Friday, July 27, 2018

What I Read in 2010

At last we come to 2010, the last year I never kept a list for.   At 184 items, it's my second-highest year. This was the year historical fiction really arrived, driven by Bernard Cornwell and C.S. Forester. but with a little help from Alison Weir.   The largest change, however,  is the massive spike in Star Trek reading as I decided to catch up on the new Treklit.   History finally overtook science,  pursuing its destiny as queen of the shelves..


  • Storm of Steel, Ernst Junger
  • I Am Spock, Leonard Nimoy
  • Yours, Isaac Asimov; Isaac Asimov
  • American Infidel, Orvin Larson
  • Joan of Arc: The Legend and the Reality, Frances Gies
  • Nehru: The Invention of India,  Shashi Tharoor
  • The Life of Elizabeth I, Alison Weird
  • The Life and Times of Horatio Hornblower, C. Northcote Parkinson
  • Frank: The Voice, James Kaplan

Classics and  Literature

  • The Bhagavad Gita, trans/interpreted Stephen Mitchell
  • The Iron Heel, Jack London
  • A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens
  • The 100 Most Influential Books Ever Written, Martin Seymour-Smith
  • The Roman Way, Edith Hamliton
  • A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, Mark Twain

Fantasy, Horror,  and Speculative

  • Hitler's War,   Harry Turtledove
  • The Magicians, Lev Grossman
  • The Man with the Iron Heart, Harry Turtledove
  • The End of the Beginning, Harry Turtledove
  • West and East,  Harry Turtledove
  • Christine,  Stephen King
  • The Good Guy, Dean Koontz
  • HP and the Chamber of Secrets Audiobook
  • HP and The Prisoner of Azkaban, audiobok
General Fiction

  • The Best American Short Stories (2008)
  • Murder at the ABA, Isaac Asimov
  • The Last Juror, John Grisham
  • Lemony Snicket: The Unauthorized Autobiography, Lemony Snicket

  • The Gangs of New York, Herbert Ashbury
  • Lost Discoveries, Dick Teresi
  • 1491: New Revelations of the Americas before Columbus, Charles C. Mann
  • North Korea: Another Country, Bruce Cumings
  • Homage to Catalonia, George Orwell
  • Africa: A Biography of the Continent, John Reader
  • Memories of Old Cahaba, Anne Gayle
  • The Other Side of Selma, Dickie WIlliams
  • The World Through Maps, John Short
  • Chainbreaker's War, ed. Jeanne Winston Adler
  • Citizens, Simon Schama
  • La Belle France, Alistair Horne
  • Heroes of History, Will Durant
  • Don't Know Much About Geography, Ken Davs
  • Working IX to V, Vickie Leon
  • The Birth of the United States, Isaac Asimov
  • Disease Fighters Since 1950,  Ray Spangenburg
  • The Spanish-American War, Albert Marrin
  • Our Oriental Heritage, Will Durant
  • The Life of Greece, Will Durant
  • Caesar and Christ, Will Durant
  • The Imperial Cruise, James Bradley
  • America's Hidden History, Kenneth Davis
  • What Went Wrong?, Bernard Lewis
  • The Mother Tongue, BIll Bryson
  • Britain: At the Edge of the World?, Simon Schama
  • Mapping Human History, Steve Olson
  • The Earth Shall Weep, James Wilson
  • Coal: A Human History, Barbara Freese

Historical Fiction

  • The Lady Elizabeth, Alison Weir
  • Captain Horatio Hornblower,  C.S. Forester
  • Young Hornblower, C.S. Forester
  • Commodore Hornblower, C.S. Forester
  • Lord Hornblower, C.S. Forester
  • Hornblower and the Hotspur, C.S. Forester
  • Hornblower and the Crisis, CS Forester
  • Captive Queen, Alison Weir
  • Give Me Back my Legions, Harry Turtledove
  • Admiral Hornblower in the West Indies, C.S. Forester
  • Sharpe's Eagle, Bernard Cornwell
  • Empire, Steven Saylor
  • Innocent Traitor, Alison Weir
  • True Grit, Charles Portis
  • Heretic, Bernard Cornwell
  • The Last Kingdom, Bernard Cornwell
  • The Pale Horseman, Bernard Cornwell
  • Lords of the North, Bernard Cornwell
  • Sword Song, Bernard Cornwell


  • Asimov Laughs Again, Isaac Asimov
  • Lamb, Christopher Moore
  • A Dirty Job, Christopher Moore
  • Potatoes are Cheaper, Max Shulman
  • Rally Round the Flag, Boys!, Max Shulman
  • Barefoot Boy with Cheek, Max Shulman
  • I Was a Teenage Dwarf,  Max Shulman
  • The Stupidest Angel, Christopher Moore

Law and Disorder
  • Under and Alone, William McQueen
  • Casino,  Nicholas Pileggi

Mysteries and Thrillers

  • The Mao Case,  Qiu Xiaolong
  • The King of  Torts, John Grisham
  • The Devil's Punchbowl, Greg Iles
  • A Whiff of Death, Isaac Asimov
  • The Confession, John Grisham
  • The Chamber, John Grisham
  • Conspirata, Robert Harris
  • The Brethren, John Grisham
  • The Summons, John Grisham

Plays, Poetry, and Language
  • Sand and Foam, Khalil Gibran
  • The Infernova, S.A. Alenthony
  • Stories Behind Words, Peter Limburg

Politics and Civic Interest
  • Red Emma Speaks, Alix Kate Shulman
  • A Power Goverments Cannot Suppress,  Howard Zinn
  • The Geography of Nowhere, Jim Kunstler
  • The Road to Wigan Pier, George Orwell
  • Weapons of Satire, Mark Twain
Religion and Philosophy

  • Letters from a Stoic, Seneca
  • A Guide to the Good Life,  William Irvine
  • The Emperor's Handbook, David and Scot Hicks
  • Dinner with a Perfect Stranger, David Gregory
  • The Year of Living Biblically, AJ Jacobs
  • The Ethics of Star Trek, Judith Barad, Ed Robertson
  • Letter from the Birmingham Jail, Martin Luther King Jr
  • Strength to Love, Martin Luther King Jr
  • Plato's Podcasts, Mark Vernon
  • Reading Judas, Elaine Pagels and Karen King
  • The Art of Happiness ns a Troubled World,  TenzinGyatso 
  • The Essays of Ralph Waldo Emerson, Ralph Waldo Emerson
Science and Nature

  • The Tyrannosaurus Prescription, Isaac Asimov
  • It's Raining Frogs and Fishes!, Jerry Dennis
  • The Private Life of Plants, David Attenborough
  • The Trials of Life, David Attenborough
  • The Life of Birds, David Attenborough
  • Dinosaur Laves, Jack Horner
  • The Roving Mind, Isaac Asimov
  • Stiff, Mary Roach
  • African Exodus, Christopher Stringer and Robin McKie
  • Spook, Mary Roach
  • Packing for Mars, Mary Roach
  • Rapt: Attention and the Focused Life, Winifred Gallaghter
  • The Naked Lady Who Stood On Her Head, Oliver Sachs
  • The Grand Design, Stephen Hawking
  • The Mind's Eye, Oliver Sachs
Science Fiction

  • Around the World in 80 Days, Jules Verne
  • Contact, Carl Sagan
  • Jurassic Park, Michael Crichton
  • The Complete Robot, Isaac Asimov
  • The Andromeda Strain, Michael Crichton
  • The Lost World, Michael Crichton
  • Timeline, Michael Crichton
  • The War of the Worlds, HG Wells
  • 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Jules Verne

Society and Culture

  • American Nerd, Ben Nugent
Star Trek and Star Wars

  • The Lives of Dax, various
  • Millennium Falcon, James Luceno
  • Tatooine Ghost, Troy Denning
  • Hard Contact, Karen Traviss
  • Revenge of the Sith, Matt Stover
  • The Reunion, MIchael Jan Friedman
  • Death in Winter, Michael Jan Friedman
  • Tales of the Dominion War, various authors
  • Quotable Star Trek, ed. Jill Sherwin
  • Greater than the Sum, Christopher Bennett
  • Stargazer: Three, Michael Jan Friedman
  • STDS9: Betrayal, Lois Tilton
  • Dynasty of Evil, Drew Karpyshyn
  • The Buried Age, Christopher Bennett
  • A Time to be Born, John Vornholt
  • Provenance of Shadows, David R. George
  • Gods of Night, David Mack
  • Mere Mortals, David Mack 
  • Lost Souls, David Mack
  • Full Circle, Kirsten Beyer
  • Unworthy, Kirsten Beyer
  • Distant Shores, various
  • Worlds of DS9 Vol I, various
  • The Good that Men Do, Martin and Mangels
  • STDS9: Fallen Heroes, Dafydd ab Hugh
  • Warpath, David Mack
  • A Singular Destiny, Keith RA Decandido
  • Taking Wing, Martin and Mangels
  • Orion's Hounds, Christopher L Bennett
  • Zero Sum Game, David Mack
  • Kobayashi Maru, Martin and Mangels
  • The Kobayashi Maru, Julia Ecklar
  • Losing the Peace, William Leisner
  • Beneath the Raptor's Wings, Martin and Mangels
  • Seize the Fire, Michael Martin

Travel and Adventure

  • Into the Wild, John Krakauer
  • The Motorcycle Diaries, Ernesto Guevara
  • A Walk Across America, Peter Jeknins
  • Travels with Charley,  John Steinbeck
  • Walking towards Walden, John Hanson Mitchell
  • Stephen Fry in America, Stephen Fry
  • A Walk in the Woods, Bill Bryson


  1. i loved Hornblower and i see why you know so much about Star Trek! You might enjoy some other Krakauer books; but that might get you started on mountain climbing stories, of which, imo, there's nothing more addictive... great lists; i don't know off-hand how they could be improved upon...

    1. Thanks! I like the subject organization much better than the chronological one.

  2. I really wish I could read that many books each year...... [grin]

    1. All it takes is a childhood of doing nothing but reading, residence in a small town with nothing to do, and a circle of friends that...also reads. :)

  3. Wow! I wish I kept a list or kept track of what I read. You've read so many books as well! I'm so jealous xD

    Elle Inked @ Keep on Reading

    1. I only started keeping a list in 2011, and then a few years ago I started trying to apply labels to make my end-year wrapups easier. It grows as it goes..


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