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Lost in a Good Bookshelf, fourth edition

First edition
Second edition
Third edition

For the last three 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. Death's Daughter, by Amber Benson (bought at Murder by the Book on 8/22/09)
  3. The Flamenco Academy, by Sarah Bird (given to me by mama on 10/15/08)
  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) Finished on 4/24/2010
  6. Babel Tower, by AS Byatt
  7. The Accidental American, by Alex Carr (given to me by mama on 3/6/09) Finished on 1/09/10
  8. Wonder Boys by Michael Chabon (note: tried to read this once, may end up being a no hoper)
  9. The Yiddish Policemen's Union</i> by Michael Chabon (bought on 4/17/2010)
  10. The Pride of Chanur, by CJ Cherryh
  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. Silesian Station by David Downing (given to me by mama on 6/28/10)
  15. Geek Love, by Katherine Dunn (repurchased on 6/29/2008 at Urban Outfitters).
  16. How We Are Hungry, by Dave Eggers
  17. Created in Darkness by Troubled Americans, edited by Dave Eggers, the best of McSweeney's Humor Category
  18. A Beautiful Blue Death, by Charles Finch (given to me by mama on 8/30/09)
  19. The September Society, by Charles Finch (given to me by mama on 8/30/09)
  20. The Botticelli Secret, by Marina Fiorato (given to me by mama on 5/10/2010)
  21. Juliet, by Anne Fortier (given to me by mama on Christmas 2010)
  22. The Water Room, by Christopher Fowler (purchased at Bookstop on 4/28/09)
  23. Mistress of the Art of Death by Ariana Franklin (given to me by mama on 06/28/10) Finished 11/27/2010
  24. The Serpent's Tale by Ariana Franklin (given to me by mama on 7/26/2010) Finished 12/12/2010
  25. City of Shadows by Ariana Franklin (given to me by mama on 7/26/2010)
  26. Faithful Place by Tana French (Bought at Barnes and Noble on 8/14/2010) Finished 10/31/10
  27. Zero History, by William Gibson (bought from Barnes & Noble on 11/29/2010)
  28. Kissing the Virgin's Mouth, by Donna Gershten
  29. Once Upon a Crime, edited by Ed Gorman
  30. The Confession by John Grisham (given to me by Bill and Kathy on 12/22/2010)
  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. Johannes Cabal the Necromancer by Jonathan Howard (bought at Barnes and Noble on 8/14/2010)
  34. The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe (given to me by mama on 6/20/2010)
  35. Jar City: A Reykjavik Thriller, by Arnaldur Indridason (given to me by mama on Christmas 2010)
  36. A Docketful of Posey, by Diana Killian (given to me by mama on 7/07/09)
  37. Touchstone, by Laurie King (given to me by mama on 3/6/09)
  38. The Lacuna, by Barbara Kingsolver (given to me by mama on Christmas 2009, regiven on March 16, 2010)
  39. A Question of Guilt by Julianne Lee (given to me my mama on 3/06/09) Finshed 6/19/2010
  40. Shutter Island, by Dennis Lehane (given to me by mama on 1/14/10)
  41. The Streets of Laredo, Larry McMurtry
  42. Kraken by China Mieville (bought at Barnes and Noble on 8/14/2010) Finished on 9/26/2010
  43. Amagansett by Mark Mills (Given to me on Christmas Day 2008 by Mama)
  44. 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)
  45. A Gate at the Stairs, by Lorrie Moore (Given to me by mama on Christmas 2009)
  46. The Distant Hours, by Kate Morton (given to me by mama on Christmas 2010)
  47. 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.
  48. Dog Handling, by Clare Naylor (I've read half of it. I think it may be a no hoper)
  49. Nemisis, by Jo Nesbo (I gave it to mama for Christmas. She gave it back to me on 2/9/2010)
  50. Revolting Youth: The Further Journals of Nick Twisp, by CD Payne
  51. The Sun over Breda, by Arturo Perez Reverte (given to me by mama on 11/04/08)
  52. Vanishing Act by Thomas Perry (Given to me by Mama on Christmas 2009)
  53. Shadow Woman by Thomas Perry (Given to me by Mama on Christmas 2009)
  54. The Face Changers, by Thomas Perry (Given to me by mama on Christmas 2009)
  55. Runner, by Thomas Perry (Given to me by mama on Christmas 2009)
  56. Chain of Evidence by Ridley Pearson (given to me by mama on 8/2/09)
  57. The Last Pope, by Luis Miguel Rocha (given to me by mama on 8/3/09) Finished on March 31, 2010
  58. A Gladiator Dies Only Once, by Steven Saylor (bought on 4/28/09)
  59. Arms of Nemesis, by Steven Saylor (bought on 4/28/09)
  60. Love & Hydrogen, by Jim Shepard (bought at Brazos books on March 10, 2004)
  61. Tears of the Giraffe--No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, by Alexander McCall Smith
  62. Quicksilver, by Neal Stephenson (I ordered this one on May 7, 2004) Finished on 3/16/2010
  63. Anathem by Neal Stephenson. (Bought on 10/01/10 at Half Price Books.)
  64. The Confusion, by Neal Stephenson (bought on 10/01/10 at Half Price Books.)
  65. The System of the World, by Neal Stephenson (bought at Half Price Books via Jan's Christmas Gift Card on 12/27/2010)
  66. Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson (Bought on 4/17/2010 at Half Price Books) Finished on 8/22/2010
  67. Vienna Blood, by Frank Tallis (Given to me by mama on 8/30/09) Finished 5/9/2010
  68. The Map Thief by Heather Terrell (given to me by mama on 8/3/09)
  69. The Black Hand, by Will Thomas (Given to me by mama on 10/30/08)
  70. The Simrarillion, by JRR Tolkien. (I know, I know.)
  71. The Hobbit, by JRR Tolkien
  72. The Torso, by Helene Tursten (given to me by mama Christmas 2010)
  73. Detective Inspector Huss, by Helene Tursten (given to me by mama Christmas 2010)
  74. Strega, by Andrew Vachss
  75. Heart of the Beast, by Joyce Weatherford. (I've had this one sitting around forever)
  76. The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski (given to me by mama on 2/12/2010)

  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. Memoirs of a Sex Industry Survivor, by Anne Bissell (christmas 2005 present from Jose)
  4. I Thought it Was Just Me (but it isn't) by Brene Brown (bought at mini-UP conference on 3/26/09)
  5. Burning Book: A Visual History of Burning Man, by Jessica Bruder (Christmas 2007 present from papa)
  6. Living History, Hillary Rodham Clinton (from papa)
  7. I am America and So Can You, by Stephen Colbert (Given to me by Liv on Christmas 2009)
  8. 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)
  9. 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.)
  10. Better than Well: American Medicine Meets the American Dream, by Carl Elliot and Peter D. Kramer (gift from D.)
  11. Reload: Rethinking Women + Cyberculture, edited by Mary Flannigan and Austin Booth
  12. The Duchess, by Amanda Foreman (given to me by mama on 4/24/09)
  13. A Million Little Pieces, by James Frey (FWIW, I bought this before Oprah did.)
  14. 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.)
  15. Harvest of Empire: A History of Latinos in America, by Juan Gonzales (This one also was bought in Berkeley.)
  16. The Book of the Courtesans: A Catalogue of their Virtues, by Susan Griffin
  17. Bitch in the House: 26 Women Tell the Truth about Sex, Solitude, Work, Motherhood and Marriage, by Cathi Hanauer
  18. The Welcoming Garden: Designing Your Own Front Garden, by Gordon Hayward (christmas 2006 gift from mama)
  19. 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)
  20. Seabiscuit: An American Legend, by Laura Hillenbrand (I've read the first few chapters and it's good)
  21. The Museum of Lost Wonder, by Jeff Hoke (Given to me by Liv on Christmas 2009)
  22. 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.)
  23. 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)
  24. Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver (given to me by mama on 11/20/08)
  25. Obscene Profits: Entrepreneurs of Pornography in the Cyber Age, by Frederick Lane (bought at Myopic Books in Chicago in fall 2005)
  26. 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)
  27. 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)
  28. 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)
  29. The Supergirls: Fashion, Feminism, Fantasy and the History of Comic Book Heroines, by Mike Madrid (Given to me by Mama on Christmas 2009) Finished 5/15/2010
  30. Living to Tell the Tale by Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Edith Grossman (Christmas 2003 present from mama)
  31. Ivy League Stripper by Heidi Mattson (christmas 2005 present from Jose)
  32. Bella Tuscany: The Sweet Life in Italy, by Frances Mayes (I liked the first one a lot)
  33. Salonica, City of Ghosts: Christians, Muslims and Jews, 1430-1950, by Mark Mazower (gift from D.)
  34. The Other Hollywood: The Uncensored Oral History of the Porn Film Industry by Legs McNeil and Jennifer Osborne (christmas 2005 present from Jose)
  35. The Future Dictionary of America, McSweeney's (I bought this before the 2004 election)
  36. Temples, Tombs and Hieroglyphs: A Popular History of Ancient Egypt, by Barbara Mertz (Christmas 2007 present from mama)
  37. 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.)
  38. The World: Travels 1950-2000 by Jan Morris (christmas 2003 present from mama)
  39. Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books by Azar Nafisi (from mama's book club)
  40. The Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama (bought on 3/23/08 in a moment of weakness at Bookstop)
  41. Flux: Women on Sex, Work, Love, Kids, and Life in a Half-Changed World by Peggy Orenstein
  42. Amelia Peabody's Egypt, by Elizabeth Peters (Part of the June 15, 2004 order)
  43. Happy Hour is for Amateurs, by The Philadelphia Lawyer (bought on Amazon 2/3/09) Finished on 1/01/10
  44. The Red Queen: Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature, by Matt Ridley (bought on Amazon on 10/8/08)
  45. Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Philosophy: Fear and Trembling in Sunnydale by James B. South (from D.)
  46. America (The Book): A Citizen's Guide to Democracy Inaction by Jon Stewart
  47. 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)
  48. The Writer's Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers by Christopher Vogler (I'm thinking this has been on the shelf at least five years)
  49. 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.)
  50. Half Broke Horses, by Jeannette Walls (Given to me by mama on Christmas 2009)
  51. 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.)


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Jan. 1st, 2010 09:08 pm (UTC)
Wait...so this is all stuff you're waiting to read or have read?
Jan. 2nd, 2010 05:21 pm (UTC)
waiting to read. Lots of people give me books and this is the backlog.
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