Today’s post harkens back to a 2011 post where I listed off all the books I read in the previous year.
Instead of looking back, I will look forward and tell you what is on tap for me for this year.
Lords of Finance: The Bankers Who Broke the World by Liaquat Ahamed. A Pulitzer Prize-winning account of the events and people that led to the Great Depression.
Redshirts by John Scalzi. A brilliant take on the Star Trek trope of how the security folks on an away team (the eponymous redshirts) always get killed. But, it is so much more than that.
A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs. Instead of sitting through the movie John Carter
of Mars, I thought I would go right to the original source about tales of Barsoom.
ON THE SHELF AND WAITING:
World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks. Yes, I know it deals with zombies, but since I did sit through the movie starring Brad Pitt, I thought I should read the real book (which is always – with one exception – better than the movie).
The War With Mexico by Justin Smith. Another winner of the Pulitzer Prize.
Macroscope by Piers Anthony.
Collision 2012 by Dan Balz. A recounting of the 2012 Obama vs. Romney presidential campaign.
The Run to Chaos Keep by Jack Chalker. The sequel to his The Demons at Rainbow Bridge.
Catastrophe 1914: Europe Goes to War by Max Hastings. I hope to complete this book about the origins of World War I before this anniversary year is out.
Under the Dome by Stephen King. This one has been on the shelf for quite some time. This may be its year…or next year.
It’s Even Worse Than It Looks by Thomas Mann and Norman Ornstein. Because I want to be even more depressed about that state of American politics than I already am.
Wish me luck and we’ll see how many tomes I can drop off the list.