Sometimes I read a lot, sometimes I don’t. This is a (mostly complete) list of books I’ve read since I started this blog (not counting little kid books I laugh over while at work, although some of them are probably worth noting, too). At first I think I wanted it as a quick reference to only books I’ve blogged about but it’s since expanded to include pretty much everything I felt like reading. When I do write about a book on this blog, I’ll include a link for the curious.
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley for my banned book club. (about that)
Finger Lickin’ Fifteen and Sizzling Sixteen by Janet Evanovich
Living Large: from SUVs to double Ds, why going bigger isn’t going better by Sarah Z. Wexler
The Wee Free Men, Hat Full of Sky, Wintersmith, and I Shall Wear Midnight by Terry Pratchett
Invasion of the Mind Snatchers: television’s conquest of America in the fifties by Eric Burns.
Audio version of Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner
We Have Met the Enemy: self-control in an age of excess by Daniel Akst
Annoying: the science of what bugs us by Joe Palca
The Psychopath Test: a journey through the madness industry by Jon Ronson (written about here)
Skimmed through Bad Science by Ben Goldacre.
Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov for the next banned book club night
Unprotected Texts: the Bible’s surprising contradictions about sex and desire by Jennifer Wright Knust (here)
Rose Red, a Fables tale
A Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
Wonder by Robert J. Sawyer
Good Omens by Terry Pratchett (wanted to reread it for Judgement Day)
Can’t Buy My Love: how advertising changes the way we think and feel by Jean Kilbourne (here and here)
The latest Jack of Fables book (name now escapes me). I don’t like those as much as the other Willingham Fables series.
Forged: writing in the name of God – why the Bible’s authors are not who we think they are by Bart D. Ehrman (link)
Reality Bites Back: the troubling truth of guilty pleasure TV by Jennifer L. Pozner
American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis for the Banned Book Club in April (although I admit I skimmed rather than read seriously. Did not like it much — here’s the link to our meet about it.)
Wake and Watch by Robert J. Sawyer. He’ll be in Saskatoon to promote the third book of that trilogy called Wonder sometime in March so I figured I should read those first. I read each of them in day, they were that good. Hadn’t found books that hard to put down in a long time.
Urge to Kill by John Lutz
The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier for my Banned Book club
The Panic Virus: a true story of medicine, science and fear by Seth Mnookin about the history of autism wrongly linked to vaccination and illnesses that won’t be avoided/eradicated because people keep thinking vaccines are bad for children.
A few more recent Fables titles that came into the library this month. That’s really a great series and I highly recommend it. Start from the beginning, obviously. All the classic fairy tale folks in new, dangerous adventures.
The rest of the Fables
Watchmen by Alan Moore, which I think I’ll read through again. It’s so good.
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (here)
Vernon God Little by DBC Pierre which will feature in February at our banned book club (edit feb 3: had our meeting, read about the book here)
Some of the Fables series by Bill Willingham, can’t recall what else.
Murder List by Julie Garwood (I’d read more by her)
Cheating at Solitaire by Jane Haddam (same for her)
Empire of Illusion: the end of literacy and the triumph of spectacle by Chris Hedges (post to come)
Wrong: why experts keep failing us – and how to know when not to trust them by David H. Freedman (who makes sure to note he might not be trustworthy either. Written about here)
The Hundred Year Diet: America’s voracious appetite for losing weight by Susan Yager (here)
Lowside of the Road: a life of Tom Waits by Barney Hoskyns
Enlightened Sexism: the seductive message that feminism’s work is done by Susan J. Douglas. (here)
apparently nothing. Hmm..
Denialism: how irrational thinking hinders scientific progress, harms the planet and threatens our lives by Michael Specter — could write about, but have hit topics in this book in the past. It’d be redundant. (see this post about people who don’t vaccinate and man-made synthetic life).
Guards! Guards! and The Fifth Elephant by Terry Pratchett (after doing that book meme, it occurred to me I haven’t read these lately).
Jingo, and Night Watch by the same author. I’m on a kick. I also read Equal Rites and Mort.
The Invisible Gorilla and Other Ways our Intuitions Deceive Us by Christopher Chabris and Daniel Simons (see this post)
Johannes Cabal the Necromancer by Jonathon L. Howard
The Authenticity Hoax by Andrew Potter (see this post)
On Monsters: An unnatural history of our worst fears by Stephen T. Asma (this post)
Exposed!: Ouija, firewalking and other gibberish by Henri Broch (translated by Bart K. Holland and written about here)
Divine Misfortune by A. Lee. Martinez (blogged about)
The Reapers – John Connolly
Idiot America:How stupidity became a virtue in the land of the free by Charles C. Pierce (blogged about)
The Truth, Going Postal and Making Money by Terry Pratchett
Johnny and the Bomb also by Terry Pratchett
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson (co-worker got her copy from the UK ages before it would be available in Canada. Haha!)
The Death of Socrates by Robin Waterfield (might be worth a post when I get more into it)
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and The Girl Who Played With Fire by Stieg Larsson — too bad there’s only three books.
Heidigger and a Hippo Walk Through those Pearly Gates by Thomas Cathcart and Daniel Klein – death, jokes, and philosophy. Never finished reading it though.
Amen, Amen, Amen by Abby Sher about OCD and compulsive religion. I’m only skimming and it deserves better.
The Greatest Show on Earth by Richard Dawkins. I’ve skimmed a library copy but I’ve ordered one so I’ll be able to scribble in it and highlight and stuff. It’s a good introduction into a better understanding of evolution that everyone should try. Colour pictures and everything!
Connected: the surprising power of our social networks and how they shape our lives by Nicholas A. Christakis and James H. Fowler. (mentioned by me here and here)
Goodnight Goon: a Petrifying Parody by Michael Rex (Better than Goodnight Moon IMHO)
Key to the Treasure by Peggy Parish. I like these better than her Amelia Bedelia ones, but those are dreadfully amusing, too. Silly Amelia! These mysteries are for older children involving three siblings and usually some puzzle solving.
O. Henry’s Gift of the Magi
Was skimming through Carl Sagans’s Demon Haunted World off and on all month. Never got it all read though.
Nation by Terry Pratchett – which I recommend. Fabulous book.
Only You Can Save Mankind by Terry Pratchett
Finger Lickin’ Fourteen by Janet Evanovich
The Laughing Corpse by Laurel K. Hamilton – considered rereading the series to catch up on the latest but had enough with the first one. I’m good for a while now.
MaryJanice Davidson’s latest – Undead and Unwelcome starring the ever amusing Queen
Ditzy Betsy of the Vampires. Not as good as earlier ones, but still fluffy fun and a speed read.
The Scarecrow by Michael Connelly. Better than the last book, I have to say.
Wrath of the Bloodeye by Joseph Delaney, fifth of his Last Apprentice series. Interesting set of books about a boy who’s training to be a Spook (ridder of witches, bogarts etc) and what he’s learning, and what sort of dangers may befall him if his training isn’t up to snuff.
Jim Butcher’s Small Favor and Turncoat
Inkspell by Cornelia Funke
February 2009 (Selections devoted to Freedom to Read Week)
Asha’s Mums by Rosamund Elwin and Michele Paulse & Daddy’s Roommate by Michael Willhoite (see here)
10 Bad Dates with De Niro: a book of alternative movie lists edited by Richard T. Kelly
The Eight by Katherine Neville
The Brass Verdict by Michael Connelly
Watchmen by Alan Moore
Welcome to the Jungle by Jim Butcher (a Dresden Files graphic novel)
Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
Hogfather by Terry Pratchett
The Colour of Magic/Light Fantastic – the Graphic Novel by Terry Pratchett