2014

Of 67 books in total, I read:

27 Fiction (40%) / 40 Non-Fiction (60%)
24 Novels / 3 Short Story collections
8 Memoirs

By decade of initial publication:

1930s – 2
1940s – 1
1960s – 5

1970s – 3

1980s – 8
1990s – 12
2000s – 18
2010s – 18

By gender:

46 Men (67%) / 23 Women (33%)

By country of origin:

Canada – 19 (28%)
US – 29 (43%)
UK – 13 (19%)
Other – 6 (2 Austria; 1 Australia; 1 France; 2 Ireland) (9%)

January

  • David Vann, Caribou Island (2011)
  • Marshall N. Klimasewiski, The Cottagers (2006)
  • Tom Wolfe, The Right Stuff (1979)
  • M. Mitchell Waldrop, The Dream Machine: J. C. R. Licklider and the Revolution That Made Computing Personal (2001)
  • Andrew Blum, Tubes: A Journey to the Centre of the Internet (2012)

February

  • Tom Standage, The Victorian Internet: The Remarkable Story of the Telegraph and the Nineteenth Century’s On-line Pioneers (1998)
  • Hal Niedsviecki, Hello, I’m Special: How Individualism Became the New Conformity (2004)
  • Renee Sarojini Saklikar, Children of Air India: Un/Authorized Exhibits and Interjections (2013)
  • Frederick Forsyth, The Day of the Jackal (1971)
  • Len Deighton, The Ipcress File (1962)
  • Pierre Bayard, How to Talk About Books you Haven’t Read (2007)

March

  • Jonathon Gatehouse, The Instigator: How Gary Bettman Remade the League and Changed the Game Forever (2012)
  • Ken Dryden, The Game (1980)
  • Christina McCall Newman, Grits: An Intimate Portrait of the Liberal Party (1982)
  • Michael Azzerad, Our Band Could Be Your Life: Scenes from the American Indie Underground, 1981-1991 (2008)
  • Ethan de Seife, This Is Spinal Tap (2007)

April

  • Naomi Oreskes and Erik M Conway, Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming (2008)
  • Mike Doughty, The Book of Drugs (2011)
  • Ellen Ruppel Shell, Cheap: The High Cost of Discount Culture (2007)
  • Leslie T. Chang, Factory Girls: From Village to City in a Changing China (2010)

May

  • John le Carre, The Looking Glass War (1965)
  • John Banville, The Untouchable (1997)
  • Sheila Nickerson, Disappearance: A Map (1996)
  • Page Spencer, White Silk and Black Tar (1990)
  • Dan O’Neill, The Firecracker Boys (1994)

June

  • Georgette Gagnon and Dan Rath, Not Without Cause: David Peterson’s Fall from Grace (1991)
  • Madeline Sonik, Afflictions and Departures (2011)
  • John Doyle, The World is a Ball: The Joy, Madness, and Meaning of Soccer (2010)
  • Dave Zirin, Brazil’s Dance with the Devil: The World Cup, the Olympics, and the Fight for Democracy (2014)
  • Christos Tsiolkas, The Slap (2008)
  • Hugh Brody, Maps and Dreams: Indians and the British Columbia Frontier (1981; 2nd ed. 1988)
  • Arno Kopecky, The Oil Man and the Sea: Navigating the Northern Gateway (2013)
  • John Vaillant, The Golden Spruce: A True Story of Myth, Madness and Greed (2005)

July

  • Carol Shaben, Into the Abyss: How a Deadly Plane Crash Changed the Lives of a Pilot, a Politician, a Criminal and a Cop (2012)
  • Neil Postman, Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business (1985)
  • William Gibson, Burning Chrome (1986)
  • Naomi Klein, The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism (2007)
  • Catherine Price, 101 Places Not to See Before You Die (2011)
  • Philip Kerr, Berlin Noir
    • March Violets (1989)
    • The Pale Criminal (1990)
    • A German Requiem (1991)
  • Charlotte Gill, Ladykiller (2005)
  • Helen MacInnes, Above Suspicion (1941)
  • Jerry Thompson, Cascadia’s Fault (2011)

August

  • Joseph Boyden, Three Day Road (2005)
  • Margaret MacMillan, Paris 1919 (2001)
  • Joseph Roth, The Radetzky March (1932)
  • Joseph Roth, The Emperor’s Tomb (1938)

September

  • Olivia Manning, The Balkan Trilogy
    • The Great Fortune (1960)
    • The Spoilt City (1962)
    • Friends and Heroes (1965)
  • Alan Hollinghurst, The Swimming-Pool Library (1988)
  • Michael Drummond, Renegades of Empire: A Tale of Success, Failure, and Other Dark Deeds Inside Fortress Microsoft (1999)

October

  • James Wallace, Overdrive: Bill Gates and the Race to Control Cyberspace (1997)
  • Thomas Pynchon, Inherent Vice (2009)

November

  • Joan Didion, The White Album (1979)
  • Chad Harbach, The Art of Fielding (2011)
  • Robert Shrum, No Excuses: Concessions of a Serial Campaigner (2007)
  • Benjamin Black, Christine Falls (2006)
  • Carol Shields, The Republic of Love (1992)

December

  • Alan Furst, Red Gold (1999)
  • Alison Owings, Hey Waitress!: The USA from the Other Side of the Tray (2002)
  • Mark Leibovich, This Town: Two Parties and a Funeral – Plus Plenty of Valet Parking – in America’s Gilded Capital (2013)
  • Alice Munro, Dear Life (2012)
  • Michael Ondaatje, In the Skin of a Lion (1987)
  • Laton McCartney, The Teapot Dome Scandal: How Big Oil Bought the Harding White House and Tried to Steal the Country (2008)
  • Lucy Moore, Anything Goes: A Biography of the Roaring Twenties (2010)

The best books I read this year:

  • M. Mitchell Waldrop, The Dream Machine: J. C. R. Licklider and the Revolution That Made Computing Personal (2001)
  • Renee Sarojini Saklikar, Children of Air India: Un/Authorized Exhibits and Interjections (2013)
  • Pierre Bayard, How to Talk About Books you Haven’t Read (2007)
  • Leslie T. Chang, Factory Girls: From Village to City in a Changing China (2010)
  • John Banville, The Untouchable (1997)
  • Margaret MacMillan, Paris 1919 (2001)
  • Thomas Pynchon, Inherent Vice (2009)
  • Alison Owings, Hey Waitress!: The USA from the Other Side of the Tray (2002)
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