I read 134 books this year, 23 more than last year’s total of 112, which was the first time I kept a record.
First book of 2013: INADMISSABLE EVIDENCE by Phillip Friedman
Last book of 2013: THE BLOOD OF STRANGERS, a Dirty Harry novel by “Dane Hartman”
Of the 134, 52 of them were re-reads
Trade paperback: 8
I read no book electronically in 2013.
Counting by genre:
Crime Drama: 56
Science Fiction: 1
Horror: 1 (Jeff Rice’s THE NIGHT STALKER)
Biography: 1 (J.J. Armes)
Comic Books: 3
From the 1930s: 5
My big project last year was reading or re-reading the complete collection of 87th Precinct police procedurals written by the late Ed McBain. And I did, except for two books that I didn’t have in my collection and couldn’t find at both of my local libraries. I read 51 of McBain’s 54 (I also didn’t re-read one that I had read just a couple of years ago) 87th Precinct books and a short story in an issue of ELLERY QUEEN’S MYSTERY MAGAZINE.
Ace Double paperbacks: 9
Doc Savage novels by Kenneth Robeson: 3
Shell Scott novels by Richard S. Prather: 2
Nero Wolfe novels by Rex Stout: 2
Perry Mason novels by Erle Stanley Gardner: 2
Penetrator novels by Lionel Derrick: 2
Other authors read more than once:
Jerrold Freedman: 3
Alistair MacLean: 2
Edward S. Aarons: 2
Elisabeth Sanxay Holding: 2
L.A. Morse: 2
Philip Friedman: 2
Rob Neyer: 2
Tom Weaver: 2
Tom West: 2
THE BLACK SHRIKE (1961) by Alistair MacLean
MAIL-ORDER MYSTERIES: REAL STUFF FROM OLD COMIC BOOK ADS! (2011) by Kirk Demarais
MARY AND LOU AND RHODA AND TED (2013) by Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
NIGHT BEFORE THE WEDDING (1969) by The Gordons
THE PHANTOM CITY (1933) by Kenneth Robeson (Lester Dent)
Plus any Ed McBain novel of the 1950s or 1960s is a good way to jump on the 87th Precinct bandwagon.
How many books did you read this year?