Print Story Books I've Read This Year 2013
By TheophileEscargot (Sun Nov 03, 2013 at 01:49:47 AM EST) Reading (all tags)
See also 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012.

Non-fiction 41
SF 17
Non-SF fiction 17
Comics 8

The List
Title links to my diary, author links to Amazon.


  1. Joseph Anton by Salman Rushdie
  2. The Years of Talking Dangerously by Geoffrey Nunberg
  3. Lost at Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries by Jon Ronson
  4. The Stoic Idea of the City by Malcolm Schofield
  5. Adventures of an Accidental Sociologist by Peter L. Berger
  6. Supermac: The Life of Harold Macmillan by D.R. Thorpe
  7. Attlee by David Howell
  8. The Hellenistic Philosophers by A.A. Long, D.N Sedley
  9. Let IT Go by Stephanie Shirley
  10. The Day Parliament Burned Down by Caroline Shenton
  11. Persian Fire by Tom Holland
  12. The Glorious Revolution by Edward Vallance
  13. Reflections on the Revolution in France by Edmund Burke
  14. Thoughts on the Cause of the Present discontents by Edmund Burke
  15. A Radical History of Britain by Edward Vallance
  16. Chavs by Owen Jones
  17. The Dictator's Learning Curve by William J. Dobson
  18. The Net Delusion by Evgeny Morozov
  19. Religion for Atheists by Alain de Botton
  20. Red Dusk and the Morrow by Paul Dukes
  21. Among the Hoods by Harriet Sergeant
  22. Outsider by Brian Sewell
  23. Common Sense by Thomas Paine
  24. The Rights of Man by Thomas Paine
  25. It's a PC World by Edward Stourton
  26. Le Ton Beau de Marot by Douglas Hofstadter
  27. The Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother by Amy Chua
  28. Dr. Spock's Baby and Child Care by Benjamin Spock
  29. On Wheels by Michael Holroyd
  30. A Fundamental Mistake by Graham Cliff
  31. The History of Mary Prince by Mary Prince
  32. People Power by Dan Jellinek
  33. The Diving-Bell and the Butterfly by Jean-Dominique Bauby
  34. The Expectant Dad's Survival Guide by Rob Kemp
  35. The New Contented Little Baby Book by Gina Ford
  36. Secrets Of The Baby Whisperer by Tracy Hogg, Melinda Blau
  37. Capital by Karl Marx
  38. Antifragile by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
  39. On Liberty by John Stuart Mill
  40. Faking It by Hugh Barker, Yuval Taylor
  41. The Emperor by Ryszard Kapuscinski
  1. Red Country by Joe Abercrombie
  2. The Hydrogen Sonata by Iain M. Banks
  3. The Long Earth by Terry Pratchett, Stephen Baxter
  4. Railsea by China Mieville
  5. Among Others by Jo Walton
  6. Cold Days by Jim Butcher
  7. The Islanders by Christopher Priest
  8. Jack Glass by Adam Roberts
  9. Sharps by K. J. Parker
  10. Redshirts by John Scalzi
  11. The Apocalypse Codex by Charles Stross
  12. Whispers Under Ground by Ben Aaronovitch
  13. The Ouroboros Wave by Jyouji Hayashiz
  14. Use of Weapons by Iain M. Banks
  15. The Fractal Prince by Hannu Rajaniemi
  16. Equoid by Charles Stross
  17. Broken Homes by Ben Aaronovitch
Non-SF fiction
  1. The Nine Tailors by Dorothy L. Sayers
  2. Killing Floor by Lee Child
  3. Die Trying by Lee Child
  4. Dodger by Terry Pratchett
  5. The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club by Dorothy L. Sayers
  6. The New Republic by Lionel Shriver
  7. Clouds of Witness by Dorothy L. Sayers
  8. Cock and Bull by Will Self
  9. Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
  10. The People of Forever are Not Afraid by Shani Boianjiu
  11. Bring up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel
  12. How's the Pain by Pascal Garnier
  13. The Teleportation Accident by Ned Beauman
  14. My Dirty Little Book of Stolen Time by Liz Jensen
  15. Antwerp by Roberto Bolano
  16. Konstantin by Tom Bullough
  17. The Snow Goose by Paul Gallico
  1. Lost Girls by Alan Moore, Melinda Gebbie
  2. Interiorae by Gabriella Giandelli
  3. Market Day by James Sturm
  4. Zahra's Paradise by Amir & Khalil
  5. To the Heart of the Storm by Will Eisner
  6. Safe Area Gorazde by Joe Sacco
  7. Kiki de Montparnasse by Catel,Jose-Luis Bocquet
  8. Deep Sleeper by Phil Hester
Non-comics overall numbers:

Books read per year 2013

By type:

Books by genre 2013

A lot of good books to choose from here. "Supermac" was a good biography of shrewd political figure, who gets somewhat overlooked as a compromising pragmatist rather than an idealogue. "A Radical History of Britain" was a good overview of how political change actually happens.

"Among Others" was the standout here: haunting fantasy about a young SF fan in the Seventies

Non-SF fiction
Have to be conventional and agree with the bestseller lists and Booker Prize committees that the historical novels "Wolf Hall" and "Bring Up the Bodies" are great, compelling characters and realistic sense of place.

"Safe Area Gorazde" is a tough read, but worthwhile. "Zahra's Paradise" was good too.

Overall picture: numbers seem roughly stable. The share of SF I read seems to be gently declining: I suspect that reflects what's actually being published. Bit of a resurgence of comics. Will see what happens next year...

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i bet I ask this everyyear, by garlic (4.00 / 1) #1 Tue Nov 19, 2013 at 10:30:41 AM EST
but how do you create this list, just by reviewing your diaries?

Spreadsheet by TheophileEscargot (2.00 / 0) #2 Thu Nov 21, 2013 at 01:33:45 AM EST
I have a spreadsheet, (still in OpenOffice 1.1 format) with the title, author and urls in one sheet, and the totals in another sheet, which updates the graphs.

Bit geeky but it saves time over the decades...
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