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What I've read so far this year:

1) Barbara Neely, Blanche Cleans Up
2) Toni Kellner, Down Home Murder
3) John le Carre, The Russia House
4) Emily Horner, A Love Story Starring My Dead Best Friend
5) Susanna Gregory, An Unholy Alliance
6) Joe Abercrombie, The Heroes
7) Jaime Lee Moyer, Delia's Shadow
8) Barbara Hambly, Dead and Buried
9) Scott Lynch, The Lies of Locke Lamora
10) Scott Lynch, Red Seas Under Red Skies
11) Mary Monica Pulver, The Unforgiving Minutes
12) Truman Capote, In Cold Blood
13) Elizabeth Bear, Shattered Pillars
14) Amanda Downum, Dreams of Shreds and Tatters
15) Karen Lord, Redemption in Indigo
16) Myke Cole, Shadow Ops: Control Point
17) Steven Barnes, Streetlethal
18) Poul Anderson, Ensign Flandry
19) George R.R. Martin, Fevre Dream
20) Holly Black, Black Heart
21) Catherynne M. Valente, The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making
22) Tanya Huff, Enchantment Emporium
23) Constance B. Hieatt, Pleyn Delit: Medieval Cookery for Modern Cooks
24) Melanie Rawn, Touchstone
25) Madeleine L'Engle, A Wrinkle in Time
26) Madeleine L'Engle, A Wind in the Door
27) Phil and Kaja Foglio, Girl Genius Vol 9
28) Phil and Kaja Foglio, Girl Genius Vol 10
29) Phil and Kaja Foglio, Girl Genius Vol 11
30) Ian Tregillis, The Coldest War
31) Patrick O'Brian, Master and Commander
32.) John M. Ford, Growing Up Weightless
33.) Deborah Coates, Wide Open
34.) Madeline L'Engle, A Swiftly Tilting Planet
35.) Ursula K. LeGuin, A Wizard of Earthsea
36.) Ursula K. LeGuin, The Tombs of Atuan
37.) Mark Twain, Life on the Mississippi
38.) Katherine Addison, The Goblin Emperor
39.) Ursula K. LeGuin, The Farthest Shore
40.) Jim C. Hines, Libriomancer
41.) T.H. White, The Sword in the Stone
42.) T.H. White, The Queen of Air and Darkness
43.) T.H. White, The Ill-Made Knight
44.) T.H. White, The Candle in the Wind
45.) Barbara Neely, Blanche Among the Talented Tenth
46.) Caitlín R. Kiernan, The Red Tree
47.) Jane Rogers, The Testament of Jessie Lamb
48.) David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas
49.) Franny Billingsly, Chime
50.) Nicola Griffith, Slow River
51.) Nalo Hopkinson, The Chaos
52.) Elizabeth Hand, Available Dark
53.) James Patrick Kelly and John Kessel (eds), Digital Rapture
54.) Ramez Naam, Nexus
55.) Edward James and Farah Mendelsohn (eds), The Cambridge Companion to Fantasy Literature
56.) Vonda N. McIntyre, Dreamsnake
57.) Ursula K. LeGuin, The Dispossessed 
58.) Douglas Adams, Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency
59.) Diana Wynne Jones, Howl's Moving Castle
60.) Douglas Hulick, Among Thieves
61.) John le Carré, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
62.) Douglas Adams, The Long Dark Tea-time of the Soul
63.) John le Carré, The Spy Who Came In From The Cold
64.) Barbara Hambly, Ran Away
65.) Marie Brennan, A Natural History of Dragons
66.) Robert B. Parker, Night and Day
67.) Holly Black, Ironside
68.) Hanne Blank, Straight: the Surprisingly Short History of Heterosexuality
69.) Jonathan Strahan (ed), Edge of Infinity
70.) Cleo Coyle, Through the Grinder
71.) Leigh Brackett, The Ginger Star
72.) Donna Andrews, Murder with Peacocks

...I wonder if I can read 28 more books this year.

Probably not, unless they're YA or cozies.


Out of curiosity, how much/how often do you reread books? I reread a lot, or at least I think I do compared to people I've talked to about it.

I'd say 72 books in 11 months is pretty impressive given everything else you do!
Sometimes, but usually not until a number of years (ten or twenty) have gone by.

Exceptions made for a dozen or so favorites.
Good gracious, you've been busy! I feel positively illiterate!

Did you not like the O'Brian? The wife and I chewed through the entire oeuvre in about a month and a half -- and then re-read all of Hornblower. But that's just us.
Why would you think I didn't like it?
Because you read one and then went on to something else. I was making a casual assumption with little basis and no moral dimension. :)
lol. Fair enough. No, it was fine, though I didn't find it as compulsively readable as so many of my friends do.

Very craftsmanlike. I'll probably get around to another one someday.
That's true; perhaps you lack my tendency to pick up an author and read straight through... :)

I'm also sort of interested in why people like and don't like books. I've loved books others have excoriated, and vice versa. I've been bored by cult books. (My high school had two cliques; those that read Herman Hesse, and those of us who read Tolkien and SF and made fun of the others.)
I read M&C on a friend's recommendation (because I like space opera, and I'd just read one of Dave Drake's RCN books), and I liked the parts of it that I understood. As soon as any boat stuff happened and it turned into early 19th century naval jargon and slang, the most I could figure out was these guys are shooting at those guys, and the Sophie was hit maybe? and eventually it stopped.

So I'm probably not the target audience there.
Actually, no, I think you have it about right. :) I had to buy another book (A Sea Of Words) to translate what he was talking about. As for the action, just remember, Napoleonic wars.

Space opera? Have you looked at David Weber's Honor Harrington books?

Edited at 2012-12-02 10:58 pm (UTC)
I've tried reading David Weber (in the 1632 series mainly) and discovered an allergy to his writing style. It's the whole "stop the plot so I can exposit at you" thing and also some clunky sentences. I've read the entire Vorkosiverse* and most of CJ Cherryh's ouvre, and a lot of LeGuin (I think the Hainish books count as space opera). I've heard good things about our hostess' Jenny Casey books, though I've not read them.

*Except Captain Vorpatril's Alliance, though that should be remedied soon
I got my lovely wife Captain Vorpatril's Alliance for Christmas, and read it as soon as she had. I hope you enjoyed it. :)

Weber -- I don't read for the limpid prose, I grant you that. (By this point, I'm into a Sunk Cost situation -- I've followed Honor Harrington for 6000 pages; damned if I'm going to give up now.) I just finished Mission of Honor, and am getting irritated at his giving every character, no matter how small, a complete name. I never know who I have to remember the identity of two hundred pages later... But I keep turning the pages!
Quite an impressive and wonderful list. I spot some of my favorites on it, and some of my husband's, and I'm quite tempted to add much of your reading list into my tremendously long list of books I'd like to read. I am truly amazed that you are able to get so much done, along with so much reading.
It's part of my job!
It's a great thing! I've met writers that tell me they no longer have time to read, and it just mystifies me.
I go through phases where I'm extremely CRITICAL of everything and reading is tiresome. Nonfiction is my salvation then.
I am rereading Tad Williams Memory, Sorrow and Thorne series. Am in the middle of To Green Angel Tower (last book in the series) right now. Written well before G.Martin stole so much from it.

If you like cosies, J.S. Borthwick is a good writer.
Did you like "Fevre Dream?" I read it but I don't think I "got" it. I really need to get back to Barbara Hambly's recent stuff. So many books, so little time. . . .
It's a tremendously ambitious and well-written book. I had some structural and characterization issues with it.