The Year in Words (The Reading List): 2022-2027

Because the first of these became a bear to scroll through, after a while – it did cover a decade, after all – I’ve shifted to five-year listings. At an average of 40-odd books per year, even with two columns, it might still be a bit of a bear to scroll through. That being said…

The one constant for a writer, besides actually, you know, writing stuff, is reading stuff.  This is the running list of books that have been run through during the year, as well as years past.

How it works: The books are listed under the year completed, by when they were completed (older at the bottom).  If it’s a book I have read before, it will be marked as “reread” (R).  This also assumes I’m reading a “dead-tree edition” unless there is an “(E)” next to it, for an ebook edition, or an “(A)” to indicate an Audiobook. “GN” indicates Graphic Novels or comic omnibus editions. New in 2023: (K) Experiences shared intentionally with the kids. [While we read to them regularly, or will grudgingly acquiesce to some audiobooks of their choosing, books with this (K) designation are titles MC & I have decided to revisit and include them in the experience. It is because of that intentionality that I am including them in this list.]

“O#” will be used to reference an Omnibus edition of books and how many books were collected, only if I read through the entire volume consecutively, with a footnote for the year it was read indicating the titles collected.

Due to the nature of my habits and my “To Be Read” stack, I am no longer listing the ones in progress, only the books that have been completed.

2023: 14 (8 Audiobook), with 6 rereads

Brandon Sanderson: Alcatraz versus the Evil Librarians (A)(R)(K) Lauren M Roy: Night Owls (E)
Dan Wells: Stargazer (A)(R)(K) Victoria Thompson: City of Fortune
Dan Wells: Dragon Planet (A)(R)(K) Dan Wells: Zero G (A)(R)(K)
Ernest Cline: Ready Player One (A)(R)(K) V.M. Burns: Bookclubbed to Death
Myke Cole: The Killing Light Johns Scalzi: The Kaiju Preservation Society (A)(R)(K)
Ben H. Winters: Self Help (A) Jim Butcher: Cold Days (A)
 Deborah Chester: Fiction Formula Plotting  Jim Sumner: Tales from the Duke Blue Devils Locker Room*

*2016 edition. Book originally published in 2005, but has had some periodic updates to add additional content as seasons have passed.

2022: 49 (29 Audiobook), with 1 Reread

xxxxxx  Todd Zwillich: The Man Who Knew the Way to the Moon (A)
John Lutz: Escape from Virtual Island (A) Salman Rushdie: Haroun and the Sea of Stories (A)
Mike Krzyzewski with Donald T. Phillips: Leading with the Heart (A) Neil Patrick Harris: The Magic Misfits: The Minor Third (A)
Dan Shaughnessy: Wish it Lasted Forever Victoria Thompson: Murder in Little Italy
Agatha Christie: And Then There Were None (A) Neil deGrasse Tyson: My Favorite Universe (A**)
Mary Robinette Kowal: Word Puppets (A) James Patterson: James Patterson
Tenacious D: The Road to Redunktion (A*) Brandon Sanderson: Mistborn (A)
Mike Krzyzewski with Jamie Spatola: Beyond Basketball Lev Grossman: The Magicians (A)
John Scalzi: Travel by Bullet (A) Jeff Goins: You Are a Writer (A)
Ian O’Connor: Coach K Charles Stross: The Apocalypse Codex (A)
Brandon Sanderson & Janci Patterson: Bastille and the Evil Librarians (A) Colin O’Brady: The 12 Hour Walk
Terry Pratchett: The Light Fantastic Elizabeth Hyde Stevens: Make Art Make Money (A)
Victoria Thompson: Murder on Lennox Hill Jonas Salzgeber: The Little Book of Stoicism (A)
Jim Butcher: Spider-Man: The Darkest Hours (A) Jane K. Cleland: Mastering Plot Twists
George R.R. Martin (ed): Wild Cards I (A) Bill Brill & Mike Krzyzewski: A Season is a Lifetime (R)
Victoria Thompson: Murder on Marble Row Brian McClellan: Uncanny Collateral (A)
C.S. Lewis: The Screwtape Letters (A) Ian S. Port: The Birth of Loud (A)
John Scalzi: The Kaiju Preservation Society (A) Wesley Chu: Time Salvager (A)
Caitlin Starling: The Luminous Dead Mike Sielski: The Rise: Kobe Bryant and the Pursuit of Immortality
Peter F. Hamilton & Gareth L. Powell: Light Chaser Charles Stross: Escape from Yokai Land
John Dixon: Devil’s Pocket Brent Spiner: Fan Fiction
Brandon Sanderson: Skyward (A) Marie Brennan: Tropic of Serpents (A)
Jim Butcher: Ghost Story (A) V.M. Burns: Killer Words
Victoria Thompson: City of Shadows Carrie Vaughn: Kitty Takes a Holiday (A)
Alafair Burke (ed): The Best American Mystery & Suspense 2021 John Scalzi: The Consuming Fire (A)

A* – An Audible Original from the Words & Music series.
A** – a “Great Course” recording

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