (Kingpin)
  7. Read a dystopian or post apocalyptic novel (The Harvest)
  8. Read a book originally published in the decade you were born (To Ride Pegasus <–technically a re-read, but I’d intended to re-read it anyway)
  9. Listen to an audio book that won an Audie Award (Yes Please)
  10. Read a book over 500 pages long (Poseidon’s Wake)
  11. Read a book under 100 pages (Binti)
  12. Read a book by or about a person who identifies as transgender (George)
  13. Read a book that is set in the Middle East (Escape From Baghdad!)
  14. Read a book by an author from Southeast Asia (The Ghost Bride or The Garden of Evening Mists)
  15. Read a book of historical fiction set before 1900 (Hild)
  16. Read the first book in a series by a person of color (the first book of The Inheritance Trilogy)
  17. Read a non-superhero comic that debuted in the past three years (Bitch Planet)
  18. Read a book that was adapted into a movie, then watch the movie (The 5th Wave)
  19. Read a non-fiction book about feminism or dealing with feminist themes (Lean In)
  20. Read a book about religion, fiction or non-fiction (No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam)
  21. Read a book about politics in your country or another, fiction or non-fiction (maybe Our Kids or North Korea Confidential?)
  22. Read a food memoir (An Embarrassment of Mangoes)
  23. Read a play (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child)
  24. Read a book with a main character who has a mental illness (The Boy Who Went Away)

Reading: Best of 2015

So, 2015 isn’t completely over yet. I still have about two more books I want to finish before the end of the year. But, I think it’s probably safe to do some “top five” book lists for 2015. I’ve divided my favorites up into three lists, below.

My “top five” favorite books that I read in 2015 (not including ones that are part of a series) are:

  1. The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins
  2. The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell
  3. The Martian by Andy Weir
  4. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
  5. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

My “top five” favorite books that I read in 2015 that ARE part of a series are:

  1. Vicious (Vicious, #1)
  2. Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass, #4)
  3. Lock In (Lock In, #1)
  4. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
  5. On the Steel Breeze (Poseidon’s Children 2)

And, last but not least, these are my “top five” favorite comics that I read in 2015:

  1. Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
  2. Ms. Marvel, Vol. 1: No Normal by G. Willow Wilson
  3. X-Men, Vol. 3: Bloodline by Brian Wood
  4. Promethea, Vol. 1 by Alan Moore
  5. Lumberjanes Vol 1 by by Noelle Stevenson

Summer reading lists

It’s Memorial Day Weekend, and apparently that generated some sort of bat-signal that prompted everyone to publish their “what to read this summer” lists. I’m not sure exactly how that makes sense. Maybe Memorial Day should be associated with lists of best books about wars and armed forces (fictional and real)? That might make more sense… hmm…. did anyone do that list? That sounds like a good list….

*goes to Google*

*returns frustrated*

I guess that’s not a thing. It should be a thing. Book people should get on this…

In the meantime… as for summer reading lists, I like reading these lists to see if they include any books I haven’t heard of yet and might want to read. But, it’s always a bummer when they contain all books that I’ve heard of, and ones that are getting a ton of press already. I like this list by Nancy Pearl (via NPR) because I haven’t heard of any of these books and at least two are definitely going on my wish list (The Swimmer, The Strangler Vine, and maybe The Revolutions). I also like this list by Book Riot which features a ton of diverse authors and genres. There are so many excellent books on this list. I already had several of these on my wish list and after reading this list I added at least four more. Book Riot, the very best at crushing my TBR pile.

Inspired by these lists, I decided to make my own summer reading list. For me, the thing that makes something an excellent candidate for a “summer reading” book is not so much that it is “light reading,” but that it has an element of “can’t put down-ness” that makes it perfect for reading when I don’t have other demands on my time. This element also means that my summer reading holds my attention when I may otherwise be distracted by all the crowds in airports and other public places — a definite must during the busy travel season.

Keeping this element in mind, I’ve been holding back some really fun books to read on my summer vacations. Here are a few books that I definitely plan to read this summer because I anticipate they will have that page-turning, can’t-wait-to-see-what-happens-next, stay-up-late-to-finish it appeal:

  1. Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan (contemporary fiction) — Yes, I am aware that this is not a new book and the sequel is already out. But, I was looking for fun books by diverse authors and stumbled onto this one. Bonus points for the library having an ebook copy I can borrow.
  2. All Mortal Flesh by Julia Spencer-Flemming (mystery) — This is the fifth book in a mystery series that is set in the Adirondacks. I found this series while doing a project for one of my UCBx literature classes, and since then I have made it a tradition to read at least one of these whenever I visit the Adirondacks for vacation. Since I’m going back this year, this one is definitely on my list.
  3. Reamde by Neal Stephenson (cyber-punk) — Again, not a new book, but one I’ve been meaning to get to for years. This was originally going to be my first Neal Stephenson book, but I ended up reading The Diamond Age on vacation last year instead. So, this is the year I’m finally going to read it. (Next year: Anathem).
  4. Scarlett and Cress by Marissa Meyer (YA, sci-fi) — I am psyched to get caught up on this series of sci-fi books modeled after classic fairy tales. I read Cinder last year and enjoyed it and have been saving these two for plane rides and/or vacation days.
  5. The Magicians by Lev Grossman (fantasy) — I am way late to the party here, but I plan to finally get around to starting this series that everyone says is like “Harry Potter for adults.” One bonus for waiting this long is that now I don’t have to wait to read the other two books in the trilogy!
  6. Lagoon by Nnedi Okorafor (sci-fi) — The only new book on this list, this is scheduled to come out on 14 July. After reading and loving Contact and The Sparrow, I think I have a soft spot for “first contact” books. I also have been wanting to read something by this author for a while now. This seems like it may be just the ticket.

Of course, you never know what kind of book-mood you are going to be in. So, I have a list of other books on my Kindle that might make for good summer reading. If you’re on Goodreads, you can see my shelf of potential vacation reads here.

What’s on your list for this summer? Anything you think I should add?

That 10 books meme…

So, I don’t really do Facebook, and because of that, I’m a little late to this party. But, I heard there was a meme a few weeks ago where everyone was posting about the “10 books that have stayed with you in some way…

I made a list of the 10 books that stayed with me, and then I narrowed that list down to the 5 books that are my “desert island” books. Because I like “Top 5” lists.

These are the books I read that stayed with me hard enough, that are loved well enough, loved so much that I own either a well worn paperback copy, or a deluxe hardcover edition, or maybe both. These are the books that I’d put in my go-bag for the Zombie Apocalypse. These are the books that, if forced to give away all the books on my bookshelves, I would keep hidden and never give up. By default, they are books that “stayed with me” and would otherwise be at the top of the “10 books that stayed with me list.”

May I present to you my Top 5 desert island books list:

  1. Dune by Frank Herbert — I read this book in college, for fun, while traveling with the crew team to some spring race (I don’t remember which). One of my rowers recommended that I read it. I resisted at first. Then I started reading it and instantly fell in love. This is still my favorite (hard) science fiction book. Maybe even my all-time favorite book.
  2. Sassinak by Anne McCaffrey — I’ve only mentioned this book on my blog about a hundred times… or at least that’s what it feels like. I think I first read this book in high school. I think I found it in a second-hand book shop. Sassinak has become my gold-standard for kick-ass heroines, and McCaffrey is my favorite female sci-fi writer.
  3. The entire Harry Potter series… but, since that’s probably cheating, if I could only take one: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (aka the book where things get “Sirius” and Harry goes all emo) — my favorite part of these books is always the “back to school” scenes: from shopping for supplies in Diagon Alley, to taking the Hogwarts Express, to the big back-to-school feast in the dining hall. The reason I’d pick OotP as my favorite, is that this is the book where everyone grows up. It’s frustrating and sad and thrilling and so many of the excellent peripheral characters get a chance to shine in this book. (for a quick and funny refresher on the story/plot check out BuzzFeed’s post on “What It’s Like To Watch “Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix” For The First Time“)
  4. An Acceptable Time by Madeline L’Engle — I first read this when I was in high school, I think. The opening chapters created a perfect image for me of my dream house, complete with dream mud-room and indoor pool surrounded by glass. I also love almost-grown-up Polly (from The Arm of the Starfish). She’s my model for well-written, well-rounded female protagonists.
  5. Living By Water by Brenda Peterson — I picked this up on a whim from a bargain book table at a Barnes and Noble (RIP) during my first year out of college, my first year living in Seattle. My copy is a thin, unassuming blue hardcover without a dust jacket. I remember reading it and thinking the author effectively put into words exactly why I moved to Seattle and exactly why I loved Puget Sound and the Pacific Northwest.

Now that we got that out of the way… There are other books that “stayed with me” for various reasons and that I would highly recommend to others if you haven’t read them. They didn’t make my desert island book list, but that doesn’t mean they’re not important to me. They’ve each made a serious impression on who I am, and if I had room in my go-bag they’d come with me, too. But for the most part, these books aren’t my go-to comfort food books. They’re not the ones I find myself re-reading again and again. They are:

  1. Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut — this book was assigned reading in my high school American Lit class and it was the first time I read anything by Vonnegut. It was the first time we read anything for class that I would have read for fun, and Vonnegut instantly became my new favorite author. “So it goes.”
  2. Graceling by Kirstin Cashore — I love this book and this series. This will be one of the first books I will give to my nieces (when they’re old enough). Katsa would come in right after Sassinak on my Top 5 kick-ass heroines from a novel. Come to think of it… that should be a future post…
  3. The Arm of the Starfish by Madeline L’Engle — we’ve been over this recently, so I won’t repeat myself, just go read my other post if you missed it.
  4. Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson — I don’t really remember the details of this story, I only have fuzzy memories of the plot, but I remember deeply loving this book when we read it in elementary school.
  5. Little Men by Louisa May Alcott — yep. That’s not a typo. Little Women was fine, but I really loved Little Men and it stuck with me way more than Little Women did. I loved the idea of having a boarding school for boys.

So, if you haven’t read any of those books, you should go check them out. And if you already did this meme, post a link in the comments. I love learning about other people’s formative books. Maybe there are some I need to add to my reading list.


New Year, new reads

I love lists and nothing inspires list making more than facing a New Year.

Since we’ve already revisited the books I read in 2012 (tl;dr* version: 32 total, all on Kindle but one), let’s discuss what’s on my list of “to read” books for 2013, shall we?

Over the last few weeks I have been on a bit of an ebook purchasing spree. I’ve downloaded at least six books for my Kindle, almost none of which were originally on my “someday / maybe fiction” list. They were all impulse buys based on recommendations and price reductions. My recent purchases:

  • Close to the Machine: Technophilia and Its Discontents
  • Howl’s Moving Castle
  • Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore
  • The Color of Magic
  • Glaciers
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower

I think all of these selections, with the exception of Mr. Penumbra, were being offered at a reduced price. This brings the total of “to read” books on my Kindle to sixteen. That is half the total number of books I read in 2012. Something tells me I won’t get through all of those before getting sidetracked on another reading path.

ImageIn addition to the substantial virtual “to read” stack I’ve been gathering, I still have this physical stack of books waiting for me. Most were pass-along books from my mom. Two (the Asimov trilogyand Bel Canto) were books I picked up from the cast-away stash at the entrance to the houseboat community. One (Phylloxera) has been in this pile for at least five years. And the one at the bottom of the pile (Boneheads) was written by our downstairs neighbor.

Given that my reading time is mostly limited to my commute, and I prefer not to pack any more weigh in my bag than absolutely necessary, it is probably going to be a while before I get to these. Ideally, I could bring them along on a vacation to a beach or cabin in the woods, where I could then “free them” into the wild for the next visitor to enjoy once I’m done reading them.

My intention is to finish all of these in 2013. Any bets on how many of these nine books I’ll finish? Or maybe I should be counting the Foundation Trilogy as three separate books… that would make it twelve, total…

* tl;dr = too long didn’t read


UPDATE 12/31/2013: I ended up reading 4 of the 6 Kindle books and 2 of the 9 print books this year (see reviews on my Reading page). One of those Kindle books ended up on my “top five” books read in 2013 list (Mr. Penumbra…). I started and abandoned The Billionaire’s Vinegar — I just couldn’t get into it. The other 2 Kindle books and 6 print books remain on my TBR pile for 2014.