Alchemical Thoughts

My Reading List for 2015

Posted on: February 12, 2016

(Crossposted from The Gypsy Librarian)

Welcome to my reading list and report for 2015. I fell a bit behind on this in part because I took some time choosing my reading challenges for 2016. I read a bit less this year in terms of books, but it was in part because I had a busy year at work, and that was a good thing. I am entering my fourth year working here at Berea, and things are still going well. Overall, it was a good year for reading overall.

I continue to read and write about what I read on my personal blog. The Itinerant Librarian continues to grow slowly but surely into a good books and reading blog. It is something that I definitely enjoy both personally and as a librarian. I’ve even gotten to know, online, a few authors and editors in the process. I am always thrilled when I write a review, and an author or publisher notices and writes back an encouraging word or two. Thanks to them for writing and editing good books so I can keep reading. Keeps The Itinerant Librarian off the streets.

In addition, while I have blogged less here on my professional blog, it is not because of lack of content or ideas. A large reason is I am enjoying my book blogging. Also, to be honest, a lot of LIS blogging out there often boils down to the same few issues and dramas, and I would rather do without that stuff. So I keep up with the LIS literature, but I may not blog here as often, and I am at peace with that. I keep posting the annual reading list here mostly out of tradition. In time, I may or not move it to my personal blog. We’ll see.

Here then is the list of books I read during 2015. Books marked with an asterisk (*) are re-reads. Most books were reviewed at The Itinerant Librarian. Feel free to go over there and check some of the reviews out. Simply click on the “books and reading” label in the sidebar of The Itinerant Librarian to get to the reviews.

January:

  • Cornel West, with Christa Buschendorf, Black Prophetic Fire.
  • Diane Muldrow, Everything I Need To Know About Christmas I Learned from a Little Golden Book.
  • Carl Critchlow, Judge Dredd: Anderson, Psi-Division.
  • Lawrence Osborne, The Wet and the Dry.
  • Chris Metzen, Transformers: Primacy.
  • Vic Malhotra, X-Files: Year Zero.
  • Scott Snyder, American Vampire, Volume 5.
  • Andrew Bohrer, The Best Shots You’ve Never Tried.
  • Ian Doescher, William Shakerspeare’s The Jedi Doth Return.
  • Juzo Tokoro, Spawn: Shadows of Spawn, Vol. 2.

February:

  • Kennedy Xu, Daomu.
  • Juzo Tokoro, Spawn: Shadows of Spawn, Vol. 3.
  • Kevin L. Nadal, That’s So Gay!
  • Jane Stern and Michael Stern, Two for the Road.
  • James Kuhoric, The Six-Million Dollar Man, Season 6.
  • Scott Snyder, American Vampire, Volume 7.
  • Gayden Metcalfe and Charlotte Hays, Being Dead Is No Excuse.
  • Henrik Lange, 90 Classic Books for People in a Hurry.

March:

  • Caitlin Doughty, Smoke Gets in your Eyes.
  • Bob Budiansky, et. al., Transformers Classics, Volume 4.
  • Michael R. Veach, Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey: an American Heritage.
  • Erik Burnham, et.al., Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles/Ghostbusters.
  • Ryan Burton, et.al., Dark Engine, Volume 1.
  • Paco Ignacio II Taibo, Pancho Villa Takes Zacatecas.
  • John Arcudi, The Mask.
  • Mitzi Szereto, ed., Dark Edge of Desire.
  • Kevin Smith, Batman ’66 Meets the Green Hornet.
  • James Luceno, Star Wars: Tarkin.

April:

  • W. Haden Blackman, Darth Vader and the Lost Command.
  • Various authors, Predator Omnibus, Volume 1.
  • Seth Holmes, Fresh Fruit, Broken Bodies.
  • Karl E. Meyer and Shareen Blair Brysac, The China Collectors.
  • Fred W. Sauceman, Buttermilk and Bible Burgers.
  • Todd McFarlane, Spawn: Volume 1: Endgame.
  • Carlton Mellick III, ClownFellas: Tales of the Bozo Family.

May:

  • Martin Luther King Jr., The Radical King.
  • Nick Kyme and Lindsey Priestly, eds., Tales of Heresy (The Horus Heresy, Book 10).
  • Geoff Johns, Batman: Earth One, Volume 2.
  • Paul S. Kemp, Star Wars: Lords of the Sith.
  • Steve McNiven and Charles Soule, Death of Wolverine.
  • Jennifer S. Baker, The Reader’s Advisory Guide to Historical Fiction.
  • Jinsei Kataoka and Kazuma Kondou, Deadman Wonderland, Volume 2.
  • Vassilis Gogtzilas, The Bigger Bang.
  • Max Dunbar, Dungeons & Dragons: Legends of Baldur’s Gate Volume 1.
  • Jim Davis, My Laughable Life with Garfield: The Jon Arbuckle Chronicles.

June:

  • Jimmy Palmiotti, Harley Quinn Vol. 2: Power Outage (The New 52).
  • Shawn Kittelsen. Mortal Kombat X.
  • Jim Davis, 30 Years of Laughs & Lasagna: The Life & Times of a Fat, Furry Legend!
  • David Solmonson and Lesley Jacobs Solmonson, The 12 Bottle Bar.
  • Paul Kingsbury, Vinyl Hayride: Country Music Album Covers 1947-1989.
  • Nick Roche and Brian Lynch, Monster Motors.
  • Rob Anderson, et.al., Creature Cops: Special Varmint Unit.
  • Shane McCarthy, Transformers: Drift-Empire of Stone.
  • Mark Millar, Jupiter’s Legacy, Vol. 1.
  • Scott Snyder, Batman, Volume 6: Graveyard Shift (The New 52).
  • Adrian Brooks, The Right Side of History.
  • Bayard Rustin, The Collected Writings of Bayard Rustin.

July:

  • Guy Lawson, Arms and the Dudes.
  • Becky Cloonan, et.al., Gotham Academy, Volume 1.
  • John Lewis, March: Book Two.
  • Si Spencer, Bodies.
  • Robert Lazaro, Robert Heinlein’s Citizen of the Galaxy.
  • Thomas Hodge, VHS Video Cover Art: 1980s to Early 1990s.
  • Brian Michael Bendis, Guardians of the Galaxy, Volume 3: Guardians Disassembled.
  • Steve Niles, October Faction Volume 1.
  • Mitch Broder, Discovering Vintage New York.
  • Various authors, Flash Gordon Omnibus.
  • Tim Seeley, Grayson, Vol. 1: Agents of Spyral.
  • Tony Daniel, Deathstroke Vol. 1: Gods of Wars (The New 52).
  • Corinna Sara Bechko, Heathentown.
  • Michael Uslan, Justice, Inc., Volume 1.
  • Cameron Stewart, Batgirl, Volume 1: The Batgirl of Burnside (The New 52).
  • Robert Kirkman, Battle Pope, Volume 1: Genesis.
  • Bathroom Readers’ Institute, Uncle John’s Beer-Topia.
  • Alan Moore, Nemo: River of Ghosts.
  • Jon Pressick, ed., Best Sex Writing of the Year, Volume 1: On Consent, BDSM, Porn, Race, Sex Work and More.

August:

  • Rebecca Winters, Plucked: A History of Hair Removal.
  • Jim Davis, Garfield the Big Cheese: His 59th Book.
  • Brian Michael Bendis, Age of Ultron.
  • Nelson A. Denis, War Against All Puerto Ricans.
  • Boaz Lavie, The Divine.
  • Z. Rider, Insylum.

September:

  • Peter J. Tomasi, Batman: Arkham Knight.
  • Gerry Duggan, Arkham Manor.
  • Sean Ryan, New Suicide Squad, Volume 1.
  • Scott Snyder, Batman Eternal, Volume 2.
  • F. Leonora Solomon, ed., Tie Me Up: a Binding Collection of Erotic Tales.
  • Matthew Algeo, Harry Truman’s Excellent Adventure.
  • Mairghread Scott, Transformers: Combiner Wars.
  • Louise Baxter Harmon, Happiness A to Z.
  • Editors of Penthouse Variations, Penthouse Variations on Oral: Erotic Stories of Going Down.
  • Peter Laird and Kevin Eastman, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Ultimate Collection Volume 2.
  • Kyle Higgins, et.al., C.O.W.L. Volume 1: Principles of Power.
  • Cullen Bunn, et.al., Lobo Volume 1: Targets (The New 52).
  • Sparky Sweets, PhD., Thug Notes: a Street-Smart Guide to Classic Literature.
  • Robert Kirkman, Battle Pope, Volume 2: Mayhem.
  • Derf Backderf, Punk Rock and Trailer Parks.
  • Peter Milligan, et.al., The Names.

October:

  • Henry N. Beard and Christopher Cerf, Spinglish: The Definitive Dictionary of Deliberately Deceptive Language.
  • Jim Davis, Garfield Left Speechless.
  • Jim Davis, Garfield Takes his Licks: His 24th Book.*
  • Lee Papa, The Rude Pundit’s Almanack.
  • Jeremy Barlow, Star Wars, The Clone Wars: the Colossus of Destiny.
  • Jim Davis, Garfield Will Eat for Food.
  • Wayne A. Wiegand, Part of our Lives: A People’s History of the American Public Library.
  • Joey Esposito, Pawn Shop.
  • Mike W. Barr, Star Wars, The Clone Wars: The Starcrusher Trap.
  • Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale, Batman: The Long Halloween.*
  • Jim Davis, Garfield Souped Up: his 57th Book.

November:

  • Scott Snyder, Batman, Volume 7: Endgame.
  • Jim Davis, Garfield Goes to his Happy Place; his 58th Book.
  • Tom Krattenmaker, The Evangelicals You Don’t Know.
  • Jim Davis, Garfield Tips the Scales, his 8th Book.
  • Diane Muldrow, Everything I Need to Know About Love I Learned from a Little Golden Book.
  • Zeb Wells, Spider-Man/Doctor Octopus: Year One.
  • Derf Backderf, Trashed.
  • Vanessa Williamson and Theda Skocpol, The Tea Party and the Remaking of Republican Conservatism.
  • Charles M. Schultz, The Complete Peanuts, Vol. 10: 1969-1970.
  • Ben Khan, Shaman.
  • Jim Davis, Garfield Lard of the Jungle: His 52nd Book.

December:

  • Various authors, Star Trek: Alien Spotlight, Volume 1.
  • Various authors, The Star Wars.
  • Elaine Lee, Vamps.

Here are the numbers:

I read a total of 123 books this year with 2 re-reads.

Number of books read in 2014: 152, including 2 re-reads (the 2014 list).

Number of books read in 2013: 173, including 2 re-reads (the 2013 list).

Number of books read in 2012: 117, with 6 re-reads (the 2012 list).

Number of books read in 2011: 119, with 3 re-reads (the 2011 list).

Number of books read in 2010:  119, with 6 rereads (the 2010 list).

Number of books read in 2009: 98, with 5 rereads. I believe this is the first time I started to actively track rereads. (the 2009 list).

Number of books read in 2008: 111 (the 2008 list).

Number of books read in 2007: 85 (the 2007 list).

Number of books read in 2006: 106 (the 2006 list).

Number of books read in 2005: 73

Let’s look at a few other numbers and add some commentary and thoughts:

  • I read a bit less this year, though I think I read a few things a more mindful way. It was interesting working to choose books for some of the reading challenges I did in 2015.  I still read actively from NetGalley, less so from Edelweiss.
  • Best month: July with 19 books read.
  • Worst month: December with 3 books read.
  • 68 print books read.
  • 55 e-books read. The majority of books this year was still in print, but as you can see, e-books number is close. Though my preference remains print, as long as I read via NetGalley, I will keep reading e-books as well. Plus I may read the odd book here or there as e-book due to other sources, say my public library’s Overdrive system.
  • I read 9 books in fiction. This for me  usually means novels and short fiction. It can include erotica. Generally, I count graphic novels and manga together as separate categories regardless of whether some are fiction or nonfiction.
  • I read 34 books in nonfiction. That the majority of books other than graphic novels and manga are nonfiction is pretty consistent for me. I tend to prefer nonfiction overall. This category can include erotica in the sense that it would include sex manuals and other sex writing not fiction.
  • I read 77 graphic novels this year. Many of these I read via NetGalley, but I also read a good amount of them via the library. I also had two graphic novels challenges, which do allow for manga as well, running last year. Plus, this is a favorite genre of mine.
  • I read 3 mangas this year. One reason is that good mangas are not easy to get around here, but when I find them, I read them.
  • I read 7 books via my work library, Hutchins Library. This was kind of low considering I had a good number of books checked out from Hutchins Library. I just did not get to them right away. Those longer loan periods do kind of encourage me to keep things longer. I will try to do better in this regard in 2016. In addition, I got three books via Interlibrary Loan (ILL) through Hutchins Library:
    • Tales of Heresy is probably the furthest out ILL I have ever received so far. It came from Fairbanks North Star Borough Public Library System in Alaska.
    •  The Rude Pundit’s Almanack came from King County Library System in Issaquah, Washington.
    • Tarkin came from Rowan County Public Library in Morehead, Kentucky.
  • 34 books came from my local library public, the Berea branch of the Madison County (KY) Public Library.
  • I read 23 books that I own, including 12 that qualified for the 2015 Mount TBR Reading Challenge.
  • I read 52 books via NetGalley. I read 2 via Edelweiss.
  • Other numbers:
    • LIS books read: 2
    • Erotica: 4.
    • Books provided for review, not via NetGalley nor Edelweiss: 6. These are books provided by an author, publisher, or editor for review, either by invitation or because I requested them.
  • I completed 10 Reading Challenges for 2015 (see the link above, where you can see the challenge summaries and additional details). Some of these I did because they went with the flow of my reading. Others I did to try new things. Overall, things worked out OK, and I already have 2016 Reading Challenges going (see link above to see those). I am trying some new things this year, including an audiobook challenge. Overall, I am attempting 12 Reading Challenges this year: 5 repeating from last year, and 7 new ones to me.

What I am currently reading (as of this post):

  • James Swallow, The Blood Angels Omnibus (Warhammer 40,000).
  • Rachel Kramer Bussel, ed., Dirty Dates: Erotic Fantasies for Couples.
  • Margie Lapanja, Food Men Love.
  • Elizabeth Warren, A Fighting Chance (audiobook edition).
  • Julio Patán, Cocteles con Historia: Guía definitiva para el borracho ilustrado.

And as I often do to finalize, if you are interested, here are a few others who did end of year reading reports too:

Have a happy 2016 year of reading.

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