2011: The Year’s Reading In Review

Well, here they are: The 106 books I read in 2011.

  • Buried Treasures of the Ozarks by W.C. Jameson
  • Remembering St. Louis World’s Fair by Margaret Johanson Witherspoon
  • Missouri Bandits, Bushwackers, Outlaws by Carole Marsh
  • A Political Bestiary by Eugene J. McCarthy and James J. Kilpatrick
  • This Is It, Mike Shayne by Brett Halliday
  • Battlestar Galactica by Glen A. Larson and Robert Thurston
  • Split Image by Robert B. Parker
  • The Turqouise Lament by John D. MacDonald
  • The Virginian by Owen Wister
  • Great Sonnets by Edited by Paul Negri
  • Fresh Lies by James Lileks
  • Goodbye, Nanny Grey by Susannah Stacey
  • Goldfinger by Ian Fleming
  • Code of Honor by “Don Pendleton”
  • Unsolved Murders & Mysteries edited by John Canning
  • The Brookline Shoot-Out by Shirley Walker Garton and Bradley Allen Garton
  • The River of Used To Be by Jim Hamilton
  • Telefon by Walter Wager
  • The Gingerbread Lady by Neil Simon
  • Dave Barry Turns 40 by Dave Barry
  • Fletch Forever by Gregory McDonald
  • California Hit by Don Pendleton
  • Boston Blitz by Don Pendleton
  • Thunderball by Ian Fleming
  • Where There’s Smoke by Ed McBain
  • Battlestar Galactica 2: The Cylon Death Machine by Glen A. Larson and Robert Thurston
  • Traces of Silver by Artie Ayres
  • The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Selected Poems by John Donne
  • Casual Day Has Gone Too Far by Scott Adams
  • Garfield Takes Up Space by Jim Davis
  • Washington IOU by Don Pendleton
  • Bite Size History by Hugh Westrup
  • Triviata compiled by Timothy T. Fullerton
  • The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Vintage Reading by Robert Kanigel
  • San Diego Siege by Don Pendleton
  • The Well-Stocked Bookcase
  • Sicilian Slaughter by Jim Peterson
  • Jersey Guns by Don Pendleton
  • The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Texas Storm by Don Pendleton
  • The Best of Clarence Day by Clarence Day
  • Can a Lawn Chair Really Fly? by Jess Gibson
  • Dune by Frank Herbert
  • Dave Barry Does Japan by Dave Barry
  • Storm Prey by John Sandford
  • The Treasury of Clean Jokes by Tal D. Bonham
  • The Seinfeld Universe by Greg Guttoso
  • New Orleans Knockout by Don Pendleton
  • Firestorm U.S.A. by Jack Hild
  • The Bittersweet Ozarks at a Glance by Ellen Gray Massey
  • The Kentucky Rifle: A True American Heritage in Pictures by The Kentucky Rifle Association
  • No Shirt, No Shoes, No Problem by Jeff Foxworthy
  • Point Blank by Jack Hild
  • Ozark Tales and Superstitions by Phillip W. Steele
  • Treasure Hunting for Fun and Profit by Charles Garrett
  • Time Enough for Love by Robert A. Heinlein
  • Atlas of Ancient History: 1700 BC to 565 AD by Michael Grant
  • The World’s Great News Photos 1840-1980 by Craig T. Norback and Melvin Gray
  • South Park Conservatives by Brian C. Anderson
  • Slaughterhouse 5 by Kurt Vonnegut
  • Hawaiian Hellground by Don Pendleton
  • Silent Prey by John Sandford
  • Painted Ladies by Robert B. Parker
  • Sixkill by Robert B. Parker
  • Bad Blood by John Sandford
  • Anerica Alone by Mark Steyn
  • Incredible Super Trivia by Fred L. Worth
  • Run to Daylight by Vince Lombardi
  • Paris, Tightwad, and Peculiar by Margot Ford McCullen
  • Triumph TRs by Graham Robson
  • Missouri Hard to Believe But True by Carole Marsh
  • A Bag of Noodles by Wally Armbruster
  • Remembering Reagan by Peter Hannaford and Charles D. Hobbs
  • One Hour Crafts for Kids by Cindy Groom Harry
  • Bruges and Its Beauties
  • Gainsborough: A Biography by Elizabeth Ripley
  • Ripley’s Believe It or Not Special Edition 2005 by Mary Packard
  • Great Quotes, Great Comedians by compiled by Michael Ryan
  • Jokes and Anecdotes for All Occasions by Ralph L. Marquard
  • Corporate Madness by Mark Lineback
  • Orvieto: Art-History-Folklore
  • Whiplash: America’s Most Frivolous Lawsuits by James Percelay
  • 28 Table Lamp Projects by H.A. Menke
  • Three Aces by Rex Stout
  • Empire of Lies by Andrew Klavan
  • Halo First Strike by Eric Nylund
  • Outland by Alan Dean Foster
  • I’m Not Anti-Business, I’m Anti-Idiot by Scott Adams
  • The Porkchoppers by Ross Thomas
  • Ghost Radio by Leopoldo Gout
  • The Book of Questions and Answers by Joshua Coltrane
  • Canadian Crisis by Don Pendleton
  • Daytrip Missouri by Lee N. Godley and Patricia M. O’Rourke
  • Home for Christmas by Lloyd C. Douglas
  • Wild Horse Mesa by Zane Grey
  • Kill Me Tomorrow by Richard S. Prather
  • Colorado Kill-Zone by Don Pendleton
  • General George Patton: Old Blood and Guts by Alden Hatch
  • Love and Marriage by Bill Cosby
  • Attila, King of the Huns by Patrick Howarth
  • Buried Prey by John Sandford
  • Do the Work! by Steven Pressfield
  • In Odd We Trust by Dean Koontz and Queenie Chan
  • Missouri by Bill Nunn

To sum up:

I read a lot of Don Pendleton’s The Executioner series, as is only fitting because my beautiful wife bought me 47 of them for my birthday in February.

I spent a lot of time this year getting my geek cred back by reading The Lord of the Rings and Dune, and I threw in Time Enough For Love by Heinlein. That’s some 2000 pages of science fiction and fantasy right there.

In the late spring and early summer, I started and even finished a number of compendium books, especially about literature, in advance of my Jeopardy! audition. Since I’ve forgotten most of what I read in them, it’s just as well that I’ve not been summoned to Los Angeles.

I didn’t read too many classics or serious things this year. I got in a couple of bios, especially late, and a number of Robert B. Parker and John Sandford works.

This next year, I expect I’ll read more seriously but will get my fill of pulp and picture books.