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2011: The Year in Reading

January 2, 2012

This is the third year I’ve done this review. Basically, everything read the previous year. Although these posts receive little fanfare or repeat traffic, I enjoy doing them for myself. Those interested can also read 2010 and 2009.

This year, I started using the <notes> field in my database to record ‘first thoughts’ after every book. Or, almost every book…I cheated a little. These represent my initial thoughts almost immediately after the last page. Some of my opinions have changed, some haven’t. Take with a little salt. Everything goes better with salt. Except ice cream. Never salt your ice cream. Just sayin’.

2011 in reading

Martin A. Abbott and Michael T. Fisher. Scalability Rules.
Computers
A very good read on reducing bottlenecks and designing scalable systems. Depending on what you do, you may not be interested in all of the book. There is much specifically for network engineers and system admins, but programmers and webmonkeys will find a lot of useful information here.

Robert Adams. Cottonwoods: Photographs by Robert Adams.
(Smithsonian Photographers at Work)
Photography
I’m fascinated by Robert Adams, whose essays I respect, but photography sometimes leaves me cold. Known for highly realistic black-and-white landscape photography, his essays and interviews seem to capture more than he does behind the lens. This was both an interview and photo book, which made it all the sweeter. I look forward to reading more of his books.

Lloyd Alexander. The Illyrian Adventure.
Fiction
Good book, but a little predictable.

Anonymous. La Sardina: Seeing the World Through a Sardine Can.
Photography
Came with the Sardina Lomography camera. Predicatbly light, breezy, with little substance or actual photography information.

Roland Barthes. What is Sport?
Sports
Originally broadcast by the CBC as a documentary directed by Hubert Aquin.

David Bayles and Ted Orland. Art and Fear: Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking.
Art
This is both a more and a less practical book on creativity than many of the pop psychology and new age titles on the subject. While it offers no recipes or how-to instructions, it does offer a reasonable, down-to-earth discussion on art, education, studios, and business. It’s a good read.

Peter Beagle. I See by My Outfit.
Biography
A wonderful little road trip book, written prior to The Last Unicorn. Beagle takes us from New York to California, with a lot of stories, encounters, and scenery along the way.

Andrea Bellini (editor). Collecting Contemporary Art.
Art
A series of interviews with art collectors. Interesting only if you are a die-hard collector who wants the opinions of others similarly obsessed.

Wendell Berry. The Way of Ignorance and Other Essays.
Essays
A powerful collection of essays on agriculture reform, the limits of science, and what it means to farm successfully.

Mahesh Bhatt. A Taste of Life: The Last Days of U. G. Krishnamurti.
Biography
A book I became obsessed with reading, and I still don’t know why. It’s about the death of a man I’ve never heard of. A compelling book, even if I’m still mystified as to why.

Earle Birney. What’s So Big About Green?
Poetry
A collection of concrete and experimental verse. Some interesting ideas, but I found only a few things I felt were successful.

Jorge Luis Borges. An Introduction to American Literature.
Literary Criticism
Brief, and has less of Borges’ personality than his other essay collections, but is still a good overview of American literature. Some of his judgements are a little suspect, and ethnic literature is not well-represented. A rare find that Borges fans will appreciate.

George Bowering. Horizontal Surfaces.
Essays
A little confusing in some places, but overall a good book.

Patricia Briggs. Silver Borne.
(Mercy Thompson)
Fantasy
Another good book in the series, but feels like a bridge book to another story arc. Not the best book to get on the bandwagon.

Robert Bringhurst. Everywhere Being is Dancing.
Essays
The companion to The Tree of Meaning, Everywhere Being is Dancing is Bringhurst at his best. Although I prefer the former book to this one, they should be read together as a whole, representing his interests and thought over the last 20-30 years. Bringhurst is a Canadian treasure. Highly recommended.

Stephen Eric Bronner. Critical Theory.
(A Very Short Introduction)
Philosophy
A very good intro to critical theory that surveys a great range of work. Highly recommended.

Jim Butcher. White Night.
(The Dresden Files)
Fantasy
A good entry in the series. I’m slowly catching up to the latest book, and this one didn’t disappoint. The extended cast Butcher’s built up over the series shines in this book, and it sounds like the turning point in the series. I enjoyed it a lot.

Lewis Buzbee. The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop.
Book Arts
Beautiful memoir from a lifetime book retail veteran, on the pleasures of bookstores. Quiet, reverant, and full of charm. Highly recommended.

Robert Byrne (editor). The 637 Best Things Anybody Ever Said.
Quotations
Not the 637 best things anybody ever said, but a very eclectic collection of mostly humorous quotations. There are some gems, and a lot of stinkers.

Jean-Claude Carrière, Umberto Eco, Jean-Phillipe de Tonnac (interviewer) and Polly McLean (translator). This is Not the End of the Book.
Interview
A beautiful conversation on books, collecting, the future of books, and many things in-between. Highly recommended. Both authors have collections ranging into the tens of thousands of books, and both speak passionatly about knowledge, reading and keeping books in their lives.

Dan Cederholm and Ethan Marcotte. Handcrafted CSS.
Computers
Another gem from Cederholm, advocating progressive design, flexible grids, and a reasonable sensibility towards architecture and design. Unfortunately, some of it seems dated just a year or so after it was published, but that’s because of the vast sea-change in technology happening now. It’s worth the read, nonetheless.

David Chilton. The Wealthy Barber Returns.
Business
Not that great a book, but at least the story format has been dropped. Chilton knows his material, and offers great advice, but this is more of a mixed bag, then a guided tour. Recommended, but you will need a book with more focused advice to supplement it.

Winston Churchill. We Will All Go Down Fighting to the End.
(Penguin Great Ideas)
Politics
There’s only one or two speeches in here that make sense to read. However, when compared against current post-911 politics, there are many interesting parallels.

Arthur C. Clarke. Tales from the “White Hart”.
Science Fiction
A great collection of shaggy dog stories in the pub tradition, similar to Spider Robinson’s Callahan tales. Great, light fun.

Arthur C. Clarke. The Wind from the Sun.
Science Fiction
A collection of near-future hard sci-fi stories. Many of it’s plausible, and it’s great reading.

Eldridge Cleaver and Lee Lockwood (interviewer). Conversation with Eldridge Cleaver: Algiers.
Interview
I think he was interviewed at a point when he was very confused politically. He makes the same points in the late 60’s that many made against Bush Jr. For historical interest only.

Brian Cronin. Was Superman a Spy?
Comics
A good book on the history of comics.

Suzanne H. Crowhurst Lennard and Henry L. Lennard. Public Life in Urban Places.
Architecture
Not a good read. Very conventional repsonses, and the authors had nothing new to contribute. Poorly written.

Brian Daley. Han Solo and the Lost Legacy.
(The Adventures of Han Solo)
Science Fiction
The trilogy was a quick read, had some good moments, and was average quality. Nothing to write home about, but good enough for a Sunday afternoon.

Brian Daley. Han Solo’s Revenge.
(The Adventures of Han Solo)
Science Fiction

Charles Dickens. Night Walks.
(Penguin Great Ideas)
Essays
A collection of non-fiction, centering on his walks around London. Astounding level of detail and local colour preserved through a lens of social justice.

Louis Dudek. Cross-Section: Poems 1940-1980.
Poetry
A collection of previously unpublished poetry. A few gems, a few stinkers…mostly respectable output. Probably not the best introduction to the man’s work.

David Eagleman. Sum: Forty Tales from the Afterlife.
Fiction
Kind of a cross between Borges and Calvino, but not as satisfying. A good book, nonetheless.

Terry Eagleton. On Evil.
Philosophy
Better than Holy Terror, but not quite as good as Reason, Faith and Revolution, his standout book over the last 5 years. A good argument, with many great quotes. It’s a good book.

Estelle Ellis, Caroline Seebohm and Christopher Simon Sykes. At Home with Books.
Book Arts
I wish they had focussed on a smaller set of libraries in more depth. Other than that minor quibble, this is a beutiful book on books. I loved it.

Harlan Ellison and Arnie Fenner (editor). Bugf#ck: The Useless Wit & Wisdom of Harlan Ellison.
Quotations
The typical Ellison: lots of bombast, self-promotion, and almost-nihilistic cynicism. Not the best Ellison book to start with, but for the devoted, a small treasure-chest of quips and stories. And yes, according to the editor, Ellison is the creator of the word that is this collection’s namesake.

Hal Foster. Design and Crime (And Other Diatribes).
Sociology
Very disappointing. What started out as a strong critique of art, art criticism, and the commercial concerns that intersect them, devolved into a meaningless morass of postmodern codewords and intellectual in-jokes. It came back at the end, but the bulk of the book is only intelligible if you’re up on all the latest pop-intellectual pseudo-gibberish. Not recommended.

J. K. Galbraith. Economics and the Art of Controversy.
Business
Way too long for what it was. A summation of the social liberal viewpoint, and how many of the arguments have been solved, much to the chagrin of conservatives. Maybe not as true now as it was 5 decades ago, but an interesting view of the arguments hotly debated today.

J. K. Galbraith. The Socially Concerned Today.
Politics
Brief, but direct statement concerning the liberal viewpoint. I don’t agree with everything he says concerning the poor, but he is on the right track. Probably the most succint case made for socialist principles in society. Can be read in a single train ride, and worth it.

J. K. Galbraith. The Underdeveloped Country.
(Massey Lectures)
Business
I didn’t like the emphasis on economic growth, but a lot of his analysis on developing nations is fairly accurate, and has echoes in Bob Geldolf’s analysis for Africa.

William Gibson. Zero History.
Fiction
Probably the last book with these character, as Gibson has notably worked through trilogies for most of his career. A good way to end. Strong book, with a lot of great characters.

Paul Goodman. The Moral Ambiguity of America.
(Massey Lectures)
Politics

Paul Gravett and Peter Stanbury. The Leather Nun and Other Incredibly Strange Comics.
Comics
Not as incredibly strange as the author may think. I’ve seen a lot worse on the shelves. But an interesting tour of the weird.

Dave Hickey. Air Guitar.
Essays

A.E. Housman. The Name and Nature of Poetry.
Literary Criticism
I’ve been a big fan of Housman’s since I read A Shropshire Lad in my twenties. I haven’t read any of his prose, and although I don’t share his views on poetry, respect the man and work.

Enric Jardi. Twenty-two tips on typography (that some designers will never reveal) and twenty-two things you should never do with typefaces (that some typographers will never tell you).
Design
Insufferably long name, and absurdly designed. The author is opinionated, and a lot of his opinions are good. But his arrogance makes what should have been a brief book long and tedious. There are better books on typography.

Gerard Jones. Men of Tomorrow: The True Story of the Birth of the Superheroes.
Comics
It was hard to put down. A tremendous amount of information surrounding the creation of DC, Time-Warner, and the businessmen that controlled the creation of the industry. It reads like a crime novel, and the amount of corruption is staggering. A great read.

Irving Layton (editor). Love Where the Nights are Long.
Poetry
A respectable collection of love poetry by Canadians. Unfortunately, I read it when I wasn’t ‘into’ it, and didn’t feel I gave it the right amount of attention.

Irving Layton. Lovers and Lesser Men.
Poetry
Very bitter fruit, with some very misogynist stuff. The poems are strong, but it won’t be for everyone.

Irving Layton. Periods of the Moon.
Poetry
I’ve been wanting to get into Layton for awhile, for various reasons. He’s good, but I think Leonard Cohen, at his best, is better. The quality of the collection was very uneven. Still, I would recommend reading at least one Layton book.

Dennis Lee. Body Music: Essays.
Literary Criticism
A beautiful book of quiet, iconoclastic essays. Lee’s take on modern poetry is distinct and awe-inspiring. Like Robert Bringhurst, his essays take risks while remaining subtle and meditative. Highly recommended.

Hugh MacLeod. Ignore Everybody And 39 Other Keys to Creativity.
Business

C. B. Macpherson. Burke.
(Past Masters)
Politics
Probably the quickest introduction to Burke you’re likely to find. I’m interested in him primarily because John Ralston Saul mentions him in The Doubter’s Companion, and Macpherson also wrote a Massey lecture. Although slim, I wouldn’t recommend it unless you’re truly interested in Burke, and not the connection of authors I’ve found who are interested in him.

Christian Marazzi. The Violence of Financial Capitalism.
(Semiotext(e) Intervention Series)
Politics
Under the impenetrable morass of technical jargon, there is a good argument. But it’s hard to find, and harder for the author to articulate. There are better books on the 2008 financial collapse. The discussion of biocapitalism and the history of economics from the 70’s forward are the interesting pieces here. Not recommended, unless you use the footnotes and sources to track down the primary sources for the book.

Robert C. Martin. The Clean Coder.
Computers
A companion to Clean Code, this book deals more with professionalism, craftsmanship, and the ‘soft skills’ of navigating the business world. A great book, even if the frequent sidetrips and stories pad it a little. It’s still a quick, worthwhile read for anyone who works in software development.

David Mason. The Protocols of Used Bookstores.
Book Arts
Quite acerbic, but sarcasm aside, a good overview of the follies of working in a bookstore. I’ve met many of the customers he describes.

Kevin Meredith. Fantastic Plastic Cameras.
Photography
A big ad for Lomography.com. There are cameras other than lomo here, but very little in terms of tricks and tips. Worth it if you’re window-shopping or just like books with pictures of cameras. Meredith’s first few books were really good; this is ok. It could have had less example shots and more detail.

Thomas Merton. Ishi Means Man.
Religion
It felt a little judgemental at moments. Merton brings his usual mix of religion and liberal kindness to the table, but can be trite and dismissive of ‘primitive cultures’. The first essay stands out, but it slowly declines.

Grant Morrison. Supergods.
Comics
Morrison really knows how to sell himself. I’ve never enjoyed his writing, but, if you can move past the hyperbole, self-aggrandizement, and endless drug stories, there is a good history of superhero comics, and some great ideas in here. So, hats off to you, Grant. You finally wrote something I like.

James T. Murray and Karla L. Murray. Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York.
Photography
Really good. Fantastic documentary photography on stores and how they effect their neighbourhoods.

Andre Norton. Catseye.
Science Fiction
Norton seems to love animals. Good book, but not outstanding.

Andre Norton. Sorceress of the Witch World.
(Witch World)
Fantasy
Probably the last Witch World book for awhile. Although a good series, it dragged in some places. I doubt the rest of the series holds as much interest for me.

Andre Norton. Three Against the Witch World.
(Witch World)
Fantasy

Andre Norton. Warlock of the Witch World.
(Witch World)
Fantasy

Andre Norton. Web of the Witch World.
(Witch World)
Fantasy

Andre Norton. Witch World.
(Witch World)
Fantasy
Good start to a promising series. Great mix of fantasy and science fiction.
Good characters, and a vast world. Looking forward to the whole series.

Leah Price (editor). Unpacking My Library: Writers and Their Books.
Book Arts
Not as good as the original (named the same, but substitute Architects for Writers), but it’s still a grand tour of bookshelves, books, and some good interviews about reading and collecting. If you love having books in your life, you’ll love this one.

Ellery Queen. Queen’s Bureau of Investigation.
Mystery
A collection of short stories. Fun, full of fifties slang, and full of clever plot hooks. Not demanding reading (unless you want to guess the crook before the reveal).

Paul Ricoeur. On Translation.
Philosophy
This book, although very short, was also very good. Ricoeur makes his arguments eloquently, spiralling them outwards to encompass large-scale philosophical issues, and then quietly bringing them back down to the nuts and bolts of translation work. The book is too expensive brand-new, but if you can find a cheap used or digital copy, snap it up.

Charlotte Rivers. Little Book of Letter Press.
Book Arts
Essentially a catalog of work from different artists, it’s a good survey of the current state of letter press.

Charles Saatchi. My Name is Charles Saatchi and I am an Artoholic.
Interview
This book came out about a year ago, and I know nothing about Saatchi. Frankly, I never felt that as a loss, but the book kept calling to me from the shelves. It’s not that great a book, as Saatchi is largely defensive and pedestrian throughout the interview. It felt like either a publicity stunt, or he felt cornered into answering the public at last. Or both. Not really recommended, unless you have a keen interest in the man.

David Seed. Science Fiction.
(A Very Short Introduction)
Literary Criticism
A good general overview. But for fans, it will be light on detail. Even for folk looking for an introduction, it mentions many works, but makes no effort to produce a reading list or give a sense of relative merit between works. You’ll still have to buy a separate work for that.

Wallace Shawn. Essays.
Essays
An interesting book. His interviews with Mark Strand and Noam Chomsky were standouts in this collection.

Robert Sheckley. Dimensions of Miracles.
Science Fiction
Confusing, and overly sermonizing. A quick read, but there is much better work in Sheckley’s canon. Not recommended.

Robert Sheckley. The Status Civilization.
Science Fiction
I liked it. Sheckley is a good satirist, but this book was more serious. An interesting take on how non-conformity both drives and destroys society.

Will Shetterly. Witch Blood.
Fantasy
Respectable solo novel with good ideas. A great cast of characters and a brisk pace. Room for a sequel. Good lazy Sunday read.

Clifford D. Simak. Cosmic Engineers.
Science Fiction
A good book. A little too quick, but covers many great ideas in science fiction.

Clifford D. Simak. The Worlds of Clifford Simak.
Science Fiction
A fun book of light-hearted sci-fi fare. Great ideas and fun characters.

Clark Ashton Smith. Hyperborea.
(Ballantine Adult Fantasy Series)
Fantasy
Never has one author packed so many made-up words into so little space. The stories are atmospheric, moody, and doom-laden; nonetheless, the fantasy is well thought-out and highly imaginative.

Gary Snyder. Turtle Island.
Poetry
Some good insights, but a little weak. Tried to like it, but the ‘green’ politics kept getting in the way.

Stoyan Stefanov. Javascript Patterns.
Computers
I found this book to be much more practical and useful than Crockford’s book. It leads the reader from the basic to the advanced gradually, and has deep discussions on inheritance, object-oriented design, and design patterns. Highly recommended.

Manfred B. Steger and Ravi K. Roy. Neoliberalism.
(A Very Short Introduction)
Politics

A. E. van Vogt. Destination: Universe!
Science Fiction
A reasonable collection from the early days of sci-fi. The dated material (walking on Venus and Mars with no spacesuit!) is probably the most fun, but there are other stories that age more gracefully.

A. E. van Vogt. Masters of Time.
Science Fiction
Very confusing. More fantasy than science fiction, even though it’s set in the future. Can’t say I enjoyed it, but it was passable.

A. E. van Vogt. The Weapon Shops of Isher.
Science Fiction
A good book, but a little lopsided. A pastiche of several short stories into a longer novel. Has some interesting ideas on society, government, and the balance between them.

A. E. van Vogt. The Wizard of Linn.
Science Fiction
A good book, but a bit lop-sided, especially in the depiction of women. Part post-apocalyptic and part space opera, it has its good and bad moments.

A. E. van Vogt. The World of Null-A.
Science Fiction
Very good book. A dense thriller with many layers, twists and turns. It shows it’s age in many of the specifics of the future, but that gives it a charm a recent sci-fi novel wouldn’t have. Highly recommended.

A. E. van Vogt. Two Hundred Million A.D.
Science Fiction
Originally titled The Book of Ptath. A good book about the nature of faith and religion, and an interesting take on what the world will look like that far into the future. Almost a fantasy.

Paul Virilio and Julie Rose (translator). The Futurism of the Instant.
Philosophy
Good ideas and analysis of the beginning of the 21st century, but buried in turgid prose. Like many post-modernists, a horrible stylist who trades clarity for opaque baroque prose. If Virilio was interested in spreading his ideas, he would write in a more straight-forward way.

Weegee. Naked City.
Photography
The progenitor of tabloid photography. Most of the work strikes me as bad, but there are still stand-out moments. He is more important for his techniques and attitudes towards street photography and journalism than for his technical mastery.

Sarah Bay Williams. The Digital Shoebox.
Photography
Very good book on photo organization. Not for professionals, but a really good book for novices and amateurs who may not have a system. Highly recommended.

George Woodcock. Powers of Observation.
Essays
A group of familiar essays, based around quotations, and the memories they can inspire. A good book for lazy reading, with a ton of references to other Canadian writers. Hard to find, but worth it.

Jan Zwicky. Thirty-seven Small Songs & Thirteen Silences.
Poetry
Not as good as I would have liked, but this collection is still noteworthy for the many small gems you’ll find within. Zwicky concentrates on finding the poetry in the everyday quiet moments of our lives, and succeeds brilliantly. I was hoping that the brevity of some of the pieces would be more haiku-like. I still recommend picking it up…it’s worth it.

Subjects

Another thing I wanted to do this year was chart what subjects I’ve been reading. Since I’ve only been recording the year I read the book since 2009, I only have that data, but you can see some interesting trends.

The columns have been sorted by the total books read across 2009-2011, with a last column contrasting that to my lifetime reading habits. You can see that some subjects rank high despite the fact that the bulk of the reading only occurred in one year (Fantasy or Fiction, for example), while others have a fairly even split (Poetry or Biography). There are two numbers in the Lifetime column: the first is the total amount of books read in that subject (including 2009-2011), and the second is the total amount of books in that subject within my database. So, if you subtract the first from the second, you’ll get the number of books on my shelf waiting to be read in that subject.

These numbers are slightly skewed, for a number of reasons. I don’t add computer, reference, or coffee-table books to the database until I’ve read them (this accounts for the perfect score in the Computers category…I have another 40 computer books sitting on my shelf). This is because many of these books are either entirely picture books, or will never be read cover-to-cover. Many are meant to be consulted only when you have a problem to solve. Also, I have magazines and comics listed as subjects, but these are special categories for me. I only list digest magazines like The Queen’s Quarterly, and books about comics (although this is slightly out of whack, because I have the entire Lone Wolf and Cub paperback series listed here, too).

Subject 2009 2010 2011 Total Lifetime
Photography 13 29 6 48 84 / 89
Fantasy 6 17 9 32 185 / 196
Poetry 14 10 7 31 131 / 167
Politics 17 2 6 25 56 / 71
Philosophy 11 9 4 24 29 / 49
Science Fiction 9 0 15 24 155 / 170
Fiction 4 10 3 17 149 / 166
Book Arts 7 2 5 14 27 / 30
Essays 1 6 7 14 29 / 38
Literary Criticism 8 1 4 13 25 / 40
Business 5 3 4 12 31 / 35
Interview 7 2 3 12 16 / 20
Computers 1 3 4 8 75 / 75
Religion 4 3 1 8 26 / 33
Biography 3 2 2 7 21 / 24
Art 3 0 2 5 25 / 27
Sociology 0 4 1 5 15 / 20
Comics 0 0 4 4 39 / 40
Cooking 3 1 0 4 4 / 11
Quotations 1 1 2 4 12 / 20
Memoir 3 0 0 3 6 / 8
Psychology 2 1 0 3 4 / 7
Travel 3 0 0 3 10 / 14
Design 0 1 1 2 31 / 34
Film 1 1 0 2 9 / 10
Sports 0 1 1 2 3 / 3
Architecture 0 0 1 1 3 / 4
Childrens 1 0 0 1 24 / 24
Drama 0 1 0 1 6 / 10
History 1 0 0 1 3 / 4
Humor 0 1 0 1 12 / 14
Music 1 0 0 1 10 / 11
Mystery 0 0 1 1 1 / 1
Science 1 0 0 1 7 / 12
Unsorted 1 6 0 7 55 / 72
Totals 117 131 93 341 1318

The more interesting thing to note is that, out of the 41 different subjects I’ve added to the database, only six didn’t make the reading cut for 2009-2011. I expected this number to be higher.

  • Bibliography: 0 / 1
  • Horror: 12 / 12
  • Magazine: 9 / 9
  • Military: 5 / 5
  • Sexuality: 6 / 6
  • Writing: 9 / 11

Series and imprints

I also track series and imprints. By series I mean trilogies like The Lord of the Rings. By imprints I mean things like Penguin Classics. Although I didn’t provide lifetime statistics (meaningless in the case of series), I thought adding the table would be interesting.

Series or imprint 2009 2010 2011 Total
A Very Short Introduction 1 10 3 14
Thames & Hudson Photofile 9 4 0 13
Peter Pauper Press 9 4 0 13
Massey Lectures 2 3 2 7
The Dresden Files 4 1 1 6
Vlad Taltos 1 4 0 5
Foundation Novels 0 5 0 5
Witch World 0 0 5 5
Ballantine Adult Fantasy Series 2 1 1 4
The Adventures of Han Solo 0 1 2 3
Penguin Great Ideas 0 1 2 3
Mercy Thompson 1 0 1 2
Penguin Classics 2 0 0 2
Semiotext(e) Intervention Series 0 0 1 1
Past Masters 0 0 1 1
Smithsonian Photographers at Work 0 0 1 1
Fontana Modern Masters 0 1 0 1
Beast Master 0 1 0 1
Wordsworth Classics 1 0 0 1
Modern Library 1 0 0 1
Extraordinary Canadians 1 0 0 1
Alpha and Omega 1 0 0 1

Authors

I also wanted to see what authors I repeatedly read over the last 3 years, and comparing that to my lifetime throughput with that author. It seems the last 3 years were mostly new authors, not established ones.

Author 2009 2010 2011 Total Lifetime
Lord Dunsany 13 0 0 13 24 / 36
Terry Eagleton 2 5 1 8 8 / 13
Anonymous 2 4 1 7 17 / 28
Andre Norton 0 1 6 7 7 / 8
Jim Butcher 4 1 1 6 9 / 9
A. E. van Vogt 0 0 6 6 6 / 9
Isaac Asimov 0 5 0 5 5 / 5
Steven Brust 1 4 0 5 6 / 6
John Berger 2 2 0 4 6 / 9
Robert Adams 1 1 1 3 3 / 3
Patricia Briggs 2 0 1 3 7 / 7
Robert Bringhurst 2 0 1 3 4 / 5
Brian Daley 0 1 2 3 3 / 3
J. K. Galbraith 0 0 3 3 4 / 4
Scott Kelby 3 0 0 3 3 / 3
André Kertész 0 3 0 3 6 / 6
Clifford D. Simak 0 1 2 3 3 / 5
Roland Barthes 0 1 1 2 3 / 4
Jean Baudrillard 0 2 0 2 2 / 3
Francesca Lia Block 2 0 0 2 5 / 5
Jorge Luis Borges 1 0 1 2 14 / 21
Arthur C. Clarke 0 0 2 2 4 / 6
Simon Critchley 0 2 0 2 2 / 5
E.E. Cummings 1 1 0 2 2 / 2
Louis Dudek 0 1 1 2 2 / 2
Anne Fadiman 2 0 0 2 2 / 2
Neil Gaiman 2 0 0 2 13 / 14
William Gibson 1 0 1 2 10 / 11
Hermann Hesse 0 2 0 2 6 / 6
Peter Hughes 0 2 0 2 2 / 2
Irving Layton 0 0 2 2 2 / 5
Ursula K. LeGuin 0 2 0 2 19 / 19
Barry Lopez 1 1 0 2 7 / 8
Frank J. MacHovec 2 0 0 2 2 / 2
C. B. Macpherson 1 0 1 2 2 / 5
Rollo May 1 1 0 2 2 / 4
Kevin Meredith 1 0 1 2 2 / 2
Thomas Merton 0 1 1 2 8 / 8
Robert Sheckley 0 0 2 2 3 / 3
Peter Singer 0 2 0 2 2 / 2
Clark Ashton Smith 0 1 1 2 2 / 2
Manfred B. Steger 0 1 1 2 2 / 2
George Woodcock 0 1 1 2 2 / 3
Howard Zinn 0 2 0 2 3 / 3
Slavoj Žižek 0 2 0 2 2 / 2

And that’s it for 2011

Another year gone. It wasn’t remotely as productive as the previous 2, but I cleared out a lot of deadwood through selling (and reading!), and have high hopes for 2012. There’s a lot of great stuff lined up on the shelf.

See you in a year.

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