2013 in Books

Title Author
The Restaurant at the End of the Universe Adams, Douglas
Life, the Universe and Everything Adams, Douglas
The Affair: A Jack Reacher Novel Child, Lee
Persuader (Jack Reacher, No. 7) Child, Lee
Without Fail (Jack Reacher, No. 6) Child, Lee
Echo Burning (Jack Reacher, No. 5) Child, Lee
Running Blind (Jack Reacher, No. 4) Child, Lee
Tripwire (Jack Reacher, No. 3) Child, Lee
Die Trying (Jack Reacher, No. 2) Child, Lee
Rob Delaney: Mother. Wife. Sister. Human. Warrior. Falcon. Yardstick. Turban. Cabbage Delaney, Rob
Veins Drew
The Name of the Rose Eco, Umberto
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close Foer, Jonathan Safran
The Art of Fielding: A Novel Harbach, Chad
Russell Wiley Is Out to Lunch Hine, Richard
Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution Levy, Steven
Astronauts and Heretics Marcinko, Thomas
Cloud Atlas Mitchell, David
How We Test Software at Microsoft Page, Alan, Johnston, Ken, Rollison, Bj
Devil's Plaything Richtel, Matt
2312 Robinson, Kim Stanley
Shooting Star Sabbagh, Karl
Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore Sloan, Robin
Cryptonomicon Stephenson, Neal
Reamde: A Novel Stephenson, Neal
Snow Crash Stephenson, Neal
The Diamond Age Stephenson, Neal
Anathem Stephenson, Neal
A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again Wallace, David Foster

First off, let it be known that I completely stole this idea from a fellow grad student, Robin. It sounded like a fun idea, and since almost all of these were on my Kindle, pulling up the list took all of 15 seconds.

Statistics:

  • I read 6 non-fiction books, and 23 works of fiction
  • 2 authors (Lee Child and Neal Stephenson) accounted for 12 (33%) books
  • 30% of what I read (11 books) could be classified as science fiction
  • I had no idea that I read so many Jack Reacher books. I did a ton of unpleasant, frequent airport travel in the first half of the year, and the mindless gluttony of the books, combined with short chapters, made them ideal for airport lounges and seat 3B. Nevertheless, I feel like a person who just mindlessly ate an entire bag of potato chips, and is now staring at the empty bag.