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50 books read this year so far

I've read 50 books this year.


1. Sean Russell - The Shadow Roads, book 3 of The Swan’s War
2. Bob Dylan - Chronicles
3. Ian Irvine - The Way Between the Worlds, View from the Mirror volume 4
4. Malcolm Gladwell - The Tipping Point
5. Elizabeth A. Lynn - Dragon’s Treasure
6. Edith Wharton - Ethan Frome
7. Melvyn Bragg - The Adventure of the English Language: the Biography of a Language
8. Erik Larson - The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America
9. Ray Bradbury - Dandelion Wine
10. Toni Morrison - Song of Solomon
11. Malcolm Gladwell - Blink
12. Tad Williams - Shadowmarch, Volume 1
13. Gavin Menzies - 1421: the Year China Discovered America
14. Andre Norton - Witch World
15. Patricia A. McKillip - The Riddle-Master of Hed
16. Patricia A. McKillip - Heir of Sea and Fire
17. Patricia A. McKillip - Harpist in the Wind
18. Lian Hearn - Across the Nightingale Floor: Tales of the Otori Book 1
19. Lemony Snicket - A Series of Unfortunate Events: Book the Fifth: The Austere Academy
20. Deepak Chopra - The Book of Secrets: Unlocking the Hidden Dimensions of Your Life
21. Lemony Snicket - A Series of Unfortunate Events: Book the Sixth: The Ersatz Elevator
22. Andre Norton - Web of the Witchworld
23. David Mitchell - Ghostwritten
24. Lemony Snicket - A Series of Unfortunate Events: Book the Seventh: The Vile Village
25. Nicola Griffith -Slow River
26. Lynne Truss - Eats, Shoots, and Leaves: A Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation
27. J. Gregory Keyes - The Blackgod
28. Audrey Niffenegger - The Time Traveler’s Wife (Audio, abridged)
29. Margaret Atwood - Blind Assassin
30. Andre Norton - Year of the Unicorn.
31. Jacqueline Carey - Kushiel’s Avatar.
32. Yann Martel - Life of Pi
33. Lemony Snicket - A Series of Unfortunate Events: Book the Eighth: The Hostile Hospital
34. Larry Niven – Ringworld
35. Robert A. Heinlein – Stranger in a Strange Land
36. Lemony Snicket -A Series of Unfortunate Events: Book the Ninth: The Carnivorous Carnival
37. Ivan Turgenev – Fathers and Sons (re-read)
38. C.S. Lewis – Prince Caspian (re-read)
39. C.S. Lewis – The Voyage of the “Dawn Treader” (re-read)
40. J.K. Rowling – Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
41. C.S. Lewis – The Silver Chair (re-read)
42. C.S. Lewis – The Horse and His Boy (re-read)
43. John Paul II – Rise, Let us be on our way
44. Larry Niven – Ringworld Engineers
45. Margaret Atwood – The Handmaid’s Tale
46. Thomas Cahill – How the Irish Saved Civilization: The Untold Story of Ireland’s Heroic Role from the Fall of Rome to the Rise of Medieval Europe
47. Matt Ridley – Genome: The Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters
48. David M. Friedman – A Mind of Its Own: A Cultural History of the Penis
49. Raymond E. Feist – Magician: Apprentice (re-read)
50. Stephen King – The Dark Tower II: The Drawing of the Three


Reading is what I do with some of my free time. Some books are complete fluff, but others are thought provoking. If you're interested in knowing what I thought of any of these books, or to see which I'd recommend, ask!

Comments

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lostperdita
Sep. 8th, 2005 11:13 pm (UTC)
that's a great list! sadly, i didn't read as many complete books this year as last year, though i imagine that the combination of excerpts and articles is still impressive. i won't likely reach my 40 book target by january though.
and out of curiousity, which 5 would you most recommend?
kissmary
Sep. 9th, 2005 12:50 pm (UTC)
The 5 that I'd recommend (which are a little different from my top 5, see post below):
David Mitchell - Ghostwritten
Ivan Turgenev - Fathers and Sons
Erik Larson - The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America
Larry Niven - Ringworld
Matt Ridley – Genome: The Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters
lilyremy
Sep. 9th, 2005 05:09 am (UTC)
You've read some of my favorite, but a lot of them I haven't read. Most I haven't read. I've read the Lemony Snicket books and I loved Ethan Fromme, though it's been a long time since I've read the book. I also love Toni Morrison's writing. Loved Life of Pi. I read Dandelion Wine when I was a teenager and don't remember a lot about it.

I'd be interested in knowing which were your top five, too.
kissmary
Sep. 9th, 2005 12:51 pm (UTC)
My top 5 books (which are differnt from the 5 I'd recommend, see post above):

David Mitchell - Ghostwritten
Patricia A. McKillip - The Riddle-Master of Hed
Gavin Menzies - 1421: the Year China Discovered America
Lian Hearn - Across the Nightingale Floor: Tales of the Otori Book 1
Toni Morrison - Song of Solomon
lilyremy
Sep. 14th, 2005 04:42 pm (UTC)
I thought David Mitchell's book, Cloud Atlas was really brilliant, though it kind of lost story tension after the middle. It's clear he's a brilliant and inventive writer.

I love Toni Morrison, too. I loved Song of Solomon, but not quite as much as Beloved and Love, still I think Song of Solomon is a masterpiece. One can't compare the three books: it's comparing masterpieces. I think Toni Morrison may be the world's greatest living female author.

I think you'd like The Story of Lucy Gault by William Trevor, if you haven't read it. His volume of short stories, A Bit on the Side are wonderful, too. If you've read them, or do read them, I'd love to know what you think.
kissmary
Sep. 14th, 2005 11:25 pm (UTC)
I agree about Toni Morrison. I love her writing. I'm savoring each book, and still have to read Tar Baby, Paradise, and Love. (Maybe my family will get those from my wishlist for me for Christmas! :) )

The library does have some books by William Trevor, though both that you recommend I'd have to get from another campus, but that's not a problem. I'll add them to my To Read list. Yay, more books to read!
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