Wednesday, January 18, 2012

My 2011 read list

The start of 2012 seems, for me, just as busy as 2011. Might as well just start with the annual read list.

Total items read since 2004:

Will do a more detailed breakdown, if I get the chance (ha!)

What's obvious is that my 2011 reading volume has decreased, reversing the increasing trend for the last two years.

2011 was a particularly busy and hectic year for me. I'm still having flashbacks of bringing work home, after office hours -- on a regular basis from January 2011 all the way to maybe July. *shudder*

But I believe I read far more graphic novels in 2010 compared to 2011. So in terms of reading depth, 2011 might be better. Maybe (I might be wrong).

The purchase of an iPad, and seriously using the NLB's Overdrive collection on a regular basis, has given me more reading options. I think my reading volume might have hit 40 or 50 items only, if not for the iPad. And those 40 to 50 items might comprise of mostly graphic novels.

A snapshot of my reading genre tag-cloud so far (wished I'd done a snapshot each year... ah well)

Annual Read List « Rough Notes :: By the Rambling Librarian (Singapore)

My overall perception was that I was reading more non-fiction (not graphic novels) compared with previous years. In anycase, I'm rather intrigued to discover any particular shifts in reading patterns, beyond volume read. We shall see.

Will leave you with a re-post of my 2011 list (first posted at RoughNotes)
  1. Aftermath: Prepare for and survive apocalypse 2012/ Lawrence E. Joseph
  2. Aliens: Female war/ Mark Verheiden
  3. Asimov’s Science Fiction/ March 2011 
  4. Battlestar Galactica: Complete Omnibus V1 
  5. Battlestar Galactica: Ghosts 
  6. Between water and song: New poets for the twenty-first century/ edited by Norman Minnick
  7. Bicycles: Love poems 
  8. Bloomberg Businessweek/ June 27 – July 3, 2011
  9. Blue Beetle: Black and blue/ Matthew Sturges & Mike Norton
  10. Brevity 2: Another collection of comics by Guy & Rodd/ Guy Endore-Kaiser & Rodd Perry
  11. Buy me: new ways to get customers to choose your products and ignore the rest/ Marshall Cohen
  12. Buying time: trading your retirement income for income and lifestyle in your retirement years/ Daryl Diamond
  13. Coach Wooden: The seven principles that changed his life and will change yours/ Pat Williams
  14. Core strength for dummies, pocketbook edition/ LaReine Chabut
  15. Digital animation 
  16. Dog fancy/ natural dog (2 issues in 1)/ Aug 2011
  17. Freakonomics 
  18. Fundsupermart/ 4Q 2009
  19. Futurama: The time bender trilogy/ created by Matt Groening; story by Ian Boothby
  20. Gone case/ Dave Chua
  21. Happiness at the end of the world/ Happy smiley and friends
  22. Heroes vol 1 
  23. How an economy works and why it crashes/ Peter D. Schiff
  24. Jack Doe: Anonymous/ Shawn Yap, Gabriel Chua, Xander Lee
  25. James Robinson’s complete WildCATS 
  26. Jia: a story of North Korea/ Hyejin Kim
  27. Kato vol 1: Not my father’s daughter/ Ande Parks
  28. Liquid thinking: Inspirational thinking from the world’s greatest achievers/ Damian Hughes
  29. Lost Squad/ written by Chris Kirby; art by Alan Robinson; lettered by Kel Nuttall
  30. Love is the best medicine: what two dogs taught a veterinarian about hope, humility, and everyday miracles/ Dr. Nick Trout
  31. Mac Life/ May 2010
  32. Macworld/ April 2011
  33. Macworld/ May 2011
  34. Mental floss: genius instruction manual 
  35. Myspace Darkhorse Presents (MDHP) vol 4.
  36. Northlanders. Book one: Sven the returned/ Brian Wood
  37. Northlanders. Book two: The cross and the hammer/ Brain Wood
  38. Relational intelligence: how leaders can expand their influence through a new way of being smart/ Steve Saccone
  39. Return on engagement: content, strategy, and design techniques for digital marketing/ Tim Frick – Standard
  40. Six degrees of expatriation/ Maida Pineda
  41. Small message, big impact: how to put the power of the elevator speech effect to work for you/ Terri L. Sjodin
  42. Social media metrics/ Jim Sterne
  43. StarCraft: Frontline. Volume 1.
  44. Story structure architect: A writer’s guide to building dramatic situations & compelling characters/ Victoria Lynn Schmidt
  45. Stranded vol 1/ Mike Carey & Siddharth Kotian
  46. Strategic thinking: a nine step approach to tragedy for marketeers and managers/ Simon Wootten & Terry Horne
  47. Strength for life: the fitness plan for the rest of your life/ Shawn Philips
  48. Teenage as a second language 
  49. Terminator: revolution 
  50. The agile enterprise 
  51. The appeal/ John Grisham
  52. The brain fitness workout: brain training puzzles to improve your memory, concentration, decision-making skills, and mental flexibility/ Philip Carter
  53. The collected stories of Arthur C. Clarke. Short stories/ Arthur C. Clarke
  54. The crown and other stories/ Rabindranath Tagore; translated by Ranjita Basu
  55. The digital handshake: seven proven strategies to grow your business using social media/ Paul Chaney
  56. The genius machine: the eleven steps that turns raw ideas into brilliance/ Gary Sindell
  57. The home and the world 
  58. The immortal iron fist 
  59. The past and the punishments 
  60. The Question: The five books of blood/ Greg Rucka et al.
  61. The right decision 
  62. The tarnished angel 
  63. The unwritten: Inside man/ Mike Carey & Peter Gross
  64. The war that time forgot: Vol 1 
  65. Twitterville: how businesses can thrive in the new global neighborhoods/ shel israel
  66. What should I do with the rest of my life? True stories of finding success, passion and new meaning in the second half of life/ Bruce Frankel – Standard
  67. What the dog saw, and other adventures/ Malcolm Gladwell
  68. Why we run: a natural history/ Bernd Heinrich
  69. Work’s intimacy/ Melissa Greg
  70. Yes! 50 secrets from the science of persuasion/ Noah Goldstein, Steve J. Martin, Robert B. Caildini


  1. Ollie2:54 pm

    Nice list . . . Ivan, are you an American football fan? Reason I ask is because "my" team, the San Francisco 49ers, are hosting the New York Giants in the National Football Conference Championship play-off game on Sunday, U.S. time (so Monday for you folks?). Whoever wins this one, will go on to play in the Superbowl in February. You might check it out. It is incredibly intense and a lot of fun. Also, please let QQ know. Thanks. And happy New Year, Western and Chinese!

  2. Ollie7:44 am

    @Suzie - My understanding is that many of the San Francisco 49ers football players have tried these exercises - and, my goodness, just look at the results in these mighty men! (The game tomorrow is going to be incredibly hard-fought. I hope a few Singaporean librarians get to watch it. It promises to be very revealing of the American character for anyone interested in that.)

  3. Hi Ollie, I have watched a few games but don't really follow it. Though I know the Superbowl is a huge American sports event. Btw, Susie's comment was a spam comment, a thinly disguised SEO attempt. So I've deleted it.

  4. You're such a good guy, Ivan! Thanks for the explanation about Suzie. Feel free to delete as well my tongue-in-cheek reply to her ad for exercises. Darn it, my 49ers lost. Was their own fault: they committed a couple errors too many. Still, we had a great season. If I remember correctly, QQ is a huge San Francisco 49ers fan going back to the days when the Niners' legendary quarterback Joe Montana and their legendary receiver Jerry Rice were playing, even though she was just a kid then. If she'd like me to get her a San Francisco 49ers T-shirt (I know that she would), please tell her not to hesitate to let me know. Hey, Xiaxue used the expression "QQ" in one of her blog posts not too long ago, so I wrote in to ask her what it meant. She replied that it was a slangy Chinese expression for "bouncy," which kind of made sense to me. (QQ does sort of bounce when she walks, toes pointed slightly out - cute as a gum drop.) Take care wo de pengyou!

  5. Ollie1:46 pm

    Just finished watching Tony Leung and Andy Lau in "Days of Being Wild" - have you seen the film? It's a good one. And even though the movie isn't set in Singapore, now I'm homesick as hell for the "little red dot"! (Sorry, just had to share this with someone.) Hey, what are some of your favourite films?

  6. Nice list! about to finish off some of the pile next to my bed so it gives me things to look into!

  7. BTW did you see the article in the FT this weekend on British libraries. . interesting

  8. Hi Gweipo (interesting blog you have there!), did you mean the piece on Google digitising the British Library collections? Personally, I think that's a good thing. Thought partnering Google is seen as a sellout by some in the library world.


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