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Reduce TBR

Prime Directive: Reduce TBR. Which is to say, read more than I buy.

(Changed to include freebies in the TBR, making the figures much worse.)

Added to TBR: 254 (191 paid)
Read: 75
Otherwise removed: 38
Net reduction: -141

Books read:
1. Mage-Guard of Hamor - L E Modesitt, Jr (k)
2. The Murder on the Links - Agatha Christie (p)
3. Hunting Party - Elizabeth Moon (e)
4. Stranger in a Strange Land - Robert A Heinlein (p)
5. The Adamantine Palace - Stephen Deas (k)
6. A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute (h)
7. The Sparrow - Mary Doria Russell (p)
8. Kushiel's Dart - Jacqueline Carey (p)
9. Replay: The History of Video Games - Tristan Donovan (p)
10. Foundation's Edge - Isaac Asimov (p)
11. The Sacred Art of Stealing - Christopher Brookmyre (p)
12. Hominids - Robert J Sawyer (p)
13. A Wizard of Earthsea - Ursula Le Guin (p)
14. Beneath Ceaseless Skies #43 - Saladin Ahmed and Matthew Bey (k)
15. Oryx and Crake - Margaret Atwood (h)
16. Speaker for the Dead - Orson Scott Card (k)
17. Double Star - Robert A Heinlein (p)
18. Grass - Sherri S Tepper (k)
19. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd - Agatha Christie (h)
20. Rainbows End - Vernor Vinge (p)
21. The Big Four - Agatha Christie (p)
22. A Cold Day for Murder - Dana Stabenow (k)
23. Spin - Robert Charles Wilson (p)
24. Redemption in Indigo - Karen Lord (e)
25. Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang - Kate Wilhelm (p)
26. The Man Who Went up in Smoke - Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö (p)
27. Lord of Light - Roger Zelazny (p)
28. The Bone Collector - Jeffery Deaver (p)
29. Darknesses - L E Modesitt, Jr (p)
30. Mono no Aware (short) - Ken Liu (e)
31. Immersion (short) - Aliette de Bodard (e)
32. Mantis Wives (short) - Kij Johnson (e)
33. The Emperor's Soul (novella) - Brandon Sanderson (e)
34. After the Fall, Before the Fall, During the Fall - Nancy Kress (e)
35. Heritage of Flight - Susan Shwartz (k)
36. The Mystery of the Blue Train - Agatha Christie (p)
37. The Stars Do Not Lie (novella) - Jay Lake (e)
38. The Man in the Brown Suit - Agatha Christie (p)
39. On a Red Station, Drifting (novella) - Aliette de Bodard (e)
40. Rat-Catcher (short) - Seanan McGuire (e)
41. The Girl-Thing Who Went Out for Sushi (short) - Pat Cadigan (e)
42. The Boy Who Cast No Shadow (short) - Thomas Olde Heuvelt (e)
43. Fade to White (short) - Catherynne M Valente (e)
44. In Sea-Salt Tears (short) - Seanan McGuire (e)
45. Wool 2: Proper Gauge - Hugh Howey (k)
46. Jack Glass - Adam Roberts (h)
47. The Sword in the Stone - T H White (k)
48. Gallow: The Crimson Shield - Nathan Hawke (p)
49. My Booky Wook - Russell Brand (p)
50. The Bohr Maker - Linda Nagata (e)
51. The First Witch of Damansara (short) - Zen Cho (k)
52. The Secret of Chimneys - Agatha Christie (h)
53. Redshirts - John Scalzi (e)
54. It's Behind You: The Making of a Computer Game - Bob Pape (i)
55. Bloody Murder - Julian Symons (p)
56. Boneshaker - Cherie Priest (e)
57. A is for Alibi - Sue Grafton (k)
58. China Mountain Zhang - Maureen F McHugh (e)
59. Traitors' Gate - Kate Elliott (p)
60. Heat Wave - Richard Castle (k)
61. New Orleans Mourning - Julie Smith (k)
62. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay - Michael Chabon (p)
63. Tea with the Black Dragon - R A MacAvoy (k)
64. The Hollow Man - John Dickson Carr (p)
65. Red Country - Joe Abercrombie (k)
66. Sleepyhead - Mark Billingham (p)
67. The System of the World - Neal Stephenson (p)
68. London Particular - Christianna Brand (p)
69. Bounce: The Myth of Talent - Matthew Syed (k)
70. Hooves and the Hovel of Abdel Jameela (short) - Saladin Ahmed (k)
71. Doctor Diablo Goes Through the Motions (short) - Saladin Ahmed (k)
72. The Fathful Soldier, Prompted (short) - Saladin Ahmed (k)
73. Engraved on the Eye - Saladin Ahmed (k)
74. Ancillary Justice - Ann Leckie (k)
75. 起狮,行礼 (Rising Lion–The Lion Bows) (short) - Zen Cho (k)

Monthly Breakdown:
Spoiler:
January
Purchased: 5 (£11.91)
Freebies: 5
Read: 3 (£7.63)

February
Purchased: 6 (£13.73)
Freebies: 9
Read: 4 (£14.98)
Removed: 1 (obsoleted by purchase)

March
Purchased: 9 (£10.25)
Freebies: 7
Read: 5 (£36.46)

April
Purchased: 9 (£25.51)
Freebies: 12
Read: 5 (£13.81)
Removed: 1 (obsoleted by purchase)

May
Purchased: 14 (£40.68)
Freebies: 3
Read: 4 (£11.45)

June
Purchased: 16 (£27.45)
Freebies: 4
Borrowed: 1
Read: 7 (£25.48)

July
Purchased: 13 (£24.09)
Hugo Packet: 25 (£41.44)
Freebies: 4
Read: 17 (£27.26)

August
Purchased: 25 (£41.48)
Freebies: 6
Read: 5 (£4.90)

September
Purchased: 15 (£24.86)
Freebies: 3
Read: 8 (£12.80)
Removed: 1 (replaced)

October
Purchased: 3 (£4.00)
Freebies: 2
Read: 2 (£12.49)

November
Purchased: 17 (£38.73)
Freebies: 2
Read: 6 (£12.75)
Removed: 35 (deleted unread)

December
Purchased: 38 (£71.77)
Freebies: 1
Read: 9 (£21.29)


Additional Goals:

1. Finish the Hugo Winners (9 items, + 1 to come in 2013) COMPLETE
Spoiler:
1956 - Double Star - Robert A. Heinlein (p)
1962 - Stranger in a Strange Land - Robert A. Heinlein (p)
1968 - Lord of Light - Roger Zelazny (p)
1977 - Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang - Kate Wilhelm (p)
1983 - Foundation's Edge - Isaac Asimov (p)
1987 - Speaker for the Dead - Orson Scott Card (k)
2003 - Hominids - Robert J. Sawyer (p)
2006 - Spin - Robert Charles Wilson (p)
2007 - Rainbows End - Vernor Vinge (p)
2013 - Redshirts - John Scalzi (e)


2. Women of Genre Fiction challenge at Worlds Without End (12 books) COMPLETE
Spoiler:
All subject to change:
  • Margaret Atwood - Oryx and Crake (h)
  • Jacqueline Carey - Kushiel's Dart (p)
  • Mary Doria Russell - The Sparrow (p)
  • Sherri S. Tepper - Grass (k)
  • Cherie Priest - Boneshaker (e)
  • Elizabeth Moon - Hunting Party (e)
  • Maureen F. McHugh - China Mountain Zhang (e)
  • Nancy Kress - After the Fall, Before the Fall, During the Fall (e)
  • Karen Lord - Redemption in Indigo (e)
  • Linda Nagata - The Bohr Maker (e)
  • R. A. MacAvoy - Tea with the Black Dragon (k)
  • Susan Shwartz - Heritage of Flight (k)


3. BSFA award winners (at least 1). This will replace the Hugo winners as my next target list. At the start of 2013 I have 23 to read, but I don't expect to read them all this year. TARGET REACHED
Spoiler:
1970 - The Jagged Orbit - John Brunner (k)
1971 - The Moment of Eclipse - Brian W. Aldiss
1974 - Inverted World - Christopher Priest (k)
1976 - Brontomek! - Michael G. Coney (k)
1977 - The Jonah Kit - Ian Watson (k)
1979 - The Unlimited Dream Company - J. G. Ballard (k)
1980 - Timescape - Gregory Benford (k)
1982 - Helliconia Spring - Brian W. Aldiss (k)
1983 - Tik-Tok - John Sladek (k)
1985 - Helliconia Winter - Brian W. Aldiss (k)
1987 - Grainne - Keith Roberts (k)
1993 - Aztec Century - Christopher Evans (p)
1995 - The Time Ships - Stephen Baxter (p)
1997 - The Sparrow - Mary Doria Russell (p)
2000 - Ash: A Secret History - Mary Gentle (k)
2002 - The Separation - Christopher Priest (p)
2003 - Felaheen - Jon Courtenay Grimwood (k)
2004 - River of Gods - Ian McDonald (k)
2005 - Air - Geoff Ryman (p)
2006 - End of the World Blues - Jon Courtenay Grimwood
2007 - Brasyl - Ian McDonald (k)
2008 - The Night Sessions - Ken MacLeod (k)
2011 - The Islanders - Christopher Priest (k)
2012 - Jack Glass - Adam Roberts (h)


4. The ABC Murders (at least 8). Alphabetical challenge based on detective names. My target for 2013 is 8 of the 26, aiming for three years for the whole list. TARGET REACHED
Spoiler:
To be filled in as I go:
  • A
  • B - Martin BECK - The Man Who Went up in Smoke (#2) - Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö (p)
  • C - Inspector COCKRILL - London Particular (#5) - Christianna Brand (p)
  • D
  • E
  • F - Gideon FELL - The Hollow Man (#6) - John Dickson Carr (p)
  • G
  • H - Nikki HEAT - Heat Wave (#1) - Richard Castle (k)
  • I
  • J
  • K
  • L - Skip LANGDON - New Orleans Mourning (#1) - Julie Smith (k)
  • M - Kinsey MILLHONE - A is for Alibi (#1) - Sue Grafton (k)
  • N
  • O
  • P - Hercule POIROT - The Murder on the Links (#2) - Agatha Christie (p)
  • Q
  • R - Lincoln RHYME - The Bone Collector (#1) - Jeffery Deaver (p)
  • S - Kate SHUGAK - A Cold Day for Murder (#1) - Dana Stabenow (k)
  • T - Tom THORNE - Sleepyhead (#1) - Mark Billingham (p)
  • U
  • V
  • W
  • X - Angelique de XAVIA - The Sacred Art of Stealing (#2) - Christopher Brookmyre (p)
  • Y
  • Z


Legend:
Book title: read,own,don't own
(p) paperback, (h) hardback, (k) kindle, (e) epub, (i) ibook/pdf, (a) audio

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