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Books read in 2008

1. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austin
2. Getting in Touch with your Inner Bitch by Elizabeth Hilts
3. Dear Jane Letters by Amanda Hamm
4. Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke
5. Death Note, vol. 2 by Tsugumi Ohba
6. Stories by O. Henry
7. Death Note, vol. 3 by Tsugumi Ohba
8. A Calculated Risk by Katherine Neville
9. Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
10. Death Note, vol. 4 by Tsugumi Ohba
11. Dracula by Bram Stoker
12. The Tenth Circle by Jodi Picoult
13. The Writing Life by Annie Dillard
14. Barry Trotter and the Unauthorized Parody by Michael Gerber
15. Dragons by Catherine M. Petrini
16. Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn
17. Island of the Sequined Love Nun by Christopher Moore
18. Get Your Tongue Out of My Mouth, I’m Kissing You Good-bye! by Cynthia Heimel
19. The Invisible Heart by Russell Roberts
20. She’s Come Undone by Wally Lamb
21. The Big Bento Box of Unuseless Japanese Inventions by Kenji Kawakami
22. The Great Fetish by L. Sprague de Camp
23. Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier
24. The Hammer of God by Arthur C. Clarke
25. Best-Loved Short Stories by various
26. Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman
27. What Do You Care What Other People Think? by Richard P. Feynman
28. James Herriot’s Cat Stories by James Herriot
29. Broca’s Brain by Carl Sagan
30. Faerie Tale by Raymond E. Feist
31. This Book Will Change Your Life by Benrik
32. The Martian Way by Isaac Asimov
33. Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon
34. Gods Behaving Badly by Marie Phillips
35. Sudden Fiction edited by Robert Shapard
36. Waiting for Gertrude by Bill Richardson
37. George W. Bushisms edited by Jacob Weisberg
38. What Goes Around Comes Around by Con Lehane
39. Nation by Terry Pratchett
40. Kingmaker by Alexey Braguine
41. The Crystal Cave by Mary Stewart
42. Stiff by Mary Roach
43. Steering the Craft by Ursula K. Le Guin
44. The End of Eternity by Isaac Asimov
45. Scum Manifesto by Valerie Solanas
46. The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson
47. Cancer Vixen by Marisa Acocella Marchetto
48. We Thought You Would Be Prettier by Laurie Notaro
49. The Myth of You and Me by Leah Stewart
50. The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
51. Kiss Me Like a Stranger by Gene Wilder
52. Brush Up Your Mythology! by Michael Macrone
53. If Chins Could Kill by Bruce Campbell
54. Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult
55. Why Don’t Your Eyelashes Grow? by Beth Ann Ditkoff
56. The Romance Reader by Pearl Abraham
57. The Reader by Bernhard Schlink

Books listened to in 2008
1. The Client by John Grisham
2. Velocity by Dean Koontz
3. The Firm by John Grisham
4. Walden by Henry David Thoreau
5. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
6. Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
7. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt
8. Angels and Demons by Dan Brown
9. Sepulchre by Kate Mosse
10. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
11. The Universe in a Nutshell by Stephen Hawking
12. From the Corner of His Eye by Dean Koontz
13. Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
14. Freakonomics by by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner
15. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
16. The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux
17. Candide by Voltaire
18. The Birth of Venus by Sarah Dunant
19. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
20. Valhalla Rising by Clive Cussler (abridged)
21. On the Beach by Nevil Shute
22. Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim by David Sedaris
23. Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson
24. Forever Odd by Dean Koontz
25. The Picture of Dorian Grey by Oscar Wilde
26. The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels
27. Lady Chatterly’s Lover by D.H. Lawrence
28. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
29. On Beauty by Zadie Smith
30. Free Culture by Lawrence Lessig
31. Special Topics in Calamity Physics by Marisha Pessl
32. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
33. Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass by Frederick Douglass

Books started but not finished
* Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte (skipping audiobook)
* The Hero with a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell (uncle!)
* Hearts in Atlantis by Stephen King (horrible audiobook narrator)
* Where Wizards Stay Up Late by Katie Hafner (boring)
* The Plot Against America by Philip Roth (horrible audiobook narrator)
* Meditations for Women Who Do Too Much by Anne Wilson Schaef (too busy)
* Cleopatra VII by Kristiana Gregory (boring)
* Jack the Bodiless by Julian May (boring)
* A Writer’s Time by Kenneth Atchity (not what I was looking for)
* The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck (no sympathy for the main characters)
* Fiction Writer’s Workshop by Josip Novakovich (not what I was looking for)

What’s in a Name

Okay, so I told myself I wouldn’t be participating in any more reading challenges. After all, the Reduce My TBR Mountain challenge has been really effective but also has made me kind of obsessive. So instead of pushing myself to read such quantities of books, I’m going to read a specific few. This is a year-long challenge (throughout 2009, that is), where the books are based on title. I chose exclusively from my existing TBR pile, so I had to stretch it a little here and there. The titles may change should I come across something more suitable. Here are the ones I plan to read for each category:

  1. A book with a “profession” in its title: The Island of Dr. Moreau by H.G. Wells
  2. A book with a “time of day” in its title: Seize the Night by Dean Koontz
  3. A book with a “relative” in its title: The Bonesetter’s Daughter by Amy Tan
  4. A book with a “body part” in its title: Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill
  5. A book with a “building” in its title: The Fall of the House of Usher and other tales by Edgar Allan Poe
  6. A book with a “medical condition” in its title: Give Me a Break by John Stossel (okay, so maybe that’s stretching it a touch. It was that or Xenocide by Orson Scott Card, though Dianetics by L. Ron Hubbard sure sounds like a medical condition!)

Anyone care to join me? For more information, visit the welcome page.

Books read in 2007

1. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
2. Cover the Butter by Carrie Kabak
3. Gullible’s Travels by Cash Peters
4. The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie
5. The Seven Towers by Patricia C. Wrede
6. The Husband by Dean Koontz
7. Hal Spacejock by Simon Haynes
8. Blue Springs by Peter Rennebohm
9. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers
10. Ambercore by Troy Williams
11. The Tin Drum by Gunter Grass
12. The Hindi-Bindi Club by Monica Pradhan
13. Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
14. Hick by Andrea Portes
15. Eats, Shites and Leaves by A. Parody
16. The Stand by Stephen King
17. Ana’s Story by Jenna Bush
18. Bill the Galactic Hero by Harry Harrison
19. Innumeracy by John Allen Paulos
20. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
21. Anybody Can Write by Roberta Jean Bryant
22. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
23. Bill the Galactic Hero on the Planet of the Robot Slaves by Harry Harrison
24. The Good Guy by Dean Koontz
25. The Echelon Vendetta by David Stone
26. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
27. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
28. The Pelican Brief by John Grisham
29. The Color Purple by Alice Walker
30. Neuromancer by William Gibson
31. Thinner by Stephen King
32. Not a Happy Camper by Mindy Schneider
33. Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell
34. Mistress Masham’s Repose by T.H. White
35. The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
36. The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett
37. The Weatherman by Steve Thayer
38. Two for the Dough by Janet Evanovich
39. Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
40. The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom
41. Nine Tomorrows by Isaac Asimov
42. Berserker by Fred Saberhagen
43. Death Note Volume 1 by Tsugumi Ohba
44. Jim Henson’s Designs and Doodles by Alison Inches
45. Wolf Whistle by Lewis Nordan

All in all, I averaged about eight days per book. Not bad, not bad at all. My increased commute time meant more audiobooks too, a trend that will doubtless continue through 2008.

Books listened to in 2007
1. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
2. Pompeii by Robert Harris
3. The Time Machine by H.G. Wells
4. How I Write by Janet Evanovich and Ina Yalof
5. 1776 by David McCullough
6. Labyrinth by Kate Mosse
7. Little Earthquakes by Jennifer Weiner
8. Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury
9. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Rip Van Winkle by Washington Irving
10. Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
11. The Turn of the Screw by Henry James
12. Goodnight Nobody by Jennifer Weiner
13. The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
14. The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger
15. Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer
16. Animal Farm by George Orwell
17. Captains Courageous by Rudyard Kipling
18. The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare
19. The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century by Thomas L. Friedman
20. Coraline by Neil Gaiman
21. The Guy Not Taken by Jennifer Weiner
22. A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
23. Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz
24. The Egyptologist by Arthur Phillips
25. The Planets by Dava Sobel
26. Don’t Know Much About the Civil War by Kenneth C. Davis
27. Superstition by David Ambrose
28. Fragile Things by Neil Gaiman
29. Ticktock by Dean Koontz

Books started but not finished
* The Dilbert Principle by Scott Adams
* Their Eyes were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
* Witch Hunt by Ian Rankin
* Darwin’s Radio by Greg Bear
* Disclosure by Michael Crichton
* Go Ask Alice by Anonymous
* The Black Dahlia by James Ellroy
* Blood Music by Greg Bear

Books Read in 2006

1. St. Vidicon to the Rescue by Christopher Stasheff
2. Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
3. Maybe Baby, edited by Lori Leibovich
4. Mommy Knows Worst by James Lileks
5. The Madonnas of Leningrad by Debra Dean
6. Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister by Gregory Maguire
7. White Oleander by Janet Fitch
8. My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult
9. Life of Pi by Yann Martel
10. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
11. Ready, Okay! by Adam Cadre
12. Myth-Ion Improbable by Robert Asprin
13. Something M.Y.T.H. Inc by Robert Asprin
14. Cause Celeb by Helen Fielding
15. Before the Mask [Dragonlance Villains Series Vol. 1] by Michael and Teri Williams
16. Infernal Devices by Philip Reeve
17. Indelible by Karin Slaughter
18. The World of Pooh by A.A. Milne
19. One Writer’s Beginnings by Eudora Welty
20. Eats, Shoots and Leaves by Lynne Truss
21. Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
22. The Door Within by Wayne Thomas Batson
23. Young Female, Traveling Alone by Anne-Marie M. Pop
24. Blink by Malcolm Gladwell
25. The Assassins Gallery by David L. Robbins
26. The Rise of the Wyrm Lord by Wayne Thomas Batson
27. Geek Love by Katherine Dunn
28. A Little Twist of Texas by Linda Raven Moore
29. The Death of Common Sense by Philip K. Howard
30. Magic Kingdom for Sale — Sold! by Terry Brooks
31. Myths, Lies, and Downright Stupidity by John Stossel
32. Elsewhere by Will Shetterly
33. Nevernever by Will Shetterly
34. Stardust by Neil Gaiman
35. Somebodies and Nobodies by Robert W. Fuller
36. Sole Survivor by Dean Koontz
37. The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
38. How to Write Science Fiction and Fantasy by Orson Scott Card
39. Why Darwin Matters by Michael Shermer
40. No Plot? No Problem! by Chris Baty
41. Ringworld by Larry Niven
42. The Final Storm by Wayne Thomas Batson

I plowed through books much more quickly this year than last, averaging a stunning 8.7 days per book. (Well, stunning for me, anyway.)

Books listened to in 2006
1. Seizure by Robin Cook
2. Life Expectancy by Dean Koontz
3. Jump the Shark by John Hein (abridged)
4. Dr. Death by Jonathan Kellerman (abridged)
5. Marker by Robin Cook
6. Shadow Fires by Dean Koontz
7. The Innocent by Harlan Coben (abridged)
8. Two Plays for Voices by Neil Gaiman
9. Vanishing Acts by Jodi Picoult
10. Lies My Teacher Told Me by James W. Loewen
11. Paint It Black by Janet Fitch
12. The Pact by Jodi Picoult

Books started but not finished
1. Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson
2. The Illuminati by Larry Burkett
3. The One Who Waited by Erika Griffin
4. Bait by Kenneth Abel

Books Read in 2005

1. Get Shorty by Elmore Leonard
2. The Golden Ratio by Mario Livio
3. Be Cool by Elmore Leonard
4. The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber
5. Lamb by Christopher Moore
6. The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert A. Heinlein
7. The Dilbert Future by Scott Adams
8. 1984 by George Orwell
9. Ghostwritten by David Mitchell
10. In Her Shoes by Jennifer Weiner
11. Wolfpointe by Rick Buda
12-17. Harry Potter 1-6 by JK Rowling
18. Me, Dead Dad, & Alcatraz by Chris Lynch
19-21. Dragonlance Chronicles by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman
22. And She Was by Cindy Dyson
23. Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom by Cory Doctorow
24. The Demon-Haunted World by Carl Sagan
25. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
26. Cold Sassy Tree by Olive Ann Burns
27. The Kitchen God’s Wife by Amy Tan
28. Bird By Bird by Anne Lamott
29. On Writing by Stephen King
30. The Last Juror by John Grisham
31. One for the Money by Janet Evanovich
32. American Gods by Neil Gaiman

I averaged about one book every eleven days, which is about right for me.

Books I started but couldn’t finish:
* A Void by Georges Perec
* Abuse of Power by Nancy Taylor Rosenberg
* One Writer’s Beginnings by Eudora Welty [I still plan to give this one another chance]
* Lake Wobegon Days by Garrison Keillor

Most Challenge Books

Judging by the Top 100 Most Challenged Books 1990-2000, it seems people are most offended by sex, sexuality, nudity, and puberty. Violence, drugs, and magic also make good showings, but sex really takes the cake here. I’m not sure what the issue with puberty is, since that’s something that happens to everybody no matter what, and is even more awkward if you don’t get any kind of warning or explanation beforehand.

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