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For the last five years, I've been keeping track of my unread book pile in a post in Livejournal. I add books as I acquire them over the course of the year, and I cross them off as I read them. I have a Goodreads account that also keeps track of this sort of thing, but I kinda like the original.

At any rate, here's the list. It's very similar to last year's list, because I didn't read all that many books in 2011, and I tried not to buy toooo many books last year. It'll change over the course of the year, but I'm pretty good about noting when I get new books.


Fiction

  1. The Dead of Winter, by Rennie Airth (given to me by mama on 7/18/2011)
  2. The Blind Assassin, by Margaret Atwood (returned by mama on 4/24/09)
  3. A Fierce Radiance, by Lauren Belfer (given to me by mama on 4/19/2011)
  4. Death's Daughter, by Amber Benson (bought at Murder by the Book on 8/22/09)
  5. The Flamenco Academy, by Sarah Bird (given to me by mama on 10/15/08)
  6. Next of Kin by John Boyne (given to me by mama on 7/6/2011)
  7. Rock Paper Tiger, by Lisa Brackman (given to me by mama on 7/6/2011)
  8. The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
  9. 212 by Alafair Burke (give to me by mama on 7/6/2011)
  10. Babel Tower, by AS Byatt
  11. Ender's Game, by Orson Scott Card (bought at Barnes and Noble on 8/9/2012) Finished 9/2/2012
  12. Wonder Boys by Michael Chabon (note: tried to read this once, may end up being a no hoper)
  13. The Pride of Chanur, by CJ Cherryh
  14. Regenesis, by CJ Cerryh (bought at Amazon on 12/18/2012)
  15. Red Bones, by Ann Cleeves (given to me by mama on 7/18/2011)
  16. Mockingjay, by Suzanne Collins (bought at Costco on 3/17/2012) Finished 6/6/12
  17. The Other Rembrandt, by Alex Connor (given to me by mama on 7/31/2012)
  18. The Twelve, by Justin Cronin (delivered on 10/16/2012 as Amazon presale)
  19. The Blue Nowhere, by Jeffery Deaver
  20. Flow My Tears, The Policeman Said, by Philip K. Dick
  21. The Man in the High Castle, by Philip K. Dick
  22. Silesian Station by David Downing (given to me by mama on 6/28/10)
  23. Geek Love, by Katherine Dunn (repurchased on 6/29/2008 at Urban Outfitters).
  24. How We Are Hungry, by Dave Eggers
  25. Created in Darkness by Troubled Americans, edited by Dave Eggers, the best of McSweeney's Humor Category
  26. The Demon of Dakar, by Kjell Eriksson (given to me by mama on 7/18/2011)
  27. The Princess of Burundi, by Kjell Eriksson (given to me by mama on 7/18/2011)
  28. A Beautiful Blue Death, by Charles Finch (given to me by mama on 8/30/09)
  29. The September Society, by Charles Finch (given to me by mama on 8/30/09)
  30. The Fleet Street Murders, by Charles Finch (Given to me by mama Fall 2011)
  31. The Botticelli Secret, by Marina Fiorato (given to me by mama on 5/10/2010)
  32. The Water Room, by Christopher Fowler (purchased at Bookstop on 4/28/09) Finished 7/16/2012
  33. Bryant & May on the Loose, by Christopher Fowler (purchased at Half Price Books on 6/4/2011)
  34. The Victoria Vanishes, by Christopher Fowler (purchased at Half Pricce Books on 7/17/2012)
  35. City of Shadows by Ariana Franklin (given to me by mama on 7/26/2010)
  36. A Murderous Procession, by Ariana Franklin (given to me by mama on 4/19/2011)
  37. Freedom by Jonathan Franzian (bought on 2/1/2011 online at Barnes and Noble via gift card from B&K)
  38. Broken Harbor by Tana French (Arrived from Amazon on 7/27/2012) Finished on 8/26/2012
  39. Once Upon a Crime, edited by Ed Gorman
  40. The Crossing Places, by Elly Griffiths (Given to me by mama Fall 2011)
  41. The House at Sea's End, by Elly Griffiths (Given to me by mama Fall 2011)
  42. The Confession by John Grisham (given to me by Bill and Kathy on 12/22/2010)
  43. The Good Son, by Michael Gruber (given to me by mama on 7/22/2011)
  44. Three Adventure Novels: She, King Solomon's Mine and Alan Quartermain, by H. Rider Haggard (I've always meant to read these)
  45. The Last Child, by John Hart (given to me by mama on 7/18/2011)
  46. The Hottest State, by Ethan Hawke
  47. The Laws of Harmony by Judi Hendricks (Arrived from Amazon on 8/2/2012)
  48. Johannes Cabal the Detective, by Johnathan L. Howard (bought from Barnes and Noble on 8/9/2012)
  49. The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe (given to me by mama on 6/20/2010)
  50. A Docketful of Posey, by Diana Killian (given to me by mama on 7/07/09)
  51. The Lacuna, by Barbara Kingsolver (given to me by mama on Christmas 2009, regiven on March 16, 2010)
  52. Shutter Island, by Dennis Lehane (given to me by mama on 1/14/10)
  53. The Girl in the Green Raincoat, by Laura Lippman (given to me by mama on 7/18/2011)
  54. The Second Duchess, by Elizabeth Loupas (Given to me by mama on April 19, 2011)
  55. Storm of Swords by George R. R. Martin (bought at Barnes and Noble on September 14, 2011 and given to me by Graham at Christmas 2011)
  56. A Feast for Crows, by George R. R. Martin (given to me by Graham for Christmas 2011)
  57. Trick of the Dark, by Val McDermid (Given to me by mama on 7/31/2012)
  58. The Streets of Laredo, Larry McMurtry
  59. Amagansett by Mark Mills (Given to me on Christmas Day 2008 by Mama)
  60. The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove by Christopher Moore (I'm pretty sure that N. wanted me to give this back to him one day)
  61. Railsea by China Mieville (Arrived from Amazon on 8/2/2012)
  62. Un Lun Dun by China Mieville (Arrived from Amazon on 8/2/2012)
  63. Cloud Atlas, by David Mitchell (Arrived from Amazon on 8/2/2012)
  64. The Distant Hours, by Kate Morton (given to me by mama on Christmas 2010) Finished on 1/17/2012
  65. All Q, No A: More Tales of a Tenth Grade Social Climber, by Laura Moser and Lauren Mechling. Claudia went to tenth grade with Laura. Claudia and Laura are good friends. Bought on May 6, 2006 at the book signing at Brazos Bookstore.
  66. Dog Handling, by Clare Naylor (I've read half of it. I think it may be a no hoper)
  67. The Redeemer, by Jo Nesbo (given to me by mama in February 2012) finished on August 21, 2012
  68. The Snowman by Jo Nesbo (bought at Barnes and Noble on 8/9/12) finished on December 26, 2012
  69. The Leopard, by Jo Nesbo (given to me by mama in February 2012)
  70. The Devil's Star by Jo Nesbo (bought at Half Price Books on 7/17/2012) Finished on August 15, 2012
  71. Phantom, by Jo Nesbo (given to me by mama Christmas 2012)
  72. Revolting Youth: The Further Journals of Nick Twisp, by CD Payne
  73. The Sun over Breda, by Arturo Perez Reverte (given to me by mama on 11/04/08)
  74. Vanishing Act by Thomas Perry (Given to me by Mama on Christmas 2009)
  75. Shadow Woman by Thomas Perry (Given to me by Mama on Christmas 2009)
  76. The Face Changers, by Thomas Perry (Given to me by mama on Christmas 2009)
  77. Runner, by Thomas Perry (Given to me by mama on Christmas 2009)
  78. Chain of Evidence by Ridley Pearson (given to me by mama on 8/2/09)
  79. Boneshaker, by Cherie Priest (bought at Barnes and Nobel on 1/29/2011, using WG's gift card)
  80. The Stress of Her Regard, by Tim Powers (bought at Amazon on March 20, 2012) finished 9/25/2012
  81. Hide Me Among the Graves, by Tim Powers (bought at Amazon on March 20, 2012)
  82. The Rhetoric of Death by Judith Rock (given to me by mama on 2/2/2011)
  83. The Casual Vacancy, by J.K. Rowling (bought on 10/12/2012 at Kroger)
  84. Revelation, by CJ Sansom (given to me by mama on 2/2/2011)
  85. Dark Fire, by CJ Sansom (given to me by mama on 2/2/2011)
  86. Dissolution by CJ Sansom (given to me by mama on 2/2/2011)
  87. Soverign, by CJ Sansom (given to me by mama on 2/8/2011)
  88. Winter in Madrid by CJ Sansom (given to me by mama on 4/19/2011)
  89. A Gladiator Dies Only Once, by Steven Saylor (bought on 4/28/09)
  90. Arms of Nemesis, by Steven Saylor (bought on 4/28/09)
  91. Love & Hydrogen, by Jim Shepard (bought at Brazos books on March 10, 2004)
  92. Murder in Mykonos, by Jeffery Siger (given to me by mama on 12/17/2012)
  93. Tears of the Giraffe--No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, by Alexander McCall Smith
  94. Anathem by Neal Stephenson. (Bought on 10/01/10 at Half Price Books.)
  95. The Confusion, by Neal Stephenson (bought on 10/01/10 at Half Price Books.)
  96. The System of the World, by Neal Stephenson (bought at Half Price Books via Jan's Christmas Gift Card on 12/27/2010)
  97. Fatal Lives by Frank Tallis (bought at Half Price Books on 6/4/2011)
  98. Death and the Maiden, by Frank Tallis (given to me by mama on 10/24/2012)
  99. The Map Thief by Heather Terrell (given to me by mama on 8/3/09)
  100. The Black Hand, by Will Thomas (Given to me by mama on 10/30/08)
  101. The Simrarillion, by JRR Tolkien. (I know, I know.)
  102. The Hobbit, by JRR Tolkie Finished 12/31/2012
  103. Strega, by Andrew Vachss
  104. Heart of the Beast, by Joyce Weatherford. (I've had this one sitting around forever)
  105. The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski (given to me by mama on 2/12/2010)


Non-fiction
  1. Pre-Raphaelite Art of the Victorian Novel: Narrative Challenges To Visual Gendered Boundaries, by Sophia Anders (Gift from L.)
  2. A History of God: The 4,000-Year Quest of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, by Karen Armstrong. (Bought July 30, 2008 on Amazon).
  3. Roseannearchy: Dispatches from the Nut Farm, by Roseanne Barr (Received from Amazon on May 27, 2011)
  4. Public Health Ethics: Theory, Policy and Practice, by Ronald Bayer, Lawrence O. Gostin, Bruce Jennings, and Bonnie Steinbock (purchased on Amazon on December 18, 2012)
  5. Memoirs of a Sex Industry Survivor, by Anne Bissell (christmas 2005 present from Jose)
  6. Break Through Your Set Point: How to Finally Lose the Weight You Want and Keep it Off, by George L. Blackburn (Ordered from Amazon on March 4, 2011)
  7. I Thought it Was Just Me (but it isn't) by Brene Brown (bought at mini-UP conference on 3/26/09)
  8. Let's Panic About Babies!, by Alice Bradley and Eden M. Kennedy (given to me by Graham Christmas 2012)
  9. Burning Book: A Visual History of Burning Man, by Jessica Bruder (Christmas 2007 present from papa)
  10. First Cameraman, by Arun Chaudhary (bought at book signing on 10/02/2012)
  11. Living History, Hillary Rodham Clinton (from papa)
  12. I am America and So Can You, by Stephen Colbert (Given to me by Liv on Christmas 2009)
  13. Charlie Wilson's War: The Extraordinary Story of How the Wildest Man in Congress and a Rogue CIA Agent Changed the History of Our Times by George Crile (Bought from Amazon on March 31, 2008)
  14. Guns, Germs and Steel: The Fates of Human Socities, by Jared Diamond (I bought this book at Codys back when I lived in Berkeley, I really should get around to reading it.)
  15. Better than Well: American Medicine Meets the American Dream, by Carl Elliot and Peter D. Kramer (gift from D.)
  16. Reload: Rethinking Women + Cyberculture, edited by Mary Flannigan and Austin Booth
  17. The Duchess, by Amanda Foreman (given to me by mama on 4/24/09)
  18. A Million Little Pieces, by James Frey (FWIW, I bought this before Oprah did.)
  19. Kiss My Tiara: How to Rule the World as a SmartMouth Goddess, by Susan Jane Gilman (jungleeyedgirl read my copy in Berkeley, but I still haven't gotten around to it yet.)
  20. Harvest of Empire: A History of Latinos in America, by Juan Gonzales (This one also was bought in Berkeley.)
  21. The Book of the Courtesans: A Catalogue of their Virtues, by Susan Griffin
  22. Bitch in the House: 26 Women Tell the Truth about Sex, Solitude, Work, Motherhood and Marriage, by Cathi Hanauer
  23. The Welcoming Garden: Designing Your Own Front Garden, by Gordon Hayward (christmas 2006 gift from mama)
  24. Thieves in High Places: They've Stolen Our Country--And It's Time to Take it Back, by Jim Hightower (I can't help but think that this was a gift from mama)
  25. Seabiscuit: An American Legend, by Laura Hillenbrand (I've read the first few chapters and it's good)
  26. The Museum of Lost Wonder, by Jeff Hoke (Given to me by Liv on Christmas 2009)
  27. A History of the Arab Peoples, by Albert Hourani (I bought this on 's suggestion years ago. I see there's a second edition out.)
  28. Who Let the Dogs In?: Incredible Political Animals I Have Known, by Molly Ivins (I've read a few chapters, and I think it may be somewhat repetitive of some of her other books)
  29. The Bible Spelled Backwards Does Not Change the Fact that You Cannot Kill David Arquette and Other Things I Learned in the Black Math Experiment, by Jef with one F(bought from Amazon on 6/1/2012) finished on August 5, 2012
  30. The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite, by David Kessler (Ordered through Amazon March 4, 2011)
  31. Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver (given to me by mama on 11/20/08)
  32. 4 A.M. Breakthrough: Unconventional Writing Exercises That Transform Your Fiction, by Brian Kiteley (Bought from Amazon on 6/1/12)
  33. The 3 A.M. Epiphany: Uncommon Writing Exercises that Transform Your Fiction, by Brian Kiteley (Bought from Amazon on 6/1/12)
  34. Obscene Profits: Entrepreneurs of Pornography in the Cyber Age, by Frederick Lane (bought at Myopic Books in Chicago in fall 2005)
  35. Let's Pretend this Never Happened, by Jenny Lawson (gift from Graham 5/16/2012) Finished 6/18/2012
  36. The Future of Ideas: The Fate of the Commons in a Connected World, by Lawrence Lessig (bought in Cambridge in 2002, when I was attending a conference at Harvard)
  37. Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong by James W. Loewen (bought at Myopic Books in Chicago in fall 2005)
  38. My First Movie:Twenty Celebrated Directors Talk about Their First Film by Stephen Lowenstein (I think this was a Christmas present from mama a few years ago)
  39. Living to Tell the Tale by Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Edith Grossman (Christmas 2003 present from mama)
  40. Ivy League Stripper by Heidi Mattson (christmas 2005 present from Jose)
  41. Bella Tuscany: The Sweet Life in Italy, by Frances Mayes (I liked the first one a lot)
  42. Salonica, City of Ghosts: Christians, Muslims and Jews, 1430-1950, by Mark Mazower (gift from D.)
  43. The Other Hollywood: The Uncensored Oral History of the Porn Film Industry by Legs McNeil and Jennifer Osborne (christmas 2005 present from Jose)
  44. The Future Dictionary of America, McSweeney's (I bought this before the 2004 election)
  45. Temples, Tombs and Hieroglyphs: A Popular History of Ancient Egypt, by Barbara Mertz (Christmas 2007 present from mama)
  46. Candy (Memoirs), by Delphine Moreau (I thought that this was a Jose 2005 present, but the publication date is 2006. Maybe a birthday present. Dunno.)
  47. The World: Travels 1950-2000 by Jan Morris (christmas 2003 present from mama)
  48. Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books by Azar Nafisi (from mama's book club)
  49. The Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama (bought on 3/23/08 in a moment of weakness at Bookstop)
  50. Flux: Women on Sex, Work, Love, Kids, and Life in a Half-Changed World by Peggy Orenstein
  51. Amelia Peabody's Egypt, by Elizabeth Peters (Part of the June 15, 2004 order)
  52. Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain, by John J. Ratey (bought on Amazon on March 4, 2011)
  53. Lectures on the History of Moral Philosophy, by John Rawls (picked up at book swap at Diverseworks on Decembe r
  54. The Red Queen: Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature, by Matt Ridley (bought on Amazon on 10/8/08)
  55. Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Philosophy: Fear and Trembling in Sunnydale by James B. South (from D.)
  56. Man Made: A Stupid Quest for Masculinity, by Joel Stein (bought from Amazon on 6/1/12
  57. Offbeat Bride: Creative Alternatives for Independent Brides, by Ariel Meadow Stallings (Received from Amazon on May 27, 2011) Finished 4/14/2012
  58. America (The Book): A Citizen's Guide to Democracy Inaction by Jon Stewart
  59. The Prince of the Marshes: And Other Occupational Hazards of a Year in Iraq by Rory Stewart (I know, I know, I should have read this as soon as I announced it to all of ya'll. I've read the other one, though, and it's excellent)
  60. The Writer's Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers by Christopher Vogler (I'm thinking this has been on the shelf at least five years)
  61. A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again: Essays and Arguments by David Foster Wallace (The title essay, which takes about half the book, was read aloud to me.)
  62. Half Broke Horses, by Jeannette Walls (Given to me by mama on Christmas 2009)
  63. Priceless: How I Went Undercover to Rescue the World's Stolen Treasures by Robert Wittman (Arrived from Amazon on 8/2/2012)
  64. Bitch: In Praise of Difficult Women, by Elizabeth Wurtzel (christmas 2005 present from Jose. Note: That year Jose poked around my Amazon.com wishlist and detected a theme. He went with it.)