Tuesday, 31 December 2013

52 Books read in 2013

At the start of the year I began reading to fill some time. I'd been given The Pillowman for Christmas and Life of Pi was one of Apple's free things in their 12 Days of Christmas App. I read through the first three books of the year at a pretty quick rate and got caught up in the hype of the annual pledge to try and read a book a week; mostly inspired by Joe Hill doing it in 2012. This also lead to me finally reading Joe Hill's novels, with Horns possibly being my favourite thing that I read this year.

Anyway my definition of book included plays, prose, non-fiction of any length but did not include comic books in their collected form or original graphic novels. I read enough comics, this was an attempt to get me to read other things.

Today on the 31st of December, I finished the fifty-second book I've read this year. I finished kind of close to the mark but I guess that's what makes these things exciting.

Anyway, here is the list of 52 books, that I have never read before, which I read in 2013:

  1. The Pillowman - Martin McDonagh
  2. The Hobbit - J.R.R. Tolkien
  3. Life of Pi - Yann Martel
  4. Dracula - Bram Stoker
  5. The Lieutenant of Inishmore - Martin McDonagh
  6. On Film Making - Alexander Mackendrick
  7. Bossypants - Tina Fey
  8. The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat - Oliver Sacks
  9. The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald
  10. Anno Dracula - Kim Newman
  11. Jurassic Park - Michael Chrichton
  12. Horns - Joe Hill
  13. Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
  14. The Postman Always Rings Twice - James M. Cain
  15. 22.11.63 - Stephen King
  16. Breakfast at Tiffany's - Truman Capote
  17. Flowers for Algernon - Daniel Keyes
  18. The Bad Popes - E. R. Chamberlin
  19. The Crying of Lot 49 - Thomas Pynchon
  20. The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared - Jonas Jonasson
  21. Gun Machine - Warren Ellis
  22. The Sunset Limited - Cormac McCarthy
  23. Fahrenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury
  24. Joss Whedon: The Complete Companion
  25. The Little Prince - Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
  26. NOS4R2 - Joe Hill
  27. Life After Life - Kate Atkinson
  28. Slaughterhouse Five - Kurt Vonnegut
  29. Rivers of London - Ben Aaronovitch
  30. The Ocean at the end of the Lane - Neil Gaiman
  31. Moon over Soho - Ben Aaronovitch
  32. The Strain - Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan
  33. Whispers Underground - Ben Aaronovitch
  34. Heart Shaped Box - Joe Hill
  35. Cast Member Confidential - Chris Mitchell
  36. Surely You're Joking Mr Feynman - Richard P. Feynman
  37. To Be Or Not To Be: That is the Adventure - Ryan North
  38. The Spy Who Came in from the Cold - John le Carré
  39. Telegraph Avenue - Michael Chabon
  40. I, Partridge: We Need To Talk About Alan - Alan Partridge (Steve Coogan, Armando Iannucci, Rob Gibbons and Neil Gibbons)
  41. The Final Solution - Michael Chabon
  42. A Scanner Darkly - Philip K. Dick
  43. Casino Royale - Ian Fleming
  44. Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
  45. For Whom the Bell Tolls - Ernest Hemingway
  46. Tales from the Black Meadow - Chris Lambert
  47. Joyland - Stephen king
  48. The Crossing - Cormac McCarthy
  49. Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
  50. A Farewell to Arms - Ernest Hemingway
  51. The Unbearable Lightness of Being - Milan Kundera
  52. London Falling - Paul Cornell
And for posterity's sake, here is the list of collected comics I read this year:

  1. Secret Warriors Omnibus
  2. iZombie Vol 3
  3. Blacksad: In Silent Hill
  4. Detective Comics: The Black Mirror
  5. Thor: The Mighty Avenger
  6. Uncanny X-Force Vol 1
  7. American Vampire Vol 2
  8. Spider-Man: Flying Blind
  9. Uncanny X-Force Vol 2
  10. Uncanny X-Force Vol 3
  11. Uncanny X-Force Vol 4
  12. Uncanny X-Force Vol 5
  13. Chew: Volume 6
  14. Locke & Key: Clockworks
  15. iZombie Vol 4
If I wasn't setting big enough goals for myself, I also pledged to watch 100 movies that I've never seen before. You can see that list here.

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