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Another year comes to a close and another list of books read is done. Given my at-home status since August, I ended with 67 books completed, the smallest number in some time. I try and make time each day for a book but find that life and other chores keep eating away at discretionary reading. Of course, writers are supposed to read a variety of material so it’s not entirely discretionary but still…I continue to plow through daily newspapers, two newsweekly magazines, assorted monthly magazines and tons of comic books. As the year progressed, the number of magazines dwindled a bit as titles such as Premiere folded and the comics have fluctuated in number.I read some favorite authors as usual and some new ones and in reviewing the list, it’s certainly an eclectic mix. Among first time authors sampled, Chelsea Cain’s Heart Sick was a pleasant surprise. Thanks to St. Nick and pals here and there, my To Be Read shelf is as full as ever so I’m ready to forge ahead into the New Year.I Shouldn’t Even Be Doing This! Bob NewhartOmar, Pedro and Carlos Adam RubinThe Guns of Heaven Pete Hamill1776 David McCulloughHis Majesty’s Dragon Naomi NovikThe Water Room Christopher FowlerStorm Front Jim ButcherStar Trek: Crucible – McCoy David R. George IIIFunnymen Ted HellerWebslinger Gerry Conway & Leah Wilson, editorsStar Trek: The Empty Chair Diane DuaneStar Trek: Crucible – Spock David R. George IIIMeeting Across the River Jessica Kaye & Richard J. Brewer, editorsThe Krypton Companion Michael Eury, editorThe Defining Moment Jonathan AlterGrave Peril Jim ButcherHigh Profile Robert B. ParkerThe Avenger: Justice Inc. Lester DentThe Avenger: The Yellow Hoard Lester DentThe Jade Throne Naomi NovikKiss for a Killer G.G. FicklingLetter to a Christian Nation Sam HarrisTeam of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln Doris Kearns GoodwinThe Ultimates Michael Jan FriedmanStarwater Strains Gene WolfeThe Lexus and the Olive Tree Thomas L. FriedmanA Killing in Comics Max Allan CollinsStar Trek: Crucible – Kirk David R. George IIINorth River Pete HamillStar Trek: Errand of Fury Book 2 Kevin RyanOn Writing Stephen KingStar Trek: Vulcan’s Soul III – Epiphany Susan Shwartz & Josepha ShermanKilling Johnny Fry Walter MosleyThe March E.L. DoctorowLethally Blond Kate WhiteDiary of a Wimpy Kid Jeff KinneyStar Trek Corps of Engineers: Grand Designs Keith R.A. DeCandido, editorConversations with the Devil Jeff RovinDarkness of the Light Peter DavidBlack Powder War Naomi NovikSongs of Innocence Richard AleasFull Moon Jim ButcherSpare Change Robert B. ParkerHarry Potter and the Deathly Hallows J.K. RowlingStar Trek: Reap the Whirlwind David MackBad-Ass Faeries Danielle Ackley-McPhail, editorStar Trek: The Next Generation – The Buried Age Christopher L. BennettVanishing Acts Jodi PicoultThe Awful Truths Brian ThomsenHigh School Confidential Jeremy IversenAmerican Gangster Max Allan Collins101 Reasons to Love the Dodgers Ron Green Jr.Star Trek: TNG – Resistance J.M. DillardThe Dominant Blonde Alisa KwitneyWriting the Breakout Novel Donald MaassBring it On Laura Anne GilmanStar Trek: Enterprise – The Good That Men Do Andy Mangels & Michael A. MartinCoffee at Luke’s Jennifer Crusie, editorSin in the Second City Karen AbbottHeart Sick Chelsea CainThe Blue Beetle Companion Christopher IrvingSomeone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town Cory DoctorowStar Trek Corps of Engineers: Creative Couplings Keith R.A. DeCandido, editorStar Trek: Mirror Universe-Obsidian Alliances Marco Palmieri & Margaret Clark, editorsEverything is Illuminated Jonathan Safran FoerNow and Then Robert B. ParkerPersepolis Marjane Satrapi

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