What should I read in 2013?

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Dear friendslist (and other readers),

I have been greatly helped in thinning out the books on my unread shelf by your votes in previous years, and I would once again very much appreciate your advice on what books to read next, by filling in this poll. (I believe that even if you don't have a livejournal account, you can sign in with your Twitter or Facebook credentials.)

I'm doing it a little differently this year, splitting sf into books acquired in 2012 and books acquired previously, and with a completely different question for the non-fiction books. Looking forward to your guidance.

Poll #1887991
Open to: All, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 67

Which of these 40 sf books (acquired by me in 2012) have you read?

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The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
31 (13.7%)
Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury
28 (12.3%)
Harlequin by Bernard Cornwell
0 (0.0%)
Odd and the Frost Giants by Neil Gaiman
6 (2.6%)
Fantastic Voyage by Isaac Asimov
15 (6.6%)
The Warded Man by Peter V. Brett
1 (0.4%)
Reamde by Neal Stephenson
12 (5.3%)
Best Served Cold by Joe Abercrombie
5 (2.2%)
How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell
6 (2.6%)
Naamah's Kiss by Jacqueline Carey
2 (0.9%)
Keeping it Real by Justina Robson
7 (3.1%)
The Crown of Dalemark by Diana Wynne Jones
12 (5.3%)
The Dark Tower and Other Stories by C.S. Lewis
8 (3.5%)
The Peoples of Middle-Earth by J.R.R. Tolkien, edited by Christopher Tolkien
3 (1.3%)
Quantico by Greg Bear
1 (0.4%)
Naamah's Curse by Jacqueline Carey
2 (0.9%)
The Jagged Orbit by John Brunner
8 (3.5%)
334 by Thomas M Disch
9 (4.0%)
Planet of Judgement (Star Trek) by Joe Haldeman
4 (1.8%)
Corona (Star Trek) by Greg Bear
5 (2.2%)
Orbitsville by Bob Shaw
8 (3.5%)
The Stormcaller by Tom Lloyd
1 (0.4%)
Captain Vorpatril's Alliance by Lois McMaster Bujold
21 (9.3%)
The Laertian Gamble (Star Trek) by Robert Scheckley
3 (1.3%)
The Stone Book Quartet by Alan Garner
4 (1.8%)
Brave New Worlds: Dystopian Stories edited by John Joseph Adams
3 (1.3%)
Bitter Angels by C. L. Anderson
5 (2.2%)
The Rabbi's Cat Vol. 2 by Joann Sfar
2 (0.9%)
Fables Vol. 17: Inherit the Wind by Bill Willingham
1 (0.4%)
Sovereign by R M Meluch
2 (0.9%)
The Unwritten Vol. 6: Tommy Taylor and the War of Words by Mike Carey
1 (0.4%)
The Hive by Charles Burns
0 (0.0%)
Smallworld by Dominic Green
0 (0.0%)
Dark Eden by Chris Beckett
4 (1.8%)
The Tunnel at the End of the Light by Stefan Petrucha
0 (0.0%)
Being Human: Bad Blood by James Goss
1 (0.4%)
Being Human: Chasers by Mark Michalowski
0 (0.0%)
Starship Fall by Eric Brown
1 (0.4%)
London Falling by Paul Cornell
4 (1.8%)
Demon in Leuven by Guido Eekhaut
1 (0.4%)

And which of these 92 sf books (acquired by me before 2012) have you read?

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Kushiel's Justice by Jacqueline Carey
5 (1.7%)
Kraken by China Mieville
13 (4.3%)
1632 by Eric Flint
11 (3.6%)
And Another Thing ... by Eoin Colfer
4 (1.3%)
Letters from Father Christmas by J. R. R. Tolkien
10 (3.3%)
Transition by Iain Banks
5 (1.7%)
Looking for Jake and Other Stories by China Mieville
10 (3.3%)
The Legend of Sigurd & Gudrun by J.R.R. Tolkien
3 (1.0%)
Any Given Doomsday by Lori Handeland
3 (1.0%)
The Arabian Nights translated by Muhsin Mahdi
1 (0.3%)
Galactic North by Alastair Reynolds
7 (2.3%)
The Quantum Thief by Hannu Rajaniemi
13 (4.3%)
Axis by Robert Charles Wilson
3 (1.0%)
A Princess of Roumania by Paul Park
5 (1.7%)
Godslayer by Jacqueline Carey
3 (1.0%)
Flora Segunda by Ysabeau Wilce
9 (3.0%)
Le Chat du Rabbin Tome 1 by Joann Sfar
2 (0.7%)
Toward the End of Time by John Updike
1 (0.3%)
Shades of Milk and Honey by Mary Robinette Kowal
9 (3.0%)
Eva by Peter Dickinson
5 (1.7%)
City at the End of Time by Greg Bear
3 (1.0%)
Galileo's Dream by Kim Stanley Robinson
4 (1.3%)
Cauldron by Jack McDevitt
1 (0.3%)
The Last Theorem by Arthur C. Clarke
2 (0.7%)
Shakespeare's Planet by Clifford D. Simak
6 (2.0%)
Peter & Max by Bill Willingham
2 (0.7%)
The Palace of Dreams by Ismail Kadare
0 (0.0%)
There Will be Time by Poul Anderson
7 (2.3%)
Deathless by Catherynne M. Valente
4 (1.3%)
Conjure Wife by Fritz Leiber
11 (3.6%)
Songs of the Dying Earth: Stories in honour of Jack Vance edited by George R. R. Martin
2 (0.7%)
Thorns by Robert Silverberg
6 (2.0%)
Star Rover by Jack London
0 (0.0%)
Cyberabad Days by Ian Mcdonald
9 (3.0%)
Far North by Marcel Theroux
4 (1.3%)
Bitter Seeds by Ian Tregillis
4 (1.3%)
The Queen's Bastard by C.E. Murphy
5 (1.7%)
De piraten van de Zilveren Kattenklauw by Geronimo Stilton
0 (0.0%)
How to Cheat a Dragon's Curse by Cressida Cowell
2 (0.7%)
Warriors edited by George R. R. Martin
0 (0.0%)
Moxyland by Lauren Beukes
8 (2.6%)
Wild Life by Molly Gloss
3 (1.0%)
How to Twist a Dragon's Tale by Cressida Cowell
2 (0.7%)
The Empress of Mars by Kage Baker
4 (1.3%)
Stopping for a Spell by Diana Wynne Jones
7 (2.3%)
The Memoirs of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Theodore Roszak
1 (0.3%)
Gorgon Child by Steven Barnes
1 (0.3%)
The Magic Cup by Andrew M. Greeley
2 (0.7%)
Contes Fantastiques Complets by Guy de Maupassant
1 (0.3%)
Motherlines by Suzy McKee Charnas
8 (2.6%)
The Story of General Dann and Mara's Daughter, Griot and the Snow Dog by Doris Lessing
1 (0.3%)
Mind Over Ship by David Marusek
2 (0.7%)
The Jonah Kit by Ian Watson
6 (2.0%)
George's Cosmic Treasure Hunt by Lucy Hawking
0 (0.0%)
The Martian Inca by Ian Watson
6 (2.0%)
Putting up Roots by Charles Sheffield
1 (0.3%)
The Moment of Eclipse by Brian Aldiss
2 (0.7%)
North Wind by Gwyneth Jones
4 (1.3%)
The Secret History of Science Fiction by James Patrick Kelly
1 (0.3%)
Tales from the Arabian Nights selected by Sir Richard Burton
7 (2.3%)
The Universe Between by Alan E Nourse
2 (0.7%)
Phoenix Cafe by Gwyneth Jones
3 (1.0%)
This Mortal Mountain - Volume 3: The Collected Stories of Roger Zelazny
0 (0.0%)
The Adventures Of Luther Arkwright by Bryan Talbot
9 (3.0%)
Avalanche Soldier by Susan Matthews
1 (0.3%)
Up Jim River by Michael Flynn
1 (0.3%)
Beast Master's Planet (Beast Master and Lord of Thunder) by Andre Norton
4 (1.3%)
Winter Song by Colin Harvey
3 (1.0%)
Last Exit to Babylon - Volume 4: The Collected Stories of Roger Zelazny
1 (0.3%)
Argonautica by Valerius Flaccus
1 (0.3%)
The Wild Reel by Paul Brandon
0 (0.0%)
Gateways edited by Elizabeth Anne Hull
0 (0.0%)
Spirit by Gwyneth Jones
6 (2.0%)
The Deepest Sea by Charles Barnitz
0 (0.0%)
The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy, 2010 Edition edited by Rich Horton
2 (0.7%)
Crowe's Requiem by Mike McCormack
0 (0.0%)
Transit of Earth (Playboy Science Fiction)
1 (0.3%)
Nebula Awards Showcase 2011 edited by Kevin J. Anderson
1 (0.3%)
Oracle by Ian Watson
1 (0.3%)
Daystar and Shadow by James Weldon Johnson
0 (0.0%)
The Host by Peter Emshwiller
1 (0.3%)
Hybrid by Shaun Hutson
0 (0.0%)
The Hidden War by Michael Armstrong
0 (0.0%)
Starry Messenger: The Best of Galileo edited by Charles Ryan
0 (0.0%)
Heartspell by Blaine Anderson
0 (0.0%)
Moon Stallion by Brian Hayles
1 (0.3%)
Trips to the Moon by Lucian of Samosata
2 (0.7%)
Anno Mortis by Rebecca Levene
0 (0.0%)
Far North & Other Dark Tales by Sara Maitland
0 (0.0%)
Lightning Days by Colin Harvey
1 (0.3%)
The Next Generation by John Francis Maguire
0 (0.0%)
Rare Unsigned Copy by Simon Petrie
0 (0.0%)

Which of these 73 other fiction books have you read?

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The Red and the Black by Stendhal
6 (2.7%)
Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol
6 (2.7%)
The House of the Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne
9 (4.0%)
The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens
18 (8.0%)
The Castle by Franz Kafka
8 (3.6%)
The Devils (aka The Possessed) by Fyodor M. Dostoyevsky
3 (1.3%)
Brick Lane by Monica Ali
3 (1.3%)
Vernon God Little by DBC Pierre
5 (2.2%)
The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad
6 (2.7%)
Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson
1 (0.4%)
The Lady and the Unicorn by Tracy Chevalier
1 (0.4%)
Death in Venice by Thomas Mann
9 (4.0%)
Buddenbrooks by Thomas Mann
5 (2.2%)
Jacob Have I Loved by Katherine Paterson
8 (3.6%)
The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver
3 (1.3%)
Beach Music by Pat Conroy
1 (0.4%)
A Sentimental Education by Gustave Flaubert
1 (0.4%)
Rules by Cynthia Lord
1 (0.4%)
The Far Side Of The World by Patrick O'Brian
14 (6.2%)
The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox by Maggie O'Farrell
1 (0.4%)
Confession of Zeno by Italo Svevo
0 (0.0%)
The Secret River by Kate Grenville
2 (0.9%)
Zorba the Greek by Nikos Kazantzakis
5 (2.2%)
Swallows And Amazons by Arthur Ransome
26 (11.6%)
Home by Marilynne Robinson
2 (0.9%)
Islands In The Stream by Ernest Hemingway
2 (0.9%)
The Professor by Charlotte Bronte
5 (2.2%)
Rob Roy by Sir Walter Scott
7 (3.1%)
I Don't Know How She Does It by Allison Pearson
2 (0.9%)
The Egyptian by Mika Waltari
3 (1.3%)
The Grass is Singing by Doris Lessing
5 (2.2%)
The Seven-Per-Cent Solution by Nicholas Meyer
7 (3.1%)
Across the River and into the Trees by Ernest Hemingway
1 (0.4%)
Revelation by C. J. Sansom
1 (0.4%)
Resistance by Anita Shreve
0 (0.0%)
Mating by Norman Rush
1 (0.4%)
Eyeless in Gaza by Aldous Huxley
6 (2.7%)
The Sorrows of an American by Siri Hustvedt
0 (0.0%)
The Folding Star by Alan Hollinghurst
0 (0.0%)
History by Elsa Morante
1 (0.4%)
Sleepyhead by Mark Billingham
3 (1.3%)
The Summer Before the Dark by Doris Lessing
3 (1.3%)
Doors Open by Ian Rankin
2 (0.9%)
Land of Green Plums by Herta Muller
1 (0.4%)
Tintin in the Land of the Soviets by Herge
6 (2.7%)
Race Of Scorpions by Dorothy Dunnett
7 (3.1%)
Cheese by Willem Elsschot
1 (0.4%)
Brother and Sister by Joanna Trollope
2 (0.9%)
The Flood by Ian Rankin
1 (0.4%)
Desert by J. M. G. Le Clezio
0 (0.0%)
A Winter Book by Tove Jansson
4 (1.8%)
Girls in Love by Jacqueline Wilson
2 (0.9%)
A Book of Silence by Sara Maitland
2 (0.9%)
The Habit of Loving by Doris May Lessing
2 (0.9%)
Home Truths by Freya North
0 (0.0%)
Quoth the Raven by Jane Haddam
0 (0.0%)
Dear Old Dead by Jane Haddam
0 (0.0%)
Travelling Light by Tove Jansson
1 (0.4%)
Wages of Sin by Andrew M. Greeley
0 (0.0%)
Children are Civilians Too by Heinrich Boll
0 (0.0%)
Something Like Normal by Trish Doller
0 (0.0%)
Baptism in Blood by Jane Haddam
0 (0.0%)
In Another Light by Andrew Greig
0 (0.0%)
The Deer Hunter by Michael Cimino
0 (0.0%)
See How Much I Love You by Luis Leante
0 (0.0%)
Billionaire Boy by David Walliams
0 (0.0%)
The Truth Commissioner by David Park
0 (0.0%)
One of the 28th: A Tale of Waterloo by G. A. Henty
0 (0.0%)
The Oxford Book of Christmas Stories edited by Dennis Pepper
1 (0.4%)
Kings of the North by Cecelia Holland
1 (0.4%)
The Romance of the Three Kingdoms by Luo Guanzhong
0 (0.0%)
Every Step You Take by Maureen O'Brien
0 (0.0%)
Alina by Jason Johnson
0 (0.0%)

And finally, please indicate both the books you have read and also the ones that just sound interesting!

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The Last Mughal: The Fall of a Dynasty, Delhi, 1857 by William Dalrymple
8 (2.2%)
A History of the World in 100 Objects by Neil MacGregor
20 (5.4%)
Reading the Oxford English Dictionary: One Man, One Year, 21,730 Pages by Ammon Shea
6 (1.6%)
Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? by Jeanette Winterson
7 (1.9%)
The Essence of Christianity by Ludwig Feuerbach
2 (0.5%)
The Strangest Man: The Hidden Life of Paul Dirac, Quantum Genius by Graham Farmelo
4 (1.1%)
The King's Speech by Mark Logue
9 (2.4%)
The Invisible Gorilla: And Other Ways Our Intuition Deceives Us: Or Why You Have No Idea How Your Mind Works by Christopher Chabris
11 (3.0%)
1434: The Year a Chinese Fleet Sailed to Italy and Ignited the Renaissance by Gavin Menzies
8 (2.2%)
Alexander the Great: The Hunt for a New Past by Paul Cartledge
7 (1.9%)
Clean: An Unsanitised History of Washing by Katherine Ashenburg
13 (3.5%)
The Monsters and the Critics by J R R Tolkien
14 (3.8%)
1688: A Global History by John E. Wills
3 (0.8%)
Isaiah Berlin: A Life by Michael Ignatieff
0 (0.0%)
A Guide to Tolkien by David Day
2 (0.5%)
The Kindness of Strangers by Kate Adie
6 (1.6%)
Nine Gates: Entering the Mind of Poetry by Jane Hirshfield
3 (0.8%)
The History of the Hobbit, vol. 1: Mr Baggins by John D. Rateliff
3 (0.8%)
QI: The Book of the Dead by John Lloyd
1 (0.3%)
The History of the Hobbit, vol. 2: Return to Bag-End by John Rateliff
3 (0.8%)
How Languages Are Learned by Patsy M. Lightbown
11 (3.0%)
Diplomatic Baggage: The Adventures of a Trailing Spouse by Brigid Keenan
5 (1.4%)
Rebus's Scotland: A Personal Journey by Ian Rankin
3 (0.8%)
Understanding the Lord of the Rings: The Best of Tolkien Criticism by Rose A. Zimbardo and Neil D. Isaacs
5 (1.4%)
How to Hold a Crocodile by Diagram Group
1 (0.3%)
52 Ways of Looking at a Poem: A Poem for Every Week of the Year by Ruth Padel
5 (1.4%)
Seventeen Equations that Changed the World by Ian Stewart
7 (1.9%)
Doctor Who: The Visual Dictionary by Jacqueline Rayner
9 (2.4%)
The Story of English in 100 Words by David Crystal
10 (2.7%)
The God Instinct: The Psychology of Souls, Destiny and the Meaning of Life by Jesse Bering
4 (1.1%)
Alexander the Corrector: The Tormented Genius Whose Cruden's Concordance Unwrote the Bible by Julia Keay
0 (0.0%)
Isaac Asimov: A Life of the Grand Master of Science Fiction by Michael White
12 (3.3%)
Anthropological Studies of Religion: An Introductory Text by Brian Morris
2 (0.5%)
Luck and the Irish: A Brief History of Change 1970-2000 by R. F. Foster
2 (0.5%)
The Prisoner by Dave Rogers
1 (0.3%)
Getting the Buggers to Behave by Sue Cowley
2 (0.5%)
Ages in Chaos: James Hutton and the Discovery of Deep Time by Stephen Baxter
5 (1.4%)
Brewing Justice: Fair Trade Coffee, Sustainability, and Survival by Daniel Jaffee
5 (1.4%)
Katherine Swynford: The History of a Medieval Mistress by Jeannette Lucraft
9 (2.4%)
Politics of Climate Change by Anthony Giddens
4 (1.1%)
A History of Anthropology by Thomas Hylland Eriksen
4 (1.1%)
The Cage: The Fight for Sri Lanka & the Last Days of the Tamil Tigers by Gordon Weiss
1 (0.3%)
The Complete Ice Age: How Climate Change Shaped the World by Brian M. Fagan
3 (0.8%)
Kate Bush: Under the Ivy by Graeme Thompson
2 (0.5%)
Bland Ambition: From Adams to Quayle--The Cranks, Criminals, Tax Cheats, and Golfers Who Made It to Vice President by Steve Tally
0 (0.0%)
The Ancient Languages of Europe by Roger D. Woodard
8 (2.2%)
Science Fiction: The 101 Best Novels 1985-2010 by Damien Broderick and Paul di Filippo
11 (3.0%)
Presentations by Daria Price Bowman
0 (0.0%)
The Journals of Lewis and Clark, 1804-1806 by Meriwether Lewis
5 (1.4%)
A Popular History of Ireland : from the Earliest Period to the Emancipation of the Catholics by Thomas D'Arcy McGee
5 (1.4%)
Eleanor, Countess of Desmond by Anne Chambers
7 (1.9%)
Green Living for Dummies by Michael Grosvenor
2 (0.5%)
Free Radical: Memoirs by Vince Cable
0 (0.0%)
Barefoot Disciple: Walking the Way of Passionate Humility: The Archbishop of Canterbury's Lent Book 2011 by Stephen Cherry
0 (0.0%)
The Other Islam: Sufism and the Road to Global Harmony by Stephen Schwartz
6 (1.6%)
Doctor Who (Pocket Essentials) by Mark Campbell
5 (1.4%)
Bits of Me are Falling Apart: Dark Thoughts from the Middle Years by William Leith
0 (0.0%)
The Secret Lives of Garden Birds by Dominic Couzens
3 (0.8%)
TARDIS Eruditorum - An Unauthorized Critical History of Doctor Who Volume 2: Patrick Troughton by Philip Sandifer
7 (1.9%)
Edward Gibbon and Empire by Rosamond McKitterick
2 (0.5%)
Virgins, Weeders and Queens: A History of Women in the Garden by Twigs Way
5 (1.4%)
The Making and Remaking of the Good Friday Agreement by Paul Bew
0 (0.0%)
Western Sahara: War, Nationalism and Conflict Irresolution by Stephen Zunes
3 (0.8%)
No Going Back To Moldova by Anna Robertson
2 (0.5%)
Climate Conflict: How global warming threatens security and what to do about it by Jeffrey Mazo
2 (0.5%)
Making Ireland English - The Irish Aristocracy in the Seventeenth Century by Jane Ohlmeyer
6 (1.6%)
The European Parliament by Francis Jacobs, Michael Shackleton and Richard Corbett
0 (0.0%)
Cycling in Victorian Ireland by Brian Griffin
4 (1.1%)
Adventures in Kate Bush and Theory by Deborah M. Withers
5 (1.4%)
Fanny Kemble and the Lovely Land by Constance Wright
2 (0.5%)
The Charm of Belgium by Brian Lunn
4 (1.1%)
The Life of Sir Denis Henry: Catholic Unionist by A.D. McDonnell
1 (0.3%)
Fair Trade: The Challenges of Transforming Globalization by Laura Raynolds
1 (0.3%)
A Crocodile in the Fernery: An A-Z of Animals in the Garden by Twigs Way
1 (0.3%)
On the Way to Diplomacy by Costas M. Constantinou
1 (0.3%)
A People's Peace for Cyprus: Testing public opinion on the options for a comprehensive settlement by Alexandros Lordos
0 (0.0%)
Expanding Eurasia: Russia's European Ambitions by Janusz Bugajski
1 (0.3%)
The Doctor's Monsters: Meanings of the Monstrous in Doctor Who by Graham Sleight
9 (2.4%)
Essays on Time-based Linguistic Analysis by Charles-James N. Bailey
1 (0.3%)
A Sacred Cause: The Inter-Congolese Dialogue 2000-2003 by P. E. Winter
2 (0.5%)
Strategic Europe by Jan Techau
0 (0.0%)
Building Confidence in Peace: Public Opinion and the Cyprus Peace Process by Nathalie Tocci
0 (0.0%)
The Irish Constitutional Revolution of the Sixteenth Century by Brendan Bradshaw
4 (1.1%)
What Made Now in Northern Ireland by Maurna Crozier
5 (1.4%)
Resolving the Cyprus Conflict: Negotiating History by Michalis Stavrou Michael
0 (0.0%)
Between structure and No-thing: An annotated reader in Social and Cultural Anthropology by Patrick J. Devlieger
5 (1.4%)
Legacy: A Collection of Personal Testimonies from People Affected by the Troubles in Northern Ireland by BBC Northern Ireland
1 (0.3%)


As usual, please put any specific recommendations (or disrecommendations) in comments - I am still banking some from last year and the year before.

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