Print Story Books I've Read This Year 2014
By TheophileEscargot (Sun Dec 14, 2014 at 06:03:09 AM EST) Reading (all tags)
See also 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013.

Non-fiction 30
SF 18
Non-SF fiction 10
Comics 7

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


  1. Two Treatises of Government by John Locke
  2. The Year of Dreaming Dangerously by Slavoj Zizek
  3. The Queen's Conjurer by Benjamin Woolley
  4. Outsider II by Brian Sewell
  5. The Sky Wept Fire by Mikhail Eldin
  6. In the Shadow of the Sword by Tom Holland
  7. Birth of the Modern Mind: The Intellectual History of the 17th and 18th Centuries by Alan Kors
  8. A Theory of Justice by John Rawls
  9. The General by Ahmed Errachidi, Gillian Slovo
  10. Stoic Warriors by Nancy Sherman
  11. Education of a Wandering Man by Louis L'Amour
  12. Debt: The First 5000 Years by David Graeber
  13. The Conquest of Bread by Peter Kropotkin
  14. Fragments of an Anarchist Anthropology by David Graeber
  15. Rome's Last Citizen by Rob Goodman, Jimmy Soni
  16. The Spanish Civil War by Burnett Bolleton
  17. The End of Politics by Chris Dillow
  18. For A New Liberty: The Libertarian Manifesto by Murray Rothbard
  19. Stoicism and Emotion by Margaret Graver
  20. Krakatoa by Simon Winchester
  21. Imperium by Ryszard Kapuscinski
  22. Anabasis by Xenophon
  23. Where the Hell Have You Been by Tom Carver
  24. Ghosts of Empire by Kwasi Kwarteng
  25. One Bullet Away by Nathaniel Fick
  26. The Faithful Executioner by Joel F. Harrington
  27. Crisis? What Crisis? by Alwyn W. Turner
  28. In It Together by Matthew d'Ancona
  29. The Blunders of our Governments by Anthony King, Ivor Crewe
  30. 5 Days in May by Andrew Adonis
  1. Sun of Suns by Karl Shroeder
  2. Queen of Candesce by Karl Shroeder
  3. Raising Steam by Terry Pratchett
  4. John Dies at the End by David Wong
  5. Homunculus by James Blaylock
  6. Sandman Slim by Richard Kadrey
  7. Kill the Dead by Richard Kadrey
  8. Aloha from Hell by Richard Kadrey
  9. Osama by Lavie Tidhar
  10. How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe by Charles Yu
  11. Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie
  12. Neptune's Brood by Charles Stross
  13. Skin Game by Jim Butcher
  14. Hide Me Among The Graves by Tim Powers
  15. Armor by John Steakley
  16. Pirate Sun by Karl Shroeder
  17. Magician's Land by Lev Grossman
  18. The Bohr Maker by Linda Nagata
Non-SF fiction
  1. Uncle Petros and Goldbach's Conjecture by Apostolos Doxiadis
  2. The Road to Samarcand by Patrick O'Brian
  3. Umbrella by Will Self
  4. Autiobiography of Red by Anne Carson
  5. Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott
  6. Standing in Another Man's Grave by Ian Rankin
  7. Tripwire by Lee Child
  8. The Visitor by Lee Child
  9. Echo Burning by Lee Child
  10. Without Fail by Lee Child
  1. Fagin the Jew by Will Eisner
  2. Nemo: Heart of Ice by Alan Moore, Kevin O'Neill
  3. Black Dossier by Alan Moore
  4. Fashion Beast by Alan Moore
  5. The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil by Stephen Collins
  6. Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art by Scott McCloud
  7. The Park by Oscar Zarate
Non-comics overall numbers:

Books read per year 2014

By type:

Books read by genre 2014

Overall picture
As expected, with the baby this is the lowest book count ever at just 58. That's boosted because it's late: I usually do this at the start of November. Even so, I managed to get a fair amount of reading done. It helps that I was commuting by train for part of this, but it is actually possible to get some reading done and look after the baby at the same time, if you keep an ear out for screams and crashes.

Being tired I think I've gone for pretty light reading. The best series I've found are the Candesce series of science fiction books by Karl Shroeder, and the Jack Reacher series of violent thrillers by Lee Child.

In non-fiction, the best books were the essential but depressing "The Blunders of our Governments" by Anthony King and Ivor Crewe, and the fascinating "The Faithful Executioner" by Joel F. Harrington.

See you next year, I hope!

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Books I've Read This Year 2014 | 7 comments (7 topical, 0 hidden)
Hmmm... by Vulch (4.00 / 1) #1 Sun Dec 14, 2014 at 06:28:40 PM EST
Only 8 overlaps from  quick look. The Candesce series, Dresden, Pratchett, Leckie and Stross, and Ivanhoe following your review.

Favourites of mine for the year so far (a whole fortnight to go yet) are The Martian by Andy Weir and Randall Monroes What If. The Martian should come high on next years Hugos, and What If could get Randall his second if it can find a category.

Gedvondur prompted me to start listing my reads on Goodreads, they have a "set yourself a target" counter which I put at 150. Looks like I'm going to miss by 7 or 8 unless I land up snowed in with no net connection over christmas and new year. James Nicoll was reviewing some of Heinleins work earlier in the year which started to get me back on target but it turns out there's a limit to the number of those I can read in a row these days.

+1 The Martian by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #4 Tue Dec 16, 2014 at 09:39:34 AM EST
That's the kind of engineer written hard science sf that made me reread it as soon as I finished.

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Why aren't you reading Saga? by ammoniacal (4.00 / 1) #2 Mon Dec 15, 2014 at 12:55:12 AM EST
I say that because you ought to be reading Saga.

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Baby??? by Bob Abooey (4.00 / 1) #5 Wed Dec 17, 2014 at 08:29:39 AM EST
Wow - I need to stop by here more often!

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Yeah by Scrymarch (4.00 / 1) #6 Mon Dec 22, 2014 at 07:56:39 AM EST
You're really wading through the pulp there with all that Locke, Zizek and Rawls ...

Are you still on dead trees or ereaders? I found I got to read a lot more with the second kid, as she arrived after I obtained a smartphone ...

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About half of the books I read on my phone by TheophileEscargot (4.00 / 1) #7 Mon Dec 29, 2014 at 03:22:41 PM EST
Was reluctant because the fragile, surveillable, controllable, deletable electronic monoculture is worrying for many reasons... but it's so much more convenient. I literally would have to read fewer books if I relied on just paper.
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Yeah by Scrymarch (4.00 / 1) #8 Tue Dec 30, 2014 at 10:54:21 AM EST
It's not really by design, but I tend to read old, free books on my phone, and the web. Most books I still do in dead tree. I don't read as much as yourself, though.

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