Books Read This Year

March 19, 2013

Dave Cullen. Columbine. A well-written, well-researched look at the unfolding of the tragedy.

Ken Jennings. Because I Said So. A fun examination of some long-held myths. Einstein never failed math, and we do use far more than 10% of our brains.

Nate Silver. The Signal and the Noise. Just the right amount of math, just the right amount of pop.

Gavin DeBecker. The Gift of Fear. Much talked about, but don’t bother.

Kenneth Oppel. This Dark Endeavor. Teen book club. Love these books. Gave me some sympathy for Victor Frankenstein that Mary Shelley never could.

Ally Condie. Matched. Teen book club. Dystopian teen romance. Fine, but no Hunger Games.

Caitlin Moran. How to Be A Woman. British, rude version of the Bloggess. Love it or hate it (I loved it.)

John Boyne. The Terrible Thing That Happened to Barnaby Brocket. Fun! Loved the ending.

Dick Wolf. The Intercept. Meh. Overlong. Should have been a L&O episode instead.

Greg Malone. Don’t Tell the Newfoundlanders. Interesting, but also would have been better as a documentary, Ken Burns-style.

John Green. The Fault in Our Stars. Teen book club. Stunning meditation on life, death, and story.

Shirley Jackson. We Have Always Lived in the Castle. Creepy! In a good way.

Kevin Powers. The Yellow Birds. War novel in the mode of Tim O’Brien. Beautiful and sad.

Richard Wagamese. Indian Horse. Also beautiful and sad.

Jan Andrews. When Apples Grew Noses and White Horses Flew. Love folk stories!

Eric Walters. Power Play. He sure knows how to write a gripping teen book. Sex abuse in the junior hockey system.

David Foster Wallace: The Last Interview. Some repetitive, some typically insightful points.

Bram Stoker. Dracula. Hard to know if this would be just as predictable, or would be more suspenseful, without knowing the story. Sadly, agreed with my friend who called it a “slow-moving cheese wheel.”

Gene Ambaum and Bill Barnes. Unshelved: Too Much Information. Library comics, nothing but the best.

Franny Moyle. Constance: The Tragic and Scandalous Life of Mrs. Oscar Wilde. A sympathetic and well-rounded portrait of Constance and Oscar. Might be overlong for people less intrigued than I.

Stephen Hunter. The Third Bullet. Growing up on Tom Clancy and Michael Crichton always makes me think I should read thrillers, and this one’s about the JFK assassination, another former interest. I keep finding out it’s not my cup of tea.

Terry Graff. Masterpieces of the Beaverbrook Art Gallery.

Sarah Dessen. What Happened to Goodbye. Teen book club. Fun. Nice to get away from vampires, cancer girls, dystopian societies.

Up Next: Paula Byrne. The Real Jane Austen. And the 9 other library books I have at home. 24 books in 3 months ain’t bad.

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