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Lost in a Good Bookshelf, Volume III

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Volume II

For the last two 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'll change over the course of the year, but I'm pretty good about noting when I get new books.


  1. The Blind Assassin, by Margaret Atwood (returned by mama on 4/24/09)
  2. The First Apostle, by James Becker (Given to me by mama on 6/9/09) Finished on 10/07/09
  3. Death's Daughter, by Amber Benson (bought at Murder by the Book on 8/22/09)
  4. The Flamenco Academy, by Sarah Bird (given to me by mama on 10/15/08)
  5. The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
  6. People of the Book, by Geraldine Brooks (given to me by mama on 1/30/09) finished on May 24, 2009
  7. The Zombie Survival Guide by Max Brooks (Given to me on Christmas Day 2008 by Graham)
  8. Babel Tower, by AS Byatt
  9. The Accidental American, by Alex Carr (given to me by mama on 3/6/09)
  10. The Angel of Darkness, by Caleb Carr Finished 6/18/09
  11. Interred with their Bones, by Jennifer Lee Carrell (given to me by mama on 1/27/09) Finished on 05/17/09
  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. Carmelo by Sandra Cisneros (Amazon says I have the rare paperback first edition!) Finished 4/2/09
  15. The Blue Nowhere, by Jeffery Deaver
  16. Flow My Tears, The Policeman Said, by Philip K. Dick
  17. The Man in the High Castle, by Philip K. Dick
  18. Geek Love, by Katherine Dunn (repurchased on 6/29/2008 at Urban Outfitters).
  19. How We Are Hungry, by Dave Eggers
  20. Created in Darkness by Troubled Americans, edited by Dave Eggers, the best of McSweeney's Humor Category
  21. A Beautiful Blue Death, by Charles Finch (given to me by mama on 8/30/09)
  22. The September Society, by Charles Finch (given to me by mama on 8/30/09)
  23. Full Dark House, by Christopher Fowler (bought in moment of extreme weakness at Bookstop 10/29/08) Finished 02/05/09
  24. The Water Room, by Christopher Fowler (purchased at Bookstop on 4/28/09)
  25. My Sister from the Black Lagoon, by Laurie Fox Finished on 5/4/09
  26. In the Woods by Tana French(Given to me by mama on 11/20/08) Finished 1/17/2009
  27. The Likeness, by Tana French (bought at Borders on 7/09/09) Finished 8/9/09
  28. Kissing the Virgin's Mouth, by Donna Gershten
  29. The Janissary Tree, by Jason Goodwin (Bought in a moment of extreme weakness at Bookstop on 10/29/08) Finished 1/19/2009
  30. Once Upon a Crime, edited by Ed Gorman
  31. The Forgery of Venus, by Michael Gruber (given to me by mama on 4/18/09) Finished on 8/22/09
  32. Three Adventure Novels: She, King Solomon's Mine and Alan Quartermain, by H. Rider Haggard (I've always meant to read these)
  33. The Hottest State, by Ethan Hawke
  34. Isabel's Daughter, by Judith Hendricks. (Bought via Amazon, July 30, 2008) Finished 2/20/09
  35. Here on Earth, Allice Hoffman Finished on 1/26/08
  36. A Thousand Splendid Suns, by Khaled Hosseini. (Bought on June 28, 2007 at the Bright Side of Disaster signing).
  37. A Docketful of Posey, by Diana Killian (given to me by mama on 7/07/09)
  38. Touchstone, by Laurie King (given to me by mama on 3/6/09)
  39. Prodigal Summer, by Barbara Kingsolver (from mama's book club) Finished 2/15/2009
  40. The Selected Works of T. S. Spivet by Reif Larsen (bought on 9/20/2009 at Barnes and Noble) Finished on 12/30/09
  41. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, by Stieg Larsson (Given to me by Cyn on 8/14/2009) Finished on 9/06/09
  42. The Girl Who Played with Fire, by Stieg Larsson (bought on the very last day of Bookstop on 9/14/2009) Finished on 10/02/09
  43. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest by Steig Larsson (bought at Murder By the Book on October 17, 2009) Finished 12/06/09
  44. A Question of Guilt by Julianne Lee (given to me my mama on 3/06/09)
  45. The Whiskey Rebels, by David Liss (given to me by mama on Christmas Day 2008) Finished 7/20/09
  46. Open Season by Archer Mayor (Given to me by mama on 7/07/09) Finished 8/31/09
  47. The Streets of Laredo, Larry McMurtry
  48. The City & the City, by China Mieville (bought at Barnes & Noble on 9/20/09) Finished 12/15/09
  49. Amagansett by Mark Mills (Given to me on Christmas Day by Mama)
  50. 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)
  51. A Gate at the Stairs, by Lorrie Moore (Given to me by mama on Christmas 2009)
  52. 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.
  53. Labyrinth by Kate Mosse (Given to me by mama on 12/30/08) Finished 6/5/09
  54. Dog Handling, by Clare Naylor (I've read half of it. I think it may be a no hoper)
  55. The Redbreast, by Jo Nesbro (bought at Bookstop on 4/28/09) Finished on 6/25/09
  56. Revolting Youth: The Further Journals of Nick Twisp, by CD Payne
  57. Purity of Blood, by Arturo Perez Reverte (given to me by mama on 9/30/08 (ish)) Finished April 12, 2009
  58. The Sun over Breda, by Arturo Perez Reverte (given to me by mama on 11/04/08)
  59. The Painter of Battles, by Arturo Perez Reverte (given to me by mama on 3/29/09) Finished on 12/28/09
  60. Vanishing Act by Thomas Perry (Given to me by Mama on Christmas 2009)
  61. Shadow Woman by Thomas Perry (Given to me by Mama on Christmas 2009)
  62. The Face Changers, by Thomas Perry (Given to me by mama on Christmas 2009)
  63. Runner, by Thomas Perry (Given to me by mama on Christmas 2009)
  64. Chain of Evidence by Ridley Pearson (given to me by mama on 8/2/09)
  65. His Dark Materials Trilogy, by Phillip Pullman. (Bought on Amazon on July 16, 2008.) Finished TGC 4/20/09, TSK 4/22/09, TAS 4/24/09
  66. 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) finished 9/12/09
  67. The Last Pope, by Luis Miguel Rocha (given to me by mama on 8/3/09)
  68. The Case of the Missing Books, by Ian Sansom (given to me by mama on Christmas day 2008)Finished 1/20/2009
  69. Roman Blood: A novel of Ancient Rome, by Steven Saylor (bought in a moment of extreme weakness at Bookstop on 10/29/08) Finished on 3/13/09
  70. A Gladiator Dies Only Once, by Steven Saylor (bought on 4/28/09)
  71. Arms of Nemesis, by Steven Saylor (bought on 4/28/09)
  72. The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield (Given to me by mama on 1/27/09) Finished 4/6/09
  73. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows (given to me by mama on 7/07/09) (Finished 9/18/2009)
  74. The Stone Diaries, by Carol Sheilds
  75. Love & Hydrogen, by Jim Shepard (bought at Brazos books on March 10, 2004)
  76. Tears of the Giraffe--No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, by Alexander McCall Smith
  77. Quicksilver, by Neal Stephenson (I ordered this one on May 7, 2004)
  78. Death in Vienna, by Frank Tallis (bought at Bookstop in a moment of extreme weakness on 10/29/08) Finished 3/18/2009
  79. Vienna Blood, by Frank Tallis (Given to me by mama on 8/30/09)
  80. Based on the Movie, by Billy Taylor (bought at bookstop on 8/29/09) Finished 10/03/09
  81. The Broken Shore, by Peter Temple (given to me by mama on 3/6/09) Finished on 8/29/09
  82. The Map Thief by Heather Terrell (given to me by mama on 8/3/09)
  83. The Black Hand, by Will Thomas (Given to me by mama on 10/30/08)
  84. The Simrarillion, by JRR Tolkien. (I know, I know.)
  85. The Hobbit, by JRR Tolkien
  86. Strega, by Andrew Vachss
  87. 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 Finished 1/31/09
  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) Finished 1/24/2009
  4. A History of God: The 4,000-Year Quest of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, by Karen Armstrong. (Bought July 30, 2008 on Amazon).
  5. Memoirs of a Sex Industry Survivor, by Anne Bissell (christmas 2005 present from Jose)
  6. I Thought it Was Just Me (but it isn't) by Brene Brown (bought at mini-UP conference on 3/26/09)
  7. Burning Book: A Visual History of Burning Man, by Jessica Bruder (Christmas 2007 present from papa)
  8. Living History, Hillary Rodham Clinton (from papa)
  9. A Woman Alone: Travel Tales from Around the Globe, edited by Faith Conlon (Almost done with this, thanks to May 2007 trip) Finished 1/24/2009
  10. I am America and So Can You, by Stephen Colbert (Given to me by Liv on Christmas 2009)
  11. 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)
  12. 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.)
  13. Bare: The Naked Truth About Stripping, by Elizabeth Eaves (christmas 2005 present from Jose) Finished 5/10/09
  14. Better than Well: American Medicine Meets the American Dream, by Carl Elliot and Peter D. Kramer (gift from D.)
  15. Reload: Rethinking Women + Cyberculture, edited by Mary Flannigan and Austin Booth
  16. The Duchess, by Amanda Foreman (given to me by mama on 4/24/09)
  17. A Million Little Pieces, by James Frey (FWIW, I bought this before Oprah did.)
  18. 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.)
  19. Harvest of Empire: A History of Latinos in America, by Juan Gonzales (This one also was bought in Berkeley.)
  20. The Book of the Courtesans: A Catalogue of their Virtues, by Susan Griffin
  21. Bitch in the House: 26 Women Tell the Truth about Sex, Solitude, Work, Motherhood and Marriage, by Cathi Hanauer
  22. The Welcoming Garden: Designing Your Own Front Garden, by Gordon Hayward (christmas 2006 gift from mama)
  23. 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)
  24. Seabiscuit: An American Legend, by Laura Hillenbrand (I've read the first few chapters and it's good)
  25. The Museum of Lost Wonder, by Jeff Hoke (Given to me by Liv on Christmas 2009)
  26. 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.)
  27. 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)
  28. Geeks: How Two Lost Boys Rode the Internet Out of Idaho, by Jon Katz (bought at Myopic Books in Chicago in fall 2005) Finished 07/10/09
  29. Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver (given to me by mama on 11/20/08)
  30. Obscene Profits: Entrepreneurs of Pornography in the Cyber Age, by Frederick Lane (bought at Myopic Books in Chicago in fall 2005)
  31. 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)
  32. 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)
  33. 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)
  34. The Supergirls: Fashion, Feminism, Fantasy and the History of Comic Book Heroines, by Mike Madrid (Given to me by Mama on Christmas 2009)
  35. Living to Tell the Tale by Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Edith Grossman (Christmas 2003 present from mama)
  36. Ivy League Stripper by Heidi Mattson (christmas 2005 present from Jose)
  37. Bella Tuscany: The Sweet Life in Italy, by Frances Mayes (I liked the first one a lot)
  38. Salonica, City of Ghosts: Christians, Muslims and Jews, 1430-1950, by Mark Mazower (gift from D.)
  39. The Other Hollywood: The Uncensored Oral History of the Porn Film Industry by Legs McNeil and Jennifer Osborne (christmas 2005 present from Jose)
  40. The Future Dictionary of America, McSweeney's (I bought this before the 2004 election)
  41. Temples, Tombs and Hieroglyphs: A Popular History of Ancient Egypt, by Barbara Mertz (Christmas 2007 present from mama)
  42. 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.)
  43. The World: Travels 1950-2000 by Jan Morris (christmas 2003 present from mama)
  44. This Year You Write Your Novel, by Walter Mosley (given to me by mama on 1/27/09) Finished 12/31/09
  45. Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books by Azar Nafisi (from mama's book club)
  46. The Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama (bought on 3/23/08 in a moment of weakness at Bookstop)
  47. Flux: Women on Sex, Work, Love, Kids, and Life in a Half-Changed World by Peggy Orenstein
  48. Amelia Peabody's Egypt, by Elizabeth Peters (Part of the June 15, 2004 order)
  49. Happy Hour is for Amateurs, by The Philadelphia Lawyer (bought on Amazon 2/3/09)
  50. Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex, by Mary Roach (bought on 9/20/2009) Finished 10/17/09
  51. The Red Queen: Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature, by Matt Ridley (bought on Amazon on 10/8/08)
  52. Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Philosophy: Fear and Trembling in Sunnydale by James B. South (from D.)
  53. America (The Book): A Citizen's Guide to Democracy Inaction by Jon Stewart
  54. 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)
  55. Tell me Where it Hurts, by Nick Trout (bought at Bookstop on 4/28/09) Finished 6/10/09
  56. The Writer's Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers by Christopher Vogler (I'm thinking this has been on the shelf at least five years)
  57. High Voltage Tattoo, by Kat Von D (Bought on Amazon on 2/2/09)
  58. 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.)
  59. Half Broke Horses, by Jeannette Walls (Given to me by mama on Christmas 2009)
  60. 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.)
  61. A History of the Wife, by Marilyn Yalom Finished 1/11/2009


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Jan. 2nd, 2009 03:59 am (UTC)
We read Geek Love for my book group last summer (I first read it about 15 years ago), and I'd love to talk about it if/when you get to it. It's not exactly a breezy read, though, so you should be feeling pretty optimistic about humanity before you tackle it.

We read Guns Germs & Steel a few years ago, and while it's fascinating, I think it could have been a lot shorter. We read Prodigal Summer a couple of years before that. I liked it the same way I liked The West Wing: it's eco-porn.

I also pulled The Mists of Avalon off my to-read shelf a couple of years ago (after watching the miniseries with Julianna Margulies and Anjelica Huston), and was glad I did.

Jan. 3rd, 2009 04:39 am (UTC)
The main character of Wonder Boys is based on the head of my writing program, and is a rather good rendering. Though in all fairness, he has cut back on the weed in recent years.
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