the books

The list of books I've read since I started this blog is kind of long, so I thought I'd put this list together. This a list of everything that I've read since I started this blog in late 2009 in chronological order, with the newest at the top. After a few years of having this page, I find that I use it quite a bit myself to navigate the site or figure out if I've read something in the past.

Most of the books I've read since I started this blog are reviewed here (a few aren't) and some have more than one review. When multiple reviews are included, they are each linked by clicking on the review number: i, ii, etc.

2017 - 38 books (plus 1 unfinished) and 40 reviews in 2017. I read 5 translations this year, and 3 with numerical digits in their titles. Quite a few of my reads this year were by English writers, and three books were non-fiction (which is a lot for me!) Have a Happy New Year!
House of Spies - Daniel Silva
Seabiscuit - Laura Hillenbrand
The Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas (two part review: i, ii)
The Woman in Cabin 10 - Ruth Ware
East - Edith Pattou
Atrix Wolfe - Patricia McKillip
Norse Mythology - Neil Gaiman
Loving a Woman in Two Worlds - Robert Bly
Black Widow - Daniel Silva
The World of Poo - Terry Pratchett
Night School - Lee Child
Eros - Helmut Krausser
The Break - Pietro Grossi
Time and Again - Jack Finney
The Fifth Angel -Time Green
The Alchemist's Daughter - Katherine McMahon
Wake of Vultures - Lila Bowen
Domino - Ross King (I wrote one review, then gave up on this book. I may get back to it: i)
Diamond Age - Neal Stephenson
Girlfriend 44 - Mark Barrowcliffe
The Notebooks of Don Rigoberto - Mario Vargas Llosa
The United States of Beer - Dane Huckelbridge
The Rule of Four - Ian Caldwell and Dustin Thomason
A Darker Shade of Magic - V.E. Schwab
Mr. Fox - Helen Oyeyemi
The Burning Page - Genevieve Cogman
The Masked City - Genevieve Cogman
The Invisible Library - Genevieve Cogman
Conversion - Katherine Howe
Esau - Philip Kerr
Memories of My Melancholy Whores - Gabriel García Márquez
The Hunchback of Notre Dame - Victor Hugo
Chained - Lauren Henderson 
The King in the Tree - Steven Millhauser
We Should All Be Feminists - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichi
The 27th Kingdom - Alice Thomas Ellis
A Tale for the Time Being - Ruth Ozeki 
The Help - Kathryn Stockett
Moonglow - Michael Chabon 

2016 - 35 books (plus 1 unfinished) and 37 reviews in 2016. Its been a rough year, but 2017 is upon us. Happy New Year!
Niceville - Carsten Stroud
The Dispossessed - Ursula K. Le Guin
The Everlasting Story of Nory - Nicholson Baker
Fallen Angel - Don J. Snyder
A Gathering of Shadows - V.E. Schwab
The Survivor - Kyle Mills
The Thirteenth Tale - Diane Setterfield
The Clockwork Three - Matthew J. Kirby
The Confessions of Max Tivoli - Andrew Sean GreerVersion Control - Dexter Palmer
Another One Goes Tonight - Peter Lovesey
A Christmas Carol and Other Stories - Charles Dickens
Gone Girl - Gillian Flynn
The Thirteenth Child - Patricia C. Wrede
The Treason of Isengard - Christopher Tolkien, editor
The Return of the King - J.R.R. Tolkien
The Two Towers - J.R.R. Tolkien
The Fellowship of the Ring - J.R.R. Tolkien
The Hobbit - J.R.R. Tolkien
The Silmarillion - J.R.R. Tolkien
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry - Gabrielle Zevin
Willow - Wayland Drew
Book of Numbers - Joshua Cohen (didn't finish reading)
The Book of Life - Deborah Harkness
Shadow of Night- Deborah Harkness
Discovery of Witches - Deborah Harkness
The Strange Library - Haruki Murakami
Saturn Run - John Sandford and Ctein
The Buried Giant - Kazuo Ishiguro
Slade House - David Mitchell
Seveneves - Neal Stephenson (two part review: i, ii)
The Night Villa - Carol Goodman
Elements of Style - Wendy Wasserstein
Haiku Inspirations - Tom Lowenstein The Art Forger - B.A. Shapiro
The System of the World - Neal Stephenson
The Confusion - Neal Stephenson

2015 - 25 books and 26 reviews in 2015. Its been a slow year for reading, but it was a fun one!
Quicksilver - Neal Stephenson
Absence of Light - David Lidsey
Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell - Susanna Clark (two part review: i, ii)
Love You More - Lisa Gardner
Chindi - Jack McDevitt
The Assassination Bureau, Ltd. - Jack London
Secondhand Souls - Christopher Moore
The Fifth Gospel - Ian Caldwell
The Water Knife - Paolo Bacigalupi
Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
Wicked - Gregory Maguire
The Bone Clocks - David Mitchell
In the Miso Soup - Ryu Murakami (Translated by Ralph McCarthy)
Skim - Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki
After Dark - Haruki Murakami (Translated by Jay Rubin)
The Serpent of Venice - Christopher Moore
The Heist - Daniel Silva
The Island of the Day Before - Umberto Eco
Metamorphoses - Ovid (translated by A. D. Melville)
Cell - Robin Cook
S - Doug Dorst
Hand Tools: Their Ways and Workings - Aldren A. Watson
Airframe - Michael Crichton
The Empty Chair - Jeffrey Deaver
The Fallen Angel - Daniel Silva

2014 - 35 books in 2014. 23 reviews,  I re-read two books by Lev Grossman.
Pagan Babies - Elmore Leonard
1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus - Charles C. Mann
The English Girl - Daniel Silva
Never Go Back - Lee Child
In Cold Blood - Truman Capote
Mockingjay - Suzanne Collins
Inferno - Dante Alighieri
Catching Fire - Suzanne Collins
The Adventures of Simplicius Simplicissimus - Johann Jakob Christoffel von Grimmelshausen 
The Magician King - Lev Grossman (re-read!)
The Magicians - Lev Grossman (re-read!)
The Magician's Land - Lev Grossman
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
The Princess Bride - William Goldman
The Age of Dreaming - Nina Revoyr
Empty Ever After - Reed Farrel Coleman
The Stones of Florence - Mary McCarthy
The James Deans - Reed Farrel Coleman
The Blood of Flowers - Anita Amirrezvani
Shadowings - Lafcadio Hearn
Redemption Street - Reed Farrel Coleman
The Abyssinian Proof - Jenny White
Shadow Over Babylon - David Mason
Black List - Brad Thor
Anna and the King of Siam - Margret Landon
Leonardo and the Last Supper - Ross King
Song of the Vikings: Snorri and the Making of Norse Myths - Nancy Marie Brown
Templar Salvation - Raymond Khoury
The Last Templar - Raymond Khoury
Second Foundation - Issac Asimov
Foundation and Empire - Issac Asimov
Silas Marner - George Eliot
The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance - Robert Prisig
Peter Pan - J.M. Barrie

2013 - 49 books in 2013! A crusher! Best by over 10 titles.
Home to Italy - Peter Pezzelli
The Key - Simon Toyne
Watership Down - Richard Adams
Pattern Recognition - William Gibson
Portrait of a Spy - Daniel Silva
The Martini Companion - Gary Regan and Mardee Haidin Regan
Wyrms - Orson Scott Card
The Last Man - Vince Flynn
The Constant Gardener - John le Carré
The Hit - David Baldacci
Sons and Lovers - D.H. Lawrence
The Rebel Prince - Celine Kiernan
The Crowded Shadows - Celine Kiernan
The Farthest Shore - Ursula K. Le Guin
Snow Crash - Neal Stephenson
Inheritance - Christopher Paolini
The Poison Throne - Celine Kiernan
The Tombs of Atuan - Ursula K. Le Guin
Trinity - Jonathan Fetter-Vorm
The Icarus Agenda - Robert Ludlum
The Stone Monkey - Jeffrey Deaver
The Venetian Judgement - David Stone
The Defector - Daniel Silva
The Windup Girl - Paolo Bacigalupi
A Working Theory of Love - Scott Hutchins
The Amber Room - Steve Berry
The Affair - Lee Child
Invisible Cities - Italo Clavino
Galahad at Blandings - P.G. Wodehouse
The Yellow Birds - Kevin Powers
Little Birds - Anaïs Nin
Tropic of Cancer - Henry Miller
A Thousand Splendid Suns - Khaled Hosseini
Clutch of Constables - Ngaio Marsh
The Poisonwood Bible - Barbara Kingsolver
The Silmarillion - J.R.R. Tolkien
A Clash of Kings - George R. R. Martin
The Master of Rain - Tom Bradby
Treasure Island - Robert Louis Stevenson
The Glass Rainbow - James Lee Burke
Farewell to the Flesh - Edward Sklepowich
The Persian Letters - Montesquieu
The Return of the Shadow - J.R.R. Tolkien
The Sky So Big and Black - John Barnes
High Fidelity - Nick Hornby
The Hobbit - J.R.R. Tolkien
In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex - Nathaniel Philbrick
The Jefferson Key - Steve Berry
The Once and Future King - T. H. White

2012 - 37 books read, 41 reviews
The Great Book of Amber -Roger Zelazny [two part review: i, ii]
Wakefield - Andrei Codrescu
Rome Tales - Helen Canstantine, ed
Sour Apples - Sheila Connoly
Scorpion - Andrew Kaplan
Our Kind of Traitor - John le Carré
Carte Blanche - Jeffrey Deaver
Faerie Wars - Herbie Brennan
Scorpion Winter - Andrew Kaplan
The Wrong Reflection - Gillian Bradshaw
In One Person - John Irving
Nothing's Sacred - Lewis Black
A Game of Thrones - George R. R. Martin
The Infinity of Lists - Umberto Eco [two part review: i, ii]
Word Origins ... and How We Know Them: Etymology for Everyone - Anatoly Liberman
Contact - Carl Sagan
The Epic of Gilgamesh - Translated by Andrew George
Da Vinci's Ghost - Toby Lester
As Night Follows Day - Pierre Moinot
Paladin of Souls - Lois McMaster Bujold
Sacré Bleu - Christopher Moore
Scorpion Betrayal - Andrew Kaplan
The Alchemist - Paulo Coelho
The Red Tent - Anita Diamant
Mystic River - Dennis Lehane
The Magician King - Lev Grossman
The Age of Innocence - Edith Wharton        
The Monkey's Fist - William Pease 
The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins
Wraeththu - Storm Constantine [trilogy reviewed: i, ii, iii]
The Time Traveler's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
Carrying the Fire - Michael Collins
The Birth of Venus - Sarah Dunant
Mountains of Freedom - Martin Schou
Shutter Island - Dennis Lehane
The Last Surgeon - Michael Palmer

2011 - 32 books, 39 reviews
Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress - Dia Sijie
A Drink Before the War - Dennis Lehane
Blonde Bombshell - Tom Holt
The Ghost Writer - Philip Roth
The Black Tower - P.D. James
The Age of Wonder - Richard Holmes [three part review: i, ii, iii]
A Wrinkle in Time - Madeleine L'Engle
The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrún - J.R.R. Tolkien
The Magicians - Lev Grossman
American Pastoral - Philip Roth
Lizard of Oz - Richard Seltzer
The Art of War - Sun Tzu, translated by Thomas Cleary
The Inventer - Philip Sutherland
I, Robot - Foundation - Isaac Asimov [these books are in the same volume, but reviewed separately. click on the titles.]
A Wizard of Earthsea - Ursula Le Guin
The Prince - Niccolò Machiavelli
Chapterhouse: Dune - Frank Herbert
Heretics of Dune - Frank Herbert
God Emperor of Dune - Frank Herbert
Cryptonomicon - Neal Stephenson
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close - Jonathan Safran Foer
The Hot Kid - Elmore Leonard
Flux - Orson Scott Card
The Complete Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [ four part review: i, ii, iii, iiii ]
Pompeii - Richard Harris
Snow Falling on Cedars - David Guterson
The Charlemagne Pursuit - Steve Berry
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea - Jules Verne  [audiobook review]
Endymion Spring - Matthew Skelton
The Devil's Punchbowl - Greg Iles
Anathem - Neal Stephenson [ two part review: i, ii ]
Beowulf - Seamus Heaney, Translator

2010 - 38 books, 36 reviews
The Golden City - John Twelve Hawks
The Dark River - John Twelve Hawks
The Traveler - John Twelve Hawks
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest - Stieg Larsson
Lustrum - Robert Harris
Runemarks - Joanne Harris
Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
The Girl Who Played With Fire - Stieg Larsson
The Necromancer: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel - Michael Scott  [no review]
The Grand Design - Stephen Hawking & Leonard Mlodinow
Get Shorty - Elmore Leonard
The Pillars of the Earth - Ken Follett
The Sanctuary - Raymond Khoury
The Twelfth Card - Jeffery Deaver
Nine Dragons - Michael Connelly
The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
Hyperion - Dan Simmons
Neuromancer - William Gibson
Gone, Baby, Gone - Dennis Lehane
The Tree of Swords and Jewels - C.J. Cherryh [no review]
The Mists of Avalon - Marion Zimmer Bradley
Septimus Heap Book 3: Physik - Angie Sage
Children of Dune - Frank Herbert
Dune Messiah - Frank Herbert
The Story of Libraries - Fred Lerner
How to Train Your Dragon - Cressida Cowell
Septimus Heap Book 2: Flyte - Angie Sage
The Things They Carried - Tim O'Brien
The Templar Legacy - Steve Berry
Moby Dick or The Whale - Herman Melville [ two part review: i, ii ]
Cyrano de Bergerac - Edmond Rostand, Translated by Brian Hooker
Septimus Heap Book 1: Magyk - Angie Sage
The Sorceress: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel - Michael Scott
The Jungle Book Just So Stories - Rudyard Kipling [no review]
Gone Tomorrow - Lee Child
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? - Philip K. Dick
The Hotel New Hampshire - John Irving
The Magician: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel - Michael Scott

2009 - 12 books, 15 reviews
Red Planet - Robert A. Heinlein
Why We Run: A Natural History - Bernd Heinrich
The Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel - Michael Scott
The Bhagavad-Gita: Krisha's Counsel in a Time of War - Barbara Stoler Miller, Translator
Secret of the Seventh Son - Glenn Cooper
Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly - Anthony Bourdain [ two part review: i, ii ]
Damp Squid: The English Language Laid Bare - Jeremy Butterfield
The Lost Symbol - Dan Brown [ two part review: i, ii ]
The Chronicles of Narnia - C.S. Lewis
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - Stieg Larsson (translated by Reg Keeland)
John Adams - David McCullough [two part review; i, ii ]
Quantum Colors Matter - Lorraine M. Ingersoll [the first book I reviewed!]

A note about the lists of books along the right-hand column (favorites, great, etc.): The books listed there are to give you some idea of the kinds of things I like, and the kinds of things I don't, but the titles are not limited to the books listed above. Many of the titles I read before I started this blog.

The blog archive, also located in the right-hand column, is a list of all the posts, chronologically. If you're looking for specific information on a subject, try using the tags in the tag cloud in the  right-hand column. Update: I've gone back and added book categories to all of my book reviews: fiction, non-fiction, etc. so you can sort them that way from the cloud on the right titled 'what i'm talking about'. 

Do I have a search bar? should i?

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