Books read, 2010

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A chronological list, January to December, of the 52 titles I read in 2010. A breakdown: six by Mark Twain, five by A. Conan Doyle, three each by Harlan Ellison, Samuel Beckett and Jonathan Lethem, two each by Philip K. Dick, Ray Bradbury and John D. MacDonald and lone books by a bunch of others.

1. “Waiting for Godot,” Samuel Beckett
2. “Happy Days,” Samuel Beckett
3. “A Study in Scarlet,” A. Conan Doyle
4. “Baghdad by the Bay,” Herb Caen
5. “Three Coins in the Birdbath,” Jack Smith
6. “The Thin Man,” Dashiell Hammett
7. “Pulp Culture,” Frank M. Robinson and Lawrence Davidson
8. “Miss Lonelyhearts & The Day of the Locust,” Nathanael West
9. “The Sign of the Four,” A. Conan Doyle
10. “Da Capo Best Music Writing 2002,” Jonathan Lethem, ed.
11. “The Lottery and Other Stories,” Shirley Jackson
12. “What Mad Universe,” Fredric Brown
13. “The Quick Red Fox,” John D. MacDonald
14. “Dark Carnival,” Ray Bradbury
15. “Solar Lottery,” Philip K. Dick
16. “The October Country,” Ray Bradbury
17. “Roughing It,” Mark Twain
18. “Endgame,” Samuel Beckett
19. “The World Jones Made,” Philip K. Dick
20. “Just When You Thought It Was Safe: A Jaws Companion,” Patrick Jankiewicz
21. “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,” Robert Louis Stevenson
22. “Dancing Under the Moon,” Al Martinez
23. “Exile on Main Street: A Season in Hell With the Rolling Stones,” Robert Greenfield
24. “Why Call Them Back From Heaven?” Clifford D. Simak
25. “The Diaries of Adam & Eve,” Mark Twain
26. “Adventures of Sherlock Holmes,” A. Conan Doyle
27. “If You’re Feeling Sinister,” Scott Plagenhoef
28. “The ‘Reel’ Benchley,” Robert Benchley
29. “Millard Sheets: The Early Years (1926-1944),” Gordon McClelland
30. “The Bob Dylan Scrapbook, 1956-1966,” Robert Santelli
31. “The Loved One,” Evelyn Waugh
32. “Let Me Count the Ways,” Peter DeVries
33. “City Lights,” Dan Barry
34. “The Lurking Fear,” H.P. Lovecraft
35. “The Postman Always Rings Twice,” James M. Cain
36. “No. 44, the Mysterious Stranger,” Mark Twain
37. “Selected Shorter Writings of Mark Twain,” Walter Blair, ed.
38. “The Best Short Stories of Mark Twain,” Lawrence Berkove, ed.
39. “The Good, the Bad and the Mad: Some Weird People in American History,” E. Randall Floyd
40. “The God of War,” Marisa Silver
41. “A Deadly Shade of Gold,” John D. MacDonald
42. “Gentleman Junkie,” Harlan Ellison
43. “Fahrenheit 451,” Ray Bradbury
44. “From the Land of Fear,” Harlan Ellison
45. “The Fortress of Solitude,” Jonathan Lethem
46. “Life on the Mississippi,” Mark Twain
47. “Marvel Comics in the 1960s: An Issue-By-Issue Field Guide…,” Pierre Comtois
48. “Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes,” A. Conan Doyle
49. “Memos From Purgatory,” Harlan Ellison
50. “Motherless Brooklyn,” Jonathan Lethem
51. “The Most of S.J. Perelman,” S.J. Perelman
52. “The Hound of the Baskervilles,” A. Conan Doyle

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  • Dee

    The movie Fahrenheit 451 was on TV awhile back. I hadn’t seen it since it first came out in the ’70’s. I was shocked and amazed at how well he’d predicted some things. I called my kids in to see it and they had no idea what I was talking about. I had to explain to them that at the time the book was written no one had a TV or telephone in every room, or portable “communication devices.” It was almost creepy.

    [I felt the same way when I reread the novel, which was published in ’53! — DA]

  • Will Plunkett

    A few caveats: I read the majority of my books during the summer (this year, I made it to 30 summer reads), and I read virtually every Star Wars fiction story that gets published. That said, here are the 47 books, across all genres, I read in 2010: The Year I Made Repeated Contact with the Library…

    Allen, S. (Make Em Laugh)
    Allston, A. (Star Wars: Backlash)
    Barry, D. (Ill Mature When Im Dead)
    Barry, D. (Science Fair)
    Bauerlein, M. (The Dumbest Generation)
    Bradbury, R. (The Martian Chronicles)
    Brooker, W. (Using the Force)
    Brown, D. (The Lost Symbol)
    Coelho, P. (The Winner Stands Alone)
    Collins, S. (Hunger Games)
    Darwin, C. (Origin of Species)
    Denning, T. (Star Wars: Vortex)
    Egan, T. (The Worst Time)
    Estleman, L. (Frames)
    Francis, M. (Bite Me!)
    Golden, C. (Star Wars: Allies)
    Harris, R. (Pompeii)
    Isaacs, F. (Toxic Friends, True Friends)
    Johnson, L. (Two Parts Textbook, One Part Love)
    Karpyshyn, D. (Star Wars: Darth Bane, Dynasty of Evil)
    Kemp, P. (Star Wars: Crosscurrent)
    Kranz, G. (Failure is Not an Option)
    Lee, T. (White as Snow)
    Miller, K. (Clone Wars Gambit: Siege)
    Mort, T. (Mark Twain on Travel)
    Newhart, B. (I Shouldnt Even Be Doing This! )
    Overholser, S. (Chasing Destiny)
    Piper, H. (Space Viking)
    Quinn, S. (Dog On It)
    Quinn, S. (Thereby Hangs a Tail)
    Quinn, S. (To Fetch a Thief)
    Ripken Jr., C. (Parenting Young Athletes the Ripken Way)
    Rooney, D. (Dan Rooney: My 75 Years with the Pittsburgh Steelers)
    Steinbeck, J. (Sweet Thursday)
    Stewart, J. (Earth: The Book)
    Tan, A. (The Bonesetters Daughter)
    Udall, B. (The Miracle Life of Edgar Mint)
    Voltaire (Candide, Zadig, and Stories)
    Wheeler, A. (Rebel Force #5)
    Wheeler, A. (Rebel Force #6)
    Williams, S. (Star Wars old Republic: Fatal Alliance)
    Williams, S. (The Force Unleashed II)
    Windham, R. (Clone Wars Secret Missions #2)
    Wolfe, R. (For Buckeye Fans Only)
    Xol, E. (Home Sense)
    Yaeger, B. (Red, White, and Brew)
    Zubrin, R. (First Landing)

    [Voltaire, Jon Stewart, Amy Tan, Star Wars and Charles Darwin? You’ve got range, Will. And a working familiarity with the alphabet. — DA]

  • tony dinardo

    Well i havent read 52 books a year, but I have “read” Leon Uris’ “Trinity” 9 times and am about to do it a tenth. If you want to lose yourself in the best historical fiction book ever written, “Trinity” is your book.

    However, I have just finished “New York the Novel” by Rutherford and “Fall of Giants” by Follet. These both are no slouches to complete and enthralling entertainment.


  • Paula Harmer

    Which ones were your favorites? Are you going with a specific theme for 2011? I’ve decided to read one for your every two. I hope I can pull it off. 🙂

    [I’ve read two so far. Have you finished one, or are you behind already? No special theme for 2011, just more of the same. I made a list this weekend of all the books on my shelves I hope to get to in 2011 and unfortunately there are about 70 of them. As for 2010, I liked most of what I read. “The Lottery” may have been my favorite. “Roughing It” and “Life on the Mississippi” were pretty awesome too. — DA]

  • Doug Evans

    Hokey smoke, that’s quite a stack of books. Your monthly pictures don’t show the spines of the books… that S. J. Perelman looks like it deserves a month all to its own. (And, hey… that’s The Yellow Kid way over there off to the right in your bookshelf!)

    Something I hadn’t realized before: you own all of the books that you’ve read this past year. No books from libraries, or borrowed from friends, or downloaded… is this just the way it worked out, or is this part of a master plan, perhaps to systematically work your way through the books in your house?

    Congrats on reaching 52!

    [Systematically working my way through the books in my house is pretty much the size of it. (While trying not to add many more.) I did borrow one book last year, Bradbury’s “Dark Carnival,” so there are actually only 51 books in the photo. I wonder, should I start photographing spines each month instead of covers? — DA]

  • BG

    Don’t know if you’ve read World War Z by Max Brooks, or if you’ve already addressed the part I’m about to describe, but there is a brief scene in the book — crafted as an after-action oral history of a worldwide zombie apocalypse — where students at the Claremont/Pomona colleges fortify Scripps College and repel the zombie hordes.
    If anything, its an interesting mention of the Inland Valley…

    [Yeah, somebody tipped me off to that at the time and I got a column item out of it after skimming the book at Borders. One of the more entertaining Inland Valley mentions in fiction. — DA]