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Lost in a Good Bookshelf, 2008 edition.

Last year, I put myself on a book buying moratorium so I could get through some of the books in my "to be read" pile. I was steadily going through that list for the first half of the year, but I was thwarted by two things for the second half of the year. First, for July, I reread all of the Harry Potter series in anticipation of the new book. Second, in October and November, I spent almost all of my free time knitting graham14's Christmas present. I spent most of September knitting a baby blanket, and most of December knitting Claudia's Christmas present and running around like crazy.

My hands are a little freer now, so I'm reading again. This is last year's list, minus the books I read last year, and I'll add the new additions that I just couldn't help acquiring last year (despite the ban) later on tonight.


  1. The Flamenco Academy, by Sarah Bird (given to me by mama on 10/15/08)
  2. Christine Falls, by Benjamin Black (bought in moment of extreme weakness at Bookstop, 10/29/08) finshed 12/29/08
  3. Water Witches by Chris Bohjalian Finished 3/13/2008.
  4. The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
  5. The Zombie Survival Guide by Max Brooks (Given to me on Christmas Day 2008 by Graham)
  6. Babel Tower, by AS Byatt
  7. Wonder Boys by Michael Chabon (note: tried to read this once, may end up being a no hoper)
  8. The Pride of Chanur, by CJ Cherryh
  9. Carmelo by Sandra Cisneros (Amazon says I have the rare paperback first edition!)
  10. Hey Nostradamus, by Douglas Coupland Finished 7/14/08
  11. The Blue Nowhere, by Jeffery Deaver
  12. Flow My Tears, The Policeman Said, by Philip K. Dick
  13. The Man in the High Castle, by Philip K. Dick
  14. Nefertiti: The Book of the Dead, by Nick Drake (bought in moment of extreme weakness at Bookstop on 10/29/08) Finished 12/27/08
  15. Geek Love, by Katherine Dunn (repurchased on 6/29/2008 at Urban Outfitters).
  16. How We Are Hungry, by Dave Eggers
  17. The Unforbidden is Compulsory, or Optimism, by Dave Eggers (Finished 7/13/08)
  18. Created in Darkness by Troubled Americans, edited by Dave Eggers, the best of McSweeney's Humor Category
  19. Thursday Next: First Among Sequels, by Jasper Fforde. (Bought at Bookstop on September 21, 2008.) Finished 11/9/08
  20. Everything is Iluminated, Jonathan Safran Foer (from R.) Finished 5/15/08.
  21. Full Dark House, by Christopher Fowler (bought in moment of extreme weakness at Bookstop 10/29/08)
  22. My Sister from the Black Lagoon, by Laurie Fox
  23. In the Woods by Tana French (Given to me by mama on 11/20/08)
  24. Kingdom of Shadows, by Alan Furst (halfway finished, accidently got bumped by Finity's End, last year) Finished 6/7/08.
  25. Fragile Things: Short Stories and Wonders, by Neil Gaiman Finished 12/4/08
  26. Kissing the Virgin's Mouth, by Donna Gershten
  27. Spook Country, by William Gibson. (Given to me by Jose somewhere in fall 2007) Finished on 2/17/2008.
  28. The Janissary Tree, by Jason Goodwin (Bought in a moment of extreme weakness at Bookstop on 10/29/08)
  29. Once Upon a Crime, edited by Ed Gorman
  30. Water for Elephants, by Sara Gruen (Bought on 1/16/2008 at Bookstop) Finished on 4/6/08.
  31. Three Adventure Novels: She, King Solomon's Mine and Alan Quartermain, by H. Rider Haggard (I've always meant to read these)
  32. The Hottest State, by Ethan Hawke
  33. Ash Wednesday, by Ethan Hawke (Amazon told me that I ordered this and the above on July 30, 2004. I think I was on an Ethan Hawke kick then. Blame Before Sunrise, which was also ordered that day.) Finished 7/19/08.
  34. The Baker's Apprentice, by Judith Hendricks. (Bought via Amazon, July 30, 2008) Finished September 27, 2008
  35. Isabel's Daughter, by Judith Hendricks. (Bought via Amazon, July 30, 2008)
  36. Here on Earth, Allice Hoffman
  37. A Thousand Splendid Suns, by Khaled Hosseini. (Bought on June 28, 2007 at the Bright Side of Disaster signing).
  38. Keeping Watch, by Laurie King. (Bought July 30, 2008 on Amazon) Finished 10/5/08
  39. Prodigal Summer, by Barbara Kingsolver (from mama's book club)
  40. The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, CS Lewis Finished 12/29/08
  41. The Whiskey Rebels, by David Liss (given to me by mama on Christmas Day 2008)
  42. The Bourne Identity, by Robert Ludlum Finished 12/19/08
  43. The Streets of Laredo, Larry McMurtry
  44. Twilight, by Stephanie Meyer (bought on 3/23/08 at Bookstop in a moment of weakness) Finished 8/2/08
  45. New Moon, by Stephanie Meyer (picked up at Walgreens on 8/2/08) Finished 8/4/08
  46. Amagansett by Mark Mills (Given to me on Christmas Day by Mama)
  47. Watchmen, by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons. (Bought at Amazon on July 30, 2008). Finished 12/21/08
  48. 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)
  49. Broken Angels, by Richard Morgan (Amazon tells me I ordered this one on June 15, 2004. I liked his other book I ordered that day.) Finished 11/28/2008
  50. The Rise and Fall of a Tenth Grade Social Climber by Laura Moser and Lauren Mechling, (bought at the April 12, 2005 book signing.) Finished February 10, 2008
  51. 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.
  52. Labyrinth by Kate Mosse (Given to me by mama on 12/30/08)
  53. Dog Handling, by Clare Naylor (I've read half of it. I think it may be a no hoper)
  54. Suite Francaise, by Irene Nemirovsky (from mama's 2007 book club) Finished on 2/7/2008
  55. Choke, by Chuck Palahniuk Finished 5/21/08
  56. Revolting Youth: The Further Journals of Nick Twisp, by CD Payne
  57. Captain Alatriste, by Arturo Perez-Reverte (Bought at Bookstop on September 21, 2008.) Finished 11/03/08
  58. Purity of Blood, by Arturo Perez Reverte (given to me by mama on 9/30/08 (ish))
  59. The Sun over Breda, by Arturo Perez Reverte (given to me by mama on 11/04/08)
  60. The Laughter of Dead Kings, by Elizabeth Peters (Bought at Murder by the Book on September 20, 2008.) Finished September 21, 2008.
  61. My Sister's Keeper, by Jodi Picoult (from mama's book club) Finished 7/24/08
  62. Three Days to Never, Tim Powers (Bought 1/16/2008 at Bookstop)Finished 2/23/08.
  63. His Dark Materials Trilogy, by Phillip Pullman. (Bought on Amazon on July 16, 2008.)
  64. The Hollow Chocolate Bunnies of the Apocalypse, by Robert Rankin (also part of the June 15, 2004 Amazon purchase, something to do with liking Jasper Fforde)
  65. Thread of Grace, by Mary Doria Russell (bought on 3/23/08 at Bookstop in a moment of weakness) Finished 11/16/08
  66. The Case of the Missing Books, by Ian Sansom (given to me by mama on Christmas day 2008)
  67. Roman Blood: A novel of Ancient Rome, by Steven Saylor (bought in a moment of extreme weakness at Bookstop on 10/29/08)
  68. The Stone Diaries, by Carol Sheilds
  69. Love & Hydrogen, by Jim Shepard (bought at Brazos books on March 10, 2004)
  70. Absurdistan, by Gary Shteyngart (christmas 2006 present from mama) Finished 12/8/2008.
  71. Tears of the Giraffe--No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, by Alexander McCall Smith
  72. Quicksilver, by Neal Stephenson (I ordered this one on May 7, 2004)
  73. Death in Vienna, by Frank Tallis (bought at Bookstop in a moment of extreme weakness on 10/29/08)
  74. The Black Hand, by Will Thomas (Given to me by mama on 10/30/08)
  75. To Kingdom Come, by Will Thomas (Given to me by mama on 10/30/08) Finished on 12/7/08
  76. The Simrarillion, by JRR Tolkien. (I know, I know.)
  77. The Hobbit, by JRR Tolkien
  78. Strega, by Andrew Vachss
  79. Landscape and Lies, by Peter Watson (from mama) Finished 3/20/08
  80. Heart of the Beast, by Joyce Weatherford. (I've had this one sitting around forever)

  1. Virgin Territories: Stories from the Road to Womenhood, by Cathy Alter
  2. Pre-Raphaelite Art of the Victorian Novel: Narrative Challenges To Visual Gendered Boundaries, by Sophia Anders (Gift from L.)
  3. Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions by Dan Ariely (bought from Amazon on 3/31/08)
  4. Great Transformation: The Beginning of Our Religious Traditions, by Karen Armstrong (bought at the All Q, No A (above) book signing, May 6, 2006, more than half read as of 1/15/2007) Finished 5/18/08.
  5. A History of God: The 4,000-Year Quest of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, by Karen Armstrong. (Bought July 30, 2008 on Amazon).
  6. Rome, Inc. The Rise and Fall of the First Multinational Corporation, by Stanley Bing (bought at the All Q, No A (above) book signing May 6, 2006) Finished 3/30/08.
  7. Spinsters Abroad: Victorian Lady Explorers, by Dea Birkett Finished 9/21/2008.
  8. Memoirs of a Sex Industry Survivor, by Anne Bissell (christmas 2005 present from Jose)
  9. Burning Book: A Visual History of Burning Man, by Jessica Bruder (Christmas 2007 present from papa)
  10. The Lost Continent: Travels in Small Town America, by Bill Bryson Finished 7/9/08
  11. Living History, Hillary Rodham Clinton (from papa)
  12. A Woman Alone: Travel Tales from Around the Globe, edited by Faith Conlon (Almost done with this, thanks to May 2007 trip)
  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. Bare: The Naked Truth About Stripping, by Elizabeth Eaves (christmas 2005 present from Jose)
  16. Better than Well: American Medicine Meets the American Dream, by Carl Elliot and Peter D. Kramer (gift from D.)
  17. Reload: Rethinking Women + Cyberculture, edited by Mary Flannigan and Austin Booth
  18. A Million Little Pieces, by James Frey (FWIW, I bought this before Oprah did.)
  19. Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia, Elizabeth Gilbert(bought on 1/16/2008 at Bookstop) Finished 3/5/08
  20. 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.)
  21. Harvest of Empire: A History of Latinos in America, by Juan Gonzales (This one also was bought in Berkeley.)
  22. The Book of the Courtesans: A Catalogue of their Virtues, by Susan Griffin
  23. Bitch in the House: 26 Women Tell the Truth about Sex, Solitude, Work, Motherhood and Marriage, by Cathi Hanauer
  24. The Welcoming Garden: Designing Your Own Front Garden, by Gordon Hayward (christmas 2006 gift from mama)
  25. 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)
  26. Seabiscuit: An American Legend, by Laura Hillenbrand (I've read the first few chapters and it's good)
  27. A History of the Arab Peoples, by Albert Hourani (I bought this on tamur_i_lang'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. Geeks: How Two Lost Boys Rode the Internet Out of Idaho, by Jon Katz (bought at Myopic Books in Chicago in fall 2005)
  30. Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver (given to me by mama on 11/20/08)
  31. Into the Wild, by Jon Krakauer (bought on 1/16/2008 at Bookstop)Finished on 2/28/2008
  32. Obscene Profits: Entrepreneurs of Pornography in the Cyber Age, by Frederick Lane (bought at Myopic Books in Chicago in fall 2005)
  33. 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)
  34. 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)
  35. 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)
  36. Living to Tell the Tale by Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Edith Grossman (Christmas 2003 present from mama)
  37. Ivy League Stripper by Heidi Mattson (christmas 2005 present from Jose)
  38. Bella Tuscany: The Sweet Life in Italy, by Frances Mayes (I liked the first one a lot)
  39. Salonica, City of Ghosts: Christians, Muslims and Jews, 1430-1950, by Mark Mazower (gift from D.)
  40. The Other Hollywood: The Uncensored Oral History of the Porn Film Industry by Legs McNeil and Jennifer Osborne (christmas 2005 present from Jose)
  41. The Future Dictionary of America, McSweeney's (I bought this before the 2004 election)
  42. Temples, Tombs and Hieroglyphs: A Popular History of Ancient Egypt, by Barbara Mertz (Christmas 2007 present from mama)
  43. 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.)
  44. The World: Travels 1950-2000 by Jan Morris (christmas 2003 present from mama)
  45. Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace . . . One School at a Time, by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin (bought on 1/16/2008 at Bookstop)Finished 12/14/08
  46. Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books by Azar Nafisi (from mama's book club)
  47. The Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama (bought on 3/23/08 in a moment of weakness at Bookstop)
  48. Flux: Women on Sex, Work, Love, Kids, and Life in a Half-Changed World by Peggy Orenstein
  49. Amelia Peabody's Egypt, by Elizabeth Peters (Part of the June 15, 2004 order)
  50. The Red Queen: Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature, by Matt Ridley (bought on Amazon on 10/8/08)
  51. Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Philosophy: Fear and Trembling in Sunnydale by James B. South (from D.)
  52. America (The Book): A Citizen's Guide to Democracy Inaction by Jon Stewart
  53. 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)
  54. The Writer's Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers by Christopher Vogler (I'm thinking this has been on the shelf at least five years)
  55. 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.)
  56. The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary, by Simon Winchester (Birthday present from Liv on 6/7/08) Finished on 10/17/2008
  57. 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.)
  58. A History of the Wife, by Marilyn Yalom

I'm definitely back on a reading track. I finished The Namesake, by Jhumpa Lahiri on Thursday, read The Bright Side of Disaster on Friday and Saturday, and I'm about 150 pages into Then We Came to the End by Joshua Ferris. I'm also about halfway through Absurdistan, by Gary Shteyngart and I only have 100 pages to go in Great Transformation: The Beginning of Our Religious Traditions, by Karen Armstrong.

I missed books. A lot. I'm glad to be back into being able to read them regularly.

Note: New books have been now added.


( 4 comments — Say something )
Jan. 15th, 2008 05:53 pm (UTC)
I think I will make a similar list, and finally just do subscriptions to my 4 feminist magazines. Perhaps that will keep me out of the bookstores...
Jan. 15th, 2008 07:09 pm (UTC)
I is confused
Possibly because I fail at reading for comprehension.

These are books you read last year, or books you acquired last year but have yet to read?
Jan. 15th, 2008 08:09 pm (UTC)
Re: I is confused
These are books that I've aquired over the years, but have not yet read in full. Last year, I put them all in one list, and I crossed out the listing when I finished a book.

The above list is last year's list, with the finished books removed. Any books I've acquired since then, but have not yet read, I'll add in later tonight.
Jan. 15th, 2008 11:16 pm (UTC)
I know this is not helpful, but I would recommend Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer instead of Everything is Illuminated. Loved the former, much less enthusiastic about the latter.

Great list. I actually am pretty caught up on reading. Other than technical reading, that is. Need some fun reading suggestions...
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