Books 2013

My 50 books challenge has become harder and harder and at times I wonder; why? What has happened such that it’s been hard to keep track of my reading? A shorter attention span? Lethargy getting the better of me? Distraction from the internet?Parental units snooping on me too often as I’ve been cooped at home? Probably all of the above and more?

As I’ve also noted, despite the alarming number of drafts in my backlog, I’ve actually not published anything else in 2013- a very bad year for me in terms of my non-writing. I’ll probably cheat and quickly edit some of my drafts and post them up…

Meanwhile the 2014 year resolution is to get it together and work on it this year. Let’s see if it happens…

Books Read 2013


1. Aaronovitch, Ben. Midnight Riot/Rivers of London.
2. Almond, David & McKean, Dave. Slog’s Dad.
3. Burgis, Stephanie. A Most Improper Magick.
4. Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan. His Last Bow.
5. Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan. The Return of Sherlock Holmes.
6. Green, John. An Abundance Of Katherines
7. Gregory, Daryl. The Devil’s Alphabet.
8. Irvine, Alexander. Pacific Rim: The Official Movie Novelization.
9. Lackey, Mercedes. Elemental Magic: All-New Tales of the Elemental Masters.
10. Lackey, Mercedes. Home From the Sea: An Elemental Masters.
11. Lelord, Francois. Hector and the Search for Happiness.
12. Lo, Malinda. Ash.
13. Lo, Malinda. Huntress.
14. McCall Smith, Alexander. The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party.
15. McCall Smith, Alexander. The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection.
16. Mitchell, David. Cloud Atlas.
17. Ogawa, Yoko. Revenge: Eleven Dark Tales.
18. Ogawa, Yoko. The Diving Pool.
19. Osawa, Arimasa. Shinjuku Shark.
20. Winterson, Jeanette. The Daylight Gate.

Non Fiction

21. Bissell, Tom. Magic hours : essays on creators and creation.
22. Capuzzo, Michael.The Murder Room: The Heirs of Sherlock Holmes Gather to Solve the World’s Most Perplexing Cold Cases.
23. Deary, Terry & Brown, Martin. Scotland.
24. Kaling, Mindy. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns).
25. Hutt, Julia. Japanese Netsuke.
26. Mafi, Maryam and Azima Melita Kolin. Rumi’s little book of love : 150 poems that speak to the heart.
27. Moran, Caitlin. How to Be a Woman.
28. Nagayama, Kazuo and Tajima, Kazuhiko. Sushi.
29. Talese, Gay. Frank Sinatra has a cold and other essays.
30. Twigger, Robert. Angry White Pyjamas: An Oxford Poet Trains with the Tokyo Riot Police.
32. Sadler, A.L. Shogun: The Life of Tokugawa Ieyasu.
33. Symmes, Edward. Netsuke: Japanese Life and Legend in Miniature.

Graphic Novels

34. Knisley, Lucy. Relish: My Life in the Kitchen.
35. Simone, Gail. Welcome to Tranquility.
36. Snyder, Scott and Albusquerque, Rafael. American Vampire Vol. 1
37. Snyder, Scott and Albusquerque, Rafael. American Vampire Vol. 5
38. Thompson, Mercy. Homecoming.
39. Vaughan, Brian K. Pride of Baghdad.

40. Warren Ellis, Ocean.
41. Anne Fadiman, Ex Libris.
42. Alexander McCall Smith, Double Comfort Safari Club.


Jeanette Winterson, Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal
Warren Ellis, Gun Machine
Maria Konnikova, Mastermind : how to think like Sherlock Holmes
Ernest Cline, Ready Player One


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