Bend the Round

…where the madness is recorded.

The List January 15, 2008

I’ve been a bibliophile since before I could read. I have no idea how many books I’ve read over the years – just that it’s approximately a shitload. Probably fairly accurate as my taste in books runs toward pop non-fiction and genre series. I’ll read just about anything except chick lit, straight-up romances (ie, “bodice-rippers”), and high literature.

Here are the ground rules for the list:

  1. New books will be added to the bottom of the list.
  2. I am under no obligation to read these in the order that they appear on the list.
  3. In the case of a series, only the next book in the series will be on the list. If I want to continue reading the series, I will add the next book when I finish the one that is currently on the list.
  4. Books on this list may be removed if I change my mind about wanting to read them once I get a copy in hand.
  5. Books currently being read are in Red.
  6. Books on the short list (ie, I’ve got a copy lined up, and intend to read it ASAP) are in Purple.

And now….The List.

  1. Shakespeare’s Landlord by Charlaine Harris
  2. Tithe: A Modern Faerie Tale by Holly Black
  3. Shadow Man by Cody Mcfayden
  4. One for the Money by Janet Evanovich
  5. Rain Fall by Barry Eisler
  6. Murphy’s Law by Rhys Bowen
  7. Kitty and the Midnight Hour by Carrie Vaughn
  8. Witchling by Yasmin Galenorn
  9. The Man with the Golden Torc by Simon Green
  10. Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey
  11. You Slay Me by Kate Macalister
  12. Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flag
  13. Hortus Miscellaneous by Linda Plato
  14. Michelangelo and the Pope’s Ceiling by Ross King
  15. Dingley Falls by Micheal Malone
  16. Stardust by Neil Gaiman
  17. Years of Rice and Salt by Kim Stanley Robinson
  18. Audacity of Hope by Barak Obama
  19. The Ghost Map by Steve Johnson
  20. Polio: An American Story by David Oshinsky
  21. Ashes to Ashes: America’s Hundred-Year Cigarette War, the Public Health, and the Unabashed Triumph of Phillip Morris by Richard Kluger
  22. Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
  23. John Adams by David Willis McCullough
  24. Radicalism of the American Revolution by Gordon S Wood
  25. The Making of the Atomic Bomb by Richard Rhodes
  26. The Executioner’s Song by Norman Mailer
  27. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon
  28. Angle of Repose by Wallace Stenger
  29. No Ordinary Time by Doris Kearns Goodwin
  30. Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke
  31. The Moon and the Sun by Vonda M McIntyre
  32. The Falling Woman by Gregory Benford
  33. Sundiver by David Brin
  34. Billy Bathgate by E.L. Doctorow
  35. Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson
  36. The March by E.L. Doctorow
  37. Hirohito and the Making of Modern Japan by Herbert P Bix
  38. 90 Minutes in Heaven by Don Piper
  39. Yellowthread Street by William Marshall
  40. 20th Century Ghosts by Joe Hill
  41. Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill
  42. Green River Running Red by Ann Rule
  43. Manhunt: The Twelve Day Chase for Lincoln’s Killer by James L Swanson
  44. The Curse of Chalion by Loise McMaster Bujold
  45. Hominids by Robert J Sawyer
  46. To Your Scattered Bodies Go by Philip Jose Farmer
  47. Avalon by Anya Seton
  48. The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory
  49. Hare Brain, Tortoise Mind by Guy Claxton
  50. Zen and the Art of Knitting by Bernadette Murphy
  51. Bowling Alone by Robert Putnam
  52. Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver
  53. Mayflower by Nathaniel Philbrick
  54. Parts Per Million by Joy Horowitz
  55. Garden Spells by Sarah Allison Allen
  56. Faith and Treason by Antonia Fraser
  57. Pope Joan by Donna Woolfolk Cross
  58. Elizabeth: The Struggle for the Throne by David Starkey
  59. The Twilight Before Christmas by Christine Feehan
  60. Bareback by Kit Whitfield
  61. The Kitchen God’s Wife by Amy Tan
  62. Suburban Nation by Jeff Speck
  63. Your Money or Your Life by Joe Dominguez
  64. Duct Tape Marketing by John Jantsch
  65. The Great Influenza by John Barry
  66. The Power of Nice by Robin Koval
  67. Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay
  68. Storm World by Chris Mooney
  69. Greywalker by Kat Richardson
  70. Territory by Emma Bull
  71. The Coming Plague by Laurie Garrett
  72. Microbe Hunters by P De Kruif
  73. The Overspent American by Juilet Schor
  74. Look Me in the Eye by John Elder Robinson
  75. The Sword in the Stone by TH White
  76. Agnes and the Hitman by Jennifer Cruise
  77. Simplify Your Life by Elaine St. James
  78. All Things Wise and Wonderful by James Herriot
  79. Born to Buy by Juilet Schor
  80. Three Men in a Boat To Say Nothing of the Dog by Jerome Klapta Jerome
  81. What Color is Your Parachute
  82. Red Moon by David S Michaels
  83. Everything I Want to Do is Illegal by Joel Salatin
  84. Fugitive Denim by Rachel Lousie Snyder
  85. Cradle to Cradle by William McDonough
  86. Flu by Gina Bari Kolata
  87. The Elegant Universe by B Greene
  88. Candy Girl by Diablo Cody
  89. Mallory’s Oracle by Carol O’Connell
  90. Einstein: His Life and Universe by Walter Isaacson
  91. What the Dead Know by Laura Lippman
  92. Stardance by Spider Robinson
  93. The Wisdom of Crowds by James Surowiecki
  94. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M Pirsig
  95. Use of Weapons by Iain M Banks
  96. The Swarm by Frank Schatzing
  97. Doomsday Book by Connie Willis
  98. Lincoln’s Dreams by Connie Willis
  99. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
  100. The Rising by Brian Keene
  101. Blood and Iron by Elizabeth Bear
  102. The History of the Ancient World by Susan Wise Bauer
  103. Rogue Messiahs by Colin Wilson
  104. The Patron Saint of Plagues by Barth Anderson
  105. The Road by Cormac McCarthy
  106. The Witling by Vernor Vinge
  107. The Invention of Everything Else by Samantha Hunt
  108. Streets of Laredo by Larry McMurtry
  109. Dead Man’s Walk by Larry McMurtry
  110. Comanche Moon by Larry McMurtry
  111. Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind by Shunryu Suzuki
  112. Mean Genes by Terry Burnham & Jay Phelan
  113. Scratch Beginnings by Adam Shepard
  114. Holy Blood, Holy Grail
  115. How to Cook Everything by Mark Bittman
  116. Simple Prosperity by David Wann
  117. In the Heart of the Sea by Nathaniel Philbrick
  118. Apache Voices by Sherry Robinson
  119. Looking for Carroll Beckwith by Robert Snow
  120. This Common Secret by Susan Wicklund
  121. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
  122. Rhapsody by Elizabeth Haydon
  123. In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan
  124. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  125. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
  126. Call of the Wild by Jack London
  127. The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt by Edmund Morris
  128. Theodore Rex by Edmund Morris
  129. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
  130. The Art of War by Sun Tzu
  131. Moby Dick by Herman Melville
  132. King Solomon’s Mines by H Rider Haggard
  133. Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews
  134. Dragon Bones by Patricia Briggs
  135. Superpowers: A Novel by David J Schwartz
  136. A Kiss Before the Apocalypse by Thomas E Sniegoski
  137. Wicked Game by Jeri Smith-Ready
  138. Florida Roadkill by Tim Dorsey
  139. Deal Breaker by Harlan Coben
  140. Monkeewrench by P J Tracy
  141. Whiskey Sour by Joe Konrath
  142. Academ’s Fury by Jim Butcher
  143. The MD: A Horror Story by Thomas M Disch

BTW – Suggestions are welcome as long as you understand two things – your suggestion might not make the list, and if it does, it might be a while before I get to it.


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