2013

Of 67 books in total, I read:

30 Fiction (45%) / 37 Non-Fiction (55%)
27 Novels / 3 Short Story collections
11 Memoirs

By decade of initial publication:

1940s – 1
1950s – 4
1970s – 6
1980s – 5
1990s – 12
2000s – 27
2010s – 12

By gender:

48 Men (72%) / 19 Women (28%)

By country of origin:

Canada – 15 (22%)
US – 37 (55%)
UK – 12 (18%)
Other – 3 (1 Australia; 2 South Africa) (4%)

January

  • Michael Herr, Dispatches (1977)
  • Julian Barnes, The Sense of an Ending (2011)
  • Alan Furst, The World at Night (1996)
  • Adam Gopnik, Paris to the Moon (2000)
  • Stanley Karnow, Paris in the Fifties (1997)

February

  • Elizabeth Hay, Captivity Tales: Canadians in New York (1993)
  • Margaret Atwood, The Blind Assassin (2000)
  • Russell Smith, Muriella Pent (2004)
  • Patricia Highsmith, A Dog’s Ransom (1972)
  • Martin Cruz Smith, Polar Star (1989)
  • Sebastian Junger, The Perfect Storm (1997)

March

  • Mark Kurlansky, The Big Oyster: History on the Half Shell (2006)
  • Donavan Hohn, Moby Duck: The True Story of 28,800 bath Toys Lost at Sea and of the Beachcombers, Oceanographers, Environmentalists, and Fools, Including the Author, Who Went in Search of Them (2011)
  • David Mitchell, W.A.C. Bennett and the Rise of British Columbia (1983)
  • Judith Nies, The Girl I Left Behind: A Personal History of the Sixties (2008)
  • Ann Patchett, Run (2007)

April

  • Andrew Sean Greer, The Story of a Marriage (2008)
  • Sheila Heti, How Should a Person Be? (2012)
  • Richard Ford, The Sportswriter (1986)
  • Ellen Ullman, The Bug (2003)

May

  • Ann Patchett, State of Wonder (2011)
  • Paul Auster, Winter Journal (2012)
  • Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward, All The President’s Men (1974)
  • Alice Echols, Hot Stuff: Disco and the Remaking of American Popular Culture (2010)

June

  • Simon Reynolds, Rip It Up And Start Again: Postpunk 1978-1984 (2005)
  • Douglas Coupland, Shampoo Planet (1992)
  • Brian Fawcett, Virtual Clearcut, or The Way Things Are in My Hometown (2003)
  • Hugh Barker and Yuval Taylor, Faking It: The Quest for Authenticity in Popular Culture (2007)
  • Charlotte Gill, Eating Dirt: My Life among the Tree-Planting Tribe (2011)
  • C.S. Giscombe, Into and Out of Dislocation (2000)

July

  • Ken Silverstein, The Radioactive Boy Scout: The Frightening True Story of a Whiz Kid and his Homemade Nuclear Reactor (2004)
  • John Findlay and Bruce Helvy, Atomic Frontier Days: Hanford and the American West (2011)
  • Frederick Turner, Of Chiles, Cacti, and Fighting Cocks: Notes on the American West (1990; expanded 1996)
  • Paul Bowles, The Spider’s House (1955)
  • Alain de Botton, Essays in Love (1993)
  • Curtis Gillespie, Almost There: The Family Vacation, Then and Now (2012)
  • Philip Connors, Fire Season: Field Notes from a Wilderness Lookout (2011)

August

  • Jon Krakauer, Into The Wild (1996)
  • J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord Of The Rings
    • The Fellowship Of The Ring (1954)
    • The Two Towers (1954)
    • The Return of the King (1955)
  • J.G. Ballard, Crash (1973)
  • Richard Ford, Women With Men (1997)
  • Michael Lewis, Liar’s Poker: Rising Through the Wreckage on Wall Street (1989)
  • Anna Funder, Stasiland: Stories From Behind the Berlin Wall (2002)
  • Jonathan Raban, Waxwings (2003)
  • Lorrie Moore, Birds Of America (1998)
  • Wayde Compton, After Canaan: Essays on Race, Writing, and Region (2010)
  • Ivan Vladislavic, Portrait With Keys: The City of Johannesburg Unlocked (2006)

September

  • Robert Lindsay, The Falcon and the Snowman: A True Story of Friendship and Espionage (1979)
  • Eric Ambler, Journey Into Fear (1940)
  • Robert D. Kaplan, Eastward to Tartary: Travels in the Balkans, the Middle East, and the Caucasus (2000)

October

  • Michael Hingston, The Dilettantes (2013)
  • Don DeLillo, The Names (1982)
  • Patrick Hennessey, The Junior Officers’ Reading Club: Killing Time and Fighting Wars (2009)
  • Leilah Nadir, The Orange Trees of Baghdad (2007)
  • Sandra Mackey, The Reckoning: Iraq and the Legacy of Saddam Hussein (2002)

November

  • James Mann, The Rise of the Vulcans: The History of Bush’s War Cabinet (2004)
  • Lyanda Lynn Haupt, Rare Encounters with Ordinary Birds (2001)
  • John le Carre, A Most Wanted Man (2008)
  • Stephen Grey, Ghost Plane: The True Story of the CIA Rendition and Torture Program (2007)

December

  • Barry Werth, 31 Days: The Crisis That Gave Us the Government We Have Today (2006)
  • Alice Munro, Lives of Girls and Women (1971)
  • J. M. Coetzee, Age of Iron (1990)
  • Jowita Bydlowska, Drunk Mom (2013)
  • Carol Shields, Larry’s Party (1997)
  • Zadie Smith, White Teeth (2000)
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One response to “2013

  1. Of these, I have read:

    Adam Gopnik, Paris to the Moon (2000)
    Douglas Coupland, Shampoo Planet (1992)
    Charlotte Gill, Eating Dirt: My Life among the Tree-Planting Tribe (2011)
    Jon Krakauer, Into The Wild (1996)
    J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord Of The Rings
    Michael Hingston, The Dilettantes (2013)
    John le Carre, A Most Wanted Man (2008)
    Zadie Smith, White Teeth (2000)

    and three of them this year. Huh.

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