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Goals: 120 books I enjoy; new to me authors; TBR <= 10

In 2012, I want to:

1. Read and enjoy 120 books.
2. Continue to discover new authors.
3. To Be Read - Now 38, reduce to ten.
4. Read short fiction and magazines, not counted in total.

Here is how I'm doing:

1. In Fire Forged: Worlds of Honor V, David Weber, 336 pages. Good stories but I didn't need the last section on weapons, completed 1/4/12, Books to be read on Kindle - 38.
2. The Cater Street Hangman, Anne Perry, 304 pages, excellent exploration of feelings and relationships in the midst of shocking Victorian murders, completed 1/6/12. Books to be read on Kindle - 39.
3. Callander Square, Anne Perry, 266 pages, Charlotte is in reduced circumstances, but still deep in Victorian upper class murders, completed 1/7/12, Books to be read on Kindle - still 39.
4. Paragon Walk, Anne Perry, 250 pages, the title is ironic given the situation of the characters, completed 1/9/12, Books to be read on Kindle - 38.
5. The Worst Hard Time, Timothy Egan (new author to me), 342 pages, an insightful look at the lives and times of those who lived through the depression era dust bowl in the midwestern U.S., completed 1/11/12, Books to be read on Kindle - 39 (sigh).
6. Resurrection Row, Anne Perry, 217 pages, a suprising motive and a look at poverty in Victorian England - interesting, completed 1/13/12, Books to be read on Kindle - 45 (I blame Amazon's $0.99 Ed McBain books offer for this increase in my TBR list).
7. King's Ransom, Ed McBain (new author to me), 181 pages. What a good series to discover - it started when I was 2 years old and holds up well, completed 1/14/12, Books to be read on Kindle - 44.
8. Rutland Place, Anne Perry, 217 pages, a good story just didn't knock my socks off like the previous ones, completed 1/15/12, Books to be read on Kindle - 43.
9. Like Love, Ed McBain, 160 pages. Good story, completed 1/17/12, Books to be read on Kindle - 44.
10. Bluegate Fields, Anne Perry, 275 pages, excellent story about murder and touchy subjects in Victorian England, completed 1/18/12, Books to be read on Kindle - 44.
11. Death in the Devil's Acre, Anne Perry, 267 pages, gritty realism in the seamy side of Victorian England, completed 1/21/12, Books to be read on Kindle - 44.
12. Cardington Crescent, Anne Perry, 296 pages, murder hits close to home and more of the dark side of Victorian England is revealed, completed 1/22/12, Books to be read on Kindle - 44.
13. Silence in Hanover Close, Anne Perry, 345 pages, murder, betrayal, treason and a threat to Charlotte's family, excellent, completed 1/23/12, Books to be read on Kindle - 44.
14. Ten Plus One, Ed McBain, 254 pages, excellent police procedural - hunting a serial sniper, completed 1/24/12, Books to be read on Kindle - 42.
15. Fuse of Armageddon, Sigmund Brouwer/Hank Hanegraaff, 400 pages, very good story from new authors for me, completed 1/27/12, Books to be read on Kindle - 43.
16. Lady, Lady, I Did It, Ed McBain, 264 pages, an incredibly powerful story that closely involves the 87th Precinct, completed 1/28/12, Books to be read on Kindle - 43.
17. Fuzz, Ed McBain, 208 pages, good story with personal danger for the 87th, completed 1/29/12, Books to be read on Kindle - 42.
18. Bethlehem Road, Anne Perry, 312 pages, MPs murdered, who could be doing it?, completed 1/31/12, Books to be read on Kindle - 37.
19. Highgate Rise, Anne Perry, 342 pages, secret lives are revealed, completed 2/3/12, Books to be read on Kindle - 37.
20. Belgrave Square, Anne Perry, 362 pages, murder, blackmail, usury, scandal - yowza, completed 2/5/12, Books to be read on Kindle - 40.
21. Ghosts, Ed McBain, 212 pages, ghosts, psychic, murder and all at Christmas!, completed 2/6/12, Books to be read on Kindle - 40.
22. Jigsaw, Ed McBain, 161 pages, a puzzle to solve with lots of pieces, completed 2/7/12, Books to be read on Kindle - 39.
23. Cop Hater, Ed McBain, 188 pages, heat wave, cop killer and the introductory novel to the 87th Precinct, completed 2/8/12, Books to be read on Kindle - 39.
24. The Mugger, Ed McBain, 181 pages, muggings, murder and a patrolmen/detective's week off, completed 2/11/12, Books to be read on Kindle - 37.
25. Irrefutable, Dale Roberts, 350 pages, good cop story from a new author for me, completed 2/11/12, Books to be read on Kindle - 36.
26. Murder in Store, D. C. Brod, 241 pages, good cop story for another new author for me, completed 2/12/12, Books to be read on Kindle - 34.
27. Ice, Ed McBain, 360 pages, murders all over with a 38 & a complex web, completed 2/15/12, Books to be read on Kindle - 37.
28. Farriers' Lane, Anne Perry, 408 pages, grisly murder, prejudice and more, completed 2/19/12, Books to be read on Kindle - 41 (bought more books, sigh).
29. The Hyde Park Headsman, Anne Perry, 343 pages, decapitation, deception and more politics, completed 2/20/12, Books to be read on Kindle - 41.
30. Traitors Gate, Anne Perry, 423 pages, treason, murder, secrets in high places - best one it the series yet, completed 2/22/12, Books to be read on Kindle - 41.
31. The Pusher, Ed Mc Bain, 153 pages, who knew heroin was this bad in the 50s - well done, completed 2/24/12, Books to be read on Kindle - 41.
32. Pentecost Alley, Anne Perry, 406 pages, wow, murdered prostitutes and Victorian Society, completed 2/25/12, Books to be read on Kindle - 40.
33. A Rising Thunder, David Weber, 464 pages, good story, completed 2/27/12, Books to be read on Kindle - 39.
34. The Con Man, Ed McBain, 216 pages, Never realized how slimy a con man could be, completed 2/28/12, Books to be read on Kindle - 38.
35. Ashworth Hall, Anne Perry, 373 pages, Irish politics at Ashworth, completed 3/4/12, Books to be read on Kindle - 41.
36. Brunswick Gardens, Anne Perry, 401 pages, a cleric's family an old friend of Charlotte's and murder or is it?, completed 3/7/12, Books to be read on Kindle - 41.
37. Killer's Choice, Ed McBain, 204 pages, murder in a liquor store, then another, completed 3/9/12, Books to be read on Kindle - 42.
38. Bedford Square, Anne Perry, 327 pages, murder, blackmail, yellow journalism, completed 3/10/12, Books to be read on Kindle, - 41.
39. Half Moon Street, Anne Perry, 312 pages, murder, censorship, license, completed 3/13/12, Books to be read on Kindle - 39.
40. Killer's Payoff, Ed McBain, 157 pages, murder, extortion, completed 3/14/12, Books to be read on Kindle - 39.
41. Created, The Destroyer, Warren Murphy/Richard Sapir, 176 pages, cop recruited to be an assassin, completed 3/15/12. Books to be read on Kindle - 39.
42. The Whitechapel Conspiracy, Anne Perry, 339 pages, murder, conspiracy, demotion, completed 3/16/12, Books to be read on Kindle - 38.
43. Lady Killer, Ed McBain, 180 pages, a race to catch a murderer before he murders, completed 3/17/12. Books to be read on Kindle - 45.
44. Southhampton Row, Anne Perry, 326 pages, spiritualism, murder, conspiracy, danger, completed 3/19/12. Books to be read on Kindle - 44.
45. Seven Dials, Anne Perry, 330 pages, murder, politics, Egypt, completed 3/22/12. Books to be read on Kindle - 43.
46. The Disappeared, Kristine Kathryn Rusch (a new author for me - glad I ran into her web page), 374 pages, kidnapping, vengeance and aliens, and detectives Flint and DeRicci, completed 3/25/12. Books to be read on Kindle - 43.
47. Long Spoon Lane, Anne Perry, 329 pages, Anarchists, murder, conspiracies, completed 3/28/12, Books to be read on Kindle - 46.
48. Killer's Wedge, Ed McBain, 176 pages, revenge is the theme, completed 3/28/12. Books to be read on Kindle - 45.
49. Buckingham Palace Gardens, Anne Perry, 312 pages, palace intrigue, murder and danger, completed 4/1/12. Books to be read on Kindle - 46.
50. Extremes, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, 373 pages, a marathon on the moon, murder and an interesting case for Flint and DeRicci, completed 4/7/12. Books to be read on Kindle - 45.
51. Til Death, Ed McBain, 183 pages, a peaceful Sunday for the detectives - yeah right, completed 4/8/12. Books to be read on Kindle - 45.
52. With the Lightnings, David Drake (another new author for me), 416 pages, seemed to start slow but Wow!, completed 4/15/12. Books to be read on Kindle - 51.
53. Give the Boys a Great Big Hand, Ed McBain, 202 pages, it all starts with a hand - where's the rest of the body, completed 4/17/12. Books to be read on Kindle - 50.
54. Lt. Leary Commanding, David Drake, great series! I read a bunch of these on vacation, 576 pages, completed 4/23/12.
55. The Far Side of the Stars, David Drake, still great, 528 pages, rating 5/5, completed 4/27/12.
56. The Way to Glory, David Drake, another great one, 526 pages, completed 4/30/12.
57. Some Golden Harbor, David Drake, great, 544 pages, completed 5/5/12.
58. Treason at Lisson Grove, Anne Perry, trouble in Ireland and at home, 306 pages, completed, 5/8/12.
59. When the Tide Rises, David Drake, consistently great series, 528 pages, completed 5/11/12.
60. The Heckler, Ed McBain, another good one at the 87th precinct, 212 pages, completed 5/13/12.
61. In the Stormy Red Sky, David Drake, highly recommend this series, 544 pages,completed 5/12/12. To be read on Kindle - 47.
62. See Them Die, Ed McBain, one the best of the 87th precinct I've read, 196 pages, completed 5/17/12. To be read on Kindle - 48.
63. 11/22/63, Stephen King, good story - long, but well worth a read, 848 pages, completed 5/22/12. To be read on Kindle - 47.
64. What Distant Deeps, David Drake, another great Leary book, 528 pages, completed 5/26/12. To be read on Kindle - 45.
65. The Empty Hours, Ed McBain, three stories - one good, two great, 240 pages, completed 5/27/12. To be read on Kindle - 43.
66. The Lord of the Rings: One Volume, J.R.R Tolkien, epic, excellent and memorable - always worth a good reread, 1031 pages, completed 6/7/12. To be read on Kindle - 45.
67. Ax, Ed McBain, another great one, 188 pages, completed 6/7/12. To be read on Kindle - 44.
68. He Who Hesitates, Ed McBain, a different 87th precinct story, 178 pages, completed 6/9/12. To be read on Kindle - 42.
69. Consequences, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, politics, murder and family on the moon, 370 pages, completed 6/15/12. To be read on Kindle - 41.
70. Doll, Ed McBain, different but so well done, 148 pages, completed 6/16/12. To be read on Kindle - 40.
71. The Family Trade, Charles Stross, New author to me, interesting parallel world concept, 307 pages, completed 6/23/12. To be read on Kindle - 45.
72. Robopocalypse, Daniel H. Wilson, new author to me, scary, interesting and well written book, 351 pages, completed 6/25/12. To be read on Kindle - 44.
73. Buried Deep, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, insight into the Disty culture-part of the Retrieval Artist series, 372 pages, completed 6/28/12. To be read on Kindle - 43.
74. Eighty Million Eyes, Ed McBain, TV, murder and another mystery, 202 pages, completed 6/30/12. To be read on Kindle - 25. (removed books unlikely to be read this year.)
75. Rite of Passage, Alexei Panshin (new author for me), well done coming of age in space novel - guess that's why it got the Nebula Award. Still relevant even though it is over 40 years old, 260 pages, completed 7/2/12. To be read on Kindle - 24.
76. Shotgun, Ed McBain, another good 87th Precinct novel, 184 pages, completed 7/4/12. To be read on Kindle - 23.
77. Amped, Daniel H. Wilson, medical implants - how could that be a problem? 277 pages, completed 7/5/12. To be readon Kindle - 23.
78. Hail, Hail the Gang's All Here, Ed McBain, 87th Precinct in 24 hours, 196 pages, completed 7/9/12. To be read on Kindle - 23.
79. Let's Hear It for the Deaf Man, Ed McBain, 87th precinct has another puzzle, 237 pages, completed 7/9/12. To be read on Kindle - 23.
80. Sadie When She Died, Ed McBain, another 87th Precinct - good one, 152 pages, completed 7/10/12. To be read on Kindle - 31.
81. The Curse of Chalion, Lois McMaster Bujold, a well done story by one of my favorite authors - should have read it years ago, 502 pages, completed 7/13/12. To be read on Kindle - 30.
82. Hail to the Chief, Ed McBain, gang war, 174 pages, completed 7/14/12. To be read on Kindle - 29.
83. Bread, Ed McBain, it starts out with an arson case, 212 pages, completed 7/15/12. To be read on Kindle - 28.
84. Paladin of Souls, Lois McMaster Bujold, an excellent second book in the trilogy, 456 pages, completed 7/18/12. To be read on Kindle - 27.
85. Blood Relatives, Ed McBain, 87th Precinct - murder of a teenage girl, 174 pages, completed 7/19/12. To be read on Kindle - 27.
86. The Hallowed Hunt, Lois McMaster Bujold, the third in the trilogy is as good as the first two, 448 pages, completed 7/21/12. To be read on Kindle - 26.
87. So Long as You Both Shall Live, Ed McBain, 87th Precinct marriage and crime, 162 pages, completed 7/21/12. To be read on Kindle - 25.
88. Long Time No See, Ed McBain, 87th precinct blind man murdered, 299 pages, completed 7/23/12. To be read on Kindle - 24.
89. Swiss Army Knives, Derek Jackson, good history, 190 pages, completed 8/4/12. To be read on Kindle - 24.
90. Calypso, Ed McBain, 87th precinct a creepy one, 241 pages, completed 8/17/12. To be read on Kindle - 23.
91. Drakon, S. M. Stirling, a Draka here - uh-oh, 400 pages, completed 8/18/12. To be read on Kindle - 22.
92. Heat, Ed McBain, 87th Precinct investigates suicide, 237 pages, completed 8/28/12. To be read on Kindle - 21.
93. Paloma, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, a dear friend needs Flint, 384 pages, completed 9/3/12. To be read on Kindle - 20.
94. Lightning, Ed McBain, 87th Precinct investigates murder and rape, 321 pages, completed 9/7/12. To be read on Kindle - 19.
95. Redshirts, John Scalzi, what life on a starship is like for the "extras," 314 pages, completed 9/8/12. To be read on Kindle - 19.
95. Eight Black Horses, Ed McBain, 87th precinct and the Deaf Man, again, 304 pages, completed 9/10/12. To be read on Kindle - 19.
96. No Good Like It Is, McKendree R. Long III, new author to me with a great Civil War story, 322 pages, completed 9/15/12. To be read on Kindle - 19.
97. Poison, Ed McBain, 87th precinct investigates poison murder, 276 pages, completed 9/17/12. To be read on Kindle - 18.
98. The Road of Danger, David Drake, Leary and crew out in the boonies, 368 pages, completed 9/23/12. To be read on Kindle - 17.
99. Tricks, Ed McBain, Halloween at the 87th precinct, 276 pages, completed 9/27/12. To be read on Kindle - 16.
100. Recovery Man, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, A mystery on Callisto, 310 pages, completed 10/3/12. To be read on Kindle - 15.
101. Lullaby, Ed McBain, murder of a baby starts this 87th precinct mystery, 344 pages, completed 10/8/12. To be read on Kindle - 14.
102. Celebrity in Death, J. D. Robb, death of a movie star, 389 pages, completed 10/13/12. To be read on Kindle - 13.
103. Vespers, Ed McBain, 87th precinct - priest murdered, 349 pages, completed 10/19/12. To be read on Kindle - 12.
104. The Forever War, Joe Haldeman, war in relativistic time, 277 pages, 10/23/12. To be read on Kindle - 11.
105. Widows, Ed McBain, two different murder cases for the 87th, 346 pages, 10/28/12, 10/28/12. To be read on Kindle - 10.
106. Gently Does It, Alan Hunter, a murder mystery by an author new to me, 250 pages, 10/31/12. To be read on Kindle - 10.
107. Have a Little Faith, Mitch Albom, a great book about the lives of two men, 272 pages, 11/2/12. To be read on Kindle - 9.
108. Gently by the Shore, Alan Hunter, murder and spies by the shore, 266 pages, 11/7/12. To be read on Kindle - 9.
109. Kiss, Ed McBain, 87th Precinct wonders who's trying to kill her, 351 pages, 11/10/12. To be read on Kindle - 9.
110. Gently Down the Stream, Alan Hunter, murder on holiday, 248 pages, 11/13/12. To be read on Kindle - 9.
111. Mischief, Ed McBain, 87th Precinct investigates several crimes, including murder, 279 pages, 11/17/12. To be read on Kindle - 9.
112. The Secret Notebooks of Sherlock Holmes, June Thomson, Holmes aids several clients, 240 pages, 11/17/12. To be read on Kindle - 9.
113. Landed Gently, Alan Hunter, a Christmas mystery, 229 pages, 11/18/12. To be read on Kindle - 9.
114. Gently Through the Mill, Alan Hunter, murder in a small town, 247 pages, 11/21/12. To be read on Kindle - 9.
115. Gently in the Sun, Alan Hunter, a body on the beach, 235 pages, 11/24/12. To be read on Kindle - 9.
116. Romance, Ed McBain, 87th Precinct investigates murder in a drama troupe, 336 pages, 11/28/12. To be read on Kindle - 9.
117. The Colorado Kid, Stephen King, a small town newspaper has a story or does it, 184 pages, 11/30/12. To be read on Kindle - 9.
118. Gently with the Painters, Alan Hunter, did her husband kill her, 249 pages, 12/1/12. To be read on Kindle - 9.
119. The Secret Journals of Sherlock Holmes, June Thomson, 352 pages, 12/3/12. To be read on Kindle - 9.
120. Gently to the Summit, Alan Hunter, murder on a mountain, 231 pages, 12/8/12. To be read on Kindle - 9.
121. More Holmes for the Holidays, Martin H. Greenberg, Ed., Christmas season mysteries, 259 pages, 12/13/12. To be read on Kindle - 9.
122. A Christmas Garland, Anne Perry, murder in India, 194 pages, 12/18/12. To be read on Kindle - 9.
123. Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective Volume Two, 180 pages, 12/24/12. To be read on Kindle - 9.
124. Tales from the Deed Box of John H. Watson, MD, Hugh Ashton, 140 pages, 12/26/12. To be read on Kindle - 9.
*125. Steve Jobs, Walter Isaacson, 573 pages, 12/27/12. To be read on Kindle - 8.
126. Duplicate Effort, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, 384 pages, 12/29/12. To be read on Kindle - 7.

*My "best book" for 2012, it had a significant impact on me.

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