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Year-End Book Wrap-up 2017

Books Read in 2017:
1. Entanglement by Emma Tarlo
2. The Einstein Prophecy by Robert Masello
3. Space Rocks! by Tom O’Donnell
4. Angel by Elizabeth Taylor
5. The Madonna of Las Vegas by Gregory Blake Smith [quit 20 pages before the end]
6. All My Friends are Dead by Avery Monsen and Jory John
7. Battle Bunny by Jon Scieszka and Mac Barnett
8. Founding Brothers by Joseph J. Ellis
9. Breathers by S.G. Browne
10. The Yellow House by Martin Gayford
11. Team Human by Justine Larbalestier and Sarah Rees Brennan
12. Hot Donut Salad by Alison Cowell
13. Taft 2012 by Jason Heller
14. How to Success! by Corinne Caputo
15. His Bloody Project by Graeme Macrae Burnet
16. Lost Science by Kitty Ferguson
17. How My Cat Made Me a Better Man by Jeremy Feig
18. Step Aside, Pops! by Kate Beaton
19. Rifles for Watie by Harold Keith
20. Hexed by Kevin Hearne

Audiobooks Listened to in 2017:
1. A Soldier of the Great War by Mark Helprin
2. What If? by Randall Munroe
3. Zombie Baseball Beatdown by Paolo Bacigalupi
4. Alchemy and Meggy Swann by Karen Cushman
5. Bloody Bones by Laurell K. Hamilton
6. Cockroaches by Jo Nesbo
7. The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp by Rick Yancey
8. Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford
9. Invasion of the Body Snatchers by Jack Finney
10. A Kiss before dying by Ira Levin
11. M is For Magic by Neil Gaiman
12. Undeniable by Bill Nye
13. Charlie Chaplin and His Times by Kenneth S. Lynn
14. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
15. Dead Wake by Erik Larson
16. Doc by Mary Doria Russell
17. Dr. Mutter’s Marvels by Cristin O’Keefe Aptowitz
18. Swarm by Scott Westerfeld
19. A World Without Princes by Soman Chainani
20. Ever by Gail Carson Levine
21. Falling Free by Lois McMaster Bujold
22. Foxglove Summer by Ben Aaronovitch
23. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
24. Igraine the Brave by Cornelia Funke
25. The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher
26. Professor Gargoyle by Charles Gilman
27. Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow
28. America’s Hidden History by Kenneth C. Davis
29. Common Sense by Thomas Paine
30. The Daily Show (The Book) by Chris Smith
31. Dreamers of the Day by Mary Doria Russell
32. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
33. Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson
34. George Washington’s Secret Six by Brian Kilmeade
35. Hamilton: The Revolution by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter
36. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling
37. John Dies at the End by David Wong

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Year-End Book Wrap-up 2016

Books Read in 2016:
1. The Evolution of Useful Things by Henry Petroski
2. Puckster Plays the Hockey Mascots by Lorna Schultz Nicholson
3. Feminist Ryan Gosling by Danielle Henderson
4. Are You Dissing Me? by Simon Winheld
5. Seriously, You Have to Eat by Adam Mansbach
6. The Beginning Place by Ursula K. Le Guin
7. Monster Trucks & Hair In A Can: Who Says America Doesn’t Make Anything Anymore? by Bill Geist
8. The Rule of Four by Ian Caldwell and Dustin Thomason
9. Mark Twain’s Guide to Diet, etc… edited by Mark Dawidziak
10. Drawing Lab for Mixed Media Artists by Carla Sondheim
11. Freehand Drawing and Discovery by James Richards
12. Nightfall and Other Stories by Isaac Asimov
13. You Can Never Find a Rickshaw When It Monsoons by Mo Willems
14. The Light of the Fireflies by Paul Pen
15. Fearless Drawing by Kerry Lemon
16. Fake Mustache by Tom Angleberger
17. Drawn In by Julia Rothman
18. Lincoln’s Dreams by Connie Willis
19. The Egypt Game by Zilpha Keatley Snyder
20. Choose Your Own Autobiography by Neil Patrick Harris
21. Torchwood: The Undertaker’s Gift by Trevor Baxendale
22. Animals Talking in All Caps by Justin Valmassoi
23. Blood Song by Anthony Ryan
24. MegaTokyo vol. 1 by Fred Gallagher
25. The Cartoon History of Humanism: Volume One: Antiquity To Enlightenment by Dale DeBakcsy
26. To Sin Again by Beth McMullen
27. The Wrong Reflection by Gillian Bradshaw
28. Kate the Great Except When She’s Not by Suzy Becker
29. Wings of Madness by Paul Hoffman
30. Visit Sunny Chernobyl by Andrew Blackwell
31. What in God’s Name by Simon Rich

Books Listened to in 2016:
1. Fool by Christopher Moore
2. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
3. In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson
4. Jim Henson: The Biography by Brian Jay Jones
5. Medium Raw by Anthony Bourdain
6. The Mental Floss History of the World by Steve Wiegand and Erik Sass
7. Mirrormask by Neil Gaiman
8. My Antonia by Willa Cather
9. The White Cat by Holly Black
10. Circus of the Damned by Laurell K. Hamilton
11. The Maze Runner by James Dashner
12. Mystic Warrior by Tracy and Laura Hickman
13. Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman
14. The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani
15. The Secret History by Donna Tartt
16. Shockaholic by Carrie Fisher
17. America Again by Stephen Colbert
18. Food by Jim Gaffigan
19. Longitude by Dava Sobel
20. The Lunatic Cafe by Laurell K. Hamilton
21. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
22. Sh*t My Dad Says by Justin Halpern
23. Ubik by Philip K. Dick
24. You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) by Felicia Day
25. Wild by Cheryl Strayed
26. La’s Orchestra Saves the World by Alexander McCall Smith
27. Earth: The Book by Jon Stewart
28. Death by Black Hole by Neil DeGrasse Tyson
29. Ghost Knight by Cornelia Funke
30. Mistress of the Art of Death by Ariana Franklin
31. Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely
32. Zeroes by Scott Westerfeld
33. The Bat by Jo Nesbo
34. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
35. Dad is Fat by Jim Gaffigan
36. A Scanner Darkly by Philip K. Dick

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Year-End Book Wrap-Up 2014

Books Read in 2014:
1. Obstacles by Chris Reardon
2. The Yellow Eyes of Crocodiles by Katherine Pancol
3. The Conspiracy Kid by E.P. Rose
4. The Secret Rooms by Catherine Bailey
5. Noodles by Michael Zulli
6. The Law of Superheroes by James Daily and Ryan Davidson
7. The Passion of Artemisia by Susan Vreeland
8. Peeps by Scott Westerfeld
9. A Tale Dark and Grimm by Adam Gidwitz
10. Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris
11. The Know-It-All by A.J. Jacobs
12. Long Quiet Highway by Natalie Goldberg
13. Lexicon by Max Barry
14. Isaac’s Storm by Erik Larson
15. Tokyo Fiancee by Amelie Nothomb
16. Doctor Who: The Clockwise Man by Justin Richards
17. Eiger Dreams by Jon Krakauer
18. Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh
19. The Bookman’s Tale by Charlie Lovett
20. A Gazillion Little Bits by Claudia Brevis
21. Assassination Vacation by Sarah Vowell
22. Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde
23. World War Z by Max Brooks
24. Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch
25. The Infernals by John Connolly
26. Moon Over Soho by Ben Aaronovitch
27. Whispers Under Ground by Ben Aaronovitch
28. Broken Homes by Ben Aaronovitch
29. Lies Across America by James W. Loewen
30. 5 Very Good Reasons to Punch a Dolphin in the Mouth and Other Useful Guides by Matthew Inman
31. Doctor Who: The Monsters Inside by Stephen Cole
32. City of Illusions by Ursula K. LeGuin
33. To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis
34. You Have to F*****g Eat by Adam Mansbach
35. How I Paid for College by Marc Acito
36. Attack of the Theater People by Marc Acito

Books Listened to in 2014:
1. The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
2. The Ghost Map by Steven Johnson
3. The Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Fforde
4. Rendezvous with Rama by Arthur C. Clarke
5. Sacred Hearts by Sarah Dunant
6. Reckless by Cornelia Funke
7. Something Rotten by Jasper Fforde
8. Don’t Know Much about Geography by Kenneth C. Davis
9. The Water Castle by Megan Frazer Blakemore
10. Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins
11. Gregor and the Prophecy of Bane by Suzanne Collins
12. First Among Sequels by Jasper Fforde
13. Neptune’s Brood by Charles Stross
14. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
15. The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides
16. Junius and Albert’s Adventures in the Confederacy by Peter Carlson
17. The Spellman Files by Lisa Lutz (abridged)
18. The Hit by Melvin Burgess
19. Dreamwood by Heather Mackley
20. Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell
21. The Book of Madness and Cures by Regina O’Melveny
22. The Gates by John Connolly
23. Fearless by Cornelia Funke
24. Plato and a Platypus Walk Into a Bar by Thomas Cathcart and Daniel Klein
25. Thunderstruck by Erik Larson
26. 11/22/63 by Stephen King
27. Dark of the Moon by John Sandford
28. The Children Act by Ian McEwan
29. Life Beyond Measure by Sidney Poitier
30. Bossypants by Tina Fey
31. Vampirates: Tide of Terror by Justin Somper
32. The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe
33. Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey by The Countess of Carnarvon

Only 69 this year, fewer than usual but not half bad. My car died, so I had a few weeks of listening to nothing until I got a new one, which explains some of it. But mostly I just wasn’t spending as much time reading. No long plane rides and very little solo travel. I also did not keep track of the books I started but didn’t finish, but there were a bunch of those, for various reasons.

A coworker introduced me to Ben Aaronovich and Marc Acito by lending me their books. Acito is fantastic but unfortunately has only written those two books. I gave the Sookie Stackhouse and Outlander series (serieses? seriesss?) a go but decided they weren’t my thing. I rediscovered my love for Erik Larson and Connie Willis, and was delighted by just how excellent 11/22/63 by Stephen King turned out to be.

All in all, a pretty good year, literatarily. (Oh come on, that’s a great word.) Here’s to the next!

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Year-end Book Roundup: 2011

Books Read in 2011:
1. Death from the Skies! by Philip Plait
2. Original Sin by Beth McMullen
3. Expiation by Greg Messel
4. The Gospel of the Flying Spaghetti Monster by Bobby Henderson
5. The Animal Review by Jacob Lentz and Steve Nash
6. Lodestone: The Sea of Storms by Mark Whiteway
7. First Men in the Moon by H.G. Wells
8. Exchange by Dale R. Cozort
9. Storm Front by Jim Butcher
10. The Talisman of Elam by Jim Mastro
11. Rin-Tin-Tin: The Movie Star by Ann Elwood
12. The Dog Park by Ann Elwood
13. Borneo Tom by Tom McLaughlin
14. The Dark City by Catherine Fisher
15. 1,001 Things You Didn’t Know You Wanted to Know by Anna Mantzaris
16. Threadbared by Kimberly Wrenn and Mary Watkins
17. Whom God Would Destroy by Commander Pants
18. How I Stole Johnny Depp’s Alien Girlfriend by Gary Ghislain
19. The Demon Queen and the Locksmith by Spencer Baum
20. The Sandalwood Tree by Elle Newmark
21. Lodestone Book Two: The World of Ice and Stars by Mark Whiteway
22. The Torah Codes by Ezra Barany
23. Releasing Gillian’s Wolves by Tara Woolpy
24. Otherworld Tales by C.T. Markee
25. The Meowmorphosis by Coleridge Cook and Franz Kafka
26. Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons
27. The Midwife’s Apprentice by Karen Cushman
28. Neopets Ghoul Catchers #1: The Creeping Danger by Vivian Larue
29. Finders Keepers by Russ Colchamiro
30. Waterwoman by Lenore Hart
31. A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller Jr.
32. The Two Dead Girls by Stephen King
33. The Mouse on the Mile by Stephen King
34. Coffey’s Hands by Stephen King
35. The Bad Death of Eduard Delacroix by Stephen King
36. Night Journey by Stephen King
37. Coffey on the Mile by Stephen King
38. White River Junctions by Dave Norman
39. The Memory Keeper’s Daughter by Kim Edwards
40. Doomsday Book by Connie Willis
41. The Man who Mistook his Wife for a Hat by Oliver Sacks
42. The Last Cowgirl by Jana Richman
43. The Devil’s Arithmetic by Jane Yolen
44. The Book of Dead Days by Marcus Sedgwick
45. Grover G. Graham and Me by Mary Quattlebaum
46. River Rat: The Storm Treasure by Joseph Fleck
47. Lodestone Book Three: The Crucible of Dawn by Mark Whiteway
48. Highlander: The Captive Soul by Josepha Sherman
49. The Patron Saint of Eels by Gregory Day
50. Revenge by Mark Young
51. Ireland (Little-Known Facts about Well-Known Places) by David Hoffman
52. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
53. Jennifer Government by Max Barry
54. The Prestige by Christopher Priest
55. Hounded by Kevin Hearne

Books Listened to in 2011:
1. Spook by Mary Roach
2. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
3. Don’t Know Much About Mythology by Kenneth C. Davis
4. Harvesting the Heart by Jodi Picoult
5. Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O’Brien
6. The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
7. The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke
8. Dune by Frank Herbert
9. Guilty Pleasures by Laurell K. Hamilton
10. Dream Angus by Alexander McCall Smith
11. How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff
12. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
13. Children Playing Before a Statue of Hercules edited by David Sedaris
14. 20th Century Ghosts by Joe Hill
15. I Know This Much is True by Wally Lamb
16. Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
17. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
18. Divergent by Veronica Roth
19. The Caves of Steel by Isaac Asimov
20. The Naked Sun by Isaac Asimov
21. The Collectors by David Baldacci (abridged)
22. The Robots of Dawn by Isaac Asimov
23. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
24. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
25. Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain
26. Dragonflight by Anne McCaffrey
27. Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk
28. Pretties by Scott Westerfeld
29. Specials by Scott Westerfeld
30. Extras by Scott Westerfeld
31. Sex, Murder, and the Meaning of Life by Douglas T. Kenrick
32. Trackers by Deon Meyer
33. Horns by Joe Hill
34. Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer
35. The Help by Kathryn Stockett

Books Started but not Finished:
* Creative, Inc. by Joy Deangdeelert Cho and Meg Mateo Ilasco (just didn’t interest me)
* Fractured Time by Michael D’Ambrosio (I just…couldn’t.)
* Foundation and Empire by Isaac Asimov (Had too much trouble following the story)
* Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World by Haruki Murakami (Couldn’t understand it and didn’t care enough to try)

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Year-end Book Roundup: 2010

Books Read in 2010:
1. CauseWired by Tom Watson
2. Heresy by S.J. Parris
3. Dreaming Again edited by Jack Dann
4. Malice by Chris Wooding
5. High Fidelity by Nick Hornby
6. Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan
7. No Greater Sacrifice by John Stipa
8. I Love Everybody (and Other Atrocious Lies) by Laurie Notaro
9. Stupid History by Leland Gregory
10. Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris
11. The Blind Geometer/The New Atlantis by Kim Stanley Robinson/Ursula K. Le Guin
12. A Secret Atlas by Michael A. Stackpole
13. Bones of the Moon by Jonathan Carroll
14. BookCrossing Though Middle-Earth by Skyring
15. Death Comes as Epiphany by Sharan Newman
16. The Fire Within by Chris D’Lacey
17. Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency by Douglas Adams
18. Shakespeare’s Landlord by Charlaine Harris
19. Marooned in Fraggle Rock by David Young
20. A Beautiful Mind by Sylvia Nasar
21. Brothel by Alexa Albert
22. A Golfer’s Tail by Roscoe Watkins
23. Juliet by Anne Fortier
24. Leaving Fishers by Margaret Peterson Haddix
25. The Secret Hour by Scott Westerfeld
26. Accomodating Brocolli in the Cemetary by Vivian Cook
27. Some Fools, A Turtle and Queen Elizabeth by A. M. Lascurain
28. The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
29. The Russian Dreambook of Color and Flight by Gina Ochsner
30. Don’t Know Much About History by Kenneth C. Davis
31. Comet in Moominland by Tove Jansson
32. Ishmael by Daniel Quinn
33. The Immortal Ones by John F. Ferrer
34. Time of the Twins by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman
35. Moominland Midwinter by Tove Jansson
36. Embroideries by Marjane Satrapi
37. Jack Fell Down by Kenneth Underwood
38. Conversations with the Fat Girl by Liza Palmer
39. A Place to Die by Dorothy James
40. Perfume by Patrick Suskind
41. The Creative Writer’s Survival Guide by John McNally
42. Moominpappa’s Memoirs by Tove Jansson
43. Twilight: The Graphic Novel, vol. 1 by Stephenie Meyer and Young Kim
44. Heroes A2Z #1: Alien Ice Cream by David Anthony and Charles David
45. Knightscares #1: Cauldron Cooker’s Night by David Anthony and Charles David

Books Listened to in 2010:
1. The Taking by Dean Koontz
2. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
3. The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman
4. The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman
5. Hollywood Moon by Joseph Wambaugh
6. Messenger by Lois Lowry
7. The Darkest Evening of the Year by Dean Koontz
8. The Big Over Easy by Jasper Fforde
9. The Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova
10. Absolute Power by David Baldacci
11. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
12. The Nanny Diaries by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus (abridged)
13. Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher
14. A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore
15. The Host by Stephenie Meyer
16. Can You Keep a Secret? by Sophie Kinsella
17. Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks
18. The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory
19. Looking for Alaska by John Green
20. Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
21. Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
22. Holes by Louis Sachar
23. Foundation by Isaac Asimov
24. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
25. The Last Days of Dogtown by Anita Diamant
26. Good Harbor by Anita Diamant
27. Anthem by Ayn Rand
28. Dragon Rider by Cornelia Funke
29. The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket
30. Ella Enchanted by Gail Levine
31. Rules by Cynthia Lord
32. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares
33. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle
34. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
35. Paper Towns by John Green
36. Fairest by Gail Carson Levine
37. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

Books Started but Not Finished
* The Memory Keeper’s Daughter by Kim Edwards (left on a plane – whoops!)
* Making History by Stephen Fry (couldn’t follow it)
* The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry (never did encounter any plot)
* The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown (it was just too stupid)
* Atonement by Ian McEwan (disc 4 of audiobook too scratched)
* Certain Girls by Jennifer Weiner (disc 5 of audiobook too scratched)

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Year-end Book Roundup: 2009

Books Read in 2009:
1. The Orchid Thief by Susan Orlean
2. Give Me a Break by John Stossel
3. Banana Rose by Natalie Goldberg
4. The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler
5. The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
6. Tickled Pink by Rita Rudner
7. Fermat’s Last Theorem by Simon Singh
8. Naked by David Sedaris
9. The Island of Dr. Moreau by H.G. Wells
10. The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins
11. The Lost Years of Merlin by T.A. Barron
12. What Makes Me a Muslim? by Catherine M. Petrini
13. Ten Great Mysteries by Edgar Allan Poe
14. Just a Geek by Wil Wheaton
15. The Once and Future King by T.H. White
16. Centauri Dawn by Michael Ely
17. Moominsummer Madness by Tove Jansson
18. Out of the Fallout by Veronica A. Mullen
19. The Bonesetter’s Daughter by Amy Tan
20. The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron
21. The Ig Nobel Prizes by Marc Abrahams
22. Everything Here is Mine by Nicole Hollander
23. The Eight by Katherine Neville [reread]
24. The Magical Worlds of Harry Potter by David Colbert
25. The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
26. Hotel World by Ali Smith
27. The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy and Other Stories by Tim Burton
28. Sideshow by Mike Resnick
29. The Three-Legged Hootch Dancer by Mike Resnick
30. The Wild Alien Tamer by Mike Resnick
31. Redbeard by Michael Resnick
32. Fermat’s Last Theorem by Amir D. Aczel
33. Eros Ascending by Mike Resnick
34. The Fall of the House of Usher and Other Tales by Edgar Allan Poe
35. Eight Tales of Terror by Edgar Allan Poe
36. The City of Dreaming Books by Walter Moers
37. The Code Book by Simon Singh
38. Smoke and Mirrors by Neil Gaiman
39. Silverstein and Me by Marv Gold
40. Driving Mr. Albert: A Trip Across America with Einstein’s Brain by Michael Paterniti
41. The Fire by Katherine Neville
42. The Next Queen of Heaven by Gregory Maguire
43. The Geographer’s Library by Jon Fasman
44. The Lonely Planet Guide to Experimental Travel by Rachael Antony
45. Stories to Read with the Door Locked by Alfred Hitchcock
46. The Unnameables by Ellen Booraem
47. In Odd We Trust by Dean Koontz

Books Listened to in 2009:
1. Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill
2. Brother Odd by Dean Koontz
3. Time and Again by Jack Finney
4. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
5. The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck
6. Everything’s Eventual by Stephen King
7. The City of Falling Angels by John Berendt
8. Eragon by Christopher Paolini
9. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
10. Fear Nothing by Dean Koontz [reread]
11. The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
12. The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
13. Seize the Night by Dean Koontz
14. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card [reread]
15. Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card
16. Xenocide by Orson Scott Card
17. Children of the Mind by Orson Scott Card
18. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
19. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
20. New Moon by Stephenie Meyer
21. Ender’s Shadow by Orson Scott Card
22. Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer
23. Shadow of the Hegemon by Orson Scott Card
24. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
25. The Hours by Michael Cunningham
26. The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides
27. The Stranger by Albert Camus
28. My Latest Grievance by Eleanor Lipman
29. When You are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris
30. Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer
31. Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson [reread]
32. Catherine, Called Birdy by Karen Cushman
33. Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
34. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig

Books Started but not Finished
* Maple Sugarin’ in Vermont by Betty Ann Lockhart (not interested)
* Wacky Chicks by Simon Doonan (obnoxious)
* My Last Days by Lou Rowan (weird!)
* The Dragon and the Unicorn by A.A. Attanasio (too epic to understand)
* The New Diary by Tristine Rainer (nothing I hadn’t read before)
* The Queen’s Handmaiden by Jennifer Ashley (just didn’t grab me)

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Weekly Geeks

I’m getting WG 2009-43 in just under the wire – it’s due today. This time around we’re revisiting the best books published this year. I don’t read much recent stuff, especially since I stopped signing up for ARCs quite so often, but amazingly I did manage to pick up four titles in 2009. So here are my picks, in order:

  1. Just a Geek by Wil Wheaton – Excellent. I devoured it in about a day.
  2. When You are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris – Probably my second favorite of his books.
  3. Silverstein and Me by Marv Gold – A touching memoir about my favorite poet.
  4. The Next Queen of Heaven by Gregory Maguire – Funny and tragic, but not all that great. If I’d read more than ten books published this year, this book would not have made the list.

So there you have it.

Ten Best Books Adapted to Film

Super Tremendous has rated the 10 Greatest Books Adapted into Movies. It’s hard to tell whether this is based on the greatness of the movie, the book, or the adaptation (that is, how faithful the movie is to the book). I personally love to see movie adaptations of the books I read, even if I didn’t particularly enjoy the book, so this list is right up my alley.

Caveat: I have not read/watched all of these listed, but that’s never stopped me from offering my opinion in the past.

#10 Jurassic Park: I enjoyed the movie but have not read the book. From what I hear, most of Crichton’s books read like movies anyway. (And this has been true with ones I have read: Timeline and Airframe.)

#9 Forrest Gump: Loved the movie, haven’t read the book. Heard the book was a real disappointment, actually.

#8 Breakfast At Tiffany’s: Neither read nor seen.

#7 One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest: Ditto.

#6 Schindler’s List (Based On The Novel Schindler’s Ark): Great movie. Haven’t read the book.

#5 Apocalypse Now (Based On The Novle Heart Of Darkness): Thought the movie was mind-numbingly boring, and considering my dislike for maritime fiction, I don’t see myself reading the book any time soon.

#4 Goodfellas: Neither seen nor read.

#3 Jaws: Ditto.

#2 The Godfather: Finally one where I can weigh in completely! The movie was pretty good (though I hear the second one is better – one of these days I’ll get around to watching it) but the book was complete pulp.

#1 Gone With The Wind: I read this around the same time as The Godfather, during a “reading books that have been made into movies I haven’t seen” kick in early college, after which I proceeded to watch all the movies. (Another selection from this time period was Silence of the Lambs.) I actually rather enjoyed the book. Yes, Scarlet is terribly unlikeable and the African-American characters are all offensive stereotypes, but I still liked it for what it was. The movie was okay, even if they cut out most of Scarlet’s husbands and children. Not something I’d read (or watch) over and over again, but it was fun the first time around.

And there you have it. Some I’m surprised were left out: The Princess Bride (GREAT movie, kind of meh book), Lord of the Rings (great movies, reportedly great books, though I haven’t read them), Silence of the Lambs (both were excellent), the Harry Potter series (some good, some not, but decent overall), etc. What are some favorites you’d like to see on this list?

Reading Challenge Revisit

I was browsing back through some old blog entries, looking for new stuff to subscribe to (I did mention I’m a total Google Reader addict now, didn’t I?) and came across this post about the What’s in a Name reading challenge. Funny that I should see this now, considering I’m in the middle of one of them (The Fall of the House of Usher) and have finished reading the rest. Nice.

The 2008 BookCrossing Top 100

Courtesy of BookCrosser stinalyn, I bring you The 2008 BookCrossing Top 100. (Actually it’s the top 120, due to some mega ties.) I’ve bolded the ones I’ve read. Sorry for the long entry; I linked to my reviews where I could, but sometimes I just had to comment.

1. Harry Potter (series) by JK Rowling – Though the quality declined somewhat as the series progressed (my favorites remain books 1 and 4), I have no objections to this choice.
2. The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien – My husband’s all time favorite.
3. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
4. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
5. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
6. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
7. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
8a. The Stand by Stephen King
8b. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
10a. Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
10b. Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell
12. Life of Pi by Yann Martel
13. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell – Read this years ago. I remember liking it, though I’m not so sure I would were I to read it now.
14. The Chronicles of Narnia (series) by CS Lewis – I’ve read the first book, thought it was kind of meh, never bothered with the rest.
15. Discworld (series) by Terry Pratchett – I’ve read The Colour of Magic but have thus far not been inspired to seek out any of the other books.
16a. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
16b. Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
16c. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (series) by Douglas Adams – Excellent. One of the few series I’ve read multiple times.
19a. The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien – It gave me narcolepsy, hence my reluctance to tackle LOTR.
19b. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
19c. A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
19d. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott – Received this in a gift exchange in fourth grade. Everyone else got toys. I was so disappointed I never even read it. (This was before I started reading for pleasure with any regularity; that wasn’t until college.)
19e. Atonement by Ian McEwan
19f. The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
25. His Dark Materials (series) by Philip Pullman
26. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
27. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
28a. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
28b. Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
30a. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon
30b. The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd – On my TBR pile.
30c. Watership Down by Richard Adams – This was on my TBR pile for many years, but I could never get into it.
30d. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
34a. My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult
34b. The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
36a. Good Omens by Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett
36b. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
38a. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
38b. Persuasion by Jane Austen
38c. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller – One of the few books that actually so engrossed me I literally gasped in one place.
38d. Twilight (series) by Stephenie Meyer
42a. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams – Interesting that this book singly appears on the list as well as the series as a whole.
42b. The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger – I read this for a class and enjoyed it. I’m not sure I would now; I think it’s something you have to read by a certain age to really appreciate.
42c. Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt
42d. Anne of Green Gables (series) by Lucy Maud Montgomery – I read the first book back in grade school. I remember liking it okay.
42e. Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
42f. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
48a. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery – Uh, see above.
48b. Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier
48c. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez
48d. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley – Very good, but then, I’ve got a thing for dystopia novels.
48e. A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry
48f. Stephanie Plum (series) by Janet Evanovich – I read the first and second books and while they were reasonably entertaining, I felt no desire to read any more.
48g. The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald
48h. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll – Excellent. I’ve read both Alice books at least three times.
48i. Les Misérables by Victor Hugo – I confess I read the abridged version, but I really liked it.
57a. The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
57b. Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal by Christopher Moore
57c. Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks
57d. I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
57e. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer – I’ve read Everything is Illuminated and it was pretty meh, but I hear EL&IC is much better.
57f. L’Etranger by Albert Camus
57g. Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie – Honestly, after reading The Satanic Verses, I’m not all that interested in reading any more Rushdie.
57h The Dark Tower (series) by Stephen King.
57i. The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory
57j. The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
67a. The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown – I wonder how many people were annoyed by this book’s presence on a “best of” list.
67b. Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Patrick Süskind
67c. The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley – On my TBR pile.
67d. The Secret History by Donna Tartt
67e. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens – Read this in high school and hated it.
67f. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
67g. The Little House Books (series) by Laura Ingalls Wilder
67h. The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank – Read this in high school and loved it. Very sad.
67i. Fingersmith by Sarah Waters
67j. Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
67k. Moby Dick by Herman Melville
67l. Thursday Next (series) by Jasper Fforde – See my comments above. I wish this list didn’t include series and their first books separately.
67m. We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver
80a. Artemis Fowl (series) by Eoin Colfer – Only read the first book. It was okay.
80b. The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
80c. The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
80d. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury – Good book, but the movie is terrible.
80e. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
80f. Emma by Jane Austen
80g. Outlander/Cross Stitch (series) by Diana Gabaldon
80h. Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez
80i. The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende
80j. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas – Weird. I was positive this was on my TBR pile but, looking at the bookshelf, it evidently is not. It should be.
80k. A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson
80l. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis de Bernières
80m. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
80n. PS, I Love You by Cecelia Ahern
80o. The Giver by Lois Lowry – Read this while visiting a prospective graduate school and was so sucked in I finished it in a single day (unheard of for me at that time), and had to pick up another book at the airport because I hadn’t expected to run out of reading material so quickly!
80p. The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay
96a. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card – I read this years ago and enjoyed it. I now have the rest of the series on my TBR pile, so I’ll be rereading it soon.
96b. Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman – On my TBR pile.
96c. Dune by Frank Herbert
96d. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
96e. A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth
96f. Bleak House by Charles Dickens
96g. Wicked by Gregory Maguire
96h. Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding – I got a huge kick out of this book.
96i. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen – Read this in high school and remember enjoying it.
96j. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain – Very good. Huck is awesome.
96k. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
96l. Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood
96m. Cat’s Eye by Margaret Atwood
96n. Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
96o. Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier – The movie was pretty boring, so I doubt I’ll be reading the book any time soon.
96p. Dracula by Bram Stoker
96q. Earth’s Children (series) by Jean M Auel
96r. Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café by Fannie Flagg
96s. It Had to Be You by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
96t. Marley and Me by John Grogan
96u. Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up by JM Barrie
96v. The Green Mile by Stephen King
96w. The Memory Keeper’s Daughter by Kim Edwards
96x. The Vampire Chronicles (series) by Anne Rice – I quit after The Tale of the Body Thief. I enjoyed them, but the quality noticeably decreased with each successive installment.
96y. Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom

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