06 January 2013

Book list - 2012

Here's the complete list of books I read in 2012. I didn't set a goal for this year, so I can't report success in reaching it (nor, of course, must I admit to failure, either).

An asterisk indicates a reread. Numbers refer to the order in which the books were read.

"Adult" Fiction (XX books)
1. Dead As a Dinosaur - mystery, by Frances and Richard Lockridge
2. When The Star Kings Die - SF, by John Jakes
5. Mask of the Sun - time travel, by Fred Saberhagen
7. Golden Reflections - time travel/AH (short stories), edited by Joan Spicci Saberhagen and Robert E Vardeman
8. Island in the Sea of Time - AH, by S M Stirling *
9. Metzger's Dog - thriller, by Thomas Perry *
11. Case for Three Detectives - mystery, by Leo Bruce
12. A Century of Progress - SF/AH, by Fred Saberhagen
13. Eye of the Storm - thriller, by Jack Higgins
14. Empress of Outer Space - SF, by A Bertram Chandler *
18. Cold War Hot: Alternate Decisions of the Cold War - AH, by Peter Tsouras
21. Time Crime - SF/AH, by H Beam Piper
22. Null-ABC - SF, by H Beam Piper
23. Rendezvous with Rama - SF, by Arthur C Clarke *
25. In the Courts of the Crimson Kings - AH/SF, by S M Stirling *
26. Some Like It Hawk - mystery, by Donna Andrews
27. 1632 - AH, by Eric Flint *
28. 1633 - AH, by David Weber and Eric Flint *
31. 1634: The Baltic War - AH, by David Weber and Eric Flint
32. 1634: The Bavarian Crisis - AH, by Eric Flint and Virginia DeMarce
33. 1635: The Eastern Front - AH, by Eric Flint
35. Caravan to Vaccares - thriller, by Alistair MacLean *
36. Under the Andes - adventure, by Rex Stout
37. Grantville Gazette II - AH (short stories), edited by Eric Flint
38. 1636: The Saxon Uprising - AH, by Eric Flint
39. Grantville Gazette III - AH (short stories), edited by Eric Flint
40. Ill Wind - SF/TEOTWAWKI, by Kevin J Anderson and Doug Beason *
41. Grantville Gazette IV - AH (short stories), edited by Eric Flint
42. Grantville Gazette VI - AH (short stories), edited by Eric Flint

Children's/YA Fiction (XX)
4. The Penderwicks at Point Mouette - children's, by Jeanne Birdsall
6. Dead End in Norvelt - YA, by Jack Gantos (Newbery Medal, 2012)
10. Poor Tom's Ghost - children's time travel, by Jane Louise Curry
16. Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats - children's poetry, by T S Eliot
20. The Callahan Cousins - children's, by Elizabeth Doyle Carey
24. The Blue-Eyed Aborigine - children's historic fiction, by Rosemary Hayes
29. The Grange at High Force - children's, by Philip Turner (Carnegie Medal, 1965)
30. The Turbulent Term of Tyke Tiler - children's, by Gene Kemp (Carnegie Medal, 1977)
34. Plutonia - children's SF, by Vladimir Obruchev *

Non-Fiction (XX)
3. Cats Are Not Peas: A Calico History of Genetics - genetics, by Laura Gould
15. Sea of Thunder: Four Commanders and the Last Great Naval Campaign 1941-1945 - WW II, by Evan Thomas
17. A Natural History of Domesticated Mammals - agriculture, by Juliet Clutton-Brock
19. Cathedral, Forge and Waterwheel: Technology and Invention in the Middle Ages - history, by Frances and Joseph Gies *

The biggest categories were AH (16) and SF (8). Eric Flint was the most-read author of the year (13 books), as I finally started reading my way through the 1632 series (two of which I'd read before). And 11 of the 42 books were rereads.

My favourites? Mask of the Sun, Some Like It Hawk (the 14th Meg Langslow mystery) and The Turbulent Term of Tyke Tiler - not necessarily in that order - were the best of the new (to me, anyway) books. Metzger's Dog is an old favourite, which I've read several times.

Having not set a goal for last year, I'm not setting one for this year either. But I do hope to do a lot more reading this year....

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