Reading Wrap-up & Fall 2011 Mini Preview

At the year’s halfway mark, which was, ah, a month and a half ago, I wanted to take a look at the books I’ve read so far to see if I was on track to meet my reading goal of 100 books this year. Seems I’m a little behind; I don’t count ones I didn’t finish or all the manuscripts I read as a copyeditor unless they were published.

But what the hey, I thought I’d share my underachieving list with you anyway, as well as some of the titles I’m most eager to tackle in the coming months. I decided to limit the preview list to books I already have in my TBR pile or else I’d be here ’til next Thursday.

Here’s what I’ve read, with links to my reviews/posts if I wrote one:

1. Heads You Lose—Lisa Lutz and David Heyward
2. Banished—Sophie Littlefield
3. The Brothers of Baker Street—Michael Robertson
4. Learning to Swim—Sara J. Henry
5. The Little Sleep—Paul Tremblay
6. Shadow of Betrayal—Brett Battles
7.  Iron River—T. Jefferson Parker
8.  L.A. Requiem (re-read)—Robert Crais
9.  The Poison Tree—Erin Kelly
10. Spider Bones—Kathy Reichs
11. Djibouti—Elmore Leonard
12. Aftertime—Sophie Littlefield
13. Eyes of the Innocent—Brad Parks
14. When the Thrill Is Gone—Walter Mosley
15. The Border Lords—T. Jefferson Parker
16. The Tiger’s Wife—Téa Obreht
17. Live Wire–Harlan Coben
18. Started Early, Took My Dog—Kate Atkinson
19. Sick—Brett Battles
20. What You See in the Dark—Manuel Muñoz
21. The Informationist—Taylor Stevens
22. Guilt by Association—Marcia Clark
23. Here Comes Mr. Trouble—Brett Battles
24. Bossypants—Tina Fey
25. The Two Deaths of Daniel Hayes—Marcus Sakey
26. Fun & Games—Duane Swierczynski
27. Little Girl Gone—Brett Battles
28. Purgatory Chasm—Steve Ulfelder
29. Summer and the City—Candace Bushnell
30. Fallen—Karin Slaughter
31. Before I Go to Sleep—S.J. Watson
32. The Devil She Knows—Bill Loehfelm
33. Creep—Jennifer Hillier
34. A Game of Lies—Rebecca Cantrell
35. Broken—Karin Slaughter
36. What Alice Forgot—Liane Moriarty
37. Alice Bliss—Laura Harrington
38. The Hypnotist—Lars Kepler
39. The Taint of Midas—Anne Zouroudi
40. A Bad Day for Scandal—Sophie Littlefield
41. The Gentlemen’s Hour (re-read)—Don Winslow
42. You’re Next—Gregg Hurwitz
43. One Dog Night—David Rosenfelt (review coming on Shelf Awareness)
44. Killed at the Whim of a Hat—Colin Coterrill (review coming on Shelf Awareness)
45. Stigma—Philip Hawley Jr.
46. The Most Dangerous Thing—Laura Lippman
47. Becoming Quinn—Brett Battles
47. Hideout—Kathleen George (review coming on Shelf Awareness)
48. The Cut—George Pelecanos (review coming on Shelf Awareness)
49. The Cradle in the Grave—Sophie Hannah (review coming on Shelf Awareness)
50. The Pull of Gravity—Brett Battles

51. Ready Player One—Ernest Cline

Below are the books in my stack, in no particular order, I’m most looking forward to devouring this fall (after I finish my last few summer releases). What titles are on your fall list? How are you doing on your reading goals this year?




  • Reply
    Naomi Johnson
    August 19, 2011 at 4:56 am

    I wish Headstone was in my stack already. And the Lee Child book. But as for what’s in my stack, nothing new since I stopped accepting ARCs. Of the old stuff, I’m two books behind on Duane Swierczynski, three behind on Louise Penny, and I have Declan Burke’s ABSOLUTE ZERO COOL on deck.

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    August 19, 2011 at 9:02 am

    LOVE this post! Maybe I’m a total Peeping-Tom, but I love to know what my pals are reading and what they’re excited about reading in the future – so thanks for letting us peek behind your curtain.

    I’m also looking forward to the new Reacher and Hell & Gone, along with a few others:

    The Outlaw Album – Woodrell, ‘nuf said.

    The Drop – New Harry Bosch by Michael Connelly.

    Rin Tin Tin bio by Susan Orlean.

    11/22/63 by Stephen King. Love Full Dark, No Stars, so willing to give this one a shot, it sounds really interesting.

    How far in the future are we going? Also really looking forward to Hilary’s new one, which I think doesn’t come out til February.

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    August 19, 2011 at 10:12 am

    That’s one impressive list of books, Elyse. I wish I had the time and talent to cover the even half of the ground you have.

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    August 19, 2011 at 10:50 am

    Not a Peeping Tom like Lauren and I’m not the kind of guy to slow down on the freeway just to check out the accident that has already been cleared to the side, but I was very interested in the list of books you have already devoured. Very impressive. Way to crank them out, PCN. I should start keeping track of at least my own count, whether I recall the titles or not.

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    Pop Culture Nerd
    August 19, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    Naomi—You’ve got some good ones there. And since your stack contains 200 books, I can understand why you stopped accepting ARCs!

    Lauren—I’m looking forward to the titles you mentioned, too! Except for the Orlean. Nothing against her, just have never read her. Wasn’t sure if anyone cared what I read this year so I’m glad you enjoyed the the peek. Pervert.

    le0—You cover plenty, and your reviews are super insightful.

    EIREGO—I like making lists. They make me feel productive. Or not.

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      August 19, 2011 at 4:45 pm

      I’ve never read Orlean either, but curious about the whole Rin Tin Tin story. We’ll see how it sounds once it comes out. But it’s on my radar.

      You know I’m always interested in what you’re reading, Nails.

      EIREGO – People in glass houses…are a Peeping Tom’s best friend. 🙂

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