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2016/2015 : 2 Years in Reading

December 26, 2016

Every year, I post a list of all the books I’ve read the previous year. Although these posts receive little fanfare or repeat traffic, I enjoy doing them for myself. Those interested can also read 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010 and 2009.

2015, unfortunately, was more video games and less reading, so I ended up skipping that year. I’ll be posting both 2015 and 2016 in separate spaces below.

I’m also posting this a little early…I may finish another book, but it’s unlikely.

One of the great things about Goodreads is the ability to sort books into virtual shelves. This allows me to list books that are of professional interest on my LinkedIn account. You can take a look at my Computers and Business, Design, Fiction, Photography, Poetry, and Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror shelves, along with my Most Read Authors list.

This was also the first year I started seriously using my Kobo Touch for reading, and about a dozen or so titles below were read digitally.

The books – 2015

  • Saladin Ahmed. Engraved on the Eye.
  • Alain Badiou and Peter Engelmann (interviewer). Philosophy and the Idea of Communism.
  • Mike Barlow. When Hardware Meets Software.
  • Shumon Basar, Douglas Coupland and Hans Ulrich Obrist. The Age of Earthquakes.
  • Leigh Brackett. The Coming of the Terrans.
  • Ray Bradbury. Ray Bradbury: The Last Interview and Other Coversations. (The Last Interview)
  • Brassaï. Brassaï. (Thames & Hudson Photofile)
  • Patricia Briggs. Night Broken. (Mercy Thompson)
  • Jim Butcher. Skin Game. (The Dresden Files)
  • Adrienne Clarkson. Belonging. (Massey Lectures)
  • Wim Crouwel and Jan Van Toorn. The Debate.
  • William C. Dietz. Mass Effect: Deception. (Mass Effect)
  • Gardner F. Fox. Kyrik Fights the Demon World. (Kyrik)
  • Gardner F. Fox. Kyrik and the Lost Queen. (Kyrik)
  • Gardner F. Fox. Kyrik: Warlock Warrior. (Kyrik)
  • Daniel Handler and Maira Kalman. Hurry Up and Wait.
  • Jim C. Hines. Codex Born. (Magic ex Libris)
  • Jim C. Hines. Libriomancer. (Magic ex Libris)
  • Jens Hoffman. Curating From A to Z.
  • Robert E. Howard. Conan the Barbarian. (Conan)
  • Robert E. Howard. Kull. (Baen Robert E. Howard Library)
  • Robert E. Howard. Marchers of Valhalla.
  • Richard Kadrey. Killing Pretty. (Sandman Slim)
  • Drew Karpyshyn. Mass Effect: Ascension. (Mass Effect)
  • Drew Karpyshyn. Mass Effect: Retribution. (Mass Effect)
  • Chip Kidd. Judge This.
  • Marius Kociejowski. The Pebble Chance.
  • C. M. Kornbluth and Judith Merril. Gunner Cade.
  • Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Gabriel Garcia Marquez: The Last Interview and Other Coversations. (The Last Interview)
  • Joe McKinney. Mutated. (Dead World)
  • Kieran Shea. Koko Takes a Holiday. (Koko)
  • Kieran Shea. Koko The Mighty. (Koko)
  • Charles Stross. Saturn’s Children.
  • Kurt Vonnegut. Kurt Vonnegut: The Last Interview and Other Coversations. (The Last Interview)
  • Simone Weil. On the Abolition of all Political Parties.
  • Chuck Wendig. The Cormorant. (Miriam Black)

The books – 2016

  • Peter Adamson. Philosophy in the Islamic World.
  • Tony Allen. Typewriter: The History – The Machines – The Writers.
  • Anonymous. Camera Work.
  • Anonymous and Henry R. Martin (illustrator). Comic Epitaphs from the Very Best Old Graveyards.
  • Anonymous and Ruth McCrea (illustrator). The ABC of Chafing Dish Cookery.
  • J.G. Ballard. Running Wild.
  • Edna Beilenson and Vee Guthrie (illustrator). Festive Cookies.
  • Edna Beilenson and Vee Guthrie (illustrator). Holiday Party Casseroles.
  • Edna Beilenson and Vee Guthrie (illustrator). Holiday Punches: Party Bowls and Soft Drinks.
  • Edna Beilenson and Ruth McCrea (illustrator). The ABC of Canapes.
  • Edna Beilenson and Ruth McCrea (illustrator). The ABC of Cheese Cookery.
  • Edna Beilenson and Ruth McCrea (illustrator). The Merrie Christmas Cookbook.
  • Edna Beilenson and Ruth McCrea (illustrator). The Merrie Christmas Drink Book.
  • Leigh Brackett. Black Amazon of Mars.
  • Leigh Brackett. The Nemesis from Terra.
  • Marion Zimmer Bradley. Endless Voyage.
  • Patricia Briggs. Dead Heat.
  • Ryan Britt. Luke Skywalker Can’t Read.
  • Ingrid Burrington. Networks of New York.
  • Dan Cederholm. Sass for Web Designers.
  • James Cornell. Catastrophe Calamity & Cataclysm.
  • Philip K. Dick. Philip K. Dick: The Last Interview and Other Coversations.
  • Peter Driben. 1000 Pin-Up Girls.
  • Nora Ephron. Nora Ephron: The Last Interview and Other Coversations.
  • Gardner F. Fox. Kothar and the Conjurer’s Curse.
  • Gardner F. Fox. Kothar and the Wizard Slayer.
  • Gardner F. Fox. Kothar of the Magic Sword.
  • Gardner F. Fox. Kothar: Barbarian Swordsman.
  • Patty Hahne. The Pocket Guide to Prepping Supplies.
  • Ernest Hemingway. Ernest Hemingway: The Last Interview and Other Coversations.
  • Carl Hiaasen. Team Rodent.
  • Jim C. Hines. Goblin Hero.
  • Jim C. Hines. Goblin Quest.
  • Jim C. Hines. Unbound.
  • Kristin Hostetter. The 10 Essentials of Outdoor Gear.
  • Robert E. Howard. Solomon Kane.
  • Robert E. Howard. Swords of Shahrazar.
  • Jane Jacobs. Jane Jacobs: The Last Interview and Other Coversations.
  • Richard Kadrey. The Perdition Score.
  • Brendan Leonard. Peak Bagging.
  • Tim Lewens. The Meaning of Science.
  • Justin Lichter. Ultralight Survival Kit.
  • David Mason (editor). Why Booksellers Die Broke.
  • Joe McKinney. Dead City.
  • Joe McKinney. The Dead Won’t Die.
  • P. B. Medawar. Induction and Intuition in Scientific Thought.
  • Anaïs Nin. In Favor of the Sensitive Man.
  • Steve Perry and Stephani Perry. Aliens vs. Predator: Prey.
  • Lou Reed. Lou Reed: The Last Interview and Other Coversations.
  • Marc Riboud. Marc Riboud.
  • Arthur Rimbaud. Illuminations.
  • Jon Ronson. So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed.
  • Carlo Rovelli. Seven Brief Lessons on Physics.
  • Roy Scranton. Learning To Die in the Anthropocene.
  • Suzanne Swedo. Wilderness Survival: Staying Alive Until Help Arrives.
  • Chuck Wendig. Zeroes.
  • Robert Moore Williams. Jongor Fights Back.
  • Howard Zimmerman (editor). Ripley’s Believe It or Not!: Weird Inventions and Discoveries (100th Anniversary Edition).
  • Henk van Rensbergen. Abandoned Places.

Subjects

As per previous years, here are all the subjects I have in my personal database, and how they reflected in this year’s reading.

A new category this year is Everyday Carry, as I try to up my EDC game.

Subject 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 Total
Fantasy 6 17 9 33 14 13 11 11 114
Science Fiction 9 0 15 25 12 4 8 5 78
Photography 13 29 6 4 1 2 1 3 59
Poetry 14 10 7 6 2 2 0 1 42
Politics 17 2 6 5 5 1 2 0 38
Philosophy 11 9 4 4 2 2 1 1 34
Fiction 4 10 3 0 7 2 0 1 27
Computers 1 3 4 3 2 11 1 2 27
Essays 1 6 7 1 4 2 3 2 26
Interview 7 2 3 1 2 1 3 5 24
Book Arts 7 2 5 2 2 0 0 2 20
Business 5 3 4 2 3 1 0 1 19
Horror 0 0 0 0 5 8 3 3 19
Literary Criticism 8 1 4 1 0 0 0 0 14
Cooking 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 8 12
Art 3 0 2 2 1 1 1 1 11
Games 0 0 0 0 3 7 0 0 10
Religion 4 3 1 0 1 0 0 0 9
Design 0 1 1 0 4 1 2 0 9
Biography 3 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 7
Sociology 0 4 1 0 0 1 0 1 7
Science 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 4 7
Comics 0 0 4 0 2 0 0 0 6
Memoir 3 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 5
Quotations 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 1 5
Everyday Carry 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 5
Travel 3 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 4
History 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 4
Psychology 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
Architecture 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 3
Film 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
Sports 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 2
Music 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2
Childrens 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Drama 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Humor 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Mystery 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
Military 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
Writing 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
Unsorted 1 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 7
Totals 117 131 93 96 75 60 36 59 667

Authors

A few new authors on the most-read list, as well.

Author 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 Total
Robert E. Howard 0 0 0 19 9 6 3 2 39
Lord Dunsany 13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 13
Gardner F. Fox 0 0 0 3 3 0 3 4 13
Jim Butcher 4 1 1 4 1 0 1 0 12
Terry Eagleton 2 5 1 2 1 0 0 0 11
Anonymous 2 4 1 0 0 0 0 3 10
Richard Kadrey 0 0 0 0 4 3 1 1 9
Patricia Briggs 2 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 8
Andre Norton 0 1 6 0 0 0 0 0 7
Leigh Brackett 0 0 0 4 1 0 1 2 7
Edna Beilenson 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 7
A. E. van Vogt 0 0 6 0 0 0 0 0 6
Chuck Wendig 0 0 0 0 0 4 1 1 6
Isaac Asimov 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 5
Steven Brust 1 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 5
Edgar Rice Burroughs 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 0 5
Clifford D. Simak 0 1 2 2 0 0 0 0 5
John Berger 2 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 5
Henry Kuttner 0 0 0 3 1 1 0 0 5
A. Lee Martinez 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 0 5
Jim C. Hines 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 3 5
Robert Adams 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 4
Irving Layton 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 4
Simon Critchley 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 4
J. F. Rivkin 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 4
John Scalzi 0 0 0 0 3 1 0 0 4
Joe McKinney 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 3
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