Reading List, 2012

Since 1991 I’ve kept a list of all the books I read during the year. 2012 was an especially fruitful time, thanks to a day job that gave me very little to do but read (and which I no longer have—sigh—such is the health care industry), enabling me to log 76 books. Some are re-reads of old favorites, some are written by friends. I thought I’d share the list.

Yes, there are a lot of novellas and poetry chapbooks to help pad out the list, but also two 1000-page doorstoppers (one which took nearly a month to plow through), nor did I read anything throughout November, which further skews the averages.

Looking over the titles it’s clear I should’ve read a bit more widely and out of my preferred genre, but all in all I’d say it’s a year’s worth of some pretty good reading.

They are, in chronological order:

1) UNDER THE DOME, Stephen King
2) BABY’S FIRST BOOK OF SERIOUSLY FUCKED-UP SHIT, Robert Devereaux
3) HELLHOLE, WEST VIRGINIA, Rich Bottles Jr.
4) BACK STORY, Robert E. Parker
5) DEMONS: ENCOUNTERS WITH THE DEVIL AND HIS MINIONS, FALLEN ANGELS, AND THE POSSESSED, John Skipp (editor)
6) CHRISTINE, Stephen King
7) MR. X, Peter Straub
8) ASS GOBLINS OF AUSCHWICZ, Cameron C. Pierce
9) ALWAYS REMEMBER TO TIP YOUR NINJA AND OTHER AXIOMS OF THE CLINICALLY ABSURD, Jeremy C. Shipp
10) DOMINION, Bentley Little
11) BRAIN DAMAGE: A TRIP THROUGH HELL, Robert Martin
12) PHANTOM ENERGY: (VERY) SHORT STORIES, Robert Swartwood
13) SENSATION, Nick Mamatas
14) GOD, NO! SIGNS YOU MAY ALREADY BE AN ATHEIST AND OTHER MAGICAL TALES, Penn Jillette
15) SACRIFICE, Richard Kinion (aka Edward Lee)
16) LOST ECHOES, Joe R. Lansdale
17) EVERY SHALLOW CUT, Tom Piccirilli
18) SORRY I RUINED YOUR ORGY, Bradley Sands
19) GOD IS NOT GREAT: HOW RELIGION POISONS EVERYTHING, Christopher Hitchens
20) LIKE DEATH, Tim Waggoner
21) BOY’S LIFE, Robert R. McCammon
22) LIKE PORNO FOR PSYCHOS, Wrath James White
23) THE GOD ENGINES, John Scalzi
24) FAR DARK FIELDS, Gary A. Braunbeck
25) BREEDER, Douglas Clegg
26) NIGHT VISIONS: THE HELLBOUND HEART, George R.R. Martin (editor)
27) JUST LIKE HELL, Nate Southard
28) TROLLEY NO. 1852, Edward Lee
29) THE HUNGER GAMES, Suzanne Collins
30) HOMEPLACE: POEMS FROM THE MOUNTAINS, Susanna Holstein
31) THE KEEPER, Sarah Langan
32) 100 BULLETS: FIRST SHOT, LAST CALL, Brian Azzarella, Eduardo Risso
33) FULL BONE MOON, Geoffrey Cameron Fuller
34) THE GORELETS OMNIBUS: COLLECTED POEMS 2001-2011, Michael A. Arnzen
35) DEVIL’S MARIONETTE, Maurice Broaddus
36) SURVIVOR, Chuck Palahniuk
37) THE TROUBLESOME AMPUTEE, John Edward Lawson
38) HELLBENDER, Jason Jack Miller
39) TALL TALES WITH SHORT COCKS, Bizarro Press (editor)
40) THE BABY JESUS BUTT PLUG, Carlton Mellick III
41) IT, Stephen King
42) CARNAGE ROAD, Gregory Lamberson
43) PSLAMS OF THE MONSTER RIVER CULT, William F. DeVault, Daniel S. McTaggart
44) RABBITS IN THE GARDEN, Jessica McHugh
45) WORKING STIFFS, Lucy Leitner
46) WILD HAIRS, David J. Schow
47) THE MORGANTOWN SUITE POEMS, William F. DeVault
48) TRASHLAND-A-GO-GO, Constance Ann Fitzgerald
49) LIVE GIRLS, Ray Garton
50) GARDENS OF EARTHLY DELIGHT, George Williams
51) WAR SLUT, Carlton Mellick III
52) LADIES AND OTHER VICIOUS CREATURES, Donna Lynch
53) BRAIN CHEESE BUFFET, Edward Lee
54) THE PLAGUE FACTORY, John Edward Lawson
55) WIDOW’S WALK, Robert E. Parker
56) THE POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE, James M. Cain
57) THEY SHOOT HORSES, DON’T THEY?, Horace McCoy
58) NIGHTMARE ALLEY, William Lindsay Gresham
59) WEREWOLVES AND SHAPESHIFTERS: ENCOUNTERS WITH THE BEAST WITHIN, John Skipp (editor)
60) SUIPSALMS, John Edward Lawson
61) DEADWEIGHT, Robert Devereaux
62) MOTHER PUNCHER, Gina Rinalli
63) THE DAMNATION GAME, Clive Barker
64) FULL DARK, NO STARS, Stephen King
65) CUM FOR BIGFOOT, Virginia Wade
66) DIARY, Chuck Palahniuk
67) FUCKIN’ LIE DOWN ALREADY, Tom Piccirilli
68) GOON, Edward Lee and John Pelan
69) THE HOLY TERROR, Wayne Allen Sallee
70) CUM FOR BIGFOOT 2, Virginia Wade
71) KEEPERS, Gary A. Braunbeck
72) SIBS, F. Paul Wilson
73) SEE NO EVIL, SAY NO EVIL, Matt Betts
74) THE STARLING CONNECTION PART 1: LIFELINE, Theodore Webb
75) TALL TALES WITH SHORT COCKS VOL. 2, Arthur Gelsinger (editor)
76) BARBED WIRE KISSES, Scott Colbert

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