What I Read This Year

I read a lot and enjoy doing it. And for some reason lost to antiquity, I began keeping a list of books read since 1997. As 2004 closes, I hit a new record, 70 books. Behind the cut is the complete list for those who care. The breakdown though is interesting:

27% Star Trek
20% Non-Fiction
20% Mystery/Crime
18% Fiction
15% Genre (Science fiction/Fantasy/Horror)

Obviously it’s weighted towards Star Trek since it’s both a hobby and a profession. The fairly even split beyond that surprises me since I thought I had read more fiction and less non-fiction than in the past.

This is not to say that’s all I read. After all, there is also:

Daily: USA Today, Connecticut Post, (parts of) The New York Times

Weekly: Time, The Week, Entertainment Weekly, TV Guide

Monthly: Approx. 100 comic books, Smithsonian, Starlog, CFQ, Playboy, Premiere, Alter Ego, Wizard, Comic Buyer’s Guide

and stuff here and there. None of the above includes the stories I also read as I prepare collections at DC so that just adds to the total.


Theodore Rex
Edmund Morris

The Zero Game
Brad Meltzer

Star Trek: A Time to Be Born
John Vornholt

Star Trek: A Time to Die
John Vornholt

Star Trek: A Time to Reap
Dayton Ward & Kevin Dilmore

Star Trek: A Time to Sow
Dayton Ward & Kevin Dilmore

Angel in Black
Max Allan Collins

Bet Your Life
Brian Dooling

The True and Outstanding Adventures of the Hunt Sisters
Elizabeth Robinson

The Return of the Black Widowers
Isaac Asimov

Tong Lashing
Peter David

The Namesake
Jhumpara Lahiri

Star Trek: The Case of the Colonist’s Corpse
Bob Ingersoll & Tony Isabella

Star Trek: Catalyst of Sorrows
Margaret Wander Bonanno

Bad Business
Robert B. Parker

Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Philosophy: Fear and Trembling in Sunnydale
James B. South, editor

Star Trek: SCE – Foundations
Dayton Ward & Kevin Dilmore

Enterprise – Daedelus’s Children
David Stern

Manna from Heaven
Roger Zelazny

Til Death Do Us Part
Kate White

Blankets
Craig Thompson

Portarit of the Aritst
Gary Milledge, editor

The Little Friend
Donna Tartt

Slave Masters
Susan Wright

Diary of a Teenage Girl
Phoebe Gloeckner

Stranger to the Game
Bob Gibson

Death by Hollywood
Steven Bochco

Is that a Gun in your Pocket?
Rachel Abramowitz

Star Trek: Worlds of the Federation 1
Una McCormack/Heather Jarman

One Night Stands with American History
Richard Shenkman

Baseball Forever
Ralph Kiner

Smoke and Mirrors
Neil Gaiman

A Spectacle of Corruption
David Liss

Candyfreak
Steven Almond

Star Trek: A Time to Kill
David Mack

Star Trek: Enigma
Michael Jan Friedman

Star Trek: A Time for War/A Time for Peace
Keith R.A.
DeCandido

Star Trek: Tales of the Dominion War
Keith R.A. DeCandido, editor

Dragon Precinct
Keith R.A. DeCandido

Grosse Pointe Girl
Sarah Grace McCandless

Tatiana & Alexander
Paullina Simons

Kushiel’s Dart
Jacqueline Carey

Murderer’s Row
Otto Penzler, editor

Mailroom
David Riskin

Queen & Country
Greg Rucka

Help, I’m Trapped in a Chinese Bakery
Alan King

Double Play
Robert B. Parker

Callgirl
Jeannette Angell

Star Trek: Stargazer-Maker
Michael Jan Friedman

Petty Treason
Madeleine E. Robbins

Star Trek: A Time to Heal
David Mack

Melancholy Baby
Robert B. Parker

The Universal Baseball Association, Inc.: J. Henry Waugh,
Prop.

Robert Coover

Staying Dead
Laura Ann Gilman

Star Trek: SCE – Wildfire
Keith R.A. DeCandido, editor

The Bad Guys Won! A Season of Brawling, Boozing, Bimbo-chasing,
and Championship Baseball with Straw, Doc, Mookie, Nails, The Kid, and the Rest of the 1986 Mets, the Rowdiest Team Ever to Put on a New York Uniform–and Maybe the Best

Jeff Pearlman

Crisis on Infinite Earths
Marv Wolfman

Hour Game
David Baldacci

From Sawdust to Stardust
Terry Lee Rioux

Grifter’s Game
Lawrence Block

Fade to Blonde
Max Phillips

Star Trek: Vulcan’s Soul – Exodus Book 1
Josepha Sherman &
Susan Shwartz

Two in the Field
Darryl Brock

Star Trek: New Frontier-After the Fall
Peter David

Murder by Magic
Rosemary Edghill, editor

Guilty Pleasures
Laurell K. Hamilton

Dragon Moon
Chris Claremont & Beth Fleisher

Star Trek: Genesis Force
John Vornholt

Dick Giordano: Changing Comics, One Day at a Time
Michael Eury

Almost Like Being in Love
Steve Kluger

2 comments

  • Julio Diaz

    This is a good idea. I have not done this in the past, but as I was asked the other day about what I’d read this year and when absolutely blank, I’m going to do it in 2005. I’m currently reading THE DC COMINCS ENCYCLOPEDIA by Yourself et al, and NAKED PICTURES OF FAMOUS PEOPLE by Jon Stewart, and since I don’t anticipate finishing either before 2005 starts, those will be the first items on my list.

  • Mark Verheiden

    Hey, Bob, I enjoy the blog! I used to try and keep track of my various purchases (mostly CDs and video), but when I hit 10,000 CDs the book-keeping overwhelmed me. Keeping track of various books, magazines, comics and newspapers would be a crusher!