Reading List

I began keeping this list around March of 2002. I've been pretty bad about updating since 2010. About that same time, i started carrying around smartphones, which i seem to read news on, instead of reading books. Which is sad.

Stuff i'm reading or read:

Title Author Why Started Completed
The Midnight Library Matt Haig like the series 01 Dec. 2020 02 Dec. 2020
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind Yuval Noah Harari Julius 28 Oct. 2020
Return of the Thief Megan Whalen Turner like the series 09 Oct. 2020 12 Oct. 2020
I Am A Strange Loop Douglas Hofstadter KatieC 23 Sep. 2020
The Name of the Wind
The Wise Man's Fear
The Slow Regard of Silent Things
Patrick Rothfuss Librarian-friend's recommendation 06 Sep. 2020 20 Sep. 2020
The Thief
The Queen of Attolla
The King of Attolla
A Conspiracy of Kings
Thick as Thieves
Megan Whalen Turner Librarian-friend's recommendation 23 Aug. 2020 05 Sep. 2020
The Collapsing Empire
The Consuming Fire
The Last Emperox
John Scalzi liked the last series June 2020 July 2020
Old Man's War
The Ghost Brigades
The Last Colony
Zoe's Tale The Human Division
The End of All Things
John Scalzi Ars Technica May 2020 June 2020
Covid-19 Pandemic; quickly exhaust anything tolerable in Netflix
1177 B.C. The Year Civilization Collapsed. Eric H. Cline suggested by Apple store as read by people who read The Horse, the Wheel, and Language. 3 Jul 2019
The Horse, the Wheel, and Language David W. Anthony proto-indo European Wikipedia rabbit-hole 20 Mar. 2019 Jun. 2019
This two-year gap brought to you courtesy of too much Netflix...
Gottland: Mostly True Stories From Half of Czechoslovakia Mariusz Szczygieł Mirabelka 16 Jan 2017
Ready Player One Ernest Cline Anders 4 May 2016 8 May 2016
Site Reliability Engineering bunch of people from Google work 20? Apr 2016
Gratitude Oliver Sacks gift from Mom 20? Jan 2016 10 Feb 2016
The Cyberiad Stanisław Lem Mirabelka 11 Jan 2016
A Brief History of Warmia and Mazury Grzegorz Białuński, Grzegorz Jasiński gift from Masurians 25 Dec. 2014 15 Jan. 2015
Version Control with Git Jon Loeliger, Matthew McCullough bought it at FLOSS UK 2014 03 Nov 2014
Cats in Cyberspace Beth Hilgartner Aunt Moux 31 Aug 2014 02 Sep 2014
Life of Pi Yann Martel Mirabelka 15 Aug 2014 30 Aug 2014
Brighton Rock Grahame Greene saw it in a pub in Brighton, where i live. 17 July 2014 3 Aug 2014
Headhunters on my Doorstep J. Maarten Troost Delia Feb 2014 11 Mar 2014
Notes from a Small Island Bill Bryson liked his other stuff Sept 2013 -
Snuff Terry Pratchett book came with the show 2012 2012
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime Mark Haddon Mirabelka 2011 2011
Harry Potter 7 Rowling 2010 2010
Harry Potter 6 Rowling 2010 2010
Three Men in a Boat (to say nothing of the dog) Jerome K. Jerome Mirabelka, Delia 26 May 2010 June 2010
Harry Potter 5 Rowling May 2010 25 May 2010
Harry Potter 4 Rowling April 2010 May 2010
The Warlord's Son saw it at Bookpeople 29 March 2010 April 2010
Harry Potter 3 Rowling Mar 2010 Mar 2010
Harry Potter 2 Rowling Mar 2010 Mar 2010
Harry Potter 1 Rowling Mar 2010 Mar 2010
Hopscotch Julio Cortazar Mirabelka 3 Jan 2010
Maus: A Survivor's Tale Art Spiegelman been meaning to for years 28 Dec 2009 30 Dec 2009
Blank Spots on the Map: The Dark Geography of the Pentagon's Secret World Trevor Paglen 24 Dec 2009 27 Dec 2009
The Time Traveler's Wife Audrey Niffenegger multiple reinterant vectors 15 Nov 2009? 23 Dec 2009
All the Pretty Horses Cormac McCarthy multiple reinterant vectors 25 Oct 2009 1 Dec 2009
Torture Taxi
On the Trail of the CIA's Rendition Flights
Trevor Paglen, A. C. Thompson 30 Sep 2009 6 Oct 2009
The Third Chimpanzee: The Evolution and Future of the Human Animal Jared Diamond Kulak 20 May 2009 08 Nov 2009
The Seven Daughters of Eve Bryan Sykes ran across it in Wikipedia July 2009 July 2009
The Meme Machine random Internet stuff ? Aug 2009 -
Spent: Sex, Evolution, and Consumer Behavior ran across it when buying The Meme Machine Sept 2009 -
Ubersleep Pure Doxyk looking up how to cooking brown rice -> Steve Pavlina -> Wikipedia -> polyphasic sleep 21 Sept 2009 -
The Life You Can Save Peter Singer heard about it on NPR 01 Apr 2009 -
Half Asleep in Frog Pajamas Tom Robbinson various sources ? Jul 2009 3 Aug 2009
Fooled by Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and in the Markets Nassim Nicholas Taleb various sources 14 May 2009 09 Jun 2009
Mathematicians in Love Rudy Rucker BookPeople May? 2009 May? 2009
Practical Demonkeeping Christopher Moore Cz 27 Apr 2009 28 Apr 2009
Bloodsucking Fiends: A Love Story Christopher Moore Cz 17 Apr 2009 18 Apr 2009
Tao of Chaos Katya Walter noticed it at Casa de Luz 6 Feb 2009 -
Water for Elephants Cz loaned it to me. 31 Jan 2009 6 Feb 2009
Just a Couple of Days Tony Vigorito Mom mentioned Vigorito was gonna be signing books at Book People. i missed that, but picked up a couple of copies. 14 Dec 2008 19 Jan 2009
When You Are Engulfed in Flames David Sedaris Bill from the Draughthouse started to hand it to me, and said, "Have you read this yet? You can borrow it -- it's a bar book." Then, before he handed it to me, he opened it, flipped through for a few moments, found a page, read for a minute, laughed, closed the book and handed it over. 1 Dec 2008
Demon Box Ken Kesey saw it at Half Price when i was getting jmike's bday present. 7 Oct 2008 1 Dec 2008
Discipline Paco Ahlgren I have no idea where i got this book. It was on my bookshelf, and i was sick with food poisoning, and wanted something to distract me. It's another example of Synchronicity i guess. 3 Oct 2008 6 Oct 2008
Lost on Planet China K. Maarten Troost Liked the others, saw it in Book People 14? Sep 2008 25? Sep 2008
An Acausal Connecting Principal
C. G. Jung hmm... Well, we can start with Jung's forward to the the Wilhelm/Baynes translation of the I Ching.
And then there's my preoccupation with the (apparent) Fundamental Interconnection of All Things (as manifest by the so-called "coincidences...")
And i guess i like the album by the Police, too. (Though not as much as Regatta de Blanc.)
26 Aug 2008
Getting Stoned with Savages J. Maarten Troost Delia 24 Aug 2008 26 Aug 2008
The Sex Lives of Cannibals J. Maarten Troost Delia 20 Aug 2008 24 Aug 2008
The Last Light of the Sun Guy Gavriel Kay Liked his earlier stuff 14 Aug 2008 19 Aug 2008
Cat's Cradle Kurt Vonnegut bought it used at Left Bank Books in Hanover, NH 6 Aug 2008 12 Aug 2008
The Island at the Center of the World Russell Shorto loan from Dad 19 June 2008 2 Aug 2008
The Minotaur Takes a Cigarette Break Stephen Sherrill bought it used at Left Bank Books in Hanover, NH; liked the title. 1 Aug 2008 2 Aug 2008
The Man Who Loved China Simon Winchester gift from Moux 16 June 2008 12 July 2008
Canone Inverso Paolo Maurensic gift from Moux? ? 13 June 2008
Terror Dan Simmmons gift from Demetri ? 4 June 2008
Pale Fire Nabakov Les ? put it down. wasn't doing it for me.
The Secret Lives of Cowboys Tom Groneberg present. ? ~1 May 2008
The Neon Bible John Kennedy Toole Pam loaned it to me. ? 12 Apr 2008
Sirens of Titan Kurt Vonnegut Pam loaned it to me. ? ~2 Apr 2008
Chasing the Flame: Sergio Vieira de Mello and the Fight to Save the World Samantha Power Interview with the author on The World, and an Indepedent Lens program on PBS. I know a little bit about Sergio Vieira de Mello, and admire him more than just about anyone else i can think of. ? 25 Mar 2008
Prometheus Rising Robert Anton Wilson Boerner ? ~25 Feb. 2008
National Electrical Code 2002 National Fire Protection Association Remodeling my house ? -
Interpreting the National Electrical Code 2002 Truman C Surbrook Remodeling my house ? -
Renovation, 3rd edition Michael W. Litchfield Remodeling my house ? -
The Eye of the World Robert Jordan Mairi ? 8 Dec. 2007
Collapse Jared Diamond present from Mairi ? 28 Oct. 2007
David Suzuki: The Autobiography David Suzuki present from Mom ? 21 Oct. 2007
The Good Men Charmaine Craig Secret Files of the Inquisition (see also Inquisition Productions ? August? 2007
Chindi Jack McDevitt present from Aunt Barbara ? 1 May 2007
The Character of Cats Stpehen Budiansky BookPeople sale. ? 3 Apr. 2007
IBM and the Holocaust Edwin Black referenced in The Corporation ? 29 Aug. 2006
A Feast for Crows George R.R. Martin hooked ? 19 July 2006
The Drawing of the Dark Tim Powers Peoples ? 29 August 2005
Wild Cards (VII) edited by George R.R. Martin Hooked, (Gonzalez) ? August 2005
Wild Cards (VI) edited by George R.R. Martin Hooked, (Gonzalez) ? August 2005
Wild Cards (V) edited by George R.R. Martin Hooked, (Gonzalez) ? August 2005
Wild Cards (IV) edited by George R.R. Martin Hooked, (Gonzalez) ? July 2005
Wild Cards (III) edited by George R.R. Martin Hooked, (Gonzalez) ? July 2005
Wild Cards (II) edited by George R.R. Martin addicted ? June 2005
Wild Cards (I) edited by George R.R. Martin Gonzalez ? June 2005
The Darkest Road Guy Gavriel Kay Samoht ? March 2005
The Wandering Fire Guy Gavriel Kay Samoht ? March 2005
The Summer Tree Guy Gavriel Kay Samoht ? February 2005
The Bourne Identity Robert Ludlum the movie, Mairi. ? Aug 2004
The Amber Spyglass Philip Pullman addicted ? April 2004
Trainspotting Irvine Welsh insomnia (and it was handy); i liked the movie ? -
The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien J. R. R. Tolkien Mairi ? -
i six nonlectures e e cummings Mairi ? -
The Subtle Knife Philip Pullman addicted ? March 2004
The Golden Compass Philip Pullman Mairi ? March 2004
Civilwarland in Bad Decline George Saunders Kulak ? -
The Girl witd the Curious Hair David Foster Wallace liked the otder stuff of his that i read. ? ?
The Botany of Desire Michael Pollan NPR, Markus ? 23 June 2003
Dreaming War Gore Vidal WALD ? 5 May 2003
The Notebooks Of Malte Laurids Briggs Rilke Kulak ? -
Speaking witg the Angel Nick Hornby Delia ? 25 Feb 2003
The Tao of Pooh Benjamin Hoff just felt like reading it again. ? 13 Feb 2003
The Magus of Java Kosta Danaos Mom ? 19 Feb 2003
On Love Alain de Boton Kulak ? 31 Dec 2002
The Color of Magic Terry Pratchett Liked the last one ? 25 Dec 2002
Pastoralia George Saunders Kulak ? 31 Nov 2002
Equal Rites Terry Pratchett Liked the last one ? 6 Dec 2002
Inspector Imanishi Investigates by Seicho Matsumoto Peoples ? 4 Dec 2002
Naked David Sedaris Kulak ? Nov 2002
Archer's Goon Diana Wynne Jones Peoples ? Nov 2002
Men at Arms Terry Pratchett Liked the last one ? 7 November 2002
A Storm of Swords George R.R. Martin Addicted ? 16 Oct 2002
A Clash of Kings George R.R. Martin Addicted ? 5 October 2002
Game of Thrones George R.R. Martin Yoakum, Kulak, and Peoples ? 28 September 2002
Soul Music Terry Pratchett Liked the last one ? Sept 2002
Reaper Man Terry Pratchett Liked the last one ? August 2002
Interesting Times Terry Pratchett Liked the last one ? July 2002
Heart of the Comet David Brin
Gregory Benford
Aunt Barbara? ? July 2002
Catastrophe David Keys Looked Interesting ? July 2002
Pyramids Terry Pratchett Liked the last one ? July 2002
Small Gods Terry Pratchett Peoples ? July 2002
American Gods Neil Gaiman Peoples ? July 2002
Stardust Neil Gaiman Peoples ? June 2002
My Ishmael Daniel Quinn Liked the last one ? June 2002
Ishmael Daniel Quinn Liked the last one ? May 2002
The Story of B Daniel Quinn Cam ? May 2002
Eight Skilled Gentlemen Barry Hughart Liked the last one ? May 2002
Tea with the Black Dragon Barry Hughart Liked the last one ? April 2002
Bridge of Birds Barry Hughart Peoples ? March 2002
There is a Tree More Ancient than Eden Leon NPR ? This is a fine book (like stream of consciousness sort of thing?), but just not what i'm in the mood for right now, because i'm addicted to a George R.R. Martin series.
Traveling Mercies Annie Lamott ? ? Lotsa big G Ghod here. That's not really my bag, and so just put it down.

Stuff i'm interested reading

Title Author Why
The Doors of Stone Patrick Rothfuss like the series
Without You, There Is No Us. Suki Kim The Intercept
The Ends of the World Peter Brannen Ars Technica
Scatter, Adapt, and Remember Annalee Newitz articles in arstechnica
The Sixth Extinction Elizabeth Kolbert Guardian
The World Until Yesterday Jared Diamond (other stuff)
How we Decide Jonah Lehrer Bonine
Don DeLillo John Carver
Allen Walker Read Wikipedia
The World is Flat Escutia
The Next 100 Years Escutia
Etgar Keret Mirabelka
John Irving Mirabelka
Liquid Times: Living in an Age of Uncertainty. Zygmunt Bauman Mirabelka
Wasted Lives. Modernity and its Outcasts Zygmunt Bauman Mirabelka
Uglier than a Monkey's Armpit Robert Vanderplank Interview with the author on The World
World on Fire Amy Chua Delia
Seabiscuit Laura Hillenbrand Delia
Orchid Fever Eric Hansen Delia
Diving Bell and the Butterfly Jean-Dominique Bauby Awesome movie, Delia told me about it.
Love in the Time of Cholera Gabriel García Márquez Delia
Free Lunch David Cay Johnston Interview on Fresh Air
Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman Haruki Murakami The Christian Science Monitor
- Kapuscinski Mirabelka
Amusing Ourselves to Death Neil Postman mirabelka
- Carl Hiaasen jtodd
The Decline of the West Oswald Spengler Jospeh Campbell
Shake Hands with the Devil: The Failure of Humanity in Rwanda Roméo Dalliare Rwanda
The New Nuclear Danger Dr. Helen Caldicott NPR
The Best Democracy Money Can Buy Greg Palast NPR
Debt to Pleasure John Lanchester Les
House of Leaves Mark Danielzewski Les
Tex and Molly in the Afterlife Richard Grant Les
Riverworld Philip Jose Farmer Mic
Copyrights and Copywrongs: The Rise of Intellectual Property and How It Threatens Creativity Siva Vaidhyanathan Jen
Mission of Gravity Hal Clement Lisa
War Against the Weak Edwin Black Edwin Black's website
Pattern Recognition William Gibson miked
- China Mieville miked
It Didnt Happen Here: Why Socialism Failed in the United States Seymour Martin Lipset and Gary Marks -
A Voice to Sing With Joan Baez -
Kiran Desai aabha246
Khuswant Sigh aabha246