The Year in Reading

I have long since recalled what prompted me to begin recording the books I read each year. Still, today marks the end of the tenth year. A decade of reading preserved for some reason. As a result, I decided to take a look at a few of the statistics before sharing my 2006 reading list.

First of all, I seem to be getting faster, as this year was a record: 73 books. Interestingly, from what I can tell, I read more after going back to work than when I was home. The train ride certainly has been helpful. As usual, I’ve sampled new authors and some different subject matter and found several books to be highly entertaining. Perhaps the two best newcomers of the year were Sweet & Low: A Family Story by Rich Cohen and The Chinatown Death Cloud Peril by Paul Malmont.

I’ve read 643 books in the last decade. Plus countless comic books, magazines, newspapers and the stray cereal box. Over the last decade, 25% of those books were Star Trek related titles which made sense given my contributions to the program and my keeping up with what many friends have been up to.

The top 10 most read authors breakdown as follows. Again, this makes sense given my friendship for several and my enjoyment of all the output. I excluded, by the way, titles edited by several of these people.

28-Peter David
23- Robert B. Parker
17-Michael Jan Friedman
14-Keith R. A. DeCandido
12-John Vornholt
11-Christie Golden
11-Max Allan Collins
11-Susan Wright
10-Greg Cox
9-David Baldacci
9-Greg Rucka

These days I continue to read much of the DC and Marvel output plus a handful of titles from other publishers. Each day I still read USA Today and the Connecticut Post plus parts of The New York Times. My magazine reading includes Time, The Week, Entertainment Weekly, Smithsonian, Starlog, Geek, Playboy, Premiere, Dreamwatch, Starburst, Sci-Fi Channel, Alter Ego, Back Issue, and the occasional one-off. None of this includes material read on websites throughout the World Wide Web.

That’s certainly plenty to keep one’s mind stimulated.

And now, a look at this year’s reading:

The Historian – Elizabeth Kostova
Wizards at War – Diane Duane
Everything Bad is Good for You – Steven Johnson
Dog Days – Ana Marie Cox
Star Trek: Titan – Orion’s Hound – Christopher L. Bennett
Spiderwick Chronicles Books 1 & 5 – Tony DiTerlizzi & Holly Black
Star Trek: New Frontier – Missing in Action – Peter David
Tangled Ropes – Superstar Billy Graham
Death in a White Tie – Ngaio Marsh
A Wrinkle in Time – Madeleine L’Engle
Sea Change – Robert B. Parker
The Big Sleep – Raymond Chandler
Built to Win – John Schuerholz
Daughter of Time – Josephine Tey
Star Trek: Enterprise – Rosetta – David Stern
An Unsuitable Job for a Woman – P.D. James
Fiasco – James Robert Parish
Prep – Curtis Sittenfeld
To Serve and Submit – Susan Wright
The Collectors – David Baldacci
Cell – Stephen King
Abadazad – J.M. DeMatties
Curse of Darkness – Laura Ann Gilman
Branded Woman – Wade Miller
Desperate Networks – Bill Carter
DC Universe: Inheritance – Devin Grayson
Book of Fate – Brad Meltzer
Star Trek: Deep Space 9: Warpath – David Mack
Blue Screen – Robert B. Parker
Star Trek: Enterprise-Last Full Measure – Michael A. Martin & Andy Mangels
Sweet & Low: A Family Story – Rich Cohen
In the Best Interests of Baseball? – Andrew Zimbalist
The Chinatown Death Cloud Peril – Paul Malmont
Notes for a Memoir on Isaac Asimov, Live and Writing – Janet Jeppson
How to be Good – Nick Hornby
Star Trek: Constellations – Marco Palmieri, editor
Spider-Man: The Darkest Hours – Jim Butcher
Star Trek: Vanguard – Summon the Thunder – Dayton Ward & Kevin Dilmore
The Devil & The White City – Erik Larson
Warhammer: Day of Daemon I – Aaron Rosenberg
Star Trek: Burning Dreams – Margaret Wander Bonnano
When will Jesus Bring the Pork Chops? – George Carlin
Fall of Knight – Peter David
Star Trek: Vulcan’s Soul Book 2 – Susan Shwartz & Josepha Sherman
Lost Girls – Alan Moore & Melinda Gebbe
The Plot Against America – Philip Roth
Will Eisner – A Spirited Life – Bob Andelman
They’ll Never Put That on the Air: An Oral History of Taboo-Breaking Comedy – Allan Neuwirth
Dark Shadows: The Salem Branch- Lara Parker
Novel Ideas: Fantasy – Brian M. Thomsen, editor
Gunsmoke: The Reckless Gun – Joseph A. West
Bones: Buried Deep – Max Allan Collins
Predator: Forever Midnight – John Shirley
Lucky at Cards – Lawrence Block
Murder, She Wrote: Three Strikes and You’re Dead – Donald Bain
Monk: Mr. Monk goes to Hawaii – Lee Goldberg
Las Vegas: High Stakes Game – Jeff Mariotte
Wisdom from the Batcave – Cary A. Friedman
CSI: Snakes Eyes – Max Allan Collins
Oakdale Confidential: Secrets Revealed – Alina Adams
Star Trek: Corps of Engineers-Aftermath – Keith R.A. DeCandido, editor
Wolverine: Road of Bones – David Mack
DC Universe: Helltown – Denny O’Neil
Battlestar Galactica: Sagittarius is Bleeding – Peter David
Alias: Namesakes – Greg Cox
The Last Quarry – Max Allan Collins
Infinite Crisis – Greg Cox
CSI: Blood on the Sun – Stuart Kaminsky
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Blackout – Keith R.A. DeCandido
All-Star Companion Vol. 2 – Roy Thomas, editor
Hundred Dollar Baby – Robert B. Parker
The Shadow: Crime, Insured – Maxwell Grant
Boarding the Enterprise – David Gerrold & Robert J. Sawyer, editors

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