2018 Reading in Review

As you might remember, gentle reader, I tend to run my goal year not so much from January 1 to January 1 but from sometime the week after Christmas to sometime the week after Christmas. Something about the holidays makes me reflective and, increasingly, melancholy about the passage of the year.

I didn’t have that many goals for the year, and I accomplished neither of them. I did, however, meet my annual hoped-for quota of 70 books. And exceed it by 20 or so.

Here’s what I read this year:

  1. More Good Old Stuff John D. MacDonald
  2. Killer Mine Mickey Spillane
  3. The Joy of Not Working Ernie J. Zelinski (did not finish)
  4. Naked Blade, Naked Gun “Axel Kilgore”
  5. The Library of Great Masters: Raphael
  6. The Cotswolds Robin Whiteman and Rob Talbot
  7. Voyage from Yesteryear James P. Hogan
  8. Of Reading Books John Livingston Lowes
  9. Virtue and Happiness Epictetus / Claude Mediavilla
  10. The Twilight Zone Encyclopedia Steven Jay Rubin
  11. Stories of an Outstanding Cat Fr. Michael Sequira
  12. Weird But True Leslie Gilbert Elman
  13. Job: A Comedy of Justice Robert Heinlein
  14. And Eternity Piers Anthony
  15. Well, Duh: Our Stupid World, and Welcome To It Bob Fenster
  16. Vendetta in Venice “Don Pendleton”
  17. The Best of Wheat and A Little Chaff Leah Lathrom
  18. Iroshi Cary Osborne
  19. The Beauty of Gesture Catherine David
  20. Pocket Quips Robert C. Savage
  21. Cat Fear No Evil Shirley Rosseau Murphy
  22. Little Orphant Annie and Other Poems James Whitcomb Riley
  23. I Hate Ann Coulter! “Unanimous”
  24. The Long Good Boy Carol Lea Benjamin
  25. The Sword of Genghis Khan James Dark
  26. A Question of Accuracy Arthur G. Razzell and K.G.O. Watts
  27. Crosshairs R.P Vogt
  28. The Song of Hiawatha Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  29. Mackinac Island: Its History in Pictures Eugene T. Petersen
  30. The Dhammapada translated by Juan MascarĂ³
  31. Nightmare Town Dashiell Hammett
  32. The Promise Robert Crais
  33. What If? Randall Munroe
  34. Murder in the Cathedral T.S. Eliot
  35. Border Sweep
  36. A Nice Steady Job Gregory Dowling
  37. Einstein for Beginners Joseph Schwartz and Michael McGuinness
  38. The Devil Wins Reed Farrel Coleman
  39. Rogue Warrior: Echo Platoon Richard Marcinko and John Weisman
  40. Emotional Memoirs and Short Stories Lani Hall Albert
  41. Me and My Little Brain John D. Fitzgerald
  42. The Celebrated Jumping Frog and Other Stories Mark Twain
  43. Introvert Survival Tactics Patrick King
  44. The Case of the Daring Divorcee Erle Stanley Gardner
  45. Secrets of a Buccaneer Scholar James Marcus Bach
  46. A Minyen Yidn Max B. Perison and Trina Robbins
  47. Countdown to Super Bowl Dave Anderson
  48. Theosophy: The Wisdom of the Ages Cherry Gilchrist
  49. Sally Forth: A Woman’s Work Is Never Done Greg Howard
  50. Little House in the Big Woods Laura Ingalls Wilder
  51. Soft Touch John D. MacDonald
  52. Sally Forth Greg Howard
  53. The Ozarks: A Picture Book to Remember Them By
  54. The Life Expectancy of Panyhose and the Poems of Middle Age Wilbur Topsail
  55. Little House on the Prairie Laura Ingalls Wilder
  56. Travels in a Donkey Trap Daisy Baker
  57. The Consolation of Philosophy Boethius
  58. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance Robert M. Pirsig
  59. O Pioneers Willa Cather
  60. Ashes to Ashes Don Pendleton
  61. Enter the Sandmen William Schlichter
  62. The Life of a Lab Denver Bryan and E. Donnall Thomas Jr
  63. Twisted Path
  64. Mary Cassatt Sophia Craze
  65. The Etchings of Anders Zorn Greg G. Thielen
  66. Downton Tabby Chris Kelly
  67. Chichen Itza
  68. Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai Yamamoto Tsunetomo
  69. John Singer Sargent Clare Gibson
  70. Early Del Rey Lester Del Rey
  71. Mythopoeikon Patrick Woodroffe
  72. Hallowe’en Party Agatha Christie
  73. Zen and the Art of Knitting Bernadette Murphy
  74. Rococo: A Style of Fantasy Terence Davis
  75. Lecherous Limericks Isaac Asimov
  76. Specialist from “Hardscrabble” Isaac Asimov
  77. Ozark Mountain Humor Edited by W.K. McNeil
  78. Under the Sunday Tree Paintings by Mr. Amos Ferguson/Poems by Eloise Greenfield
  79. Bitter Harvest Hazel Hirst
  80. The Branson Beauty Claire Booth
  81. Dammit Bre Samuel Rikard
  82. Matisse Volkmar Essers
  83. The Tao of Christ Will Keim
  84. Farmer Boy Laura Ingalls Wilder
  85. Desert Strike
  86. Cold Dark Night Mike Daniels
  87. The Murder of Lidice Edna St. Vincent Millay and Lois O. Meyer
  88. Hollywood Cats Edited by J.C. Suares
  89. Painted Treasures
  90. Tale of the Tigers Juliette Akinyi Ochieng

I didn’t finish one of them (as noted). I also didn’t count the Shakespearean plays I read at the start of the year when I thought I would power through the complete Shakespeare to finish something with heft this year (but only count as 1 book, strangely enough). I also finished the year about 40% of the way through another 1000 page book in which I’ve bogged down and have read other books between its chapters.

Once again, it’s a blend of poetry, drama, nonfiction, philosophy, and genre fiction with only a smattering of Literature this year (not counting the Shakespeare and The Count of Monte Cristo which I have yet to finish or the portion of the Complete works of Keats and Shelley that I’ve read).

Hopefully, next year I’ll come up with some achievable projects and will read enough books that I feel like I’m making progress on clearing out my to-read shelves (spoiler alert: I will buy enough books next year to fall further behind).