“If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.” ― Stephen King

I used to read a lot. I want to get back to that.

So to that end, I’m going to read 75 books in 2012. My only criteria was that they have to be books I own but have not read all the way through.

There may be changes to the list if I discover I did read a particular book and forgot, or if I can’t find the book in the black hole that is my place. But I’m pretty sure the list will remain intact.

I’m also going to review each book, linking the reviews to this page, as a writing exercise.

I may read the book in alphabetical by title, but I’m going to list them by genre.

Biography

Bill Graham Presents by Bill Graham 568 pgs
Clive Barker: The Dark Fantastic by Douglas E. Winter 688 pgs
Desolate Angel: Jack Kerouac, the Beat Generation, and America by Dennis McNally 416 pgs

Espionage

John Le Carre Omnibus (The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, Call for the Dead, A Murder of Quality, The Looking-Glass War & A Small Town in Germany) by John Le Carre 832 pgs
The Bourne Identity by Robert Ludlum 608 pgs

Fantasy

J.R.R. Tolkien Boxed Set (The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings) by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger by Stephen King 249 pgs
The Skin Map (Bright Empires Series #1) by Stephen R. Lawhead 448pp

Fiction

The Three Musketeers (Barnes & Noble Collector’s Library) (Abridged) by Alexandre Dumas 686 pgs
By Reason of Darkness by William P. Simmons 284 pgs
Carlito’s Way by Edwin Torres 173 pgs
The Front Porch Prophet by Raymond L. Atkins 400 pgs
Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy 400 pgs

Historical Fiction

The Arcanum by Thomas Wheeler 336 pgs
The Beautiful Cigar Girl by Daniel Stashower 400 pgs
The Dante Club by Matthew Pearl 372 pgs
The Club Dumas by Arturo Perez-Reverte 368 pgs

History

The Civil War: A History by Harry Hansen 672 pgs

Horror

Lisey’s Story by Stephen King 688 pgs
Duma Key by Stephen King 800 pgs
Judas Eyes by Barry Hoffman 406 pgs
Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill 384 pgs
Coldheart Canyon: A Hollywood Ghost Story by Clive Barker 688 pgs

Military

Breakout: The Chosin Reservoir Campaign, Korea 1950 by Martin Russ 464 pgs
The Art of War by Sun Tzu 96 pgs
The Marines of Autumn: A Novel of the Korean War by James Brady 274 pgs

Mystery

I Am Not a Cop! by Richard Belzer 272 pgs
Deja Dead by Kathy Reichs 411 pgs
Murder at the FBI by Margaret Truman 256 pgs
Murder in the West Wing: An Eleanor Roosevelt Mystery by Elliott Roosevelt 247 pgs
Baltimore Blues (Tess Monaghan Series #1) by Laura Lippman 384 pgs
The Black Echo (Harry Bosch) by Michael Connelly 496 pgs
The Dead Saint (Bishop Lynn Peterson) by Marilyn Brown Oden 480 pgs
Vertical Coffin: A Shane Scully Novel (Shane Scully Novels) by Stephen J. Cannell 400 pgs

Non-Fiction

The Slacker’s Guide to U.S. History: The Bare Minimum on Discovering America, the Boston Tea Party, the California Gold Rush, and Lots of Other Stuff Dead White Guys Did by Don Stewart 272 pgs
Empires of the Word: A Language History of the World by Nicholas Ostler 640 pgs

Norse

Nordic Religions in the Viking Age (The Middle Ages Series) by Thomas DuBois 256 pgs
Beowulf: A Verse Translation (Penguin Classics) by Michael Alexander 192 pgs
Hrolf Kraki’s Saga by Poul Anderson 272 pgs
The Penguin Historical Atlas of the Vikings (Hist Atlas) by John Haywood 144 pgs
The Legend Of Sigurd And Gudrún by J. R. R. Tolkien 398 pgs

Poetry

Rimbaud and Jim Morrison: The Rebel As Poet by Wallace Fowlie 144 pgs
A Season in Hell & Illuminations (New American Translations) by Arthur Rimbaud 176 pgs

Sci-fi

Children Of Dune by Frank Herbert 416 pgs
Dune Messiah by Frank Herbert 336 pgs
Rendezvous with Rama by Arthur Charles Clarke 303 pgs

Sports

Cowboys Have Always Been My Heroes: The Definitive Oral History of America’s Team by Peter Golenbock 838 pgs
War Without Death: A Year of Extreme Competition in Pro Football’s NFC East by Mark Maske 400 pgs

Supernatural

The Book of Shadows by James Reese 480 pgs
Dead Until Dark (Sookie Stackhouse / Southern Vampire Mysteries, No. 1) by Charlaine Harris 304 pgs
Murcheston: The Wolf’s Tale by David Holland 352 pgs

Texas

Texas by James A. Michener 1322 pgs
Unknown Texas by Jonathan Eisen 404 pgs
The Eagle and the Raven by James A. Michener 214 pgs

Thriller

Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith 736 pgs
The Bone Parade by Mark Nykanen 336 pgs
Black Light by Stephen Hunter 463 pgs
The Tin Collectors by Stephen J. Cannell 370 pgs

True Crime

Beating the Devil’s Game: A History of Forensic Science and Criminal Investigation by Katherine Ramsland 320 pgs
Crime Beat: A Decade of Covering Cops and Killers by Michael Connelly 384 pgs
Gangsters and Goodfellas: Wiseguys, Witness Protection, and Life on the Run by Henry Hill 320 pgs
Into the Minds of Madmen: How the FBI’s Behavioral Science Unit Revolutionized Crime Investigation by Don DeNevi 438 pgs
Special Agent: My Life on the Front Lines as a Woman in the FBI by Candice Delong 320 pgs

TV and Movie Tie-in

Great TV and Film Detectives: A Collection of Crime Masterpieces Featuring Your Favorite Screen Sleuths by Maxim Jakubowski 512 pgs
Spike and Dru: Pretty Maids All in a Row (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) by Christopher Golden 368 pgs
The Crow: Quoth the Crow by David Bischoff 288 pgs
The Frenchman (Millennium) by Elizabeth Hand 256 pgs

Vampires

A Little Red Book of Vampire Stories by John Maclay
His Father’s Son by Nigel Bennett 352 pgs
Hollywood Vampires: Unholy War by Matt R. Jones 608 pgs
The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova 656 pgs

Western

Appaloosa by Robert B. Parker 304 pgs
Comanche Moon by Larry McMurtry 752 pgs
Dead Man’s Walk by Larry McMurtry 480 pgs
The Best of the West: Anthology of Classic Writing From the American West, An by Tony Hillerman 544 pgs

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