The 2005 Reading List

For the second year in a row, I finished the year with 70 books read. In analyzing them, oh so briefly, 20-25% of them are Star Trek related, down a bit from last year, reflecting the change in Pocket’s publishing program. A higher than usual number, some 7 or 8 books, actually appeared on the Times best seller list, either in 2004 or 2005. My pal Keith DeCandido is tied with Robert B. Parker as the most read author with three books apiece (Keith edges Parker by editing two anthologies I also read). Since I like to sample new stuff, I was exposed to at least 21 authors for the first time not counting writers who appeared in some of the anthologies. The most entertaining surprise offering may well be Me and Orson Welles, a slim but engaging novel by Robert Kaplow.

This, of course, is coupled with the 100+ comic books each month plus regular issues of Time, The Week, Entertainment Weekly, Smithsonian, Premiere, Hollywood Life, Starlog, CFQ, Alter Ego, Back Issue, Comic Buyers’ Guide, Wizard and odd issues of other titles. The day also starts off with the Connecticut Post and USA Today plus bits and pieces from the Times and then there’s the material I have to read as part of the job. Therefore, I am happily exposed to many wonderful ideas, notions and nuggets of information and the good news is, I still have my I want to learn or be exposed to.

For those interested, the full list of titles is behind the cut:

  • John Adams David McCullough
  • Star Trek: To Reign in Hell Greg Cox
  • Star Trek: Voyager - Spirit Walk 1 Christie Golden
  • Star Trek: Voyager - Spirit Walk 2 Christie Golden
  • Star Trek: Ex Machina Christopher L. Bennett
  • Darkness, Take my Hand Dennis Lehane
  • Men of Tomorrow Gerard F. Jones
  • McSweeney's Enchanted Chamber of Astonishing Stories Michael Chabon, editor
  • Downtown: My Manhattan Pete Hamill
  • Road to Purgatory Max Allan Collins
  • Star Trek: Worlds of the Federation 2 Martin & Mangels/J. Noah Kim
  • Star Trek: Worlds of the Federation 3 David R. George III/Keith R.A. DeCandido
  • Star Trek: Titan - Taking Wing Michael A. Martin & Andy Mangels
  • Star Trek: Engines of Destiny Gene DeWese
  • Star Trek: I.K.S. Gorkon - Engines of Destiny Keith R.A. DeCandido
  • Moneyball Michael Lewis
  • Cold Case Robert B. Parker
  • Chloe does Yale Natalie Krinsky
  • Slippage Harlan Ellison
  • Baseball Literacy David H. Martinez
  • Slaves Unchained Susan Wright
  • Kiss Her Goodbye Allan Guthrie
  • Finding Serenity Jane Espenson, editor
  • Stan Lee and the Rise and Fall of the American Comic Book Jordan Raphael and Tom Spurgeon
  • Neverwhere Neil Gaiman
  • Star Trek: Errand of Rage Book 1 Kevin Ryan
  • Star Trek: SCE - Breakdowns Keith R.A. DeCandido, editor
  • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - Hollow Men Una McCormack
  • The Best Seat in the House Pat Weaver
  • Anansi Boys Neil Gaiman
  • Towelhead Alicia Erian
  • Zorro Isabel Allende
  • Star Trek: Vanguard David Mack
  • Forever Free Joe Haldeman
  • One Tough Mother Gert Boyle
  • Over Her Dead Body Kate White
  • The Studio John Gregory Dunne
  • Danger City Contemporary Press
  • Playground Jennifer Saginor
  • Star Trek: Tales from the Captain's Table Keith R.A. DeCandido, editor
  • The Kite Runner Khaled Hosseini
  • Alias APO Greg Cox
  • The Plot Will Eisner
  • Star Trek: Articles of the Federation Keith R. A. DeCandido
  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince J.K. Rowling
  • Appaloosa Robert B. Parker
  • A Long Way Down Nick Hornby
  • Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell Susanna Clark
  • Freakonomics Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner
  • Star Trek: Death in Winter Michael Jan Friedman
  • Me and Orson Welles Robert Kaplow
  • The Grapes of Wrath John Steinbeck
  • Batman Begins Denny O'Neil
  • Fantastic Four Peter David
  • The American Boy Richard Taylor
  • I, Alien Mike Resnick, editor
  • Top of the Heap Erle Stanley Gardner
  • Star Trek: Titan - Red King Michael A. Martin & Andy Mangels
  • Little Girl Lost Richard Aleas
  • The Camel Club David Baldacci
  • Star Trek: Voyager - Distant Shores Marco Palmieri, editor
  • Blood and Roses Ann Tonsor Zeddies
  • Serenity Keith R.A. DeCandido
  • Sword of Orion Sharon Lee & Steve Miller
  • Private Wars Greg Rucka
  • Taken Liberty Steven H. Wilson
  • The Gutter and the Grave Ed McBain
  • The Girl with the Long Green Heart Lawrence Block
  • It's Superman Tom DeHaven
  • School Days Robert B. Parker

    • tom dakers

      Looks like a good list…a little hard to read the font. Quite a number of them I’ve read. Not a Star Trek reader though. But the baseball books and the Neil Gaiman books and a number of the others. I should keep a list this year.

      I likely read around 30 books a year. And a few of those are Doc Savages, having finally collected the whole series I was trying to read them in the order they were orginally published, but I have hit a string of bad ones and kind of got stuck.

      Reading the latest Discworld novel at the moment.

      Tom Dakers,

    • Robert Kaplow

      Thanks for your kind comments about my novel ME AND ORSON WELLES.

      –Robert Kaplow
      (slim but entertaining)