Monday, December 31, 2012

My reading

Looking at the 2012 book list, a few things are apparent. First, the kindle makes a huge difference. I got it in mid-October and then proceeded to read 32 more books before the year was over. Admittedly, there were more than a few lightweights in that span, but it is still remarkable to me. I continue to read less and less fiction, even when I make a point of reading it. Given my disinterest in fantasy fiction and romance novels, I'm not exactly being inundated with opportunities to change this. And, true to form, I'm starting 2013 with fiction in its densest possible form -- Infinite Jest. Other books that have been piling up for 2013: A Wilderness of Error by Errol Morris, Pearl Jam 20, Unforgiven by Rob Bagchi and Paul Rogerson, and Under the Volcano by Malcolm Lowry. I'm already about 30% through The Moviegoer by Walker Percy, so it is all but certain to be the first book of 2013.

Book List: 2012

Here's the list for 2012, all 77 books. I'm reading more than ever, but am also reading less fiction than I did in all the prior years (where I sure wasn't reading this kind of volume). My favorites for the year are starred.

January (5)
When March Went Mad by Seth Davis
College Humor: The Website: The Book by the writers of
The Great Typo Hunt by Jeff Deck and Benjamin D. Herson
The Book of Drugs by Mike Doughty
The American Way of Death Revisited by Jessica Mitford*

February (10)
Bottom of the 33rd by Dan Barry
The Universal Baseball Association, Inc., J. Henry Waugh, Prop. by Robert Coover
Jimmy Corrigan: the Smartest Kid on Earth by Chris Ware
D.C. Noir edited by George Pelecanos
2012 Baseball America Prospect Handbook
edited by the editors of Baseball America The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde*
The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara
How to Archer by Sterling Archer
Now Pitching: Bob Feller by Bob Feller with Bill Gilbert
The Men Who Stare At Goats by Jon Ronson*

March (9):
Dirty Minds: How Our Brains Influence Love, Sex and Relationships by Kayt Sukel
The Perfection Point by John Brenkus
The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
When I Was a Young Man by Bob Kerrey
Out of My League by Dirk Hayhurst*
Bossypants by Tina Fey
My Friend Dahmer by Derf Backderf
The Sweet Science by A.J. Liebling
The Curse of Rocky Colavito by Terry Pluto

April (2):
Sweetness: the Enigmatic Life of Walter Payton by Jeff Pearlman
Game Six by Mark Frost

May (3):
Shoeless Joe by W.P. Kinsella
The Pitch That Killed by Mike Sowell
Where I’m Calling From by Raymond Carver

June (3):
The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach
Dreams From My Father by Barack Obama
I Am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I Want to be Your Class President by Josh Lieb

July (5)
The Power Broker by Robert Caro*
The Last Natural by Rob Miech
The Beats: a Graphic History by Harvey Pekar et al.
The McSweeney’s Book of Politics and Musicals edited by Christopher Monks
The Card: Collectors, Con Men, and the True Story of History’s Most Desired Baseball Card by Michael O’Keeffe and Teri Thompson

August (5)
Love is a Mix Tape by Rob Sheffield*
The Deportees and Other Stories by Roddy Doyle
Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner*
Summer of Shadows by Jonathan Knight
I Love It When You Talk Retro by Ralph Keyes

September (2)
Sleepwalk With Me and Other Stories by Mike Birbiglia
One Day in September by Simon Reeve

October (8)
America Again: Rebecoming the Greatness We Never Weren’t by Stephen Colbert
The Hall of Nearly Great edited by Jason Wojciechowski and Marc Normandin
Telegraph Avenue by Michael Chabon
The Wire-to-Wire Reds: Sweet Lou, Nasty Boys, and the Road to a World Championship by John Erardi and Joel Luckhaupt
Columbine by Dave Cullen*
The Beckham Experiment by Grant Wahl
Illegal Procedure by Josh Luchs and James Dale
The Best Show in Football: The 1946-55 Cleveland Browns -- Football’s Greatest Dynasty by Andy Piascik

November (15)
The Extra 2% by Jonah Keri*
Steinbrenner: The Last Lion of Baseball by Bill Madden
Change Up: an Oral History of 8 Key Events that Shaped Baseball by Larry Burke and Peter Thomas Fornatale with Jim Baker
Don’t Put Me In Coach by Mark Titus
The Joy of Keeping Score: How Scoring the Game Has Influenced and Enhanced the History of Baseball by Paul Dickson
Hard-Luck Harvey Haddix and the Greatest Game Ever Lost by Lew Freedman
How Soccer Explains the World by Franklin Foer
Super Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner*
Dream Team: How Michael, Magic, Larry, Charles, and the Greatest Team of All Time Conquered the World and Changed the Game of Basketball Forever by Jack McCallum
Scorecasting: The Hidden Influences Behind How Sports are Played and Games are Won by Tobias Moskowitz and L. Jon Wertheim
The Will to Whatevs by Eugene Mirman
Johnny Cash: I See a Darkness by Reinhard Kleist
Brief Interviews With Hideous Men by David Foster Wallace
Created in Darkness by Troubled Americans: The Best of McSweeney’s Humor Category edited by Dave Eggers et al.
Decoded by Jay-Z*

December (10): In the Peanut Gallery with Mystery Science Theater 3000: Essays on Film, Fandom, Technology and the Culture of Riffing edited by Robert G. Weiner and Shelley E. Barba
The Best of American Splendor by Harvey Pekar
The Secret History of the War on Cancer by Devra Davis
The Book of Baseball Literacy: 3rd Edition by David H. Martinez
Pre: the Story of America's Greatest Running Legend by Tom Jordan
Marathon: The Ultimate Training and Racing Guide by Hal Higdon
The Best American Humorous Short Stories edited by Alexander Jessup
E-mails from an Asshole by John Lindsay
F in Exams by Richard Benson
Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson