This year I kept track of every book I read during the calendar year. The list isn’t terribly long, unfortunately, but there are some decent reads on here. I started this project in mid-2011 because I realized that I couldn’t remember the names or authors of many of the books I’d read. I’d wanted to tell someone about a book I’d read in the past and all I could do was vaguely sketch out the plot, which wasn’t much help to them if they wanted to find the book. I didn’t post the 2011 list because it was partial so this is my first complete calendar year list.<dl><dt>Spook Country - William Gibson</dt><dd>A sci-fi novel that I didn’t remember at all until I read the synopsis just now. It was OK.</dd><dt>Imperial Life in the Emerald City - Rajiv Chandrasekaran</dt><dd>A non-fiction book recounting life in the Green Zone of Iraq during the US occupation. Only interesting if you enjoy second guessing bad decisions. I found it tedious.</dd><dt>The Passage - Justin Cronin</dt><dd>Very compelling read. Sci-fi but not marketed as such in what seems an attempt to broaden the market appeal of the book.</dd><dt>Shadows in the Jungle: The Alamo Scouts Behind Japanese Lines in World War II - Larry Alexander</dt><dd>An interesting account of one of the units to which most modern special forces can trace their lineage.</dd><dt>Ready Player One - Ernest Cline</dt><dd>The best book I read this year. Sci-fi that will probably appeal most to people who played video games in the 80s.</dd><dt>Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norell - Susanna Clarke</dt><dd>Long. Very long. And a less than satisfying ending. Sort of an alternate history of England where magic actually does work but where only two real magicians exist.</dd><dt>We Die Alone: A WWII Epic of Escape and Endurance - David Howarth</dt><dd>Got this for our Kindle because Amazon was selling it cheaply. An moderately compelling story of survival in the Norwegian backcountry during WWII.</dd><dt>The Heart and the Fist: The Education of a Humanitarian, the Making of a Navy SEAL - Eric Greitens</dt><dd>Not a bad tale, generally. Gives something of a look into training, life, and duties of the Navy SEALs.</dd><dt>The Coming - Joe Haldeman</dt><dd>Another book I didn’t remember until I read two synposes. Sci-fi. Better than spending seven hours on a plane with nothing to do but stare at the head of the guy in front of you.</dd><dt>A Week at the Airport - Alain de Botton</dt><dd>One poets attempt to graft lyricism and meaning on to London Heathrow. Didn’t exactly move me to start flying more or specing a great share of my free-time at the airport.</dd><dt>Dragons of the Dwarven Depths - Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman</dt><dd>Fantasy. A very quick read that won’t challenge the reader. Seems to be part of a series but is really just a tangent off a larger series, which makes it occasionally frustrating.</dd><dt>The Rise of the Iron Moon - Stephen Hunt</dt><dd>Genre-bending novel with components of both fantasy and sci-fi with a does of alternate history. This was a good read, but not good enough that I’ve sought out other books by the same author or in the same series.</dd><dt>Ask My Why I Hurt - Randy Christensen</dt><dd>A very compelling, sad, and yet curiously uplifting non-fiction account of one doctor’s attempt to treat homeless kids in the Phoenix area.</dd><dt>Mercury Falls - Robert Kroese</dt><dd>A fantasy novel with a clear lineage extending back to “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”. The humor is much the same, even if the topic (beyond the Apocalypse) isn’t.</dd><dt>A Day In The Life of Ivan Denisovich - Alexander Solzhenitsyn</dt><dd>The classic book probably read my high school kids somewhere. Finally got around to reading this one after hearing about it years and years ago.</dd><dt>Story of a Secret State - Jan Karski</dt><dd>Recommended by a colleague at work, it’s the account of one man’s experience in the Polish Underground during WWII.</dd></dl>